Nightclubs and bars in Hanoi

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    Red Beer- Cafe illy: when in a red country, try the red beer

    by richiecdisc Updated Jan 8, 2005

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    Dress Code: Though this was in the more touristy area of town and surely the prices were indicative of being a tourist trap, it was mostly frequented by Communist Party types. So, it was more interesting than it appeared from the outside. It was certainly a nice upscale place but the beer was run of the mill brewpub fodder, though for Vietnam this made it still one of the tastiest beers around. The Bia Do (Red beer) was a dryish hoppy beer and a nice change of pace from the bia hoi that had become my staple. The Bia Vang was lighter colored beer and not quite as tasty. They were pricey though at 15,000 dong ($1) a beer!

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    Ankor: this Anchor is sinking fast

    by richiecdisc Written Dec 28, 2004

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    I spotted another beer joint near the train station and it looked very upscale compared to most of the bia hoi places I had been dragging D too so we stopped in for a quick one. Unfortunately, the beer was a bland tasteless lager that might satisfy those in need of a thirst quencher. In that case, I’ll take water. ;) I also came across a bottled beer across from the train station while waiting for our night train to Hue. It was called Laser Draft Beer (in a bottle?!) and though in a no-no green bottle, it was one of the tastier beers we came across in Vietnam.

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    TET street festival: TET by Night

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 29, 2004

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    TET or Vietnam’s New Year’s cum Christmas festival is crazy enough during the day but if you are in town when it is going on, you have to walk the market area at night to really experience its colorful splendor. The streets are buzzing with people out buying supplies for TET and motorcycles whiz by you constantly, with everything from kumquat trees to sacks of rice on the back. Red is the color theme and all that glitters is noticed.

    Dress Code: It is generally cool outside at night during the TET so wear something warm and try and look smart. Most Vietnamese do!

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    Highway 4: "One night five times"

    by bpacker Updated Jan 13, 2005

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    How many times have you been to a night joint and drank one of those nasty concoctions with a stupid umbrella? Well, you won't have to worry about this if you're here. Despite bearing the notorious reputation of being the Minsk ( russian bike) HQ, this place is a good joint to try really good Vietnamese wine...

    Dress Code: Of course, before you order anything, take a look at Highway 4's menu and have a good laugh. You'll find really rib-tickling monikers such as "One night five times" and "Sanh Dieu (Sex Machine) . Hmm, those were definitely potent Vietnamese Viagra! After hubby finished laughing, we ordered a tamer sampler of honey-egg wine, raspberry, aniseed and scent of 500 flowers. All gauranteed to warm us up on a cold winter's night.

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    Nice night views

    by SirRichard Written Oct 6, 2003

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    At the very north side of the Hoan Kiem Lake there is a rooftop terrace from where U can have a wonderful view of all the city by night.
    It is a local bar, you will see it from the square that is right in the north side of the lake. Enter by the right side of the building, take the elevator and go right to the top.
    There I sat to have a delicious papaya shake for less than 1 USD...

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    Le PUB: Le PUB

    by hientonkin Written Dec 8, 2005

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    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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    Emperor Pub: Cosy Jazz Joint

    by bpacker Written Jan 13, 2005

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    Chi-chi villa setting, cushy couches, pool table, and resident jazz band and a scrumptious restaurant upstairs. Need I say any more? Have a drink here after dinner.

    Dress Code: Dress Code is Strictly Yuppie ! The expat scene gathers here

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    Seventeen Saloon: Seventeen Saloon

    by hientonkin Written Dec 8, 2005

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    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.

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    RED BEER

    by hientonkin Written Dec 13, 2005

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    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.

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    17 Saloon: Yee Ha!

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Feb 12, 2005

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    On what was once a quiet, wide tree lined boulevard, you’ll find the new bar 17 saloon: it’s like the Wild West has been transported into Hanoi. This new-kid-on-the-block saloon strives towards authenticity: stride up some steps and through the swing doors and be greeted by a couple of smiling cow-girls dressed in checkered red and white shirts who will show you to your seat.
    Besides the barrels and high stools set around round mock timber tables, looking out of mock windows that depict scenery of cactus and desert, it comes complete with oil lamps, Red Indian masks and a large wagon wheel, and a stage where the band plays from 8.30pm onwards. The resident DJ has a corner console from where he plays some some good ole Country & Western music and American classics. The music was loud but we could still chat and best of all, in a strange city, we still felt welcome and comfortable.

    You may also choose to be seated at the huge central bar area and be entertained by the bar staff who juggle drinks and bottles (mostly with the empty ones-thank goodness!).

    Dress Code: Service was attentive and friendly, but not pushy. Apparently this saloon has been operating on Ton Duc Thang Street in Ho Chi Minh City for the past 4 years and its owners decided to bring the concept and some of the staff to Hanoi.

    Pricing was reasonable:
    US$2-2.50 for Gin on the rocks, Bourbon, and Beer. Wine was available, but only in bottles. Happy hours before 8pm Buy 1, Get 1 free offer on some beverages.

    Opening hours: 6pm till midnight (but we were there at 12.30 am…)

    (See my Off-the-Beaten-Path tips for more pics and related stories on this place)

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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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    Minh's Jazz Club: Jazz in Hanoi?

    by guell Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We never thought we’d be listening to jazz in Vietnam. Flipping through our guidebooks for things to do one night, we found Minh’s Jazz Club owned by Quyen Van Minh, Vietnam’s best-known jazz musician and self proclaimed creator of Vietnamese jazz. Mr. Minh himself was there, and boy could he wail on his sax!

    The club had an international crowd, and spring rolls were tasty.

    Dress Code: Casual. There didn't seem to be any kind of dress code.

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    Terrace by the lake

    by SirRichard Updated Oct 3, 2003

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    Arund the hoan Kiem Lake you can find many quiet terraces in which to seat and relax in the lazy evenings.
    From these you can see the calm waters and the endless activity of the people walking by the shores, exercising, sitting on the benches...

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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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    Hang Hanh street /Hang Da street: Hide and Seek

    by King_Golo Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Real nightlife is hard to find in Hanoi. There are some discotheques which are alright. Then, there's Hang Hanh street, a narrow street at the upper left corner of Ho Hoan Kiem. You'll find many places that are ideal for tourists to enjoy a drink - such as G.C., Polite Pub and so on. They are all ok, and I won't try to recommend a specific one as everyone expects something different from a good bar. Another good place to hang out is Hanoi's Irish Pub in Hang Da street (I believe it's Hang Da - at least it's just around the corner). It looks like an Irish Pub is supposed to look and you get a good selection of drinks, good music and a little bit of irishness...
    What's strange about most of Hanoi's bars is the way they change at 11pm. Curfew starts at 11pm and all bars that want to stay open for a longer time have to camouflage themselves. This usually means that they close the curtains at the door, sometimes also that the lights are turned down while everything else stays the same. But for the police that occasionally come to force the bars to close, it's now a game of hide-and-seek...

    Dress Code: Casual

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