Before & Now $$
Before & Now is a little cheaper than some of the other venues in the Old Town — thick crusted pizza (115,000 VND) and large bottles of Saigon (30,000 VND). Upstairs, the restaurant has a splendid, people-watching aspect overlooking the intersection of Le Loi and Nguyen Thai Hoc and there’s an extensive international menu dominated by Italian options. Later in the evening, the bar downstairs can get lively.
Happy hour: 6-7pm; Hours: 7am – midnight; Add: 51 Le Loi
Dive Bar $$
Informal cane furniture and pool table set the scene in the red-lit front bar. Here, there’s usually a solid group on stools around the bar and the mood is very relaxed. There’s an al fresco Caribbean-style bar out the back and in the center of this old Hoi An house there are lounges and big cushions where there’s more intimate lighting. The official home of Cham Island divers, a well-chosen, cruisy playlist keeps Dive Bar’s mood buoyant.
Hours: 9.30am – midnight; Add: 88 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Guitar Hawaii $$
Music lovers and musicians alike looking for a relaxing live music experience in Hoi An’s Old Town will find a home for the evening at Guitar Hawaii. From brooding Vietnamese love ballads to Western classics like The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’ and Carlos Santana’s ‘Black Magic Woman’, there is something for everyone at Guitar Hawaii. The respectful crowd is primarily Vietnamese (many of whom are experienced performers themselves) with a handful of Western patrons who flow in and out throughout the evening.
Hours: 8 – 11pm (7 nights); Add: 80 Luong Nhu Bich
Hoi An Sports Bar $$
One of the cheapest and most centrally-located multiple-screen sport bars in Hoi An, with a fine array of icy cold beers and special offers. In between big games or motor sports or fights there’s also free pool and darts in a dark-wooden den that supplies a cool, airy retreat from Hoi An’s enervating heat. The great pub-grub menu that benefits greatly from owners Gordon and Michele’s sister business and bakery, Dingo Deli, lists a very fresh range – from gourmet Aussie pies and sausage rolls to tacos and burgers.
Hours: 11am – 11pm; Add: 61A Phan Chu Trinh
Q Bar $$$
The Q Bar is the classiest bar in Hoi An’s Old Town. It’s a blend of two worlds with its contemporary Western chic housed in a beautifully preserved, traditional Hoi An Chinese house. Deep red wall lights dominate a low-lit scene that could be in Sydney, New York or London but pricing is top-end too. A great vibe is set by a superbly chosen playlist of chill-out lounge, funk and electronica. The Q bar is a great place if you’re cashed-up or if you want to get away from the hoi poloi.
Happy Hour: 11am – 7pm; Hours: 11am – midnight; Add: 94 Nguyen Thai Hoc
White Marble $$-$$$
White Marble Bar, Hoi An’s first fully-fledged wine bar, is a popular meeting place for expats and tourists. It has a well-appointed, upstairs restaurant, a very comprehensive wine selection and an eclectic tapas menu but, best of all, it’s a voyeur’s heaven! The wine selection, including 13 sold by the glass, is extensive.
Hours: 11am -11pm; Add: 98 Le Loi St
Belleville Restaurant and Lounge is a meeting place for people from all walks of life. At this open and airy bar in the back streets of An Hoi people come together to enjoy music, art, and reasonably priced food and drinks in a pleasant environment. Inside, customers crowd around the bar, many standing and watching the music. There is also comfortable seating outside on the terrace and in the garden for a more intimate experience. Belleville’s vision is to help the burgeoning creative community of Hoi An. By the end of 2016 the second floor – a creative space for expats and travelers – will be complete.
Dublin Gate $$-$$$
Dublin Gate, the new kid on the block, has hit the ground running. It’s an Irish-styled pub with several different beers, cider and stout on tap with a great traditional pub menu. Sport screens and live music every night from 7.30pm keep things festive and the late closing time of 1.00am attracts stayers. As with most start-ups there have been some teething problems with staff and the kitchen but once these are solved Dublin Gate will doubtless take its place in the top rank of Hoi An pubs. Bcause it’s a little pricey, backpackers are setting up elsewhere.
