A selection of the best bars and nightlife in Hanoi.

Hanoi nightlife guide

Introduction

Last updated 12 Aug 2016

Hanoi's drink and dance offerings are less diverse than its racy southern sister Saigon, but there are plenty of places to keep energetic, thirsty, gregarious travellers entertained by night. Keep in mind the expat bar scene in the West Lake area too - especially for long nights out on the weekend.

Hanoi’s embrace of nightlife has been far more tentative than its southern sister Saigon. BMWs, Bentleys, Louis Vuitton and cosmetic surgery seem to be welcome signs of the city's emergence from the gloomy days of central planning. But the bar scene has been more fraught. Things open. Then they close.

Too many customers and the official attention that brings, can be as deadly to a business as too few.

Beer corner is now something of a Hanoi nightlife institution and continues to draw in big crowds of alfresco drinkers before 12 - when the shutters come down. You’ll need to head down there and get amongst the young locals for at least one cold beer. There are also lots of bars in the Ta Hien St area - but they too shut down at midnight.

If you want to kick on beyond twelve, you’ll need to head out of the old quarter. There are a few places on Hanoi’s dyke road as well as the West Lake expat ghetto area that stay open late.

The West Lake area,where many of Hanoi's expats live, is an increasingly important part of the city's culinary and nightlife scene. If you're in the city longer than a night or two, or planning a long night out, this area is definitely worth a visit.

We list a number of West Lake venues in our recomendations.

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Polite Pub Bar, Hanoi

One of Hanoi's legendary expat bars of the 1990s and 2000s, has had a complete facelift. A once cheap and cheerful venue of sports-mad expats, in... Read more

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Polite Pub Bar, Hanoi
5 Bao Khanh St, Hoàn Kiếm Dist, Hanoi
+84 4 38250959
 

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Savage Club, West Lake, Hanoi

Late night venue of darkness and local and international DJs, by Hanoi's West Lake. Opened in late 2016. Savage is pulling in big weekend crowds of... Read more

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Savage Club, West Lake, Hanoi
112 Xuan Dieu, Ho Tay, Hanoi
+84 4 6686 6150
 

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Standing Bar, Hanoi

Craft beer specialist on Hanoi’s Truc Bach Lake - opened in 2016. Big selection of Vietnamese craft beers. Popular laid back watering hole with... Read more

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Standing Bar, Hanoi
170 Trấn Vũ, Trúc Bạch, Hanoi
+84 4 3266 8057
 

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1900 Le Theatre, Hanoi

1900 Le Theatre's a busy new club in an old theatre on Ta Hien St - at the centre of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and the street beer scene. It's pulling in... Read more

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1900 Le Theatre, Hanoi
8 Ta Hien St, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi (Old Quarter - near beer corner).
+84 91 111 19 00
 

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1911 Bar, Hanoi

1911, set in the grounds of Hanoi’s spectacular Opera House is a very special spot for a glass of wine and a chat, pre or post dinner. The Opera... Read more

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1911 Bar, Hanoi
1A Trang Tien, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi - Opera House garden
+84 4 39334801
 

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88 Lounge, Hanoi

88 lounge is an upscale wine lounge in Hanoi’s West Lake area. The decor's cool but the vibe is friendly and casual. Great for a quiet sip and a chat. Read more

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88 Lounge, Hanoi
88 Xuân Diệu Tây Hồ District Hà Nội
+844 371 88 029

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Beer Corner, Hanoi

Hanoi's Beer Corner is something of a traveller institution that's spilled over into nearby Ta Hien St to create what now may be better described as... Read more

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Beer Corner, Hanoi
Cnr Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen St, Hanoi
 

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Binh Minh's Jazz Club, Hanoi

Binh Minh’s is Hanoi’s oldest jazz club - and they only dedicated jazz venue we know.. It's a local institution, these days located behind the... Read more

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Binh Minh's Jazz Club, Hanoi
1 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi
+84-4-3933 6555
 

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Cama Atk Bar, Hanoi

CAMA ATK CLOSED PERMANENTLY IN LATE 2016. Read more

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Cama Atk Bar, Hanoi
73 Mai Hắc Đế, Hà Nội

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Dragonfly Bar, Hanoi

Dragonfly Bar is a buzzing space over two floors that's especially busy on weekends. Once a late night venue, these days it seems to get its wings... Read more

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Dragonfly Bar, Hanoi
15 Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi
 

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Factory 47 bar, Hanoi

From the same people that own Rockstore at the other side of Hanoi’s old quarter tourist area, Factory 47 is an industrial style pub. It attracts a... Read more

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Factory 47 bar, Hanoi
47 Hang Buom Hanoi
+84 163 946 0750
 

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Hanoi Rock City

Hanoi Rock City, in Hanoi's West Lake area about 10 minutes from downtown, is a mix of outdoor bar, club and live music venue - it all depends on... Read more

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Hanoi Rock City
27/52, Tô Ngọc Vân, Tây Hồ, Hanoi
+841633166170
 

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Hero Club, Hanoi

Hero is an industrial style Hanoi club, that’s popular with locals and expats. Regularly features visiting DJs and events. Read more

