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Quick Guide to Cocktail Happy Hours

Happy Hour Cocktail Run

Hoi An is bursting with places to sit back and relax while you wet your whistle. Prices range from shockingly cheap (3,000 VND fresh beer!) to on par with what one might pay at home. Since prices are usually low, most visitors can afford to be discerning, and discerning you must be. Throughout my quest to find the best happy hour deal in Hoi An I was met with the bitter taste of cheap, locally-distilled alcohol.

 

Now, one may expect this at the backpacker hangouts where “$5 ALL YOU CAN DRINK” and “BUY 1 GET 5” deals are found nightly. But I was surprised to find that many of Old Town’s ‘nicer’ establishments are trying to pass Hanoi alco-crap off as brand-name liquor. The operation is simple; restaurants, hostels, and bars collect their empty brand name bottles, pack them up on a truck bound for Hanoi, and a few days later the same bottles return, full to the brim with headache-inducing grain alcohol that is best reserved for cleaning motorcycle parts.

 

So, how does one avoid ‘fake-brand’ alcohol? Well, sticking with beer and wine is certainly one option. However, as a margarita lover I occasionally have the need for a liquor fix. So, unable to find a great list anywhere of places with great happy hour deals serving the real booze, we made my own (possibly to the detriment of our livers).

The Bars

Almanity Resort and Spa

Located conveniently close to the Old Town, The Almanity Resort & Spa is a wonderful place to retreat, relax and rejuvenate over a few cocktails. Whether it’s in the front patio/garden on a swing chair or out by the leafy picturesque pool, this is one beautiful venue to chill and leave your worries behind.

 

Recommended Drink

While Almanity serves the standard cocktails, try one of their signature herbal cocktails for a truly different experience. There’s Tea Cosmos (vodka and cointreau married with hibiscus tea & lime), Basil Martini, Herbal Gin Fizz and many more to get your tastebuds dancing.

 

Cocktail Price: 125,000 – 165,000vnd; Happy Hour: 4pm – 7pm; Deal: Buy one get one free; 326 Ly Thuong Kiet; +84 (0) 235 3666 888

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Ancient Faifo

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The traditional, airy merchant-house architecture provides a typical Old Town setting in which to sit back and relax. And, if you’re in a small group, the compact but charming garden provides a pleasant escape from the busy streets of Old Town.

 

Recommended Drink

The Blue Margarita is pretty to look at and goes down easy. Try it out if you find regular margaritas a bit too sour.

 

Cocktail Price: 120,000vnd; Happy Hour: 4pm – 7pm; Deal: 30% off cocktails; 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc; +84 (0) 235 3917 4

Bazar Cafe and Restaurant

Bazar Café & Restaurant is one of the prettiest venues in Hoi An. A photographers’ dream, this Ancient Vietnamese house abounds in unique artifacts from around the world care of the Italian co-owner and archaeologist, Frederico. Sit in the front overlooking busy Tran Phu Street or find a cosy nook inside the spacious back area or revel in the beauty of the tiered garden/ courtyard, this is one great place to enjoy a cocktail – or four. 

 

Recommended Drink: The Hot Asian (vodka, lemongrass, Vietnamese basil and lemon) is amazing! Being one of those people who eschews syrupy cocktails the refreshing tang followed by ‘just’ a hint of sugar really hit the mark for me. And if you really want to chill, accompany it all with one of their shisha pipes.

 

Cocktail Price: 100,000 vnd – 150,000 vnd; Happy Hours: 4pm – 8pm; Deal: Buy one get one free; 36 Tran Phu; +84 (0) 235 3911 229

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Belleville Hoi An

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Located just steps away from the Night Market on An Hoi islet, Belleville is a convenient, central spot to kick off a night on the town after a little shopping. It’s cocktail happy hour is one of the cheapest in town.

 

Recommended Drink: Discounted cocktails change frequently, so go with your server’s recommendation!

 

Cocktail Price: from 95,000 to 130,000vnd

Happy Hour: 4.30pm – 7pm

Deal: Select Cocktails for 60,000vnd

13 Nguyen Hoang

+ 84 (0) 235 3925 000

Before and Now

The ever-popular Before and Now Bar and Restaurant is a lively venue suitable for all ages. A favourite of backpackers it really hits its stride later in the evening. If you want some quiet, head upstairs to the restaurant, otherwise soak up the indie/rock while shooting some pool and mingle.

 

Recommended Drink

If you want a kick start to your evening try their Margarita, it really packs a punch. Combine it with some voyeuristic entertainment by nabbing a seat near the entrance to busy Le Loi Street, the arterial thoroughfare that bisects Hoi An Old Town.

 

Cocktail Price: 68,000 – 80,000vnd (after 20% discount)

Happy Hour:  5pm – 10pm (cocktails) & 9pm – 11.30pm (mixed drinks)

Deal: Only 20% off cocktails, the real deal here are buy 1 get 1 mixed drinks offer and buy 2 shots get 1 free offer

51 Le Loi

+84 (0) 235 3910 599

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Mango Mango

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Though more expensive than some, Mango Mango provides excellent value as there is no compromise on quality with oodles of fresh fruit and juice its signature. And, at 60,000 VND per cocktail during happy hour (half price), you’ll be able to indulge in several fruity favorites. Many Hoi An locals rate celebrity chef, Duc Tran’s cocktails the best in town. So whether it is Mango Mango, Mango Rooms or Mai Fish you can be assured you’re going to get great top-shelf options.

