Hanoi is a city with many different things to do at night and is like any other capital of Southeast Asia or the even the world. There are a number of the multitude of fun and interesting things to see and places to go.
There is never an inactive moment in Hanoi, especially at night. This vibrant city is teeming with all fun activities once the sun has set, and only a few of those who involve alcohol. Here are some of the best – but don’t do all in one go, get hungover the next day.
Things which makes Hanoi so interesting is the differences between each district. In the following list, you’ll find all the interesting options spread out across town, with the clubs, best bars, live music joints, and even family fun.
1.Water Puppet Theatre
The world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi has its base in an art form that established back in the 11th century.
The tradition of water puppet theatre stays from the time when rice paddy fields were flooded and villagers would make entertainment by standing in the waist-deep water with the puppets performing over the water.Shows in this modern theatre are performed in a pool of water used as the stage for the puppets.
The puppets are controlled by not more than eight puppeteers hiding behind a bamboo screen. The reviving Thang Long Water Puppet show is considered to be one of the cultural highlights of Northern Vietnam since back to a tradition that first started in the Red River Delta.
Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hanoi and tickets are the sell out well in advance so it’s worth booking yours as soon as you reach the town.
It is also advisable to pay more to get closer to the action as the theatre have the sitting for a few hundred people and the puppets are not that big.
The theatre is modern and usually shows 17 short sketches in a one-hour performance. Apart from the general admission fee of VND 100,000, there is an additional camera or video fee if you wish to click photograph or film the show.
• Opening Hours: Daily at 3:00 pm, 4:10 pm, 5:20 pm, 6:30 pm & 08:00pm
•Location: 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang Street at Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
2.Bia Hoi Junction
It is a must-visit for any first-time visitor to Hanoi, Bia Hoi Junction is widely-regarded as the quintessential nightlife spot in Hanoi.
Entry is throughout the day and late in the night, the ever-bustling beer haven is located at the corner of the Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets in the Hanoi Old Quarter, where you can find hundreds of people sitting on plastic stools with a pint of bia hoi in hand.
Needless to say, Bia Hoi Junction attracts a steady following of locals, tourists, and expats who are looking down for some ice cold beers all night long. Alternatively, there are many bars that sell soft drinks and imported beers such as Tiger for about VND 20,000.
In addition to a large number of bia hoi joints with colorful plastic chairs spilling onto the streets, you can also find makeshift stalls selling a variety of snacks such as steamed peanuts, skewered meats, fried tofu, and delicious beef jerky.
As it gets very packed here, do keep your wits about and be mindful of your belongings. Definitely, Bia Hoi Junction is great for drinking on a budget as well as experiencing the local culture. Atmosphere around is a really memorable snapshot of Hanoi nightlife.
•Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 pm – Late
•Location: At the junction of Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen in Old Quarter (North of Hoan Kiem Lake)
3.The Bank Hanoi
It is currently the biggest nightclub in Hanoi, having three venues that play different upbeat tunes until late. The nightclub’s setup is made on the sixth floor of Hanoi’s Capital Building, where you can have a great view of Hoan Kiem Lake and downtown Hanoi.
Attracting a well-dressed crowd of locals, expats, and tourists, its music policy includes top 40 hits, hip-hop, deep house, lounge, and house tunes while drinks here are relatively inexpensive compared to most other nightclubs in Hanoi.
Cocktails are priced between VND 150,000 and VND 200,000 while Budweiser and Corona cost for approximately VND 120,000.
•Opening Hours: Daily 8:45 pm – 12:45 am
•Location:6th Floor, Capital Building, 41 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
4.Binh Minh’s Jazz Club
The club provides cozy seats, warm lighting, minimal décor, and efficient service while the menu includes classic cocktails, whiskeys, imported beers, and coffee, as well as Vietnamese delicacies and selection of western.
Drinks at Binh Minh’s Jazz Club are pricier compared to other bars in Hanoi, starting from VND 65,000 onwards. However, many patrons would agree to the point that cost are more than fair due to the quality of the live entertainment and lack of cover charge.
Binh Minh’s Jazz Club is set beside Hanoi Opera House along Trang Tien Street, just a five-minute walk from the luxurious Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi. Prominent attractions that include National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hoan Kiem Lake and Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution are also within walking distance of the jazz bar.
•Opening Hours: Daily 08:00am - 12:00am
•Location:1 Trang Tien Street at French Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
5. Hanoi Press Club
It is an upscale bar that offers excellent service and a sophisticated ambiance, both inside in their gentleman’s club style bar and on the out large, third-floor terrace.
Also, a well-stocked bar is there that offers excellent wines and cocktails as well as some tasty bar snacks. A live music performance is done from Thursday to Sunday and a special buy-one-get-one-free on select drinks every Thursday.
•Opening Hours:Op Daily 11:00 am - 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm till Late night
•Location: 59A Ly Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
6 Vietnam Central Circus
This is ideal for a day for family-friendly fun, where travelers can enjoy, live performances and simple fairground games within a large park in the south of the city.
They provide clowns, acrobats, and animal performances, the Central Circus in Hanoi follows a fairly predictable schedule, but it can be a great fun.
•Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 20:00 - 22:00
•Location: Located next to Thien Quang Lake, it is a 10-minute taxi ride from Hanoi Old Quarter, 67 Tran Nhan Tong, Nguyen Du, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi.
7.Hanoi Opera House
It is the biggest theatre in Vietnam and speaks volumes about the historical and cultural evidence of Vietnam under French rule. The interior is even more adorable than the exterior with many arguing it is aesthetically even more appealing than the Paris Opera House.
Visitors who will visit today will be entertained at this architectural landmark which features a range of events including local Vietnamese opera, ballets, traditional folk music, and many international concerts.
Vietnamese artists perform songs, classical music, dance, drama and contemporary performances by superstars such as singer My Linh. The Hanoi Opera House offers a superb sitting in which to see any live show.
The stage is three meters high and there are three stories in total so a wonderful experience is assured regardless of your seating arrangements.
You will have to purchase tickets to see the inside of the opera house although there are usually a host of concerts to choose from including ballet, drama, and symphonies in addition to opera. The Hanoi Opera House is also the first choice for any international meetings and conferences so check online when you are visiting to make sure a performance is scheduled.
•Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 22:00
•Location: 1 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Legend Beer Hanoi prepares its own drinks and serves German-style dishes such as pork knuckles and sausages. Most tourists who come here for the view, as the chaotic streets below are almost within touching distance, thanks to the low level of the terrace.
Due to this, the price range is slightly high and more expensive than most bars within the Old Quarter.The bar opens every day from 11:00 until 23:00 but gets a rush from sunset onwards.
Photo enthusiasts and travelers who come here to snapshots of the chaotic Hanoi roundabout below.If you are carrying a tripod (or very steady hand), a neat trick to get some interesting night shots is to shoot with a slow shutter speed. This results in colorful trail lights from the scooters and taxis to the roads.
•Opening Hours: Daily 11:00am - 11:00pm
•Location: Legend Beer Hanoi occupies the third floor of a building in downtown Hanoi. It’s known for its open-air terrace that looks at the bustling traffic.
Set alongside Dinh Tien Hoang, the bar is a 10-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. Tourists often find their way to this bar to unwind after a day of exploring Hanoi. Drinks-wise, it serves dark stout, lager, and wheat beers.