The Ultimate Guide to Nightlife in Hanoi
Whether you like to drink beer on a small plastic stool on the sidewalk or prefer to dance to the latest music from a trendy nightclub, Hanoi will cover you. If you still have energy after a day spent exploring the Old Quarter and many museums in the city, read on to find out where to go for a good night’s sleep. Not interested in partying? Awesome! The vibrant arts and culture scene in Hanoi will surely give you entertainment before moving on.
The best bars of Hanoi
With Hanoi’s nightlife growing, more and more trendy bars are appearing. Many of them follow a particular theme or specialize in some form of entertainment, catering and drinks. Here are some of our recent favorites, but do some more research if you’re looking for something special. Chances are you’ll find him in Hanoi.
Try Factory 47 for a drink and listen to good music, try Factory 47. Located at 47 Hang Buom, this trendy bar attracts a wide range of diners, international travelers and expats. The brick walls, comfortable sofas, billiard tables and long bar provide a refreshing atmosphere and invite you to relax after a long day of sightseeing and exploring the city.
If you miss the Western bar food, you’d better come on an empty stomach. Burgers and other delicious bites await you and can be accompanied by a cold beer or creative cocktails from the bar. What’s great about this place is that it stays open late at night for a bar, from noon to 2 am (except Sunday, when they close at 12 am). In a city where most places are closed around midnight or even before, that’s an advantage.
Address: 47 Hang Buom, Hanoi
Phone number: 0974 363 366
Opening hours: 12h – 2h
Price range: 50 000 – 500 000 VND
Facebook: Factory 47
Ne Cocktail bar
Ne Cocktail Bar at 3B Tong Duy Tan is the perfect place for a last drink. This newly opened bar quickly began to attract guests from Hanoi and abroad, curious to try the innovative creations on offer here. Have you ever thought about adding a bowl of pho? Here you can try something close enough: the Pho cocktail, the signature of Nê, with star anise, cardamom, lime and fresh coriander. Want to taste?
This place is a real point of attraction for cocktail lovers, so get ready for a packed house. However, if you arrive early (they are open from 7pm to 2am), you can avoid the crowds and sip your drink in a quieter atmosphere. But where is the pleasure when you are in a new city?
The Binh Minh Jazz Club
If you like good live jazz, the pleasure is at the rendezvous. The Binh Minh Jazz Club, located in the heart of Hanoi’s French Quarter, hosts the country’s best jazz musicians, including Vietnamese jazz pioneer Binh Minh himself, performing every night from 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm. For special occasions, international celebrities also played. To find out if there are any special events while you are in town, check out their website.
Even if it is a little more expensive than the other bars of the area, this jazz club compensates by its performances and its entertainments of high quality. Located at 1 Trang Tien Street, it is also close to some of the city’s main attractions, such as Hoan Kiem Lake and several museums. In this way, you can stop for dinner (they serve local and international dishes) and ensure a good place for the performance later in the evening.
Address: No.1A Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi
Phone number: 024 3933 6555
Opening hours: 19h – 12h
Price range: 50 000 – 250 000 VND
Website: Binh Minh Jazz Club
1900 – The Theater
If you want to know where to organize a big party in the capital, the former 1900 Theater, The Theater Club will be the first name that comes to your mind. This club enjoys the best location in the heart of the Ta Hien Holiday Street. From the outside, this place looks pretty small. But once you enter the bar, you will be amazed by the spacious area and the sophisticated sophisticated decor. Every corner of the club is a work of art. You can easily spot details inspired by ancient and modern Hanoi, such as old megaphones, single pillar pagoda and our traditional houses with their characteristic yellow paint.
Passing the club in the evening, you might think that 1900 The Theater is just a bar to relax, have a drink and chat with friends or your date. But the real party will not start until after 11pm. The DJs are impressive with many outstanding titles, from world-class hits to original songs. In addition, the stage effects – scenic light, confetti and smoke reinforce the atmosphere of your party until the end of the night!
Every month, the club often hosts a special event, featuring popular DJs and Vietnamese celebrities. Each event usually attracts more than 500 guests. Check out their fan page for more information on the event date and entry fees.
Beyond a party place, this bar is now part of the lifestyle of young people in Hanoi!
Address: 8 Ta Hien, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Phone number: 0911 111 900
Entrance fee: VND 100,000 / ticket (including a drink)
Price range: 50 000 – 500 000 VND
Website: 1900 Le Theater
Polite & Co. (Whiskey Bar vs Cigar)
Founded in 1995, Polite & Co. is one of Hanoi’s oldest pubs. Those who love the vintage atmosphere (think 1920s movies) should not miss the opportunity to visit this cozy pub. The name says it all, the Polite & Co. bar is sleek and rather chic with a wooden bar and floor, a huge collection of liquor on display shelves with plenty of light and a space filled with artwork. Come here for jazz on a rainy night or shake up with energetic live music.
When you are in Polite & Co., you should try Khubani, a special drink a.k.a bestseller pub. You also have many other options, such as alcoholic beverages and beers imported from Holland, Belgium, Mexico, Denmark, etc. The beautiful decor and the delicious cocktails are also a signature of the pub.
Every Tuesday, Gent’s Night, Polite & Co. organizes its special promotion: buy 1, get 1 free whiskey all malt and get a 10% discount on cigars.
If you need a stylish place to relax, Polite & Co. is a place to go!
