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Where to drink and entertain in Hanoi


1 . Hanoi Rock City : 27/52 To Ngoc Van

There is live music and DJs.

The main bar area is outside  and a good spot for a drink in its own right  and the music is on in the Red Room upstairs.

You will find good music, good beer, a good atmosphere  and it is open late. Check out their website or The New Hanoian for news of what's on.


2. Minh's Jazz Club : 3rd Floor, Hot Life Café, 65 Quan Su St

If you are a jazz aficionado, you are in for a hefty dose of Trane and Bird with a side of Miles at Minh's Jazz Club.

the drinks are good and the price is suitable. The band starts at 21:00 sharp and plays two hour-long sets. The second set is usually better, after they have had a chance to get cookie'

Good place to enjoy here.


3. Mao's Red Lounge : 7 Ta Hien St

Popular with expats, Mao's is a tiny, two-storey bar at the northern end of Ta Hien St, run by the likeable Mr Mao.

Drinks are cheap, the music is a good mix and there is usually quite a crowd holed up there - particularly after official closing time. Downstairs is home to the bar and can get mighty crowded, while upstairs has low level seating and a more relaxed vibe. Get there early if you want a seat to enjoy.

Overall a great spot for a drink and a laugh

Come her and enjoy it. Highly recommended


4. Irish Wolfhound : 4 Luong Ngoc Quyen

With streetside seating and an open plan that makes the inside feel like it is outside, the Wolfhound is a good alternative to nearby Bia Hoi corner.

When you want a  good choice of beverage, more comfortable seating, good  music – Find good position to seat , this is a good option.

It is a top choice on a warm day when a few hours can easily pass sipping a beer or two with friends and watching the world go by.

And yes, they do Guinness, although it is pricey


5. Bar Betta : 34C Cao Ba Quat St

Not far from the Fine Arts Museum, Bar Betta is a cafe bar hidden away up a narrow flight of stairs.

The inside area is like Aladdin's Cave, full of retro treasures, and the roof terrace is a great spot for watching the stars  when the smog clears or just chilling with best friends and  good cocktail.

There is usually a good vibe in the evenings.

It will be a good choice when coming here.


6. Polite Pub : 5 Bao Khanh

Bao Khanh used to be an attractive place for travelers

The road is still full of bars and restaurants and Polite Pub is worth the trip. It's got a real pub feel to it with beer -- Tiger and Carlsberg  bear -- on tap, a pool table out back and lots of wood.

The music is good too -- primarily a mix of rock and pop and they show the footie and other sporting events.


7. Hair of the Dog : 32 Ma May St

The new location has more space overall and a comfy area upstairs, if you want to escape the dance floor and bustle of downstairs.

This is a very good place to head if you want to meet other travelers, particularly between 23:00 and 01:00 when it gets busiest, but not so good for a quite beer.

They host regular happy hours, and yes, they still do buckets.


8. Half Man Half Noodle : 62 Dao Duy Tu St

It is mainly the rock music, which makes a refreshing change from dance music.

It's a great place to meet and converse, rather than dance, and the food is not bad either.


9. Phuc Tan Bar: 51 To Gian Alley, Phuc Tan

Phuc Tan bar, formerly The Lighthouse, is a big and famous nightclub with a huge area for dancing, along with a patio out back with views of the river and Chuong Duong bridge.

It is crowded and a popular spot for late night drinks and a dance, staying open until well into the early hours, and attracts some decent DJs.

Barbecue food is available outside for those late night munchies. Entry is free except for on rare special events when the hefty bouncers won't let you past without a stamp.

It is across the highway from Hoan Kiem district. From bia hoi corner, head east on Luong Ngoc Quyen St to the highway, carefully crossing and heading north to Thanh Yen St. Follow this past Phuc Tan St to Tu Gian alley. It is only a 10-minute walk but it is devilishly hard to find  and crossing the highway on foot is treacherous, so hire a taxi to get here -- but be warned, taxi drivers may not know where it is, so take a map with it marked on.


10. Dragonfly : 15 Hang Buom St

Once the party place to be for many backpackers and young expats, Dragonfly seems to have become famous.

There is a pool table, a small, crowded dance floor, and the option of some quieter seating upstairs where you can kick back and smoke a shisha water pipe.

