Hi Jinks (Druk Hotel, Wogzin Lam, Clock Tower Square, Thimphu) — Druk Hotel’s on-site bar is a dimly-lit space that has a lot of character. Early arrivals might be able to score one of the incredibly inviting armchairs by the bar, and proceed to indulge in a drink a two (the drink list features a selection of cocktails and wines).
Club Ace (Phenday Lam, Thimphu) — if you love to dance at nightclubs than this is the best place for you to put your dancing shoes on my friend. Once known as the “Big Bang Club”, Club Ace is one of the most famous nightclubs in Thimphu which is full of energy along with a dancing atmosphere. Electronic music, beautiful lighting and youthful atmosphere are the major points of attraction in Club Ace. Locals, as well as tourists, love to visit here when they are in the town. Club Ace is the perfect place for parties and get-togethers.
Benez Bar (Jangchhub Lam, Thimphu) – located on the top floor of one of Thimphu’s modern buildings, the mature above-25 crowd comes here for the views, international food options, and drinks. Prominent locals have been known to frequent this bar.
Nowzone (235 Nguyen Van Cu, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City) – opened in 2008, this is a popular shopping mall that fits the budget of more locals. Regardless, various international and regional retailers can be found here. Nowzone is perceived by locals (especially teenagers) as having some of the trendier fashions in Vietnam.
The View Rooftop Bar (Duc Vuong Hotel, 195 Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City) — there is no better way to experience Ho Chi Minh City than from a lofty rooftop with buildings and streaming cars spread out far beneath you. But some bars in Vietnam’s biggest city are now charging sky high prices to go with the sky high view. That’s why The View rooftop bar at Duc Vuong Hotel is such a great place for a drink: prices for a beer start from just 12,000 VND, and the panorama from the ninth floor takes in the full cityscape of Ho Chi Minh for some great photos.
Located on the backpacker street of Bui Vien, The View rooftop bar is easy to find; it is housed atop one of the tallest buildings on the street. The bar is spread out across the entirety of the roof and split into two main sections providing plenty of seating. In addition, there is a sort of tree house structure made out of wood and an indoor ‘party room’ with disco lights (although this is almost always empty). The most pleasant part of the bar is the area stretching off to the right from here, showing the clearest view of Bitexco Tower and the neighboring skyscrapers of Ho Chi Minh City’s financial center.
The Rooftop (19th Floor, Pacific Place, 83B Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi) — located atop Hanoi’s Pacific Place building, The Rooftop more than lives up to its name. Offering a prime view of the city for miles around, the restaurant and bar are equipped with inviting booths, a wraparound deck and a bar serving an extensive wine and cocktail list. Ideal for everything from after-work cocktails to late night partying, be sure to swing by for events featuring DJs spinning the latest hits long into the night. This is the one-stop shop for Hanoi’s party crew.
Swing Lounge (21 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem D, Hanoi) – opened in 2013, what puts the “swing” in Swing Lounge is that it arguably boasts the best sound system in Hanoi – perfect for nightly showcases of some of the best singers in the capital. Reservations are a good idea as Swing Lounge can get astonishingly crowded, particularly on nights leading up to the weekend or when a well-known singer is performing.
The separate café area incorporates French architecture and style. Sink into a velvet armchair and drink in the ambience along with an espresso or cocktail. Fresh ingredients are always part of the equation no matter if you’re indulging in panini, crepes or something a little more substantial.
Hero Club Hanoi (42M Yen Phu, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi) — this is an industrial-style nightlife venue where you can dance the night away with party-loving locals and expats. This venue is decorated with colorful murals of popular super heroes and propaganda posters, while the DJ booth is set within an old Soviet truck. The music here ranges from EDM and deep house to hip-hop and R&B while drinks are priced at VND 75,000 onwards. A ten-minute taxi ride from downtown Hanoi, themed nights with great drinks promos and international DJs are held regularly at Hero Club Hanoi, resulting in a loud and fun party scene.
Hanoi Rock City (27/52 To Ngoc Van – Tay Ho – Hanoi) – this is Hanoi’s first and only authentic independent live music stage. Hanoi Rock City hosts and promotes international and local events for all music and artistic tastes. Founded in 2010, Hanoi Rock has been a major player in putting Hanoi on the music map for touring artists as well as emerging as a frontrunner in providing a solid, stable and dynamic creative platform for homegrown, grassroots talents across an eclectic array of live and electronic genres. Our diversity and interconnectedness to the local scene of original, current, contemporary and underground music is unrivalled in Hanoi.
Go2 Bar (187 De Tham Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City) — this wicked dive bar (which has an extensive outdoor seating area) opens early and shuts late, making it pretty much 24 hours and a natural born hit, especially with the traveling scene. Located right in the heart of the buzzing tourist district (a.k.a. “backpacker district”), Go2 is fun, cheap and knows how to have a good time. From breakfast to dawn, it’s always a party in here with the resident DJs spinning some wicked house and hip hop beats in the club upstairs. If you need to chill, there’s a lounge section to watch sports, play pool or smoke a shisha pipe.