A visit to Hanoi cannot be complete without a night out in the beer street. It is located in the Old Quarter (Ta Hien & Luong Ngoc Quyen streets) and is where most travellers and many locals go out for beer and party.
You can start off with a nice and cold glass of draught Hanoi beer and might want to order some dishes to fill up your stomach and fuel up for the night. Vehicles are forbidden to enter many streets including the beer street here between 7pm and midnight from Friday to Sunday and it’s the most crowded on Fridays and Saturdays. Hence, more difficult to walk pass or get a table, but the liveliest and most fun!
One downside of nightlife in Hanoi is that the closing hours are way earlier than what many of us would want. By law, all clubs and bars should close by midnight during the week (Monday – Thursday) and by 3:00 in the morning during the weekends (Friday – Sunday). But there are some sneaky clubs and bars that still operate behind the shutter after these hours. So do not worry!
1900 Le Theatre
1900 Le Theatre is one of the two big and high-end clubs in the Old Quarter. It opened a few years ago and instantly became a hot spot for many young locals and foreigners. It is not my favourite place, but many of my local friends love this club and it might be worth a visit to experience what a Vietnamese nightclub is like.
100,000VND weekday including 1 free drink
150,000VNd weekend including 1 free drink
Monday to Thursday 20:30 – 01:00
Friday to Sunday 20:30 – 03:00
Address: 8B Tạ Hiện, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm
The Opera Nightclub
The Opera Nightclub is the other one of the two big clubs in this area. It closed down for renovation for few months and reopened last month. Similar to 1900, this one is also a high-end nightclub in town and you need to pay entrance fee.
Entrance fee: 100,000VND including 1 free drink
Opening hours: Everyday 21:30 – 03:00
Address: 18 Lương Ngọc Quyến, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog is a bar chain located in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. The space is very small and they often play classic old school songs (from the 2000s or even 90s). There are standing tables and everyone gets a table to put their drinks, shisha and dance around it.
No entrance fee
Opening hours: Everyday 11:00 – 00:00
Address: 32 Phố Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm
There are few Ball bars in Hanoi. Similar to the Hair of the Dog bar, there are standing tables and people dance around and between the tables. These bars are small to medium sized bars with DJ music.
No entrance fee
Ball 4 – Everyday 21:00 – 02:00
Ball 8 – Everyday 21:00 – 05:00
Ball 4 – 61B Lương Ngọc Quyến, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm
Ball 8 – 33 Phố Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm
Local bar is the smallest bar in this list. It is right on the very main street of the beer street (same street as 1900) and is packed most days and especially during the weekends. They play good old songs and many backpackers go out for a drink and dance in this bar.
No entrance fee
Monday – Thursday 14:00 – 00:00
Friday – Sunday 14:00 – 02:00
Address: 16 Tạ Hiện, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm