Although it’s not long known for its nightlife, Hanoi now boasts a buzzing bar circuit, especially in the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Seek out the famous Beer Corner (Bia Hoi Corner) in the heart of the district, at the intersection between Tạ Hiện and Lương Ngọc Quyến streets, this is where local and foreign drinkers sprawl out of unpretentious shophouses sitting on little plastic stools. Join them for a bia hoi, the cheap draught beer that’s a staple of any night out.
You can find information on cultural performances in the daily English-language newspaper, the Vietnam News, and The Guide, which is published monthly by the Vietnam Economic Times. Tickets should be purchased in person at the venue.
Bars in Hanoi
Finnegan's Irish Pub
Long a bolthole for locals and travellers, Finnegan's is awash with Irish insignia, drinks offers and enough ice cold Guinness and beer to help ease away the blistering mayhem outside its doors. With quiz nights, fish and chips and several floors of sports (pool tables and dart boards, plus big TV screens for any live action), it certainly vies for the title of the best Irish pub in Vietnam.Address: , 32 Luong Ngoc Quyen, Hanoi,
Telephone: +84 90 499 4785.
King Pirates Pub
King Pirates Pub has a contemporary pirate themed atmosphere, featuring a selection of rum based drinks which are used to craft a selection of signature cocktail and punches. Tucked away in the old quarter this pub is a great place to chill with friends or simply watch the action of the adjacent street.Address: , 24B Hang Giay, Hanoi,
Telephone: +84 9 4363 1998.
Always bustling with locals, expats and visitors keen to try its ice-cold beer and pub grub, Le Pub is a popular joint positioned on the Hoan Kiem Lake at the foot of the Old Quarter that shows plenty of sport on TV. There is also a second branch out at West Lake on Xaun Dieu.Address: , 25 Hang BE , Hanoi,
Telephone: +84 4 3926 2104.
Rock & Roll Tavern
It may not look much, but the Rock & Roll Tavern is one of the longest standing music bars in Hanoi. With open mic nights and a band each Friday, visitors often start with just a beer and end up here all night. Burgers and pizza should stifle any hunger pangs, while live TV sport, pool tables and regular quiz nights fill in any gaps between bands rather nicely.Address: , 256 Nghi Tam Street, Hanoi,
Telephone: +84 4 6295 8215.
Clubs in Hanoi
The Dragonfly has a huge bar and dancefloor, playing house and hip hop, plus an upstairs cocktail and shisha lounge where things are a little more chilled out. There is also table football, pool tables and big-screen TVs for sports events but be warned: it tends to get rammed with backpackers when there are drinks deals on.Address: , 15 Hang Buom, Hanoi,
Telephone: +84 9 7970 0666
One of Hanoi’s dancing hotspots, this small, trendy club boasts DJs pumping out house, trance and electro music late into the night. It often gets very crowded, so be prepared for a bit of a squeeze if you want to hit the dancefloor.Address: , 2 Ta Hien, Hanoi,
Telephone: +84 4 3292 7614.
HERO Club is one of the most happening clubs in Hanoi, a favourite of both locals and visitors. With a mix of contemporary English, EDM and local music you’re bound to find something you like. Be warned though, when trying to leave the street taxis outside are incredibly overpriced.Address: , 42M Yen Phu, Hanoi,
Telephone: +84 9 8926 4242
One of the best clubs in Hanoi, this place attracts locals and visitors who want to dance and have a fantastic time. Music wise, expect house, hip-hop and other dance music.Address: Hoan Kiem, 41 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi,
Live music in Hanoi
Binh Minh's Jazz Club
With live performances taking place every evening, it’s hard to go wrong at Minh's Jazz Club. While the array of local and international guest artists are usually very good, the best nights are when the owner, Minh, belts out tracks on the saxophone himself. He also teaches jazz sax at the Hanoi Conservatory.Address: , 1 Trang Tien Street , Hanoi,
Telephone: +84 4 3933 6555.
There are several hotels that host nightly musical performances, but the Cava Lounge bar in Melia Hanoi is picking up something of a reputation as the best of them. Tuck into a selection of tapas and kick back to a host of lively jazz outfits and local bands in a glamorous setting. Located on the third floor, there is an outdoor terrace if things hot up too much.Address: , 44 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hanoi,
Telephone: 0808 2341 953
This easy-to-find live music venue has good views across Hoan Kiem Lake. The deep-red décor, soft lighting and huge sofas make it great for dining ahead of enjoying the live music acts. Popular with both visitors and well-heeled locals, the bartenders create cocktails with a real flourish.Address: , 32 Le Thai To Street, Hanoi,
Telephone: +84 4 3828 8820.