The bar scene in Hanoi now features a more diverse spread across the city. The list below offers a blend of classic and innovative styles. Better yet, these best bars and pubs in Hanoi are scattered all over the Old Quarter so you don’t have to travel far from where you’re staying.
Legend Beer Hanoi
There are few better places to watch the heart of Hanoi comes alive in front of you than this bar, which is on the third floor of a building standing the finest spot of Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square. Legend Beer Hanoi is known for brewing its own beer so all drinks come at a higher price than other spots in the Old Quarter. The favorites here are wheat beers, dark stout, and lager. The menu leans towards German-influence dishes such as sausages and pork knuckles.
Thanks for its great location, Legend Bar Hanoi is a perfect gathering point of photographers who’d like to have some good shots of Hanoi’s bustling scene down below. The terraces are quite low so diners get a first-hand experience of the hustle and bustle without joining it themselves. Its location and beers help Legend Bar Hanoi always rank top on the list of best bars and pubs in Hanoi.
Le Pub Hanoi
Head here to join local sports fans. Le Pub Hanoi not only boasts some TV screens to catch up with the latest football updates but also a terrace facing the street if anyone fancy watching the locals going about with their business. All the drinks here are imported and at reasonable prices. It also has a diverse menu to choose from that includes a selection of nachos, pizzas, and spring rolls.
During the day, Le Pub Hanoi can serve as a nice spot for a hearty lunch. Its coffee and smoothies are decent; its grilled chicken breast and burgers are also worth a try. Female pub-goers can benefit from its Thursday promotion with free cocktails and cold beer, making the range between 19:30 and 20:30 very happy hour indeed.
Sunset Bar, Intercontinental Hanoi West Lake hotel
Facilities at this larger bar on an artificial island are impressive. Benefit from the hotel’s prime location, Sunset Bar is set against a tranquil atmosphere of Hanoi West Lake. Featured plush daybeds and comfortable couches, it’s a perfect place to enjoy your time with loved ones in peace and quiet. Sunset Bar deserves a spot in the list of best bars and pubs in Hanoi for the location alone.
This bar is built with a global outlook so the menu is more diverse than those of other spots on this list. Beer connoisseurs will appreciate this place, which boasts a wide selection of imported beers, wines, cocktails, whiskeys, and liquors. Price range is from 90.000 VND onwards and goes in half from 17:00 to 19:00.
Binh Minh Jazz Club
Hanoi might be the last place on Earth to expect rhythms of jazz at night but Binh Minh Jazz Club stands out to prove you’re wrong. The city’s finest jazz musicians are here to perform live from 21:00 to 23:30 every night. Set up by Vietnam’s jazz pioneer, Quyen Van Minh, this club features shows by Mr. Minh himself and his students.
The club’s highlight is the fine performance so there just enough service here to make visitors comfortable without distracting them from the stage. The décor is minimal but the menu can relatively satisfy a wide range of needs with classic cocktails, whiskeys, imported beers, Western and Vietnamese delicacies. The drinks here are not cheap but with the quality of the live jazz performance, most visitors consider it’s fair.