Happy Hour: 6pm – 9pm; Hours: 11am – 1am; Add: 21 Nguyễn Phúc Chu St
Fusion Mojito Bar $$-$$$
The outside verandah of the Fusion Mojito Bar is arguably the coolest location in town to watch the sun set over the Thu Bon River (the unique Mojito blends and cheese platters aren’t half bad either). With surprisingly affordable prices and décor combining comfort and style, this 5-star venue is hard to beat. Recline on one of the low-level lounge beds or sit at the outside balcony for a bird’s eye view of Hoi An Town coming aglow at night; this cruisy venue is a great place to relax after a hard day of sightseeing and shopping.
Hours: 5pm – 10pm; Add: 35 Nguyen Phuc Chu
Moe's Tavern $$
A chill-out reggae bar that’s a good spot during the day for lunch as well as for happy-hour evening cocktails, Moe’s Tavern is an unlikely mashup of Bob Marley and Homer Simpson. Trying to attract both the general market and the more discerning backpacker crowd the food’s inexpensive and not too bad and the spirits are the real McCoy, unlike many nearby competitors. There’s a dedicated pool room upstairs and various happy hours to keep you on your toes. Moe’s Tavern has a cruisy feel that makes you want to hang awhile.
Happy Hour: 1pm – 10pm; Hours: midday – midnight; Add: 57 Nguyen Phuc Chu St
Tiger Tiger $$
Tiger Tiger aka King Tiger Tiger, is the backpackers’ bar of choice. It’s invariably packed while other bars nearby sit abandoned and forlorn. Why? Once you get past the al fresco setting by the street you’re in a full-on dance club that plays music the under-30s really want to hear and move to. Here a DJ rules like a Roman Emperor from an elevated platform and there’s a constant throng of young punters gyrating en masse below. Think super dark with fog machines swirling away amidst the beats and a light show of deep reds and blues.
Happy Hour: 7.30pm – 10pm; Hours: 12pm – 12am; Add: 65 Nguyen Phuc Chu
Driftwood Café $$
At Driftwood Café the pizzas are sensational but more and more those finding themselves at An Bang’s northern end are dropping in for some of the best chilled beer in town. The perfect stop-over after a day at the beach, visitors and residents of An Bang Beach are the lucky recipients of this keenly-priced eatery cum beer garden that’s the brainchild of Simon Connon and his wife, Huong.
Happy Hour: 4pm – 6pm; Hours: 10am – 9pm.
Felina Cantina $-$$
Unabashedly lazy in all of the best ways, Felina Cantina is not just a place to enjoy insanely cheap tacos (30k dong/taco), but also a place to hang out and relax over a cold beer or a cocktail. Californian artist, surfer, chef and all-around good guy, Chris Charney, has created a wonderful space at An Bang Beach that is enjoyed by expats and visitors alike.
Happy Hour: 4 pm – 6pm; Hours: 10am – 9pm
H'Mong Sisters (Restaurant) $$-$$$
With a strong French, Iberian, and Moroccan influence, H’Mong Sisters Restaurant serves quality food but it’s also a chic place for a sundowner. Owned and managed by Benjamin Boudard and his wife, Thuong, be sure to stop by on Wednesday evening for a family barbecue on the beach, a mojito or two and live music hosted by local group ‘Pop-up’.
Happy Hour: 4pm – 7pm, Hours: 9am – 10pm
Hungover Beach Bar $$
The Hungover Beach Bar, cheekily named after its founder Ms. Hung, is the place to hit after the party. Open till late, this bar is known for its lively parties that begin around midnight. Popular with backpackers, the Hungover Beach Bar offers strong cocktails, a pool table, bar snacks (available all night), and live music on Saturday nights. Cocktails start a 60k, Larue for 25k, and Tiger for 35k. NOTE: May not open late in the wet season and low seasons. PLEASE CHECK THEIR FACEBOOK FIRST!
La Plage $$
Described as ‘the Cheers of Hoi An’, La Plage is more of a bar than a restaurant. Located at the southern end of the beachside lane, La Plage offers patrons a pub-like atmosphere by the beach that doubles as a restaurant serving Vietnamese and French dishes. In the evenings, La Plage cranks up a great play list and the pub vibe begins. Sometimes a mob gathers, sometimes it’s quiet — but chances are you will enjoy yourself either way.
Hours: 8am – 10pm
Party the night away with classic beachside cocktails and thumping house music at Marimba, a fun open air bar with a laid-back, international feel. Popular with the expat crowd, Marimba is a tame alternative to the larger beach bar options in An Bang. Open Thursday evenings through Sunday evenings, this little bar gets lively around 10-11pm. Larue is available for 25k, Tiger for 35k, and be sure to be on the lookout for free shot coupons in pamphlets around town.
