Hanoi Nightlife

Hanoi has enough bars and clubs to keep you busy. They range from low-key drinking venues and more salubrious venues with extensive wine lists to raucous places where loud house music and cheap drinks keep dancers on the floor. Because many ventures are short-lived—Hanoi's nightclubs are curiously prone to electrical fires and other mysterious disasters—it is wise to call ahead when possible.

For something a bit more casual, head to one of the cafés or bars in Old Quarter, where rooftop lounges, cocktail bars, and the popular Bia Hoi beer corner cluster about in a historical setting. Upscale hotels tend to have swanky bars of their own with live jazz to accompany a dry martini. For a mellow vibe and drinks with a view, you can go to waterfront bars near West Lake. Head into town early for happy hour since most joints close by midnight.

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Bar Betta

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This hip spot attracts a mixed crowd of trendy Vietnamese kids and expats. The venue has a retro chic feel and drinks—especially the...

Binh Minh's Jazz Club

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Minh's Jazz Club is owned by one of Hanoi's best-known jazz musicians, Quyen Van Minh. Live jazz performed by both foreign and local...


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One of the hippest venues in Hanoi, this speakeasy-style venue combines effortless conviviality with an excellent cocktail list. Regular...

Hanoi EDM

  • Dance Clubs

The letters stand for Electronic Dance Music and that's the order of the day at this throbbing venue. Closing times in Hanoi can rely...

Hanoi Rock City

  • Bars/Pubs

With a spacious outdoor bar downstairs and a large and fully-soundproofed indoor area upstairs, this is Hanoi's premier alternative music...

Highway 4

  • Bars/Pubs

This is a fine place to go for a drink, a snack, and some travel advice. This stylish bar specializes in Vietnamese rice wine, which...

Level 10

  • Dance Clubs

This flashy (and noisy) club caters to Hanoi's monied set. Expect pounding house and techno and a glamorous crowd. Former England football...


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One of Hanoi's new breed of hip bars, this spot near West Lake offers regular live music and a relaxed vibe. ...

Mao's Red Lounge

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Bars come and go down on the Ta Hien strip in the heart of the Old Quarter, but Mao's is a perennial favorite. Grungy, but friendly,...

Nola Café

  • Cafes–Nightlife

Down a hidden alley in Old Quarter, this quirky, three-tiered Hanoi hot spot has a rooftop terrace popular with travelers and expats.


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