The best bars and pubs in Hanoi are conveniently located within the Old Quarter, gaining immense popularity among the city's tourists and expat community. A night out in Hanoi is incomplete without visiting a roadside beer joint, where you can enjoy Vietnamese beer at a fraction of the price you would pay back home.

    If you prefer a quieter setting, head to the more upscale bars around Hoan Kiem Lake. These establishments offer a wide range of alcoholic beverages, local and international delicacies, and live performances featuring various music genres. Most nightlife venues close at midnight, so it's advisable to start early and choose a place you like from our list of Hanoi's most popular bars and pubs.


    Bia Hoi Junction

    Hanoi's nightlife hub in the Old Quarter

    Bia Hoi Junction is widely regarded as the quintessential nightlife spot in Hanoi. Located in the heart of the Old Quarter, this area is especially popular among backpackers, who can indulge in the famous bia hoi (Vietnamese draft beer) for cheap.

    The atmosphere here is vibrant, with numerous shophouses featuring plastic stools overflowing onto the streets. Additionally, makeshift stalls sell a variety of snacks, including steamed peanuts, fried tofu, and beef jerky.

    Location: Ta Hien & Pho Luong Ngoc Quyen, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 11 am until late


    King Pirates Pub

    Fun drinks and challenges

    King Pirates Pub is a fun pirate-themed nightlife spot in Hanoi Old Quarter, featuring a satisfying selection of rum-based drinks, local beers, and house wines. The owners are friendly and chatty, attracting tourists, locals, and expats to this small yet charming pub.

    King Pirates Pub offers local beers for cheap while signature cocktails are also affordable. If you're up for an adventurous night, sign up for the bar's fun challenges such as the "Walk the Plank!", where you'll usually get a free T-shirt upon finishing a set of shots or other drinks.

    Location: 24B Hang Giay, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 2 am

    Phone: +84 (0)943 631 998


    Binh Minh’s Jazz Club

    Drinks and live music in Hanoi Old Quarter

    Binh Minh's Jazz Club is a legendary nightlife spot in Hanoi Old Quarter, where jazz fans can catch live performances by some of the finest musicians in the city. Owned by pioneer Vietnamese jazz artist Quyen Van Minh, the establishment features minimal decor, cosy seating, efficient service, and an extensive food and beverage menu. 

    Open all day, patrons can enjoy an impressive lineup of local and international acts usually performing between 9 pm and 11.30 pm every night. Please note that drinks at Minh's Jazz Club are not cheap, but when you factor in the quality of the live entertainment and lack of cover charge, prices are more than fair.

    Location: 1 Trang Tien Street, French Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +84 (0)2 439 336 555


    Sunset Bar at InterContinental Hanoi West Lake

    Sunset Bar is built on an artificial island within InterContinental Hanoi West Lake, offering affluent travellers a chance to unwind in a tranquil lakeside setting. The bar can be accessed via a torch-lit bridge and is equipped with plush daybeds and woven rattan couches, making it the perfect spot for a quiet evening with loved ones. 

    Sunset Bar offers an extensive drinks list that includes signature and classic cocktails, as well as imported beers, wines, whiskies, and liqueurs. Selected drinks are available at half price between 5 pm and 7 pm every night.

    Location: 1A Nghi Tam, Tay Ho District, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 4 pm to midnight

    Phone: +84 (0)2 462 708 888


    Press Club Hanoi

    A sophisticated drinking place in downtown Hanoi

    Press Club Hanoi is an upscale bar renowned for its impeccable service and sophisticated ambience that lies a mere 5-minute stroll from Hanoi Opera House. Attracting a more affluent clientele, the bar's gentleman's club style serves excellent wines, champagnes, and cocktails, as well as gourmet Western delicacies. Meanwhile, the spacious terrace affords stunning views of Hoan Kiem Lake and downtown Hanoi. Pan-Asian delights are served at La Table Hanoia restaurant. 

    From Thursday to Sunday, you can also enjoy live rock music. And every Thursday, there is usually a special buy-1-get-1-free deal on select drinks.

    Location: 59A Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)2 439 340 888

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