The jolly leprechaun.: Upscale irish pub.
I ended up at the jolly leprechaun in the first place cause i needed a place to sit and work with my computer and this bar looked nice with good furniture and free wifi.
Now that i was there for work i just had a coffee, but i noticed that the place has a very good selection of foreign beers, but be ware that this is not a cheap place, so only go there if price is not a big issue.
The pub is in many ways your typical international irish pub, with a nice bar, some nice furniture surrounding it and a pool table at the end of the room.
The place was very quiet when i was there, but that could have been because i was there in the afternoon and i would love to come back and check it out one evening when i am not at work in Nha Trang.
Dress Code: Even if it is upscale the place has a very relaxed attitude to it´s clients, so unless you look like a complete tramp then i am sure they will let you in.
- Luxury Travel
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
Crazy Kim's: Crazy Kims Bar...a thing of the past???
We have known Kim of Crazy Kims for about eight years. She has always been a good friend and person who cares deeply for people and especially the children of Nha Trang.
We of course made one of our first stops upon arrival to see Kim. She lost weight, and is proud of it!! She looked GREAT!!
Unfortunately, the bar business has gone down considerably. As a matter of fact the entire street is not the bustling street of the past. Business is down....way down. Two years ago she had five or six girls working the bar, now it is down to one.
Of course this is not only due to lack of business, but the seemingly lack of work ethics we have seem throughout our travel to Vietnam this year.
Anyway, we got to spend some nice evenings with Kim, who is still running the school for street children, keeping them safe from predators and have four classes a day.
But we are concerned with the future of the School and Crazy Kims Bar. She supports the school with proceeds from the bar as well as some donations.
Kim is going to lease out part of her storefront and is thinking of calling it quits all together.
This would be a sad and monumental closing for a place that had reached worldwide acclaim.
I hope that everyone going to Nha Trang can take the time to go the Crazy Kims, eat, drink and maybe drop a few dong into the box to help the children. It would be a pity to see this establishment close down.
Dress Code: Come as you are
- Budget Travel
Red apple club.: Nice little backpacker bar.
The red apple club is a little backpacker pub, with alternative music and graffitti on the wall, that tends to be packed in the evening with a young crowd from all corners of the globe.
The place has a pool table and sports on the tv screens and is a real cosy little bar with a casual vibe.
They have a happy hour in the early evening and stay open till late.
- Budget Travel
- Beer Tasting
Bar Oz.: Friendly little hole in the wall bar.
Bar Oz is a little hole in the wall bar that is quite popular with expats.
As the name says it has quite a few australians, but you have plenty of other people coming there too.
It´s a tiny little bar with a couple of tables and a few barstools, but it´s friendly and cheap and i love popping by there for a beer when i have the time for it in Nha Trang.
- Beer Tasting
- Budget Travel
Guava: Sports bar
This is a fantastic sports bar with a large lounge area along with darts, pool table and projector TV. Beer is around 18,000 VND plus they sell cocktails. Music is the usual mix of rnb, hip hop, reggae etc so there's a mix of both young and middle aged westerners.
Sailing Club: Nightmare on Tran phu
Completely OVER priced Drinks and Security who will pick a fight because they are doing community service on a get of jail card.
2 tourist died last year, kicked to the floor and stamped on by 15 security.
All involved were only given light sentences due to the Owner of the security company is well connected to government positions
i also heard a few people got mugged after leaving on the beach of the sailing club.
Not worth the risking, especially for guys.The only reasonable security that may help you out, is the white guy on the door.
1 thing is for sure is that when you are on the beach you cannot leave your belongings unattended, filled with thieves.
Dress Code: None
- Food and Dining
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Checkpoint Bar & Restaurant: Russian / Euro Experience
Checkpoint is like a guilty secret!
Its a Russian/ Euro themed bar / restaurant on 4 floors including a roof top terrace.
The decor is quite different from anything else in Nha Trang, full of photos of Soviet military scenes, military flags and Soviet hats & greatcoats. Leningrad re-visited!
It has a cool ambience & the staff, both Russian and Vietnamese all speak varying degrees of english. More importantly, they are friendly & make you feel welcome. Which can be quite a change from the usual Vietnam bar/eating experience.
A bit later at night it can get quite lively especially if there are plenty of Russians there. It has a great atmosphere. Even if there aren't many folk there you still feel involved by the staff. I enjoyed it. And if there are customers to serve they will stay open til after 3am. Brilliant!
Word of warning: you may suffer from a bad head the next day!!
Dress Code: Anything goes i think!
- Food and Dining
Nha Trang Sailing Club: Nice spot for a cool drink
This place must have the best position on Nha Trang Beach. We didn't eat here (although Ash had chocolate brownie & icecream). The beers were not cheap but lovely & cold after a long bus trip.
Dress Code: Wear anything. People wander up from the beach so no dress code. I would expect however, if you came here later in the evening to eat or go dancing, maybe more than just bathers.
