Bars in Hanoi’s Old Quarter 

Aside from its rich cultural heritage, Hanoi is also known for its buzzing bars & nightlife. & as the city’s center of tourism, the Old Quarter is trang chủ to no shortage of great bars where you can befriend locals & enjoy a quality cocktail.

Here are the 10 best bars in Hanoi’s Old Quarter for a fun night out:

1. The Alchemist – a Great Gatsby-style bar

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Located on the second floor of an old European-style building, The Alchemist has an aesthetic that matches what you’d expect from a high-end cocktail bar, from its dimmed lights to its high ceiling & slightly smoky smell.

And while the bartenders here are not quite able khổng lồ turn metal into gold like alchemists of myths & fairytales, they are adept at turning exotic ingredients such as Japanese gin & lotus flowers into creative drinks.

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The Sloe Comfortable Screw Behind The Chef cocktail Image credit: The Alchemist


If it’s a hot summer night and you’re looking for something refreshing, be sure lớn give their signature “Sloe Comfortable Screw Behind The Chef” (VND350,000, ~USD15.06) a try. Quite a mouthful of a name, we know, but it reveals the two primary ingredients of the drink: Sloe Gin and Southern Comfort. Complemented by absinthe and orange juice, it’s sure khổng lồ whisk the heat away instantly.

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The Le Jardin du Nil cocktail Image credit:
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For something lighter, Le Jardin du Nil (VND220,000, ~USD9.47) is our recommendation. Made from Roku gin, green tea liquor, & lotus flowers, the first sip will fill your mouth with a light yet pure fragrance, and the second will leave a lingering taste of tea on your tongue.

2. Fat cat Bar – where you can make friends with random strangers

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Located at one of the busiest streets of Hanoi at night, Fat Cat serves a diverse clientele who gather every night for a beer và a chat. You could spot a young local man in his 20s having a good laugh with a trắng tourist lady in her 40s about how ridiculous the final season of Game of Thrones was. Distance between individuals is non-existent here – literally và figuratively. Smile and say hi lớn the first person you make eye contact with và it’ll be as if you were long-time friends who haven’t seen each other in a while and have so much to catch up.

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3. The Hill Station Bar – chất lượng cocktails with homemade ingredients

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The Hill Station lies at the other side of the street from Fat Cat, và its aesthetic is also the exact opposite. It stands out amidst the chaos for its subdued atmosphere created by warm yellow lights reflecting on worn brick walls, a small, charming bar, candlelit tables, soothing music, & cute little ornaments adorning the place.

Drink-wise, you won’t find your average gin và tonic or whisky sour here. Instead, the bar offers chất lượng cocktail recipes using homemade rice wine coming from the mountainous province of Sapa.

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The Sapa Sunset cocktailImage credit: The Hill Station

Don’t forget to try the “Sapa Sunset” (VND85,000, ~USD3.66) while you’re here. Featuring rice wine, cranberry juice, blue curacao, grenadine, & lime, it’s a quality drink that you can’t get anywhere else.


4. Warning Pub – a laid-back pub with a hippie, carefree vibe

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As the middle ground between Fat Cat and The Hill Station, Warning Pub offers the best of both worlds.

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While the aged brick walls, wooden windows, và music instruments neatly kept at a corner still give the place a homely feel, it is also a nice place lớn make new friends.

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Even if you are not good at breaking the ice, all you need to bởi vì is drop the bartenders a hint. A simple question such as “How it’s going” would suffice. Once they know you are willing khổng lồ chat, they will carry the conversation for you. These guys often try lớn get multiple customers involved, so before long you’ll find yourself with no shortage of topics lớn discuss with complete strangers.

5. The Kumquat Tree – an old Hong Kong-style secret bar

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Ever watched one of those Hong Kong kích hoạt movies where the protagonist goes lớn an obscure street in town, knocks on a mysterious red door, provides a password, and then gets welcomed into a secret bar where he meets his information source? That’s pretty much what you’ll be doing at The Kumquat Tree.

Once you manage to get past that door using the password you obtain by contacting them via Facebook or phone beforehand, you’ll be greeted with an amazing interior that is a nice mixture of Eastern & Western designs. One moment, you can look up lớn bathe in the warm red light from the Chinese-style lanterns hanging from the ceiling, then the next, you might turn around to lớn see a brightly-lit bar with an extensive selection of liquors on display.


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The bartenders here sure know how khổng lồ mix these liquors too, as there’s a wide variety of creative cocktails on offer. What The Duck (VND200,000, ~USD8.61) captures attention with its interesting presentation – using absinthe as the main ingredient, it is served with a rubber duck inside the glass.

6. King Pirates Pub – where your thirst for a pirate adventure is satisfied

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Ahoy mateys! If yer looking khổng lồ have yer thirst for a pirate adventure quenched, then hoist the colors & set sails toward King Pirates Pub. Established in 2013, this little quirky pub has garnered a loyal following of locals và expats alike over the years thanks khổng lồ its wacky pirate theme.

