46 Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem, Tel: 0917 245155
4 Luong Ngoc Quyen, Hoan Kiem, Tel: (04) 2212 6821
8am to 2am
The open-air watering hole with seating on the pavement is a great spot to enjoy a tall dark stout or light pilsner at anytime, day or night. What it lacks in gaudy decorations, it makes up for with a constant stream of regulars, occasional live Irish music and billiards on the third floor. Has a decent food menu and even better pizzas.
LATE DIVE BAR
62 Dao Duy Tu, Hoan Kiem, Tel: (04) 3926 1943
3pm to late
LATE NIGHT LOCAL / LOUNGE
32 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Tel: 0947 893232
10am to late
2 Ta Hien, Hoan Kiem, Tel: (04) 3292 7614
8pm to late
DJ / LATE NIGHT JOINT
25 Ta Hien, Hoan Kiem, Tel: 0986 495211
A small establishment from the minds behind the party and event organisers, LinkHanoi. The bar has tables filling the first floor and spilling onto the sidewalk as well as a small loft area for lounging.
15 Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Tel: (04) 4926 2177
11am to late
One of the better venues in the Old Quarter for dancing on the weekends. Although crammed into a small space, cheap drinks and a mix of chart chits makes Dragonfly the regular go-to for younger Vietnamese crowds, tourists and the foreign resident looking to get up on the dance floor. If you don’t feel like dancing, relax upstairs with shisha and friends with one of the two lounges on the second floor. The sister venue on Phung Hung has a bigger menu and an earlier opening hour (11am instead of 6pm) but still keeps with the shisha, pool table and dance floor combo so popular on Hang Buom.
LATE NIGHT LOCAL
1 Ta Hien, Hoan Kiem, Tel: 01679 647254
8pm to late
Last building on the right before Hang Buom, this popular with the French (and everyone else) watering hole is a classic. Has the same Old Quarter vibe; small, cosy and personal with funky twists – and an awesome logo. Spread over two floors with good tunes, drinks specials and a foosball table, Cheeky is open till late. Also does tasty paninis into the early hours.
BAR, ART & DJ SPACE
5 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Q4, (Opposite Elisa Boat)
Known for its late night parties and focus on international artists, Observatory is now at a bigger space in District 4. Complete with a new balcony overlooking the Saigon River and an even larger sound system, The Observatory is a key node in the Asian underground music circuit.
LOUNGE BAR & CAFE
Park Hyatt Saigon, 2 Lam Son, Q1, Tel: (08) 3824 1234
An elegant, ground floor venue in The Hyatt, perfect for social and business gatherings. As well as nightly live music, serves afternoon tea staples including warm scones with generous portions of homemade jam and clotted cream.