As much as it is known for its history, Hanoi has also gained a reputation for its nightlife. The old quarter, in particular, is one of the most energetic places at nighttime. And when it comes to partying, Hanoi can offer some surprisingly lively experience. When the sun goes down, the capital is certainly boisterous with a variety of things to do from interesting street activities to energetic parties in top clubs and bars.
We, as locals, will enrich your journey in Hanoi through this article by giving you numerous tips about how to cherish the spontaneity of Hanoi nightlife.
Introduction to dynamic street activities is a must. And of course, if you’re more interested in partying. Stay tuned. As lively bars and trendy nightclubs will also be featured in this post.
So take a look and let us inspire your trip to Vietnam!
Hanoi night’s panoramic view
Hanoi Nightlife’s Street Activities
Want to Stretch Your Legs? Try Walking Street
If you’re the kind of person that hates staying still and prefers to move around, then Walking Street is your place to go! It is a 7km road that opens only at the weekend. All transportation vehicles are banned during this time, and walking is the only way to get around, so you can experience the “old” Hanoi vibes without constantly hearing the car honking sounds or driving yourself crazy just to cross the road. A more relaxing approach to explore Hanoi nightlife.
Getting through this street from start to finish might take you more than a few hours, as you can help but engage in numerous local activities taken places here, ranging from street dance performances to traditional games. Being surrounded by the unlimited energy of Hanoi youths will surely be a great ending before calling it a day.
The Magnificent Beer Street: Ta Hien
You really haven’t seen the city until you have spent a few hours soaking up the atmosphere and maybe sinking a few beers at the most famous Beer Hoi (Fresh Beer) spot in Vietnam.
In fact, it is one of the top go-to destinations voted by tourists. There is no place to experience the vibrant Hanoi nightlife than in Ta Hien Street, where you perch on plastic stools, sit elbow-to-elbow to the locals and hear they share their stories.
Tourists’ Favorite: Night Market
Every weekend, from 6 pm to late, it is time for the Hanoi Night Market. A Night Market which attracts crowds of epic proportions.
Walk along the small crowded alleyways in the market and marvel at the endless array of goods on sale. From tourist trinkets and fake branded clothes to leather goods, dried fruits, and books you are likely to find a bit of everything here. Pick up a souvenir or two. And then have a boiling hot bowl of Pho, a simple meat filled baguettes or other traditional dishes to recharge your energy. All inclusive in this vibrant night market.
Visit the Night Market at Hang Dao, Hang Ngang, Hang Duong Street.
Hanoi Nightlife’s Clubs and Bars
For all party-goers out there, without further ado, here are the top bars and nightclubs in Hanoi. From eccentrically themed venues to exclusive clubs with Western pricing, you’ll find a bit of everything here.
Infinity Club Hanoi: A Stylish Bar for Stylish People
A well-loved club by locals. It is only 10 minutes walk from the famous Hoan Kiem Lake. Fitted with a spacious dance floor, impressive lighting, affordably-priced alcohol, the small yet busy nightclub hosts local DJs spinning hip-hop, house, trance, EDM and electro tunes. Infinity Club has always been a favorite destination of stylish party-goers.
Infinity Club Hanoi opens every day from 9 p.m to Midnight. Come to 45 Hang Bai Street to join its youthful atmosphere.
Dragonfly Bar Lounge: Where Diversity and Culture Collide
Also set within Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Dragonfly Bar Lounge is a longstanding nightspot that attracts not only young Vietnamese but also youthful expats. You enjoy the hip-hop and dance music played at this laid-back venue. Shishas, foosball and inexpensive cocktails keep the party going in this friendly. Stay downstairs to dance or play pool or head upstairs to lounge around and enjoy a game of Jenga and a smoke of apple and mint tobacco from the hookah bar. Probably the most popular approach to Hanoi nightlife.
Note that there is a weekly ladies night every Sunday when female customers are given free drinks or discounts. So plan your schedule and go there right this Sunday.
Dragonfly Bar Lounge opens its doors every day from 8 a.m to midnight, and you can check the place at Hang Buom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
You can not say you have visited Vietnam until you experience the vibrant side of Hanoi nightlife. Visit some of the city’s craft beer bars, stop by one of the hip nightclubs or meet some local artists at one of the creative cafés tucked away downtown. Whatever your preferences are, chances are Hanoi has something to offer you. Here is my tips and guides for a night out in Hanoi. Share yours in the comments below!