Address: 5B Bao Khanh, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Phone number: 0968 949 606
Opening hours: 15h-12h
Happy Hours: 18:00 – 20:00 (Cocktail for 90,000 VND)
Price range: 60 000 – 500 000 VND
Facebook: Polite & Co.
Grenier Cocktail & Wine Lab
Attic Cocktail & Wine Lab, which was launched in early May, has quickly become a new destination of choice for an evening in Hanoi. Hidden in the attic of an old apartment in Hanoi, the “Lab” impresses visitors with its nostalgic atmosphere. Other guests who visited the lab said there are three elements that make the lab famous: delicious catchy cocktails, the friendly “Team Handsome” bartender and Mr. Tequila!
Whether you’re happy or sad, just go to the Attic Cocktail & Wine Lab to talk about your stories with talented bartenders. They will turn your words into a cocktail! In case you do not want to share, you can try the oyster smoothie, lavender gin, or simply ask the bartender for his recommendation!
I mentioned Mr. Tequila earlier, every time he shows up in the attic, the party really begins! His hobby is to see people happy, he loves to walk in the laboratory with a bottle of tequila to “save” those who are thirsty. After some backups, you will become a real party animal.
Do not forget to search for the “Treasure Journal” to see what other parties are saying about the Attic Cocktail & Wine Lab.
Address: 46 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Phone number: 0984 334 646
Opening hours: 16h – 12h
Price range: 180 000 – 500 000 VND
Facebook: Attic Cocktail & Wine Lab
Bia Hoi and craft beer bars in Hanoi
Having a glass or two of Bia Hoi (draft beer) is a must in Hanoi. The city is famous for its many small bars and restaurants that offer cheap draft beer as well as delicious snacks.
Bia Hoi Junction
To meet other travelers who share your love of beer, head to Bia Hoi Junction, at the intersection of Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien and Dinh Liet Streets, in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. There, a cold can cost as little as 7,000 VND.
It’s a great place to watch people while you’re perched on a miniature plastic stool, eating freshly prepared street food. There will also be plenty of other travelers, backpackers and young Vietnamese students to meet and share travel stories.
Stop at any time, from 22:00 in the morning … depending on when the local authorities decide to close the place for the night.
Address: Corner of Bat Dan and Duong Thanh, Hanoi
Opening hours: 11h – 12h
Price range: 5,000 – 20,000 VND
Bia Hoi at 1A Duong Thanh Street
Since Bia Hoi Junction can be very crowded, you might want to take a look at another great spot for a cool cold beer. Just a ten-minute walk from the crowded place, there are many other bars located at 1A Duong Thanh Street, west of the old district.
Here, the beer will cost a little more, perhaps about 10,000 VND per glass and the atmosphere is worth the detour. Fewer foreigners and a larger local crowd make this place more interesting if you want to live a less touristy night. Appointment “early” to make the most of your evening, as the places close between 1:00 and 2:00.
For a more classy experience of the Beer Scene in Hanoi, head to the Standing Bar. The owner of this hip hole is proud to serve only locally produced craft beers with some pretty cool flavor combinations. If you’re thinking only about lagers, stouts, and APIs, you’re not giving enough credit to this place.
In addition to all types of traditional beer, the Standing Bar offers flavors as exotic as coffee, chocolate, jasmine and cashew. Combine this with some of their excellent home-cooked meals and you’ll get a dreamy evening for foodies.
Located at 170 Tran Vu Street overlooking Truc Bach Lake, Standing Bar welcomes guests from 16:00 to 24:00 daily and offers a beer between 80,000 and 90,000 VND.
Hanoi’s Beer Gardens and Beer Bars
Hanoians are serious about their beer. That’s why there are so many different types of places that serve it. Be it beer kiosks or rooftop bars, noisy hybrids of elaborate nightclub restaurants, there are so many things to try and try hard to find the time to do everything.
The Legend Beer is one of the city’s most popular beer bars, located at 1 Dinh Tien Hoang. He is best known for his view of a busy and chaotic roundabout. Arrive before rush hours (just after sunset) to get a table on the balcony and get good pictures of the traffic below.
Every day from 11:00 to 23:00, the Legend Beer serves homemade drinks and a selection of German specialties such as pork knuckles and sausages. As it is very popular among tourists who wish to get great pictures, the prices are a little higher than in the rest of the old town, but the view is worth it.
Address: 01 – 03 – 05 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Phone number: +84 43 776 1666
Opening hours: 11h – 11h
Price range: 80,000 – 700,000 VND
Move safely at night
While Hanoi is generally considered safe, you want to be careful when you go out at night. Especially after drinking a few drinks, it’s easy to become the target of taxi scams and other scams, so try to stay alert and keep your wits about you.
To make sure you get home safely after a long night, only use reputable taxi companies. There are many dummy taxis that charge exorbitant flat rates or use ultra-fast counters, so watch closely for Mai Linh (Green Grass) or Taxi Group / CP Taxi cars (white with red stripes). You can also use Grab, but you will need a local SIM card with a data plan.
Finally, to avoid confusion, ask your hotel to indicate the exact address in Vietnamese or keep its business card with you. In this way, there will be no confusion about your destination. If you say badly your destination and the driver takes you to the wrong place, he will probably ask you to pay for it or even offer to take you to his friend’s hotel, which will carry a tourist price tag.
Although there are many things to see and do in Hanoi during the day, save energy for the evening. Visit some of the city’s craft beer bars, stop by one of the trendy nightclubs or meet local artists in one of the creative cafes in the city center. Whatever you like to do at a party, Hanoi has something to offer you.