Vietnam nightlife: the best bars and clubs

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It might not be known as one of the world’s nightlife trailblazers, but Vietnam

likes to party – and it's home to an ever-growing crop of craft beer tap-rooms, rooftop bars, speakeasy cocktail lounges and sociable beach bars. Here are our top Vietnam nightlife spots for after-dark entertainment.

Useful tips about Vietnam nightlife

In Vietnam, drinking alcohol is a social activity to be shared with friends. Locals rarely drink alone, and almost never without eating. Be prepared for lots of toasts to health, wealth and happiness, and no doubt to international understanding, too. It’s the custom to fill the glasses of your fellow guests – someone else will fill yours.

While beer and imported spirits are drunk throughout Vietnam, the traditional tipple is ruou can, or rice-distilled liquor. Until recently, ruou can was regarded as decidedly downmarket, the preserve of labourers, farmers and ethnic minorities. Nowadays, it’s becoming popular among the middle class as city-centre bars and restaurants begin to offer better-quality ruou can.

Bui Vien Street in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam © David Bukuchava/Shutterstock

Roughly forty years ago technology for making bia hoi (draught beer) was introduced from Czechoslovakia and it is now quaffed in vast quantities, particularly in the north. Bia hoi may taste fairly weak, but it measures in at up to four percent alcohol. It’s also ridiculously cheap, and supposedly unadulterated with chemicals, so in theory you’re less likely to get a hangover. Bia hoi has a 24-hour shelf life and the better places sell out by early evening.

Bia hoi culture is all about enjoying a few beers with a group of friends – it’s still an almost completely male activity, though in the cities you’ll see a few local women (and female travellers won’t be judged for joining in). The Vietnamese almost never drink alone and rarely drink without eating, so many places serve a range of snacks and more extensive dishes.

Go sky-high in Ho Chi Minh City

Things are looking up for nightlife in Vietnam’s honorary capital (still known as Saigon to many locals). Flocks of people take to the skies each night, at one of the city's rooftop bars. Dress to impress at Chill Skybar, the most fashionable place in town with its neon lights and cabaret dancers. Located In The Heart of District 1 - Tnr Saigon bar has a wide range of beers on tap.

Techno-heads should make for The Lighthouse, in District 1, which has a roster of both local DJs and international acts.You might be lucky enough to see a big-name DJ at super cool Blanchy’s Lounge – Pete Tong and Grand Master Flash have both played here before. Ladies' Night means free Mojitos for women on Wednesdays.

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The view from Eon Heli Bar, Ho Chi Minh City © Stephane Bidouze/Shutterstock

Craft beer is also having a moment in Ho Chi Minh

. Biacraft has around 50 different brews on tap. Pasteur Street has pumped out over 200 different brews since 2014. And it's worth a trip to the Heart of Darkness for the beer's arty branding alone.

If you're on a budget, join in the fun in a streetside bar along De Tham street (drinks in the upmarket Dong Khoi street will cost five times the price). Additionally, you can always economise downtown by taking advantage of early-evening happy hours.

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Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City:

  • La Galerie Hotel
  • Situated in Ho Chi Minh City, within 4.2 km of Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center and 4.9 km of Fine Arts Museum, La Galerie Hotel features accommodation with a terrace and as well as free private parking for guests who drive. With free WiFi, this 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and room service. The hotel has family rooms.

  • The Art - Tina Hotel and Apartments
  • Located 3.1 km from Tan Dinh Market, The Art - Tina Hotel and Apartments provides accommodation with a shared lounge, a garden and a 24-hour front desk for your convenience.

    Each unit comes with a sofa, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a well-fitted kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. A balcony with garden views is offered in all units.

  • Felix Alley
  • Set in Ho Chi Minh City in the Ho Chi Minh Municipality region, with Tan Dinh Market nearby, Felix Alley offers accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking, as well as access to a fitness room.

Vietnam nightlife: beer and Buddhas in Hanoi

For a capital city, Hanoi

goes to bed pretty early. Luckily, the authorities seem to be gradually relaxing their midnight curfew. The nightlife scene here is all about cool cocktail lounges.

The trend for speakeasies has really taken off here: the Alley Cocktail Bar and the Kumquat Tree are both atmospheric. If you've still got life left in you after knocking back those spirits, finish your evening on Ta Hien. This busy street is packed with lively, dimly lit vietnam bars.