They have also now opened a new lounge bar at 93 Phung Hung St, which is more spacious and smarter but retains the shisha, pool table and dance floor.


11. Bia Hoi corner : Popular and cheap : Intersection of Luong Ngoc Quyen and Ta Hien streets

Things usually start off in the late afternoon at bia hoi corner, the intersection of Luong Ngoc Quyen and Ta Hien streets, just north of Hoan Kiem Lake.

There are two outfits at the junction itself and a couple of other places just down Luong Ngoc Quyen, all serving fresh Bia Hoi

Funnily enough, the bia hoi here is actually good, and you will get a more refreshing drink if you pay a bit more elsewhere.

And the other drinks are also  fine, the bottled beers are usually cold enough, and this spot is an excellent place to meet other travelers and feel the life in Hanoi old Quarter.


12. Blah Blah : 59b Hang Be, Hoan Kiem

A  good spot to chitchat with other travelers, there is something about this narrow but cute three-storey bar/restaurant that we adore.

It gets obvious points for the cheap Tiger beer served in frosty glasses (well-priced cocktails and wine are also available), but beyond that, Blah Blah has a cheerful "neighborhood bar" vibe that is likely to make even the most depressed of patrons crack a smile.

The ground floor bar area is really tight, but it is a good thing if looking to meet others. Upstairs is a little more spacious and has tables/chairs, sofas and balcony seating and this is where a pub quiz is held every Saturday night. An inviting rooftop lounge complete with a hammock is the place to go if needing a breath of fresh air -- there's even a bell up there in case you need to call the friendly and snappy staff to refill your glass.

Western and Vietnamese dishes are served, and the bar is open late.

Blah Blah is easy to miss; carefully look for the black sign with yellow letters that hangs over the footpath.


13. Puku Café : 16-18 Tong Duy Tan St.

With comfortable sofas, relaxing tunes, tasty smoothies and comfort food, Puku is a great place to kick back and relax here.

You are looking for somewhere to update your travel blog or just check your email. Please come here.

Now it is open 24 hours, it is also a great place to satisfy any late night, and its delivery service means you don't even have to leave your hotel -  although you might have to wake up the night security guard.

14. Café Shop Lists in Hanoi.

Echoes Cafe - 27A Tran Binh Trong St

Puku cafe - 16/18 Tong Duy Tan St

Fuk cafe – 49 Hang Quat St

MF Music Fancier – 25 Ngo Van So St

Cafe Đinh  - floor 2 , number 13 – Dinh Tien Hoang St

Café Lam : 60 Nguyen Huu Huan St

Cafe Nhi : 2 Hang Ca St

Cafe Giang : 39 Nguyen Huu Huan St

Café xe Co : 11 Hang Bun St

Le Petit : 25 Ha Hoi and near Tran Quoc Toan St

Illy Cafe ( looking at Hanoi from on height )  : 3B Le Thai To St

The Rooftop ( looking at Hanoi from on height )  : Floor 19, Pacific Place Building, 83B Ly Thuong Kiet St

Avalon Cafe Lounge : Floor 5,  number 73 Cau Go St

Lemon Cafe : 25B Pho Hue st

Café Pho Phuong : 18 Ngo Quyen St

Coffee Sonate : Floor 2,  number 36 Cau Go St

BZ Cafe - 91 Ly Thuong Kiet St

May 22 Cafe : 18 Lo Su St

Delta Cafe : 2 Phu Doan St

Cafe Le Malraux : 2 Hang Bong St

Cafe Chuon Chuon Pho : Floor 2 - 41 Hang Bai St

Nola Café :  89 Ma May St

Cafe Rialto - 12A Hang Chuoi St

cafe H3Q :  9 Dinh Ngang St,  Cua Nam

Marylin Cafe :  4 Au Trieu (Near Hanoi Cathedral)

Besame Cafe : 22 Ha Hoi St

Echoes Cafe : 09 Ha Hoi St

Cafe Align ( atmosphere 3D ) : 6B Đuong Thang St

Justsee Coffee  : 35 Nha Chung St.

DF Coffee - 81B Tran Quoc Toan St.

Cafe New Window Garden : 14 Tong Đan St.

August Cafe : 8B Ha Hoi St

Gác II coffee & food : 34 Ma May St.

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