The nightlife and drinking scene in Hanoi is not as wild as in Ho Chi Minh City, but there is more than enough to keep you busy at night. Whether you are out for a date or with a party of friends, we will help you find the perfect café, bar or club or lounge.

After a long day of sightseeing and a relaxing meal, travelers will find no better way to unwind than to share a cocktail on one of Hanoi’s numerous rooftop lounges. While your hotel's in-house bar may do the trick, don't settle for a less than spectacular view, especially when soaring vistas are often de rigueur in Hanoi.

Hanoi's Old Quarter features elegant spots that offer panoramas of Hoan Kiem Lake and the surrounding bustle. Try another waterfront locale, West Lake, for a more relaxing atmosphere and decks that extend over the water. In this part of Hanoi the excitement may be more of a slow glow than a pulsating blue flame, but that's part of this area's draw. Most venues close around midnight or shortly after; don't wait too long before hitting the town.

Scattered throughout the city you'll discover packed clubs, swanky jazz bars and inviting lounges, a diverse mix of nightlife with something for everyone to love. Of course, no trip to Hanoi would be complete without a stop for bia tuoi, fresh beer from the street side served by tireless vendors to legions of locals and travellers perched on tiny plastic stools.

Where to Drink in Hanoi

Arena Lounge

Arena Lounge

Located in Hanoi Club Hotel & Lake Palais Residences, Arena Lounge offers a superb view of West Lake and is the place to unwind after a long, hard day. Relax in comfortable surroundings and let the efficient service staff take care of your every whim. Exorcise your inner Bon Jovi on the lounge's 50-inch karaoke/TV screen.

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La Fee Verte Bar

La Fee Verte Bar

La Fee Verte Bar is the signature tavern of the Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi. Taking its title from the historical name for Absinthe, the infamous hallucinatory beverage of the Belle Epoque, La Fee Verte Bar makes every Hanoi evening a lavish event in the style of turn-of-the-century Paris _ minus the mind bending, green-hued, wormwood- infused drink of course. Delight ...

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Hanoi Night Club

Hanoi Night Club

Looking for somewhere to party the night away or enjoy a few delicious cocktails? Head to Hanoi Night Club in Hanoi Hotel, the most exclusive nightclub in town, and indulge yourself in a martini shaken, not stirred. And if an overwhelming urge to belt out a few tunes grabs you, then you're in luck - Hanoi Night Club also happens ...

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The Rooftop Bar

The Rooftop Bar

With its cool air and incredible skyline, it’s little wonder Hanoi is host to so many excellent rooftop bars, and at the top of the list is the Rooftop Bar and Restaurant. Deep house music resonates from the incredibly chic New-York-style interior, providing a perfect soundtrack to the exquisite views of Central Hanoi. Tucked away just outside the backpacker area, ...

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More Where to Drink Venues

Arena Lounge

Arena Lounge

Located in Hanoi Club Hotel & Lake Palais Residences, Arena Lounge offers a superb view of West Lake and is the place to unwind after a long, hard day. Relax in comfortable surroundings and let the efficient service staff take care of your every whim. Exorcise your inner Bon Jovi on the lounge's 50-inch karaoke/TV screen.

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Bar Déjà Vu

Bar Déjà Vu

Those looking for a drink with a view should visit this stylish and modern bar. It also has the reputation of going the extra mile to ensure a more personalised service.

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The Rooftop Bar

The Rooftop Bar

With its cool air and incredible skyline, it’s little wonder Hanoi is host to so many excellent rooftop bars, and at the top of the list is the Rooftop Bar and Restaurant. Deep house music resonates from the incredibly chic New-York-style interior, providing a perfect soundtrack to the exquisite views of Central Hanoi. Tucked away just outside the backpacker area, ...

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La Fee Verte Bar

La Fee Verte Bar

La Fee Verte Bar is the signature tavern of the Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi. Taking its title from the historical name for Absinthe, the infamous hallucinatory beverage of the Belle Epoque, La Fee Verte Bar makes every Hanoi evening a lavish event in the style of turn-of-the-century Paris _ minus the mind bending, green-hued, wormwood- infused drink of course. Delight ...

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Top of Hanoi

Top of Hanoi

The highest open air brasserie & bar in Vietnam, Top of Hanoi, is located on the rooftop of Lotte Hotel Hanoi. Breathtaking 360 degree views of the city, stylish decor and trendy ambiance all make this new venue the place to see and be seen.

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La Plume Bar & Lounge

La Plume Bar & Lounge

Located in the historical part of Hanoi, La Plume tells you beautiful stories about Vietnamese culture. The stunning decor is inspired by the design of the legendary Long Bien bridge. La Plume is a hotspot for all day snacks and evening drinks. Awesome cocktails are mixed by Vietnam’s champion Pham Tien Tiep, whilst the wine list is comprised of an ...

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WannaWaffle?

WannaWaffle?

This is the first chain in Hanoi to focus on serving delicious waffles. Crisp outside, soft inside, these waffles pair great with gelato and other toppings. Be sure to try their customer-favourite pizza waffle.

