Below is a list of 5 city’s lively bars and glitzy nightclubs around Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter.

You can enjoy great tunes and all sorts of booze as well as mix and mingle with fun-loving locals and expats.

The nightlife after the sunsets in Ha Noi is so amazing. There are many interesting things to see and places to go. Without sitting back on plastic stools and enjoy Vietnamese beer along the bustling streets, tourists can enjoy time at nightclubs.

1. Rockstore


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Rockstore Bar

A bar tailored for foreigners in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Rockstore was established by its Swedish manager Olivier Waryn in 2013. With an open yet cozy atmosphere and rock-themed decoration, this place has rapidly become a hot spot for many foreigners in Hanoi in their Vietnam tours.
The bar is in a yellow two storey house in the French architectural style. On the first floor fast food and drinks are served such as wines, cocktails, mocktails and beer, and there is a sitting room for small groups. Upstairs there is a bigger space with several games. The bar is impressive with some curving light poles which make it uniquely different.

Unlike other bars only open from afternoon to late night, Rockstore is available all day, and turns into real Rockstore when the night falls. DJ performances or live rock shows are on schedule at night. Beside the standard drinks, other traditional Vietnamese cuisine is available.

2. Fat Cat Bar

Fat Cat Bar 25 Ta Hien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Fat Cat Bar, co-managed by Olivier Waryn and his French friend, is smaller than Rockstore, however, it is special regarding its menu. With a style combining lively bar and gentle lounge, the atmosphere is open and comfortable. Customers are mainly foreigners, coming here in groups, gathering, talking, looking out at the street and drinking beers. The garret is also available for those who want to sit out and enjoy the informal style.

Customers to Fat Cat often enjoy live music. The favored drinks here are beers and cocktails. There are stools in the front where you can enjoy lemonade priced from just 1USD.

3. Finnegan’s Irish


Finnegan’s Irish 32 uong Ngoc Quyen, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

The name “Finnegan’s Irish’ comes from the famous Irish writer James Joyce. The bar is located on the second floor of No. 32 Lương Ngọc Quyen street. The classic European architectural style is reflected in its dark wooden furniture.

Although it is not a large space, the design maximizes light and space to create different corners for customers to choose from. You can sit right at the bar if coming here alone. Otherwise, various tables are available for groups, along with good beers and bustling street views for you to enjoy.

Tea, coffee and fast food are available, and international football matches are shown.

4. Funky B


Funky B 2 Ta Hien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi


The Funky B (formerly called Funky Buddha) is situated on Ta Hien street, famous for its music, namely house, trance and techno. Apart from these, an eclectic mix of musical surprises serves to attract tourists and resident foreigners alike. This bar is larger than most in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, with the two lounges of the bar in different styles. The outer space near the entrance has a simple design, while the inner room is done up with a complicated display of bird cages. Choose whatever fits your style to enjoy the atmosphere.

5. Spy Bar


Spy Bar 12A Nguyen Huu Huan

Spy Bar is located at 12A Nguyen Huu Huan street, with a design similar to Finnegan’s Irish. The bar itself is fairly small with limited group seating, mostly only stools surrounding the bar. The upstairs seats offer a bit more privacy. There is regular live music here, as well as game nights held every Friday. Drink prices are quite affordable. 

Nightlife in Hanoi is more raucous than you might imagine of a town known as an austere Communist outpost. Midnight is the generally held strict closing time, but a few choice places rock until dawn. Enjoy your Vietnam holiday completely when spending time in Hanoi.

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Tommy Ngo

Tommy Ngo was born as a child of Home of Traditional Folk Music of graceful Vietnam. Besides a common role of a master of IT and professional blogger, Tommy also has a passion with traveling and discovering as deep as possible the beauty and culture of the S-shaped country.

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