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Given the premise, it comes as no surprise that the pub’s menu has an entire section dedicated khổng lồ rum-based cocktails, among which the Captain Jack Sparrow (VND80,000, ~USD3.44) is the highlight. This simple mixture of rum, amaretto, and coke will have you feeling lượt thích a true pirate, especially since you can enjoy it while wearing a captain’s hat & an eye patch that you can borrow from the staff.

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Image credit: King Pirates Club

Any seasoned buccaneer worth their salt should also try Walking The Plank, King Pirates’ signature activity. For VND400,000 (~USD17.21), you get 5 shots of rum. Finish them all within 2 minutes, và you’ll earn a T-shirt to honor your deed as well as the right to have your picture taken and displayed on their Hall of Fame board.

On the other hand, if rum isn’t your drink of choice, the bar boasts an expansive selection of local Vietnamese beer brands that cost as little as VND20,000 (~USD0.86) a pint, khổng lồ ensure that no pirate has to walk away thirsty.


7. Craft Beer Pub – For craft beer enthusiasts and sports fans

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Decorated in the style of a French farm, Craft Beer Pub oozes a cozy vibe with its wooden interiors. And as you can probably guess from the brand, craft beer is the name of the game here. The bar offers 8 different types of beer on draft, 5 of which come from respected Vietnamese craft beer brands such as Barett, Platinum, and Pasteur Street.

You definitely shouldn’t pass on Pasteur Street IPA (VND95,000, ~USD4.09). With dried jasmine flowers added during its brewing process, the beer comes with a wonderful aroma that lingers on the tip of your tongue for a long time.

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Image credit: Pasteur Street Brewing Company

Craft Beer is also a popular destination among Hanoians during football seasons. Folks from all over the city gather here whenever there is a match lớn cheer for their favorite teams – usually from the English Premier League or the Vietnamese national team – over a refreshing beer, so if you want to truly grasp how big of a khuyễn mãi giảm giá football is in Vietnam, be sure khổng lồ drop by.

8. RockStore Bar – American-style rock music meets a diner

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RockStore might look like your average American diner at first glance, but the further you venture into its cavernous depth, the crazier things get. With vibrant lighting, a disco mirror ball hanging from the ceiling, & an elevated dance floor, the place will leave you feeling as if you’d wandered into an actual rock concert.

Fans of rock music are in for a treat at RockStore, as the bar has bands and DJs performing almost on a daily basis. There’s a great variety here too. You could come here one night lớn find a local artist performing techno on stage, then return the next khổng lồ be welcomed by some upbeat tunes coming from an up-and-coming band of Westerners in town for the night.

9. The Unicorn Pub – Phở in drinkable form

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Image credit: The Unicorn Pub

Tucked away in a quiet corner far away from the heart of the Old Quarter, the humble building housing The Unicorn Pub is one you can easily pass by without a second glance. Little would you know that you’d be missing out on a hidden gem, as the place is trang chủ to some of the best mixologists in town. 

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The Phở cocktailImage credit: Andrenelli Jess

While the venue is a comfortable space with warm red lights và brick walls adorned by pictures of Renaissance paintings, it is the drinks that take the real spotlight here. Just as you can’t experience Hanoi’s food culture without eating Phở, you can’t come here without trying The Unicorn’s signature Phở Cocktail (VND150,000, ~USD6.46).

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The making of Phở CocktailImage credit:
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Made from Gin, Cointreau, & various spices also used in Phở, this award-winning cocktail aims khổng lồ capture the essence of one of Vietnam’s most significant contributions to world cuisine – và does one hell of a job at it. The way it’s made is a spectacular show, with the concoction being filtered through 3 layers of cups while on fire.

10. Northern Soul Rooftop Bar – enjoy the cool breeze at night

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Those lost in the chaos of the crowded streets and want some fresh air should look no further than number 31 Tạ Hiện. Actually, scratch that. Look a little bit further into number 31 Tạ Hiện, and you will find a lift leading to lớn Northern Soul Rooftop Bar.

Located right at the heart of Hanoi’s nightlife và touted “the only rooftop bar” in the area, Northern Soul boasts 2 patios on the 5th and 6th floor of the building, offering both indoor và outdoor seating options. Sitting in a comfortable chair above the hustle & bustle, you’ll be able lớn soak in the cool breeze, enjoy a stunning bird’s-eye view of the streets below, or gape at the vibrant skyline of the city.

Address: 5th Floor, 31 Tạ hiện nay Str., trả Kiếm, Hà NộiOpening hours: 5PM-late, DailyWebsite

Best Hanoi Old Quarter bars

A trip to Hanoi wouldn’t be complete without visiting the historic Old Quarter. And after you’ve explored the attractions in the daytime, come khổng lồ at least one of these bars to have a taste of the lively nightlife of the city.

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Cover image adapted from: The Alchemist – Cocktail Bar,
ransel_boy và Craft Beer Pub

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