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Tan My Design Café

Tan My Design Café

Located inside Hanoi's Tan My Design store, Tan My Design Cafe features real espresso coffee and delicious snacks to be enjoyed while admiring artwork by Hanoi's most famous artists. As a bonus, this artwork is available for sale at the cafe. Tan My Design Cafe is a meeting place for friends, shoppers and travellers who seek more knowledge about Hanoi's ...

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Paris Deli

Paris Deli

Located near the Opera House, Paris Deli is a slice of The City of Light in the heart of the capital. The bistro serves an extensive array of salads, sandwiches and lunch fare. Whether you take in a live music performance at the cafe or celebrate your next birthday in its atmosphere of chic ambience, Paris Deli in central Hanoi will ...

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Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Coffee

With 3 locations in central Hanoi, Starbucks offers a wide range of coffees, teas, Frappuccino® and juices. Each store also has freshly baked pastries and handmade sandwiches. Watch their trained baristas expertly craft your drink.

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Joma Bakery Cafe

Joma Bakery Cafe

Established in 2009 Joma offers a slice of North American cafe culture in Hanoi. The coffee bar is passionate about serving heavenly coffee and fresh, high-quality food. Joma's coffee is organic, fair trade and roasted in Laos by a community cooperative of coffee farmers. Try the fresh passion fruit juice, also sourced from neighbouring Laos. If you want to escape ...

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Hanoi Night Club

Hanoi Night Club

Looking for somewhere to party the night away or enjoy a few delicious cocktails? Head to Hanoi Night Club in Hanoi Hotel, the most exclusive nightclub in town, and indulge yourself in a martini shaken, not stirred. And if an overwhelming urge to belt out a few tunes grabs you, then you're in luck - Hanoi Night Club also happens ...

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Sunset Bar

Sunset Bar

Situated within InterContinental Hanoi Westlake and built on an artificial island, Sunset Bar offers a great view of _ guess what! _ the sun as it sets over West Lake. Unwind with a tranquil cocktail as you sink into a plush daybed on the bar's wood deck. Enjoy the breeze and the feeling of being somewhere far removed from the ...

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Summit Lounge

Summit Lounge

Renowned for having one of the best views in Hanoi, Summit Lounge's spectacular panoramas of the city skyline dazzle. Enjoy an evening cocktail and the sunset over West Lake. Summit Lounge, on the 20th floor of the Sofitel Plaza Hotel mixes open air elegance with modern sophistication. Sample from their complete cocktail list, indulge in a glass of wine or ...

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Swing Lounge

Swing Lounge

Located among colonial gems and modern landmarks on trendy Trang Tien Street in the Old Quarter, Swing Lounge threw open its doors in 2013. Its lounge and coffee bar efficiently serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, caffeinated beverages and other drinks.   What puts the swing in Swing Lounge? Likely that the place boasts arguably the best sound system in Hanoi – ...

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Pharaoh's Bar & Upper

Pharaoh's Bar & Upper

Located on the 63rd & 64th floor of the newly opened Lotte Hotel Hanoi, this Egyptian themed bar offers a unique panoramic city view. Together with signature cocktails, Pharaoh’s Bar & Upper is a great venue for unwinding after a long working day or just for enjoying the stylish atmosphere.

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Antidote Bar

Antidote Bar

Taking Hanoi’s drinking culture to new heights. Antidote invites you to enjoy crafted cocktails or sample their unique bottle service. Mixed in with their resident DJs, lake views and sassy service, they guarantee an exceptional experience.

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Don’s Oyster Bar

Don’s Oyster Bar

Don's Oyster Bar overlooks Hanoi's West Lake. The venue is committed to quality service, local produce and superb imported ingredients. The four-floor hike through eclectic art is worth the stunning lake view. Enjoy live music daily, ranging from jazz to traditional Vietnamese. Choose from an extensive cocktail list that includes favourites such as mojitos, cosmopolitans, manhattans, Bloody Marys and more ...

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Coffee Club

Coffee Club

An iconic bar with panoramic views of Hoan Kiem Lake. Unwind with a glass of beer or have a cocktail specially made by their charming bartenders while enjoying sunset on this rooftop bar.

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The Hanoi Social Club

The Hanoi Social Club

This eclectic bohemian cafe is a haven for Hanoi’s creative types. Order an I.P.A. beer or a craft cocktail and head to the green leafy beer garden while listening to a local or international performer playing some folk music.

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RockStore

RockStore

Head to the largest live rock music venue in the heart of the Old Quarter for a paradise of cocktails and heavenly Belgian beers. This is the hippest place to be in Hanoi with 4 to 5 rock bands performing weekly, themed parties and DJ’s.

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Fanny Ice Cream

Fanny Ice Cream

This Vietnamese chain launched by an ice cream expert from France makes and serves European-style ice cream with Asian flavours. Grab a comfortable seat and try chocolate chilli, cinnamon or sushi ice cream. Well known for its gourmet flavours and attentive, friendly service staff, Fanny's appeals to both locals and tourists who crave 100% natural ice cream. Free delivery is ...

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