The Best Bars in Vietnam
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
Looking for a good bar? Vietnam has something for everyone: rooftop bars, chill hotel lounges, glittery discos, informal open-air cafés, and high temples of craft beer worship. Order yourself something cool and sit back and watch the show at these great places, full of Vietnamese flavor.
38 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Arriving at the Deck Saigon, a restaurant in District Two on the Saigon River, is often one of the highlights of an evening here—many customers come by boat directly from District One to dock right at the restaurant’s waterside steps. Drawing a...
83 Lý Thường Kiệt, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
In terms of its restaurants and bars, Hanoi is generally a pair of comfy slippers to Ho Chi Minh City's full on bling sandals. There are notable exceptions to this rule, however, with one being this citadel of swank. The ultra-modern bar commands...
144 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 70000, Vietnam
In the burgeoning craft-beer scene in Ho Chi Minh City, Pasteur Street is undoubtedly the front-runner. Opened in 2015 by a pair of Americans—one involved in hospitality in Vietnam, another who worked at a brewery in Colorado—the...
88 Nguyễn Thái Học, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Actually not a dive at all (it is the house bar for Cham Island Divers), this is one of Hoi An's best places for a night out. Regular live music provides the entertainment while good, fairly priced drinks and excellent service maintain high...
Near Beach 3, TT. Cát Bà, Cát Hải, Hải Phòng, Vietnam
At night, the Le Pont Cat Ba Club turns into a disco but the time to come is "magic hour" just around twilight for the harbor views and a relaxing cocktail. Food is not the main attraction here and you'll get a better meal elsewhere but for...
An Thượng 5, Bắc Mỹ An, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Vietnam is not the most obvious surfing destination in the world, but the swell near Danang is actually excellent -- especially during the monsoon season. The centre of the surf scene is Tam's Pub in Danang, which is a good spot to rent a board...
24 Tông Đản, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Owned and operated by journalist and raconteur Nguyen Qui Duc, this Hanoi institution is now in its fourth incarnation near the Opera House. Expect a bohemian crowd, an eclectic music policy and a great selection of wine. Among the other strings...
21 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
With Hanoi's most powerful sound-system powering up the live music action, Swing is a popular venue for well-heeled Hanoians. A million miles removed from the more bohemian western-friendly bars in the city, this venue specializes in slicker...
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