CONTEMPORARY DECOR BAR
23 Ngo Van So, Hoan Kiem
Housed in a colonial building, bare brick, comfortable sofa-like seating and grungy decor related to a past make up the mix at this venue put together by the people behind Barbetta.
WILD WEST THEME BAR
98B Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Tel: (04) 3942 6822
LOUNGE BAR / TERRACE
47 Hang Be, Hoan Kiem, Tel: (04) 3935 1874
8am to midnight
2a Ta Hien, Hoan Kiem, Tel: (04) 3926 3050
NIGHTCLUB / LATE-NIGHT BAR
8 Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Tel: (04) 6675 7908
HOLE IN THE WALL
12A Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem, Tel: 0932 373802
A cheap, cheerful and welcoming slither of a watering hole popular with expats and anyone looking for some good conversation. Cheap beers, oodles of Jameson’s and often open late. Oh, and check out the Danish hotdog stand out front. To die for.
LIVE MUSIC BAR
61 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Tel: 01653 336087
Hanoi's home-made, home-grown version of Hard Rock Cafe without the stigma and the expensive prices. Nightly live music or DJing events are coupled with creative decor, a selection of Belgian Beer and a food menu. Check their Facebook page for details.
5 Bao Khanh, Hoan Kiem, Tel: (04) 3825 0959
5pm to 2am
Probably the closest thing Hanoi has to an authentic English-style pub, Polite is frequented by a steady mix of locals and expats who find solace in the nightly conversations at the long bar, pool and live football matches.
CONTEMPORARY COCKTAIL BAR
19 Nguyen Quang Bich, Hoan Kiem
Decked out in wooden panelling and bare brick, this tastefully designed watering whole in the Old Quarter is known for its prize-winning bartender and excellent cocktails
BRITISH / INTERNATIONAL RESTOBAR
25 Hang Be, Hoan Kiem, Tel: (04) 3926 2104
7am to midnight
Dark red walls and even darker brown seating run through the homely and casual Le Pub, one of the few bars in town with a regular stream of clientele. A long list of imported beer, Tiger draft, a decent international cum Vietnamese food menu, happy hour specials and live sport make up the comfortable mix. The venue also gets involved in the local community through regular events.