Crazy Kim: Crazy Kim
I love what they do to this place. Driven by the passion for kids, the owner Kim, opened this place to shelter kids from the streets and keeping them from pedophiles.Attached the the pub is a school where funds generated from the pub is channeled back to this school. Upon entering the pub, you will find articles, newpaper cutting and notice of what they are doing witht the kids and the community. Although the price they charge is much higher than the other places, you will feel good that you are actually drinking for a good cause. I was so touched by what they did, I came here 2 nights in a row and on my last night, I had dinner here and bought myself a T-shirt.
Kudos to you, Crazy Kim!
Crazy Kim Bar: A bar with a cause
The food and drinks were nothing special, but the atmosphere is nice and a portion of the earnings are used for a campaign against sex tourism and pedophiles called "Hands off the Kids!"
Dress Code: No dress requirements
Crazy Kim: Only thing Crazy is Kim
Signs outside say Happy Hour from 4-10. Signs outside and inside say 2 for 1. Menu says a Mojito is 30,000 Vietnamese. Why then when I ordered one the check they put on the table said 120,000 VND? And when my vietnamese friend asked and pointed to the signs and menu, the response was "That is the price!" The place is a rip off and the owner obviously lacks integrity. The only thing Crazy about Crazy Kim is Kim or the people who fall for it.
Vinpearl Island: Cable Ride onto Vinpearl Island Resort
I was fortunate to experience Vinpearl Island resort when it first opened few months ago back in May. I was in NT back in February this year but the cable car ride was still under construction.
This place is like a big amusement park (like a Wonderland back home in Australia) but built on an island separated by sea from Nha Trang. For 5-600,000VND covering the pair of us, it paid for cable car ride, ride pass each and 5 course meal at one of the resorts restaurants.
We went on a Thursday night after 7pm and still enjoyed ourselves considerably until they kicked us out at 10pm. Although next time, I recommend to go during the day as you'll have more visitors and more hours to enjoy.
After the cable car ride, we reached the ride attractions area greeted by a dude in a stuff animal suit. Further back is a video arcade amusement center build inside a hill with bumper cars, mechanical bull etc. Downstairs to your left and right are the gift shops and amphitheater zone. Keeping walking down towards the sea are the restaurants; use your food pass here for a nice candle-lit seafood dinner. Nearby is a disco nightclub, another stage show and back up the hill to the main rides area. Luckily there are people in mini-transport buses so you won't have to walk for everything.
It's a shame all my shots at the resort didn't turn out too well and only got a couple of ride pics as my only source. One particular ride saw my partner and 4 women ran straight for the bathroom to barf out chunder immediatly after it was over. This was whilst I immediately went straight for the hotdog stand to get a Tiger beer. Only in Vietnam can I after a ride then followed by an ice cold beer to water down the excitement. :)
All in all, a great night nevertheless.
Dress Code: If you look good, you look good regardless of bad clothing. Just kidding...
Just don't wear a suit or your best dress in case you need new underpants or from other peoples barfing.
Crazy Kim's Bar: Crazy Kim's Bar
I highly recommend Crazy Kim's Bar! We had a great time there relaxing. A very "Western" feel to the place, and very casual. Kim often frequents the bar, mixing with all her customers. The bar staff are very friendly, many of whom lived on the street until Kim helped them out, and they were more than happy to tell you about their experiences.
Kim runs a school during the day for street children (which requires volunteers- so if you are interested go and talk to them about it!) and many of the bar's profits go to her "Hands off the Kids" program to help stop the problem of child paedophelia.
We visited Nha Trang around Xmas time, and there was a large Xmas tree with presents underneath for the children..it was a really great bar.
One of the street kids- Tony, sat with us and kept playing games with us, he was very cute & afterwards took us to his family who owned a street cart...we visited them the few nights we were there to stock up on our water and have a chat, they were really lovely & only too happy to tell you about their life...
order the larger than life cocktails! they are HUGE, i recommend the "Jam Jar"- that was so great! very fruity :) Some of my friends ordered one that came in a huge jug, almost like a watering can, and someone else ordered one that came in a bucket....when we were there they also had 2 for 1 cocktails but im not sure what times this applies to or what days!
also- buy a t-shirt for the "Hands off the Kids" program- they are very cute & great for those day trips out on the water :)
Nha Trang Sailing Club: The best bar in town
The Nha Trang Sailing Club is the best bar in town, where everyone visiting the city meets, especially at night... travellers and vietnamese on holiday. It's a "garden" which incorparates three restaurants (Casa Italia, Taj Mahal and Sandals Restaurant) and a bar/nightclub - Aussie-owned if I am not mistaken.
I don't know about the food, but the cocktails are OK, and the fruit juices really good. It is definitely pricey for Vietnam standards, but it has really comfortable armchairs. If you prefer to be "right on the beach", they have some blankets on the sand, around a small lamp - and you can have your drinks there, too. All restaurants and the bar are in the open air.
Dress Code: Casual is fine.
Guava: Great place!
This new place is so great! You can come here to play some pool, have exstremely good drinks at good prices, listening to great music and talk to other travelers. This was the single best place of its kind we found in all of Vietnam!
As ones said: The drinks are to die for. You simple MUST try their "Bellini" ( a mix of rhum, white wine, frozen peach juice and grenadine) and their "Chocolate Bunny" ( a mix of Bailey, Kahlua and Creme de Cacao). Both cost 45.000 VND. You cannot get it better anywhere else
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