Laos drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Luang Prabang

Icon Klub

Imagine a place in the afterlife where writers meet and conversation is as free-flowing as the fabulous mixology cocktails. You pull up a pew next to Jack Kerouac, and Anaïs Nin is reading in a cosy chair nearby…Ico…
Top Choice Bar in Luang Prabang

Utopia

Lush riverside bar with peaceful views of the Nam Khan; think recliner cushions, low-slung tables and leafy nooks. Chill over a fruit shake, burger, breakfast or omelette (mains 30,000K to 60,000K), play a board gam…
Top Choice Bar in Savannakhet

Sook Savan

The atmospheric Sook Savan occupies a strategic corner overlooking Savannakhet Sq and draws a lively crowd from about 7pm onwards. Beer is the main ingredient on the menu here, but it also offers traditional Laotian…
Top Choice Irish Pub in Vang Vieng

Gary's Irish Bar

Still one of the best bars in town thanks to its friendly, unpretentious atmosphere, indie tunes, free pool and cheap grub like homemade pies, burgers and Lao fare (mains 20,000K to 30,000K). When there's live rugby…
Top Choice Bar in Vang Vieng

Earth

Made from driftwood and clay, this artsy hillside bar-restaurant pipes out fine tunes to match the ambience with live music nightly from 7pm. Check out the sumptuous view of the cliffs from the lamp-lit garden, betw…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Vientiane

Spirit House

This traditional Lao house facing the Mekong has a well-stocked bar with enough cocktails on the menu to keep a roué rolling along. A chilled soundtrack complements the dark woods and comfy couches of its stylish in…
Top Choice Bar in Vientiane

Bor Pen Yang

Overlooking mother Mekong, a cast of locals, expats, bar girls and travellers assembles at this tin-roofed, wood-raftered watering hole to gaze at the sunset over nearby Thailand. Western tunes, pool tables and a hu…
Bar in Vientiane

Khop Chai Deu

KCD boasts low-lit interiors and a sophisticated drinks list, plus activities like speed dating and women's arm wrestling. On the 3rd floor there's a super-slick bar with great views. A popular place for draught Bee…
Bar in Luang Prabang

La Pistoche

The perfect medicine for landlocked Laos, La Pistoche offers two swimming pools set amid a spacious garden in the suburbs south of town. Entry includes pétanque and water volleyball if you're feeling active. Generou…
Bar in Luang Prabang

Bar 525

Parked down a quiet street, there's nothing retiring about this chic, urban bar. Sit outside stargazing on the terrace, inside at the long bar in low-lit style, or chill in the comfy lounge. Cocktails galore, glad r…