Vientiane drinking and nightlife

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…
Gay in Vientiane

CCC Bar

The only gay bar in town, this place draws a convivial crowd and pushes things up a notch on weekends. There are occasional clandestine cabaret shows, though sadly local officials put an end to the regular performan…
Bar in Vientiane

Samlo Pub

Sleazy and smoky, this old-school joint feels like the love-child of an East End Kray's pub that married a Patpong good-time bar. Watch the ladies of the night emerge from the shadows like vamps as you park yourself…
Bar in Vientiane

Highland Bar

Located on a breezy stretch of the Mekong River to the west of the city centre, Highland Bar is a great spot to catch your favourite sporting action, from rugby union to Aussie rules and everything in between. There…
Bar in Vientiane

Chokdee Cafe

A Belgian bar and restaurant on the riverfront, Chokdee offers one of the best selections of Belgian brews in Asia with around 70 varieties to sample. Keep the flag flying with a bucket of moules (mussels) and frite…
Irish Pub in Vientiane

O'Gradys

No major city in Southeast Asia would be complete without an Irish bar, and Vientiane now has an authentic one under the ownership of publican Seamus O'Grady. It's a little way out from the centre, but offers all th…
Cocktail Bar in Vientiane

Sea Sunset Bar

Set in the suburbs of popular Dong Palan, Sea Sunset Bar offers one of the most extensive cocktail menus in this neck of the woods. It also offers decent food, including popular burgers and a 65,000K buffet on Monda…
Bar in Vientiane

Scorpion Wings

A self-proclaimed dive bar run by a long-term American resident, this is the place for cheap drinks far from the madding crowd. Craft beers are available, but the signature dish is the scorpion wings – barbecued chi…