A must-visit for any first-time visitor to Hanoi, Bia Hoi Junction is widely-regarded as the quintessential nightlife spot in Hanoi. Bia hoi stalls or shophouses generally open from mid-afternoon to mid-evening, and serve fresh draught beer poured straight from the barrel – just look for the tell-tale metal barrels, and patrons sitting on stools and clutching greenish glass tumblers.

Find the most appealing accomodation options in Hanoi.

A mixologist in action at the Mad Botanist, Hanoi © Mad Botanist

Where to stay in Hanoi:

  • Modern Apartment near National Conventional Center
  • Situated 4.2 km from Vincom Center Nguyen Chi Thanh, Modern Apartment near National Conventional Center features accommodation with a restaurant, a garden and a 24-hour front desk for your convenience. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property.

  • Chủ Nhật Cafe & Homestay
  • Featuring a bar, garden and views of city, Chủ Nhật Cafe & Homestay is located in Hanoi, 3.4 km from Vincom Center Nguyen Chi Thanh. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and room service for guests.

  • 22HOUSING VINHOMES SKYLAKE
  • Providing lake views, 22HOUSING VINHOMES SKYLAKE in Hanoi provides accommodation, free bikes, a bar, a garden and a terrace. Free WiFi is provided.

Beach bars in Phu Quoc

Settle into island life on Phu Quoc off Vietnam’s west coast. Rory’s Beach Bar on Long Beach is a great place to start. Pull up a lounger to the beach bonfire, or join in a game of beer pong. This Aussie-owned venue often stays open later than advertised.

If you don’t fancy kicking off your shoes, take a seat in elegant Le Bar inside the colonial-style La Veranda Resort on Duong Dong beach. Enjoy sea views from the comfort of Art Deco chairs and sip cocktails from the bartenders' fresh and original recipes – this is a nightlife experience with a decidedly relaxed vibe.

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Duong Dong beach, Phu Quoc © Asia Travel/Shutterstock

Where to stay in Phu Quoc:

  • Azura Resort
  • Azura Resort features a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Phu Quoc. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a barbecue. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

  • M Resort Phu Quoc
  • Situated in Phu Quoc, 600 m from Long Beach, M Resort Phu Quoc features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. 3.2 km from Sung Hung Pagoda and 25 km from Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc, the property provides a garden and a terrace. The resort has family rooms.

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Party hard in Nha Trang

A lively stretch of coast on Vietnam's mainland, Nha Trang has buzzing nightlife scene. It's a backpacker favourite.

Sailing Club on Tran Phu street has been a favourite spot for an eclectic group of party animals for some years. DJs and swing chairs on the beach draw a well-heeled expat crowd and hordes of tourists to its refined beachfront bar, which gets progressively less refined as the night wears on. Try one of the signature cocktails, infused with goodies such as rose petal, ginger and chilli.

A couple of restaurants in Nha Trang are also great for evening drinks. La Mancha offers shisha to go with your cocktails, or try the sampler beer set at Louisiane Brewhouse on Tran Phy Beach – which combines pilsner, dark lager and seasonal ales.

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Where to stay in Nha Trang:

  • Moonlight House & Apartment Nha Trang
  • Located 200 m from Hon Chong Beach, Moonlight House & Apartment Nha Trang provides accommodation with a garden, a terrace and a 24-hour front desk for your convenience. Free WiFi is provided.

  • DTX Hotel Nha Trang
  • Set in Nha Trang, 300 m from Nha Trang Beach, DTX Hotel Nha Trang offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel has a bar and a shared lounge. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

Seaside sundowners in Mui Ne

It’s all about the beach bar nightlife along this popular stretch of seafront in southeast Vietnam.

Dragon Beach has an outdoor pool and huge dancefloor where you can work up a sweat to local DJ's playing electro and deep house.

For more of a chilled atmosphere, join the local surfing and kitesurfing community at Jibe. The bar has a watersports centre attached. What better way to unwind after a day on the waves than with by flopping on the comfy sofa seating with a decent, cheap drink in hand?

Backpacker Village Ca Na hostel is a great watering hole, whether you’re staying here or not. They don’t so much have a happy hour as an entire happy evening. And if you can find some time between sipping cocktails, get a game going of pool or try your hand at ping pong.

