Northwest Vietnam drinking and nightlife

Cafe in Sapa

Cong Ca Phe

Sapa is home to a branch of everybody's favourite Communist/retro-themed coffee shop. A selection of beers and occasional live performances mean that it also doubles neatly as a bar.
Beer Garden in Sapa

Cafe in the Clouds

The large terrace of this bar is a great corner of Sapa (and the planet) to pause and ponder the valley or, often, the wandering mist at eye level. The crisp air must come with lofty prices? Actually drinks are pric…
Cafe in Ha Giang

Tung Duong Cafe

A cosy coffee shop popular among locals and domestic tourists. Come for super-strong coffee drinks and tasty smoothies. Its convenient location near one of Ha Giang's best pho shops makes it an easy breakfast choice…
Bar in Sapa

Color Bar

Owned by a Hanoi artist, this atmospheric spot ticks all the boxes with reggae, table football, shisha and ice-cold Bia Lao Cai. A great refuelling option on the steep walk up from Cat Cat village.
Cafe in Dien Bien Phu

The Coffee Shop

One of a row of modern cafes on this street, we like the smiling staff and brick-and-wood decor here. It serves Vietnamese coffee and good fruit shakes, as well as ice cream.
Bar in Sapa

Mountain Bar & Pub

Dangerously strong cocktails, cold beer and ultra-competitive games of table-football conspire to make this Sapa’s go-to place for a great night out. Even if it’s freezing outside, a shisha beside the open fire will…
Bar in Sapa

Hmong Sisters

This spacious bar with pool tables and an open fire has pretty decent music, but can feel a bit sparse if it's a quiet night. Bar prices are reasonable, though, so it's always worth checking out.
Bia Hoi in Bac Ha

Bia Hoi

Next door to Green Sapa Tour is this uber-typical draught beer place with sipping locals and way too much florescent lighting.
Cafe in Son La

Trung Nguyen Cafe

This smart cafe-bar has a relaxing, tree-shaded garden at the front and serves up some of Son La's best coffee.