Happy Hour: 4pm – 7pm; Hours: 10am – 11pm
Soul Kitchen $$
Soul Kitchen has everything you could want from a beach bar: comfortable and clean sun beds, a grassy terrace under the shady palms, live music in the evenings and a welcoming atmosphere for the entire family. Order off the menu or have a pizza from Luna d’autunno delivered to your table. On the first Sunday of each month Soul Kitchen hosts an open mic night that brings in a range of talents. Other live music events are posted on their Facebook page as well as on the Hoi An Now events calendar.
Hours: 8am – 11pm
3 Dragons Sports Gastropub $$-$$$
Proudly the first dedicated sports bar in Hoi An – with an unashamed Australasian bias – 3 Dragons Sports Gastropub kicked off with a bang and has continued to improve its services and facilities for the comfort of patrons. With icy cold beer and gourmet burgers it’s a home away from home for many expats, and while its not the cheapest option in town, it takes the prize when it comes to atmosphere for the big events. Away from the hurley burley there’s a quiet, al fresco setting out the back by the river as well where you can get away from it all with a superb Aussie rib-eye with chips and gravy.
Happy Hours: 4pm – 8pm cocktails; 8pm – midnight Larue blue and vodka mixers, Hours: 8am – midnight, Add: 51 Phan Boi Chau
The Hill Station $$ - $$$
This franchise kicked off in Sapa and then spread to Hanoi and Hoi An. It’s a deli ostensibly in tribute to the French Hill Station cuisine that developed in remote parts of Vietnam during the colonial period. In Hoi An it has also become a place to hang in the afternoon and evening – just as the original Hill Stationers did 100 or so years ago – with wine, cheese and cold cuts. The wine list is extensive, including options by the glass. There are craft beers as well and popular homemade concoctions including the intriguing green chili infused riced wine. Setting is magnificent in a beautiful old Hoi An shophouse.
Happy Hour: 2pm – 6pm; Hours: 7am – 10.30pm; Add: 321 Nguyen Duy Hieu
One Love $$
Reggae bar, One Love, is Hoi An’s premier late-night venue for many. It’s a welcome chill spot for those who prefer to chew the fat over pool and Bob Marley rather than scream and rage, stomp across table tops or stagger in a trance at a dance club. Everyday prices after midnight are a bonus. A little away from the Old Town it can sometimes be quiet at One Love but usually it’s peppered with companionable good folk who intermingle and make for a fine time. There’s big screen football on every night (without the sound).
Happy Hour: 6pm – 11pm; Hours: 5.30pm till 5.30am; Add: 130 Tran Cao Van
O’malleys Irish Pub $$$
O’malleys Irish Pub is trying to strike a delicate balance between upmarket resort bar and sports bar for all-comers. Attached to the Anantara Resort it’s without question the classiest Irish-cum-Sport Bar in Hoi An but also the most expensive. Inside, the dark-wood setting is wonderful with capacious armchairs and lounges as well as terrific big-table dining options for groups. There’s a quality pool table, darts and several screens for sport fans. Outside is even better with beautiful trees in a lantern-lit courtyard and luxurious big-cushion comfort. Live music on Friday evenings
Hours: 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Add: 1 Pham Hong Thai
Paddy’s Hostel and Bar $$
With a breezy layout, welcoming atmosphere and pub fare that brings you home to Ireland, Paddy’s Hostel and Bar is a celebratory spot for all things Irish in a quiet corner of Hoi An. On the ground level Paddy’s boasts a large bar, imported ales, three LCD screens and a pool table. French doors open to a courtyard with outdoor seating and a swimming pool. Once known mainly as a sports bar the hostel is now the primary focus. Paddy’s nevertheless still hosts large gatherings around popular sporting events and holidays.
Hours: 10am – 10pm; Add: 97 Cua Dai
Sinh’s BBQ & Bar $$
Brand new and still finding its feet but with lots of positives including very cheap local beer and a vew across the Thu Bon River to die for. As it’s both a superb al fresco spot for a sundowner with spectacular sunsets and a handy late-night option when the others are closing up it’s ahead of the pack. Hoi An Now’s pick for Cam Nam Island.
Hours: 5pm til late; Add: 64 Luong Nhu Bich, Cam Nam Island
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