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Vietnam Mui Ne village fishing boats and ships in sunset light © Anna Moskvina/Shutterstock

Where to stay in Mui Ne:

  • Nostress Guest House
  • Situated in Mui Ne, 600 m from Ham Tien Beach, Nostress Guest House features air-conditioned accommodation and a garden. The property is set 2.3 km from Ong Dia Rock Beach, 6.8 km from Fairy Spring and 12 km from Sea Link Golf Course. The property is 46 km from Ke Ga Lighthouse and 47 km from Ta Cu Moutain.

  • Hiep Hoa Resort
  • Set in Mui Ne, 100 m from Ham Tien Beach, Hiep Hoa Resort offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with an outdoor pool. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

Vibrant atmosphere in Hoi An

A small town it may be, but Hoi An has a modest nightlife scene. Particularly lively are the late-night bars across the Thu Bon River on An Hoi Islet, where the party starts after sundown – after a walk along the prom you’ll most likely pick out a favourite.

E-Village is the most urbane place to drink on the north bank of An Hoi Islet, with lovely decorations, quiet music, and cocktails such as the MGM (like a mango, gin and mint shake). Decent food too.

Three Dragons sports bar is the place to head for if you want to catch a live football game, an F1 Grand Prix, or other sporting event. There’s a well-stocked bar and meals available too.

Market Bar is indeed set into elevated flanks of the grimy market, though it’s surprisingly elegant. You’ll have to choose between the restaurant and wine sections, though you’ll get the same stuff at either; Latin American snacks like empanadas and queso fundado augment a drinks list including some quirky G&T options, including and blue pea flower. Pleasingly off the tourist radar, at least for the time being.

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Mui Ne at sunset © Nevskii Dmitrii/Shutterstock

Where to stay in in Hoi An:

  • Babylon Villa
  • Featuring pool views, Babylon Villa in Hoi An features accommodation, a restaurant, free bikes, an outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a terrace. Complimentary WiFi is available.

  • Backhome Hostel & Bar
  • Boasting a bar, Backhome Hostel & Bar is situated in Hoi An in the Quang Nam region, 700 m from Hoi An Historic Museum and less than 1 km from Japanese Covered Bridge. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, room service and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation features evening entertainment and a tour desk.

Dreamy drinking in the Central Highlands

You'll probably head to the hills for the pine forests, waterfalls and lakes. But it's still possible to find a great drink here in the Central Highland cities.

Start in Da Lat. For a different type of rooftop drinking experience to the swanky 'Sky bars', 100 Roof Bar has seven floors including a wonderland-like rooftop garden. It can get quite loud some evenings with folks drinking cheap shots. Down the road, seek out the nightly live music at the tiny bar inside the rainbow-painted hostel, Beepub.

Move on to the region's capital, Buon Ma Thuot city, where Cafe Thung Lung Hong is snuggled at the base of a steep valley. Although more cafe than bar, it's open well into the evening. Join the locals for drinks under a constellation of neon and twinkly LED lights.

Top 5 hotels to stay in Vietnam:

  • Caravelle Saigon
  • Since its opening on Christmas Eve 1959, Caravelle Saigon has gained renown for being at the heart of everything important in this great city. Located in the very heart of the city center, the hotel is a short walk to iconic landmarks and locations, such as the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, historic Dong Khoi Street, Nguyen Hue walking street and the legendary Ben Thanh Market. Modern shopping is just around the corner at Vincom Center and at the nearby Saigon Center.

  • Konklor Hotel
  • Konklor Hotel is located in Kon Tum. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries and slippers. Extras include a seating area and cable channels.

  • Mui Ne Hills Backpackers
  • Located on top of a 300 m sand dunes hill, Mui Ne Hills Backpackers offers accommodation with free WiFi access throughout the property. It features an outdoor pool and 24 hours check-in service. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk away from the nearest beach.

  • Phong Nha Farmstay
  • Phong Nha Farmstay has a restaurant, free bikes, an outdoor swimming pool and bar in Phong Nha. Boasting a garden, the resort is close to several noted attractions, around 1.4 km from Giáp Nhi, 1.7 km from Cuong Ha and 1.7 km from Hà Môn. The accommodation features a spa centre, evening entertainment and family rooms.

  • Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
  • A historic luxury landmark since 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole offers pampering spa services, 24-hour room service and a heated swimming pool. It is located in central Hanoi, near the Old Quarter. The 5-star Sofitel Legend Metropole is just 160 m from the famous Hanoi Opera House. The scenic Hoan Kiem Lake is less than 500 m from the hotel.

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