Vietnam is a great place to enjoy a lively and varied night scene, with plenty of bars and clubs around the country that cater to the tourist crowds. Realising the potential in attracting the tourist dollars and pounds, Vietnam’s bar scene offers cool interiors, funky tunes, a fun atmosphere, and a wide selection of drinks to keep you happy long into the small hours. Although places are meant to close at midnight, many places stay open longer, meaning that you needn’t head home like Cinderella as the clock strikes 12.
Sorted into areas, some of the best bars in Vietnam include:
Ho Chi Minh City
Known as the Street of Foreigners, Pho Tay, Ho Chi Minh City’s streets in District 1 and around Pham Ngu Lao, Bui Vien, De Tham, and Do Quang Dau, are awash with fantastic watering holes. Bright lights shine and loud music roars, offering a lively time at both day and night – although night times are, of course, a lot more raucous!
For a drink with a view, head to the top of the Caravelle Hotel where you will find the chic Saigon, Saigon. Offering a sophisticated vibe and amazing panoramic views of the city below, it is a great spot to unwind with your favourite tipple. Another place to enjoy sweeping city views is in the swish and swanky Chill Sky Bar.
For a touch of North Africa, check out Le Taj; housed within Tama Sago Castle and done up to resemble Marrakesh, it is exotic and exciting. Drinks don’t come cheap, but the experience provides great value. MZ Bar attracts a more mature crowd, with live music keeping the punters more than happy, and a cocktail in the sumptuous Boudoir Lounge can add a real touch of class to your stay in the city.
Whilst not technically a bar, one of the best drinking and socializing experiences in Hanoi is the Old Quarter’s Beer Corner. Attracting a mixture of locals and foreigners, pull up a plastic chair, sit on the streets, and enjoy a cool and refreshing beer in the balmy evenings.
In the French Quarter, Bamboo Bar sits next to the sparkling pool at the Sofitel Metropole. The atmosphere is both chilled out and sophisticated, and it is a really pretty place to unwind at the end of an active day. A lively and youthful atmosphere can be found in both Voodoo Bar and T-Bar, and La Casa Bar’s slogan of “sleep all day – party all night” gives you a hint of what is in store! Treats attracts visitors by the bucket load.
Head to the well known Rooftop Bar for incredible cityscape views, and find something a bit different at Taboo; designed to look like a glamorous yacht, it offers a feeling of blissful luxury and romance.
Sapa is more known for its cooler climates and picturesque mountain scenery than for its party scene, but there are a few friendly bars catering to visiting tourists. One of the best is Hmong Sisters Bar, which offers a laid back atmosphere, perfect for getting to know other travellers, a pool table, and a darts board.
A favourite foreigner haunt in Danang is Bamboo Bar. Sitting close to the ocean, it offers a friendly and relaxed vibe, cheap food, and a decent selection of drinks. Red Hot is the best spot for some late night action, with the party continuing long after most places have locked up for the night. Hai Van Lounge offers some Asian elegance, and is a great spot for couples.
Other top bars to check out in Vietnam include the Sailing Club in Nha Trang, King Kong Bar on Cam Nam Island, and Dalat’s cheerful Hangout Bar and Larry’s Place.
Have fun seeing the sights and checking the best bar in Vietnam off your travel list.