Battambang is very quiet after 9pm. There are karaoke joints, restaurants, and a few bars but they hardly make a dent in the town's general sleepiness. The Bus Stop stays open until midnight if there are customers and it can get quite busy. The Riverside Balcony Bar also caters to a crowd if one is around. Until 2001, there were a number of fantastic discos on Street 3 where a live band would get the crowd going with a mix of traditional Khmer ballads and '70s soul. Whole families would come down on a Sunday evening and boogie together. Sadly these are now gone and the main nightspot dancing venue is the Sky Disco (tel. 012/862-777; open daily 8pm-1am) near the Khemara Hotel and Cold Night restaurant on Old NH#5. This is much more of a modern Thai-influenced affair with some pretty strange playlists. It can get busy on weekends and is a good place (well, the only place) to expend energy and work up a dance-induced sweat.
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