A selection of the best bars and nightlife in Hoi An.

Hoi An nightlife guide

Introduction

Last updated 01 Nov 2017

Here’s our list of the best places to grab a glass of wine or a cocktail in Hoi An - handpicked and updated in October 2017.

 

Nightlife is still on the mellow side in the old town- which is a good fit for the style of the place. The backpacker strip across the river is ramping up the party - and the noise. An Bang Beach is also developing a scene of its own.

 

The old town has some tasteful, atmospheric spots for a quiet drink. They’re mostly in close proximity to one another too, so you can wander around and pick the place that takes your fancy.

 

Most of Hoi An’s bars are along Le Loi and Nguyen Thai Hoc streets. The river is lined with restaurants that also happily double up as bars. The backpacker scene is located across the river in An Hoi.

 

 

Mango Mango

Upstairs at Mango Mango is a great spot for a late afternoon cocktail or a glass of wine. They have a selection of Vietnam’s craft beers on tap too. After dinner, there’s live music downstairs most nights. It all finishes early at around 11PM.

 

Live music - Mango Mango Hoi An
Photo: Mark Bowyer Live music - Mango Mango Hoi An

 

 

Mango Rooms

Mango Rooms is a cool spot for an afternoon cocktail or glass of wine looking over the river. Created more than a decade ago by American Vietnamese chef Tran Duc (Duc also owns Mango Mango), the feel is bright, staff are friendly, and happy hour runs till 7. Hang around to sample some of Duc’s work for dinner too.

 

 

White Marble

White Marble’s stocks Hoi An's most extensive wine selection - including a generous range by the glass. There's a good balance of old and new world wines on offer.

 

If you like your wine, this is your place.

 

The airy building over two floors is an old town gem with a great feel.

 

If you’re feeling the Hoi An summer heat, head upstairs for air-conditioning. And if you're feeling settled, stay for dinner.

 

White Marble wine bar - Hoi An
Photo: Mark Bowyer White Marble wine bar - Hoi An

 

Dive Bar

In case you're wondering about the name, Dive Bar is the headquarters for Cham Island Diving. The bar ain’t a dive at all. It’s a popular little travellers’ drinkery with occasional live acoustic tunes. There’s a fair chance if you’re planning any snorkelling or diving that you’ll pass by here too.

 

 

Dublin Gate Irish Pub

The Dublin Gate opened in 2017 and is already one of Hoi An’s busiest bars. There’s live music most nights, a steady flow of sporting events on the screens, and a general feel of Irish frivolity with Vietnamese characteristics.

 

 

The Hill Station

Hill Station is a deli that serves good cold cuts and cheese and sports a solid wine list. It’s located slightly away from the tourist centre in one of Hoi An’s nicest old villas.

 

 

Q Bar

Q Bar is Hoi An’s fanciest cocktail venue and stocks the old town’s most extensive bar and cocktail list. The space is cool, the people tend to be too. It’s located among the old town’s most popular drinkeries so take a look.

 

 

An Hoi backpacker bars

Across the bridge, the area known as an An Hoi, is becoming popular for backpacker revelry. There are quite a few options. They fluctuate from night to night and are easy to find. Head right as you come off the bridge. Tiger Tiger is consistently busy.

 

 

Why Not Bar

If your Hoi An night spins out of control, Why Not is the town’s messy late night venue. Popular with wobbling backpackers, it starts and finishes very late. There have been quite a few tales of nastiness with xe om drivers and thieves loitering outside. Young women should take special care.  Don’t come alone, watch your drinks and your things and try and stay in control.

 

 

Salt Pub, An Bang Beach

A new arrival in 2017, Salt Pub is part of the Australian Vietnamese owned Beachside Boutique Resort. It was in its early days during our visits but it had an Aussie pub feel. The beachside setting is stunning and they’ve done a good job on the space. The green between the pub and the beach is a gem.

 

Beachside Resort, An Bang Beach, Hoi An
Photo: Mark Bowyer Beachside Resort, An Bang Beach, Hoi An

 

 

Soul Kitchen on An Bang Beach

Soul Kitchen on An Bang beach is a good spot to end the day with a drink by the sea. Visiting musicians often pull in to perform as well. There’s a jam session that’s popular with expats every Sunday from around 5pm.

As An Bang beach's popularity grows, Soul Kitchen is getting crowded.

The Soul Kitchen people have also opened another venue, Soul Beach, about 100m south of Soul Kitchen. The new place is even more ramshackle. It’s becoming a popular live music venue. Check our Hoi An events page for details of what’s coming up.

 

 

Head to Danang?

And if the Hoi An scene feels too small, you can take the half hour cab ride to Danang, a larger city where there are more restaurant and nightlife options. It’s no party town like Saigon but there are a few bars and big local clubs. You can check out our Danang nightlife guide here.

 

Note:
Late nights in Hoi An are mostly fun and trouble free. But, there are increasing reports of nasty xe om (motorcycle taxi) encounters, spiked drinks and bill disputes in late night backpacker bars. Be wary. Try and stay in control.

 

 

Addresses for Hoi An Bars
Mango Mango       45 Nguyen Phuc Chu St, Hoi An
White Marble        98 Le Loi St, Hoi An
Mango Rooms       111 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Hoi An
Q Bar Hoi An         94 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Hoi An
The Hill Station     321 Nguyen Duy Hieu St, Hoi An   
Dublin Gate Hoi An 21 Nguyen Phuc Chu, An Hoi Islet, Hoi An
Why Not Bar        10 Pham Hong Thai St Hoi An


Addresses for An Bang Beach bars
Soul Kitchen        An Bang Beach - turn left
Salt Pub             Cam An,  An Bang, Hoi An