Hanoi

Hanoi has enough bars and clubs to keep you busy. They range from low-key drinking venues to more pleasant spots 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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  • 1. Leo's

    Hoan Kiem District

    Hanoi is becoming somewhat of a cocktail bar hub, as demonstrated by Leo's, which opened in 2020. The bar is small, cozy, packed with locals, and boasts one of the most creative menus in the city. There is occasional live music, too. It's wise to make a booking on any evening.

    16 Lo Su, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    033-635--6965
  • 2. Ne Cocktail Bar

    Hoan Kiem District

    Ne is famous for its signature cocktails and luxurious atmosphere. The bartenders are professional and they take presentation seriously, so grab a seat at the bar for the full experience. The pho cocktail does not disappoint, and the blues and jazz will go on as long as customers keep up the orders.

    3B Tong Duy Tan, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    098-884--2974-cell phone
  • 3. Standing Bar

    Tay Ho District

    At Standing Bar you’ll find a tempting selection of beers and ciders with which to wash down elaborate beer snacks, including smoked sausage, goat's cheese croquettes, and sun-dried tuna. The west-facing lakeside setting shines at sunset, and the second story plays host to comedy nights and live music.

    170 Tran Vu, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    024-3266--8057
  • 4. Tadioto

    Hoan Kiem District

    Owned and operated by journalist and raconteur Nguyen Qui Duc, this Hanoi institution is now in its fourth incarnation near the Opera House. Expect a bohemian crowd, an eclectic music policy, and a nice selection of wine. They also have a reputation for great sushi.

    24 Tong Dan, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    024-6680–9124
  • 5. Vietnam National Tuong Theatre

    Hoan Kiem District

    Rivaling the musical aspect of the famed Water Puppet Theater, but sans the water puppets, this remarkable show blends acting, music, comedy, and storytelling in an hour-long performance. This version of a Chinese opera comprises five acts, and there is English translation between each segment. Check the website to see the performance schedule. Note that the theater has another location out west in Chau Giay District.

    51 Duong Thanh, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    098-454--5228-cell phone
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  • 6. 1900 Le Theater

    Hoan Kiem District

    One of the only clubs in Hanoi, 1900 Le Theater has multiple stages, bars, and eccentric decor. There is generally a cover price and often live music or a DJ. Be forewarned, there is no customer limit so the dance floor is often jam-packed. If it’s a night out you’re looking for, it’s best to reserve a table and pay for bottle service.

    8 Ta Hien, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    091-111–1900
  • 7. Binh Minh's Jazz Club

    Hoan Kiem District

    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 musicians, including Minh's son, are the big draws here. Music starts at 9 nightly.

    1 Trang Tien, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    024-3933–6555
  • 8. Furbrew

    Tay Ho District

    The beer alone is worth the trip but it’s the employees that make this bar truly special. They are passionate not only about the beer, but about customer service as well. There are always 8 to 10 beers on tap, but the brewers have created more than 50 different varieties since they opened. The pho beer has a taste profile similar to that of a spiced Christmas ale back home, and the bar is big enough to host your whole party.

    52 To Ngoc Van, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    091-266--6736-cell phone
  • 9. Highway 4

    More of a restaurant than a bar but still good for evening drinks, this stylish spot specializes in Vietnamese rice wine, which is sometimes used in traditional medicines. The liquor, sold under the restaurant's own Son Tinh brand, is quite strong, so avoid drinking it on an empty stomach. Their other locations, such as the one at 25 Bat Su, are much larger and cater to groups. Bring your game face and try the insect dishes and creative rice wine cocktails.

    5 Hang Tre St., Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    024-3926–4200
  • 10. Kumquat Tree

    Hoan Kiem District

    On a small street close to French cultural center L'Espace is Kumquat Tree, one of Hanoi's first speakeasy bars. You'll need a not-so-secret code (the security guard will tell you what it is) to get into this ambient space offering on-point cocktails and regular DJ nights.

    1 Nguyen Khac Can, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    098-268--5335
  • 11. Pasteur Street Brewing Company

    Hoan Kiem District

    The first brewery to open in Vietnam, PSBC has had immense success throughout the country. Serving several styles of craft beer and comfort food, this beautifully designed building is located right next to the cathedral. Get a growler of original craft beer and the Nashville hot chicken after you find a seat on the outdoor terrace.

    1 Au Trieu, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    024-6294–9462
  • 12. Phuc Tan (The Lighthouse)

    Hoan Kiem District

    Hanoi is not a nightlife hub, but if you are looking for unreconstructed late-night fun then this is the place to go. Inside things are smoky, hot, and sweaty, but there's fresh air on the outside terrace and a river close by. Expect young backpackers on pub crawls.

    51 Tu Gian Phuc Tan St., Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
  • 13. Polite & Co

    Hoan Kiem District

    A polished and vintage speakeasy, Polite & Co attracts a regular crowd of cocktail enthusiasts to its bar stools. This gentleman's pub is known for its stylish atmosphere and bartenders, so dress up and step out.

    5 Ngo Bao Khanh St., Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    096-894–9606-cell phone
  • 14. Thang Long Ca Tru Theater

    Hoan Kiem District | Themed Entertainment

    Not to be confused with the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, this venue offers a musical performance focused on traditional Ca Tru ceremonial singing. The hour-long shows take place three times per week at 8 pm on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. During the 20-minute intermission, guests are invited to try out the instruments and enjoy complimentary tea and cakes. By day you can tour Memorial House.

    87 Ma May, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    01-223–266–897

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: 210,000d, 270,000d, Call for reservations
  • 15. The Bottle Shop

    Sister bar to Standing Bar, The Bottle Shop serves a dizzying array of bottled craft beers from Vietnam and beyond. There are a couple of pub benches at the front and a cozy beer yard out back that's popular with expats, especially on warm weekend afternoons.

    25B Ngo 12 Dang Thai Mai, Quan Tay Ho, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    098-317--1366

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon
  • 16. Bar Betta

    Ba Dinh District | Bars/Pubs
    Closed Permanently

    This hip spot attracts a mixed crowd of trendy Vietnamese kids and expats. The venue has a retro chic feel and drinks—especially the house Old Fashioned—are considered to be among the best in the city.

    34C Cao Ba Quat, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    24-734–9134
  • 17. CAMA ATK

    Hai Ba Trung District | Bars/Pubs
    Closed Permanently

    One of the hippest venues in Hanoi, this speakeasy-style venue combines effortless conviviality with an excellent cocktail list. Regular events run the gamut from live bands to no-holds-barred DJ nights where the playlist veers from electro to 50s rock and roll.

    73 Mai Hac De, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
  • 18. Hanoi EDM

    Hoan Kiem District | Dance Club
    Closed Permanently

    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 on the whims of the authorities, but this place generally stays open until the wee hours.

    46 Cuong Duong Do St., Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    098-658–4965-cell phone
  • 19. Level 10

    Hai Ba Trung District | Dance Club
    Closed Permanently

    This flashy (and noisy) club caters to Hanoi's monied set. Expect pounding house and techno and a glamorous crowd. Former England football captain David Beckham paid the venue a visit when he was in Hanoi in 2014.

    10th fl., 57 Ly Thuong Kiet St., Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    121-316–1010
  • 20. Madake

    Tay Ho District | Bars/Pubs
    Closed Permanently

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

    81 Xuan Dieu, Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
    24-6276–6665

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