Nightclubs and bars in Hanoi

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    Mao's Red Lounge: Cool Place to Unwind

    by saracen Written Jan 10, 2007

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    A great little bar in the old quarter, it was simply and tastefully designed by the owner, Mao, and plays some great music (a James Brown tribute was playing the night we visited). With an interesting mix of foreigners and locals, there is a nice atmosphere, with Mao mixing with everyone and making everyone feel welcome.

    Sunday evenings are free food days – Mao was dishing out soup packed with vegetables and what looked like seafood to all who wished it.

    Drinks are the standard fare, and I can personally vouch for the strength of the rum & cola, many of which conspired to ruin my next day's sightseeing!

    Mao's Red Lounge

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    General Nightlife in Hanoi

    by Ewingjr98 Written Jan 5, 2007

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    If you like Western-style nightlife, there is a modern five-story building at the north end of Hoan Kiem Lake with numerous European and American bars and restaurants, including a micro brewery. Our favorite here was the City View Cafe.

    Local, Vietnamese-style nightlife is centered around the little bia hois which are on almost every corner, especially in the Old Qaurter, also north of Hoan Kiem Lake.

    If you are looking for something a little more exciting, there are a few rowdy bars like Apocalypse Now, full of all types of people.

    Along West Lake and Truc Bach Lake (north of the Old Qarter), there seemed to be some ares that offered music and dance, but we didn't spend much time here after dark.

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    City View Cafe

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 16, 2006

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    The City View Cafe is in a 5 story building just north of Hoan Kiem Lake, and across the first street. It sits at a major 5-way intersection with a rotary that will keep you entertained for at least 2 or 3 beers. There are several restaurants and bars here. The City View Cafe is a restaurant/bar on the roof that has open air dining and a fine view of Hoan Kiem Lake and the rest of the city.

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    Papillon: Cosy bar

    by chipsweet12 Written Nov 3, 2006

    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 too dressed up

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    Papillon: Cosy bar

    by chipsweet12 Written Nov 3, 2006

    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

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  • Le Pub: Great Value in the Old Quarter

    by fantail Written Sep 9, 2006

    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."

    Great little bar on Hang be, Hanoi
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    Nightlife or the Lack of It

    by gypsysoul73 Written Jun 29, 2006

    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!

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    Ho Guom Xanh: Thought I'd gone back in time to the 1970s

    by TonyBagnall Written May 30, 2006

    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!

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    Many.....: Annoying

    by littlebush Updated Apr 30, 2006

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    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!

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    "The Building of balconies": Looking from above

    by Applelyn Written Apr 26, 2006

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    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.

    A show of strength and power I love the balloons Acrobatic Skills Acrobatic Skills
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    Half Moon Half Noodle: Just go because of the threat

    by largerama Written Mar 24, 2006

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    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.

    Sign outside the bar says it all

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    Jacc's Bar: For sports-addict

    by hientonkin Written Feb 19, 2006

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    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.

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    Cho Dem Market: More Food & Shopping.. and watching people

    by myspices Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    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.

    Seafood stalls at Cho Dem night market
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    Hang Dao - Dong Xuan Walking Street: Shopping and where the action is....

    by myspices Updated Feb 1, 2006

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    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.

    Hang Dao-Dong Xuan walking street Near to Hang Dao - lots of bars and cafes Bargain a Rolex - deal done  USD22/- each for 5pcs
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    Toilet Pub: Hip hop only

    by hientonkin Written Jan 30, 2006

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    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 ).

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