Samlo Pub: football and good beer
This place has some good feeling of old smoekd holes, where you don't have to care too much about etiquette... it's been around for long now, and luckily it's one of rare places where you can hear reggae, ska, good rock, even some jazz... in a little dark rooms with pool, worn tables and chairs, and a screen to watch live football. The music doesn't turn off during matches, so it's good for anyone.
It's smoking place so no worries someone will complain over your cigarette calmly enjoyed over a glass of beer.
Open from afternoon till midnight or so, depends on customers.
Khopchaideu Restaurant-Bar: ...thank you very much
This place could expand further if they only could. I first remember it as a smaller restaurant bar which only got bigger each time I revisited Viengchan, preserving its vibrant atmosphere and adding more food items on menu.
I really enjoyed having my cold beer at nights here, with live music behind at the stages inside; you would hear languages of the world, people meeting after the business talks in town or relaxed conversations among friends. Here you find expats, backpackers and wealthy Lao together on a few terraces and rooms. It's kind of place that can fit any cosmopolitan city of this world. They satisfy broad spectrum of demands, and only local feature here seems to be it's location and some Lao foods.
Dress Code: I've seen people wear everything.
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Sunset over the Mekong River
Along the Mekong River there are many small local restaurants and bars, and this is a great place to enjoy the sunset over the Mekong River.
Take a BeerLao or something to eat while the sun is disappearing in the Mekong River – what more can you ask for? Nice and relaxed atmosphere…
Mee Na: eeee.... discotheques
In Vientiane there are few discotheques, once we ended up quite outside of the city centre in Mee Na on Thadeua Road. It is a big place with nice and fashionable (well, in Western fashion, not Lao way for your info:) dressed young Lao bartenders and customers, a place where locals go and maybe a tourist if he knows about it (not much likely, it seems)... It also doesn't seem like a place for 'average' local to go, since most people here wear brands and consume alcohol like birds, only few wore something simple like t-shirts or street-wear. Sorry for my articulation of the sentences, but I think you know where's the point (anyways, some people like that kind of places, others don't and after seeing it by myself I wasn't impressed either but I don't say it is altogether bad place, just not my cup of tea:).
First you pay the entry, it is about 20 000 KIP, and you have to show your bags.... and then you have to pay something like 20 000 KIP for a Beer Lao, which is not cheap. But I think that's how it is if you go to discotheques here, even the smaller and nicer ones in Vientiane aren't much cheaper. In fact, if you go to Don Chane Palace, you will pay more for a drink, but of course it's a top place, mostly with local rich and tourists and the only place (discotheque) in the town opened after midnight as I was told.
Meena plays popular soft music and hip hop.
Dress Code: We wore casual, weren't told to change, but most wear their best clothes...
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CCC folkbar: Crazy Crickets and Cofee??
CCC Folkbar is one of the more lasting bars of Vientiane. While small, 50 pesons is full-house worth a visit. Apart from the its amzingly green terasse, the inside hides an unique decor of crickets, colours and fishes in a television set.
In normally quiet Vientiane, this small place can, especially when the band is playing (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) or the CCC beach parties, into a crazy mix of local, expats and tourist trying to get the best out of their evening.
For this the bar offers some a a pool music, good music (on request), unique coctails and yes a unique dishes of creepy and crawling fried crickets which go suprisingly good down with your drink. Ahh yes they also make cofee.
Dress Code: Any thing goes and good enough not to many working girls/boys.
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Riverside Stall: Nightlife the Lao way
Extraordinary experience which I think we all should experience while in town.
Lao people do enjoy spending time with friends and family by the riverside having a 'steamboat' or the japanese terms as 'shabu shabu' along with couple of Beerlao
Lots of riverside cafe found near mekong river after sunset. Cool and relaxing ambience.
