Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital and second largest city as well as being a mix of East and West that is very fascinating. Needless to say, there are still many reminders of Chinese influence from years of domination and an architectural design that is reminiscent of its French colonial past. To see it today – Hanoi has been described as Southeast Asia’s ‘rising Star’ – you would never know of the damage that was incurred during the Vietnamese War.
photo by Greg Hayter
However with an array of shopping destinations, museums and sightseeing attractions, it is a hub of international tourism. To cater to the demand of domestic and international tourists, a variety of accommodations are available. Interestingly enough, it is the nightlife of Hanoi that is a major attractant for international travelers and tourists. The following is a list of Hanoi’s liveliest nightlife destinations:
Funky Buddha – one of Hanoi’s newer bar lounges, the Funky Buddha is considerably shinier than most establishments of its kind. The décor was designed in order to attract the late teens/early 20’s crowd so be prepared for a noisier, younger audience. Most of the dance music is conventional though, so that is a plus.
Dragonfly – this nightclub is frequented by a younger crowd than most because most of the music is of the hip-hop variety. The main draws of this club are the cheap drinks, the foosball gaming tables, and the 2nd floor hookah (shisha) lounge. However, being an open and friendly atmosphere makes it a great place to mingle with the locals.
Finnegan’s Irish Pub – this is the only Irish-themed pub in the city of Hanoi and the owner and employees have done an excellent job of maintaining that theme. The beers are ice-cold and refreshing while you will find all the Irish comfort food you could ask for such as bangers and mash, Irish stew, and the traditional Standard Sunday Roast.
Le Pub – definitely one of Hanoi’s more upscale pubs with a cozy storefront located in the Old Quarter. Outside seating is available for people watching and diners have a choice of many Vietnamese and Western dishes. Le Pub does an excellent job with a menu that includes burgers, pizzas, and roast dinners as well as the best wine list in the city.
Minh’s Jazz Club – this is Hanoi’s original jazz club with a smoky venue and a laid-back atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the city. The jazz is nothing short of passionate as there is a good set of bands that provide the live music. The cocktails and other beverages are all tasty but they are considerably pricey compared to other clubs but it is still a good location for relaxing in a more peaceful nightlife atmosphere.
Hotels in Hanoi
Average Price: €54
Hotel Indochina 1
Average Price: €28
Average Rating: 9.4
Hanoi Elegance Sapphire Hotel
Average Price: €37
Average Rating: 9.4