10 Bars, Always Changing, One Street
and it's changing to something completely new in the next few months too, we hear.
Kenny's - Belgium Beer, 3 TV's
(editor's note: This info is really old and out of date now.... be aware)
The complex is all occupied at the moment so there are no bars to lease without key money. However one or two of the bars are up for sale. We have already had three re-sell I the past 18 months; being a bar owner is not for everyone.
If you are interested in running a bar in the complex we suggest you come on down and ask around; there is a good chance that one of the 10 bars is up for sale to the right person.
The complex has certainly evolved since the concept was first proposed. The bars were intended to be 6 sticks and a roof; with a bathroom attached Someone could move in; build a bar counter put in a few fans and lights buy a couple of large coolers stock it with beers buy some spirits and glasses and chairs and be open for business in a week. $1500 would (and still could) get you up and running. You could also build a loft upstairs to live in (or for staff accommodation) if you want at a greater expense; how much you could spend is as they say here “up to you” .
Well many of the people who took the initial leases saw the long term potential of both Snooky and the complex. Some serious effort and coin has gone into the fitout of most of the bars.
Pacino’s (named after Al the actor) has spared no expense and has also bought some serious refrigerators to be able to provide ice cold beers to his patrons. It all started with the Sandgroper bar who was the first to move in and the first to show the owners of the complex that he meant business. They built a good size kitchen and a nice two bedroom apartment with lounge as private living quarters upstairs.
So if you are interest in buying one of the existing bars from one of the bar owners then come on down and have a look and ask around. The price you pay for the bar will be a negotiation between the vendor and the purchaser. All transfer of leases need to be approved by the Tenants association and the owners of the complex but please make sure that you are not under-funded.
For those interested in buying a bar or a business elsewhere in Snooky following is the information that was on this web page to help initial bar owners in the Complex make their decision. We are leaving this up as a useful tool for anyone interested in buying or starting a business (particularly a bar) in Snooky as a public service announcement. Please note that we are not a general business advisory nor brokerage and cannot give specific advice as to what business may be for sale in Snooky or what places may be for rent where you could start a business.
Beer Bars and other business’ in Sihanoukville Cambodia
The majority of the tourism business is rapidly moving down to be centred at Ocheteaul beach where the complex is located.
Currently there are Khmer run bars on the beach but many of them will be closed soon as this has been widely touted in the media and local speculation. Last year all the bars in front of the Golf Course site were raised by bulldozers. Khmer run establishments do not do very well in attracting tourism business compared with Western run business’.
The complex is completed and fully leased. It comprises10 Beer bars. There is a mix of single and double bars.
Each beer bar has a toilet/bathroom attached for customers/staff to use.
All bars were been built tall enough so that a mezzanine/loft level and for extra seating or living area has been fitted out by the bar owners.
The only other expenses you will face will be electricity, which will be individually metered and water and an annual licence fee from the local government (under $150 per year).
You can buy a pool table (concrete slab base) for around $250 if you want that. There will be enough room in each bar for a 4ft by 8ft table.
You are not limited to a beer bar, you can open a restaurant instead if you want.
You will be buying an existing lease term which will be the remaining portion of a 3 year lease with a 3 year option. There will be no rental increase in the first three years. All we ask is that you pay one years rent in advance as a bond (it is applied as your year three rent) and rent every 3 months in advance.
The lease is in two languages, English and Khmer, you are welcome to have your leases checked to make sure that they say the same thing.
Cable TV is available ($10 per month) and if you bring your Thai UBC decoder and maintain a Thai account you can receive that satellite TV.
Vodka costs between $3.70 and $8.00 for a 750ml bottle and sells for around $1 per drink.
Most other spirits (including Jim Beam and Baileys) are around $10 per 750ml bottle.
Sodas (Coke etc) sell for between 50 cents and $1 and cost about $7 per case of 24
The business visa allows you to legally work and live in Cambodia , for as long as you like.
You DO NOT need to be retired, nor show any funds nor leave the country regularly.
You will need a business licence to operate the business but this is always granted and costs around $150pa.
Due to a boom in the number of foreign run business in town finding good English speaking staff is getting harder and wages have gone up. Expect to pay around $80 per month for experienced English speaking staff
If you want to staff your bar with tour guides then that is relatively easy, both Khmer and Vietnamese tour guides are available. The going rate for a short tour is $5-10 and $15-20 for a long tour. Any bar fee will be up to you. It is up to you to source and stock your own staff.
The best thing you can do is come on over for a visit.
The association is responsible for the management of the communal issues of the complex such as; security; communal advertising; minimum opening hours; ensuring no anti-social behaviour etc. You must sign acceptance of the association rules to take over a bar. If you get kicked out of the association your lease could be terminated without compensation.
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If you are renting a house, most are furnished. TVs are around $80-200 to buy.
Fridges etc are under $500 for new ones and only around $100 second hand.
Look before you leap!
We advise that people come down to Snooky and stay a while before handing any money over. Please note that in the wet season it is very quiet in town, not to mention wet. In dry season the place is abuzz with people.