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Romeo: disco dancing in laos: interesting
Romeo is one of Lao's hippest discotheque of the moment. The interesting thing about this disco is that there isn't any dancing floor. People gather around a table and dance, with this table separated between them! Stunned at first, my friends and I tried to shift the table away and create a small dancing space for ourselves but our Lao friends promptly reinstated it. Guess they were too shy to dance unreservedly in front of others. Haha.
Nonetheless, once we got used to the idea, we had a great time shaking our thang. For those not inclined to dance, fret not, for you will be entertained by English Premier League broadcasts on screens installed on the walls. Be wiser than me and don't drink too much whiskey, otherwise prepare to suffer from a nauseating hangover the morning after!
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Jazzy Brick: Any alcohol you want !
Jazzy Brick is a relatively new bar which serve all kind of alcohol and cocktail possible. There is also somehow good music but not always and certainly not always jazzy style.
Nevertheless, this is a nice spot and quite expensive for Vientiane.
Dress Code: see advice at the entrance but as usual in Laos, pretty casual and kool
Restaurant Tex-Mex Alexia: Drink a beer and watch people doing aerobics
Sit outside and people watch, including the daily aerobic sessions by the Mekong. Drinks are of average price. Live music every night at 8pm, it was quite good. Food was okay.
Dress Code: No dress code unless you want to join in with the aerobics over the road.
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Bor Pen Yang: Night time roof sunset bar
This bar is located in the roof opposite the Mekong river. Best view of the sunset. Bor pen yang is how its spelt but really pounced as Bor Ben Yang or Baw. Means no worries, no problems, its nothing, it doesn't matters in Lao.
Any tuk tuk driver knows the way. Pool comps on wednesday, good drinking place for expats and travellers. Great beer and food. Really good music and gets busy everynight, but is tolerable. Its open from 10am in the morning until around 11pm. Best bar by far in the Capital
Samlo Bar: Unique in all of SE Asia
The first time I saw this bar was during the day and I thought it was long closed and awaiting renovations. It looked grungy, raw and very homemade as I squinted through the glass looking for signs of occupancy. It turned out I was partly right. I wandered past later in the evening and the place was in full swing. They have sofas, a pool table upstairs, a sports room (TV and more sofas) and a traditional bar.
It is dimly lit and seems to have a core of regulars. The decor is pretty basic - a couple of old whiskey signs and a menu or two. They haven't tried to emulate the wild west mahogany style that seems to be the norm throughout south-east Asia. The music was the most striking thing during my first visit though - it was Franz Ferdinand followed by T-Rex. No Hot Chocolate or Robert Palmer like every other bar in town. Very cool atmosphere. I've never seen any bar like it in the region - it was more like an underground bar in Moscow than an establishment in downtown Vientiane. I ended up calling in at the Samlo Pub most nights I was in Laos - worth checking out!
Dress Code: No beach crowd in here - dress cool.
Future: Future - club just outside the Novotel
Located just round the corner from D Tech - I would say this club is better, plays better music, not quite as loud and has a good atmosphere.
Closes around 1am although officially closing time is 12pm - many people go to the bowling club afterwards.
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D Tech: D Tech - club in the Novotel
Open officially until 12pm, closes at around 1am though.
The music is so loud that even if you shout in someone's ear from 3cm they won't hear you, so it's more for looking than talking.
Type of music - techno.
People - mainly Lao people 18-21. One or two tourists but not many.
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hawkers along the mekong: Nightime on the mekong
Its just a lot of hawkers along the mekong which have lots of seating/ tables around all under lots of little coloured fairy lights making the place look pretty, especially next to the river..
Dress Code: wear what you want, although i would recomend wearing either trousers or lots of mossie repellant as along the mekong there are hundreds are you are likely to be biten many times. Malaria and Dengue fever outbreaks are common here.
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Night Market: Night Market
At night you can wander over to the Mekong River for the night market. There plenty of locals set up booths to sell things including coconut drinks. We didn't stay long as we were going out to dinner but an interesting spot none the less.
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