From the outside, the place looks pretty cool, like a prison (as its name has already suggested) but inside, it's a complete atmostphere: very cosy! With the dimmed lights and very nice sofas, it's a perfect place for a date! Well, perfect when there's not many people there (around 8pm is fine).
If you want to have a quiet night, this is the place to go.
Dress Code: No dress code although I think casual is just fine, you don't need to get to dressed up
What a place. Just stumbled across this bar while having a lazy walk round the old quarter on a hot sticky afternoon in Hanoi. We were welcomed by the lovely staff in their team red t-shirts and smiles. It was difficult to choose where to sit as inside was really cool but outside offered the view of Hang Be which is such a cool street to watch the world go by. We chose the outside seats and had a few cold beers and listened to a great selection of music. We returned later on the Friday night and had a great evening of choosing between the selection of beers and wines they had on offer, chatting with a whole host of expats and travellers. The only downside if I need to mention something bad about this place is that on the Friday it got so busy that inside it was difficult to hear yourself think and outside was difficult to get a seat."
There isn't much to be said about night life in laid-back Hanoi. The few bars that are open cater mostly to expats and the few locals found in cafes and bars are there to watch World Cup football.
The streets though are filled with young people on motorbikes who seem to endlessly drive around the city until very late at night. Where do they go? Do they just drive in circles? Seeing the motorists that have accumulated at a stop light and then watching them rev up after the light turns green can be quite overwhelming. It's like the attack of the Vespas!
A interesting place for people watching and having a late night drink. See what the (rich) locals do on an evening out. They have acts on - singing and dancing. Cheesy groups that are like a low rent version of Steps!
The bar scene in hanoi is a little disapointing, apparently its better in ho chi min, but i went to heaps of different bars as my brother knew most bars to go to.....
Bara-run by the same guy who owns the hostel, an aussie, a really cool place and u can normally drink all night.
Red mask - at no 2D ta hien street, a cool small bar open late but popular.(run by the fun Hien, shes cool)
There were many others i cant remember. The new century is a nightclub, a little expensive but open late.
All other bars close by 11 in the week, 12 or 1 at the weekened, but every now and again the police shut everything down early, which happened when i was there!
I could not push through the crowds to enjoy the show and decided to beat them to it. I went up a building that housed many restaurants and picked one that can offer me the "window seat". From there, I saw the show sipping my glass of cold diet coke, without fighting for a space. You can also look at the traffic and observe how the locals wriggled through their way in the busy traffic. "They live at the edge!"
Dress Code: Casual.
Good music selection with tons of choice if you just go up and ask, this is a laid back, backstreet bar that's got cool decor and a real good crowd. Drinks are fairly priced and you just cant beat that sign outside (see pic).
There is a tv showing sport and they give you snacks.
Dress Code: Dont be daft its a backstreet bar in Hanoi.
Popular with expats and home to the Hanoi Dragons Rygby Team social club, Jacc's is known as the place to go to watch th ebig sporting events. Whatever sport is on, it's likely Jacc's will be screening it - or will do so if you ask. Despite its sporting reputation , Jacc's is mainly a restaurant serving very good food. Yet while the restaurant takes up most of the space, people can get very noisy in the bar area. A lot of NZ & Aussie here. It also serves some of the best burgers in town (5$).
* Atmosphere is more of a restaurant with a bar than a nightspot.
* Price ( 3*): daily happy hour and regular specials, such as th ebottomless glass of wine on Firday nights.
Go to Cho Dem market. It is a place where there is street/stalls selling lots of stuffs. You can practise your bargaining skills here. Good place to find some souveniers to take home to. Street is crowded not only with locals but with foreigners. After a long shopping spree, rest your feet at one of seafood stalls to enjoy the "steamboat" (or known as the "hotpot") or a variety of seafood.
Dress Code: It's a hot place - you know what you should wear or not wear.
Hey, you need a watch ?? Go to Hang Dao and get a good bargain out of it. Fake (or "souvenier Russian-made) watches are aplenty in the shops in Hang Dao. Choose your like and quote a price. If seller doesn't agree, up slightly . You will need time to bargain hard - bargaining is an art. Both parties have to be happy at the end of the transaction.
Besides watches, both sides of Hang Dao streets will cater for your shopping needs - clothes, scarves, belts...lots and lots..
Near to Hang Dao you will see a huge building where there all the bars and cafes are located.
Shops at Hang Dao open as early as 9am. At night, the night market Hang Dao-Dong Xuan will make the street even more lively.
Toilet Pub means... you see a lot of toilets around you. lol ;). Yes, it's true. Shelfves are toilets, fridge for soft drinks is bathtub, decorations are toilets.. ( I think they should make the sofa and chairs in toilet's shape, too ). Very popular for chics in Hanoi at early time ( 8 -12pm) , after that is time for foreigners.
With the slogan "hip hop only ", Toilet makes its own taste with a very cool music. The DJ is real good here. Drinks are more expensive than other bars/pub a bit. ( whisky : 50,000 vnd ).
Finally, a place where I won't get bother by prostitutes and too many young expats or backpackers. Toilet Bar made me feel at home. One of the reasons why is cause upon entering the place one might think they just walked into a coffeeshop in Amsterdam with the great scent of marijuana . People are relaxed listening to Hip Hop music (DJ isn't that good but still better than that noise from New Century). Drinks are about 2 euro for a beer though one can get pretty much anything at place.
Dress Code: Whatever, anything is cool
While others may pay 1,500 VND for a bia hoi just at the corner, here you pay 15,000 , the fact that this might be the best beer in Hanoi, brewed on the premises in vats directly behind the bar, should be reason enough to drop in. Following the strict Belgian brewing methods, the owner ( who lived there ) has created an oasis for true beer lovers in Hanoi. Strangely, despite its location on this touristy street, most of the patrons are locals wanting to watch a footballmatch on the big screen. If that doesnt interest you, there is a more sub-dued upstairs section that's perfect for " knocking the froth off a few". Red Beer is for those who appreciate the best beer, not the cheapest.
Start from a swinging doors at the entrance to the fake bull'shead in front of toilet, Seventeen Saloon is 1/2 atre-restaurant, 1/2 nightclub. The locals cant get eoung of the cowboy look - the waitresses are dressed like scantily-clad cowgirls. Music everynight of the week and the bands are very good, usually concentrating on '70s hits. Beers cost 35.000 VND.
The twin one in Saigon has similar reputation.
Just newly-opened on bustling Hang Be street, Le Pub has already built up quite a "style", mostly due to bi-monthly theme nights that tend to attract a full house. A part -managed here is Dennis, one of the teacher in my university ( Hanoi Open University - Tourism Faculty ). Le Pub also raise fund for worthwhile charities, so it's likely that part of your bill will be going to a good cause.
Le Pub has a remarkably appealing design, with an outdoor area overlooking the street, stools at the bar for solitary drinkers and tables out the back, also has two communal tables which is great for social occasions.
Food is Ok with reasonable prices.
Dress Code: Should know the special themes, it would be fun!
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