Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Hanoi

Tadioto

Nguyen Qui Duc's unofficial clubhouse for the underground art scene's latest incarnation is this dark and quirky colonial bar in the French Quarter. Obligatory red accents (seat covers, wrought-iron grill on the doo…
Top Choice Bar in Hanoi

Nola

Retro furniture and art are mixed and matched in this bohemian multilevel labyrinth tucked away from Ma May’s tourist bustle. Pop in for a coffee and banana bread in a quiet section, or return after dark for one of …
Cafe in Hanoi

Cafe Pho Co

One of Hanoi’s most hidden cafes, this place has plum views over Hoan Kiem Lake. Enter through the silk shop, and continue through the antique-bedecked courtyard up to the top floor for the mother of all vistas. You…
Gay & Lesbian in Hanoi

GC Bar

Hanoi's long-standing, only established gay bar, and unofficial LGBT HQ, might seem small and vanilla midweek, but it gets pumped on weekend nights. Reasonably priced drinks and chatty bar staff make it popular with…
Cafe in Hanoi

Café Duy Tri

In the same location since 1936, this caffeine-infused labyrinth is a Hanoi classic. You’ll feel like Gulliver as you negotiate the tiny ladders and stairways to reach the 3rd-floor balcony. Delicious caphe sua chua…
Cafe in Hanoi

Cafe Lam

A classic cafe that’s been around for years – long enough to build up a compact gallery of paintings left behind by talented patrons who couldn’t afford to pay their tabs during the American War. These days you’re j…
Bar in Hanoi

Manzi Art Space

Part cool art gallery, part chic cafe and bar, Manzi is worth seeking out north of the Old Quarter. A restored French villa hosts diverse exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography, and the compact courtyard…
Bar in Hanoi

Quan Ly

Owner Pham Xuan Ly has lived on this block since 1950, and now runs one of Hanoi’s most traditional ruou (Vietnamese wine) bars. Kick off with the ginseng one, and work your way up. An English-language menu makes it…
Cafe in Hanoi

Loading T Cafe

Architecture lovers will especially love this cafe converted from a room in a dilapidated French colonial house. The ornate tiled floor, vintage fans and other design gems capture Hanoi’s faded glamour. Homemade cak…
Cafe in Hanoi

Cong Caphe

Settle in to the eclectic beats and kitsch Communist memorabilia at the hip Cong Caphe with a caphe sua da (iced coffee with condensed milk). You'll notice a bunch of branches around the city; a full list appears on…