Hanoi entertainment

Top Choice Jazz in Hanoi

Binh Minh Jazz Club

This atmospheric venue tucked behind the Opera House is the place in Hanoi to catch live jazz. There’s a full bar, a food menu and high-quality gigs featuring father-and-son team Minh and Dac, plus other local and i…
Top Choice Live Music in Hanoi

Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre

Concerts of traditional Vietnamese music are held in this intimate restored house in the Old Quarter. Ca tru is indigenous to the north of Vietnam, and concerts feature a selection of the 100 or so ca tru melodies. …
Theatre in Hanoi

Municipal Water Puppet Theatre

Water-puppetry shows are a real treat for children. Multilingual programs allow the audience to read up on each vignette as it’s performed. Although there are five afternoon performances daily, book well ahead, espe…
Opera in Hanoi

Hanoi Opera House

Evening performances of classical music, opera and ballet are periodically held at the grand Hanoi Opera House. Check the website for details of upcoming performances.
Theatre in Hanoi

Vietnam National Tuong Theatre

Hat tuong is a uniquely Vietnamese variation of Chinese opera that enjoyed its greatest popularity under the Nguyen dynasty in the 19th century. Performances at this theatre used to be by invitation only but are now…
Live Music in Hanoi

Music Cafe

This intimate cafe and bar shows off its style with vintage-music paraphernalia. It's best with a cocktail in hand in the evening, when vocalists croon in Vietnamese about lost loves, with accompanying acoustic guit…
Live Music in Hanoi

Hanoi Rock City

Hanoi Rock City is tucked away down a residential lane about 7km north of the city near Tay Ho, but it’s a journey well worth taking for reggae, Hanoi punk and regular electronica nights. A few international acts sw…
Cinema in Hanoi

Centre Culturel Français de Hanoi

Set in the sublime L’Espace building near the Hanoi Opera House, the Centre Culturel offers a regular program of French films. Musical events are also staged; check the website for what’s on. French lessons are also…
Cinema in Hanoi

August Cinema

One of the oldest cinemas in town, with architecturally significant, modernist lines. It occasionally shows English-language films.