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Hero Club, Hanoi
42M Yên Phụ, Ba Đình, Hanoi
+84 98 926 42 42

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Le Terrasse Du Metropole, Metropole Hotel

The fancy sidewalk cafe at the historic Metropole Hotel is a perfect spot for a quiet, Hanoi drink. The colonial era building is one of Hanoi’s... Read more

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Le Terrasse Du Metropole, Metropole Hotel
15 Ngo Quyen St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+84-4-3826 6919
 

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Mao’s Red Lounge, Hanoi

It's only a few years ago that Mao's Bar was the epicentre of late night mischief on Hanoi's Ta Hien St - in the heart of the old quarter. These... Read more

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Mao’s Red Lounge, Hanoi
7 Tạ Hiên St, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi
+84 4 39263104
 

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O'Leary's Sports Bar, Hanoi

If your travels to Hanoi happen to coincide with an important sports event back home (or somewhere else), O’Leary’s Sports Bar is the capital’s... Read more

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O'Leary's Sports Bar, Hanoi
38 Ba Trieu, Hang Bai Ward, Hoan Kiem Dist. Hanoi
+84 90 226 99 38

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Red River Tea Room, Hanoi

A down-to-earth little bar overlooking Hanoi’s West Lake in the city's expat enclave, around 15 minutes from the Old Quarter by taxi. Tea doesn’t... Read more

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Red River Tea Room, Hanoi
25 Tu Hoa, West Lake Hanoi - on the small lane that runs right by the lake.
 

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Rockstore Bar, Hanoi

In the heart of the tourist area in Hanoi’s old quarter, Rockstore’s a dependable, vibrant, venue, most nights with a mix of DJs and live tunes. On... Read more

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Rockstore Bar, Hanoi
61 Mã Mây Hanoi
+84165 333 6087
 

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Rooftop Bar, Hanoi

Rooftop is holding its own as a trendy spot for Hanoi’s pretty people after five years. It's a club featuring DJs - mostly minus the dancing. Great... Read more

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Rooftop Bar, Hanoi
19th Floor, Pacific Place, 83B Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi,
 

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Summit Lounge, Sofitel Plaza Hotel, Hanoi

Hanoi is a city of lakes, and there’s no better place to view the city’s lakes and views across the Red River than the Summit Lounge on the 20th... Read more

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Summit Lounge, Sofitel Plaza Hotel, Hanoi
1 Thanh Nien Rd, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
+84438238888

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Swing Cafe and Lounge, Hanoi

Swing cafe and lounge, in the heart of Hanoi, is a fancy retro-style cafe by day and a popular live music venue by night. Read more

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Swing Cafe and Lounge, Hanoi
21 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+84 4 3824 5395
 

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Ta Hien St - old quarter street party

This isn't an official street party as such but Hanoi's Ta Hien St has been transformed by the spillover from beer corner. The closure of sections... Read more

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Ta Hien St - old quarter street party
Ta Hien St, Hanoi
 

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Tadioto Cafe, Hanoi

We've lost count of how many times Tadioto's moved. In the latest incarnation, owner Nguyen Qui Duc, has absconded from Hanoi's arty backblocks and... Read more

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Tadioto Cafe, Hanoi
24 Tong Dan St, Hanoi
04 668 09124
 

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The Bank nightclub, Hanoi

Located bang in the centre of town, The Bank is one of Hanoi’s most popular local nightspots. Expect pretty people, very tall vodka bottles, pop... Read more

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The Bank nightclub, Hanoi
41 Hai Ba Trung, Capital Bulding, 6th Floor Hanoi
+84944903232

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The Republic, West Lake, Hanoi

A popular pub-style expat venue by Hanoi’s West Lake. Craft beers, pub food and a steady roster of events and televised sports keep The Republic... Read more

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The Republic, West Lake, Hanoi
7A Quang An St, Tay Ho (West Lake) Hanoi
+84 4 3718 5874
 

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Unicorn Bar, Hanoi

Unicorn is a funky, friendly, little bar on the fringe of Hanoi’s old quarter, that’s developed a reputation for exotic cocktails. The owner, Tiep,... Read more

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Unicorn Bar, Hanoi
2 Hang Than, Hanoi - old quarter fringe
+8490 488 62 66
 

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The Hanoi Social Club

6 Hội Vũ, Hoàn Kiếm | Map
Wed Feb 22, 2017
9PM
Tiếng Việt ở dưới It's that space just after consciousness. Just before sleep. Somewhere in... Read more

Let's fall in love at 88 Lounge

88 Lounge

88 Xuân Diệu | Map
Sat Feb 11 till Sat Feb 25, 2017
LET'S FALL IN LOVE AT 88 Lounge -English version is below- Điểm đến ngọt ngào cho ngày lễ... Read more

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HRC Tô Ngọc Vân

27 / 52 To Ngoc Van | Map
Thu Feb 23, 2017
9PM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kwgZgEsRKDs Redroom Sessions introducing Puddles: Three... Read more

HRC Live

HRC Tô Ngọc Vân

27 / 52 To Ngoc Van | Map
Fri Feb 24, 2017
9PM
Another Friday night with a big line up with 4 live acts - Etienne Rousseaux: A charming... Read more