 

Recommended Drink 

The sangria was part wine, part fresh juice, and part fruit salad. Perfect if you’re feeling peckish.

 

Cocktail Price: 120,000vnd; Happy Hours: 8am –7pm; Deal: 50% off Cocktails and Local Beers; 45 Nguyen Phuc Chu; +84 (0) 235 3911 863

Green Mango

Green Mango has a comfortable moody vibe where you can sit and watch the world go by in a grand, 100-year-old, traditional Hoi An long house. With tasty complimentary peanuts one may be tempted to relax for all 7 of its happy hours. Top shelf single malts and boutique beers also available.

 

Recommended Drink 

We stuck with the classics and thoroughly enjoyed the Cosmopolitan. Nibble on some of their delicious entrees for the perfect cocktail experience.

 

Cocktail Price: 99,000vnd; Happy Hour: 12pm – 8pm; Deal: Buy One Get One Free: Cocktails, Beers and House Wine; 54 Nguyen Thai Hoc; + 84 (0) 235 3929 918

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Mango Rooms

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You’ll get the same deal with cocktails at Mango Rooms and Mai Fish as you will at Mango Mango as they are all owned by celebrated chef, Duc Tran. 

 

Recommended Drink:  My favourite is the Frozen Margareta but if you’re feeling adventurous, steer away from the standard cocktails and sample one of Duc’s incredible fusion cocktails. The sour and sweet combinations are sure to get your tastebuds swirling.  At Mango Rooms, we recommend sitting outside (or near the window) for a wonderful view of the Thu Bon River. 

 

Cocktail Price: 120,000vnd; Happy Hour: 8am – 7pm; Deal: 50% off cocktails and local beers; 111 Nguyen Thai Hoc; +84 (0) 235 3910 839

Mai Fish

The deals and Happy Hours are the same across all of Duc Tran’s venues, as is the cocktail menu. If you decide to try Mai Fish for cocktails we recommend you hit the garden area. This is a wonderful oasis where you can get lost in your thoughts, but as the expertly mixed pre-dinner drinks go down a treat, don’t get too lost or it might all get away from you! 

 

Recommended Drink

See Mango Mango and Mango Rooms

 

Cocktail Price: 120,000vnd; Happy Hour: 8am – 7pm; Deal: 50% off Cocktails and Local Beers; 45 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street; +84 (0) 235 3925 545

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Q Bar

Q Bar, Hoi an

Uber cool venue inspired by downtown Cosmopolitan New York lounge bars with contemporary electronica, lounge music and moody lighting.

 

Recommended Drink

With one of the most extensive cocktail lists in town, there’s plenty to choose from at Q Bar. We suggest you try one of their signature cocktails: Lychee Martini, Passionfruit Mojito, Chocolate Martini, Ginger Mule. Whilst my Japanese Bridge cocktail (sake, vodka, Lychee Liqueur, Midori and pineapple juice) was a tad sweet for my palette my colleague’s Margareta was sensational.

 

Cocktail Price:  120,000 – 150,000vnd; Happy Hour: 11am – 7pm; Deals: 80,000vnd for select cocktails; 94 Nguyen Thai Hoc St; +84 (0) 235 3911 964

 

Serene Garden

Serene Garden delivers on its promise. It’s easy to forget the bustling streets of Old Town amidst the greenery and ambient light of the restaurant’s garden area.

 

Recommended Drink:

Fancy drinking your dessert? Try the “I Love You” cocktail.

 

Cocktail Price: from 65,000 to 75,000vnd; Happy Hour: 5pm – 7pm; Deal: 50% Off Cocktails and 20% off Local Beers; 70 Le Loi Street; + 84 (0) 912 323 044

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Bonus Happy Hours at Backpacker Prices

3 Dragons Sports Gastropub – Happy Hours: 4pm – 8pm cocktails; 8pm – midnight

Drink to try: Larue Blue and vodka mixers

An Bang Beach Club – Happy Hour: 5pm – 7pm; Add: An Bang Beach

Before and Now – Happy Hour: 6pm – 7pm; Add: 51 Le Loi

Belleville – Happy Hour: 5pm – 7pm; Add: 13 Nguyen Hoang

Driftwood Cafe – Happy Hour: 4pm – 6pm; Add: An Bang Beach

Dublin Gate – Happy Hour: 6pm – 9pm; Add: 21 Nguyen Phuc Chu

Felina Cantina – Happy Hour: 4.20pm – 6pm; Add: An Bang Beach

H’Mong sister – Happy Hour: 4pm – 7pm; Add: An Bang Beach

Moe’s Tavern – Happy Hour: 7pm – 10pm; Add: 57 Nguyen Phuc Chu

Marimba – Happy Hour: 4pm – 7pm; Add: An Bang Beach

One Love – Happy Hour: 6pm – 11pm; Add: 130 Tran Cao Van

Q Bar – Happy Hour: 11am – 7pm; Add: 94 Nguyen Thai Hoc

Tiger Tiger – Happy Hour: 7.30pm – 10pm; Add: 65 Nguyen Phuc Chu

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