Before & Now $$
Before & Now is a little cheaper than some of the other venues in the Old Town — thick crusted pizza (115,000 VND) and large bottles of Saigon (30,000 VND). Upstairs, the restaurant has a splendid, people-watching aspect overlooking the intersection of Le Loi and Nguyen Thai Hoc and there’s an extensive international menu dominated by Italian cuisine. Later in the evening, the bar downstairs can get lively.
Hours: 7am – midnight; Add: 51 Le Loi
Dive Bar $$
Informal cane furniture and pool table set the scene in Dive Bar‘s 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, cruisey playlist keeps Dive Bar’s mood buoyant.
Hours: 9.30am – midnight; Add: 88 Nguyen Thai Hoc
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Guitar Hawaii $$
Music lovers and musicians alike looking for a relaxing live music experience near Hoi An’s Old Town will find a home for the evening at Guitar Hawaii. From brooding Vietnamese love ballads to Western classics like The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’ and Carlos Santana’s ‘Black Magic Woman’, there is something for everyone at Guitar Hawaii. The respectful crowd is primarily Vietnamese (many of whom are experienced performers themselves) with a handful of Western patrons who flow in and out throughout the evening.
Hours: 8 – 11pm (7 nights); Add: 80 Luong Nhu Bich
The Hoianian - Wine Bar & Restaurant $$-$$$
In mid-2017 Lantern Town restaurateur, Khiem Vu, opened the exciting The Hoianian- Wine bar & Restaurant to plenty of local acclaim. Up till then only White Marble Restaurant & Wine Bar had marketed itself as a wine bar and having another option has had wine lovers rejoicing ever since. The Hoianian is chic, the imported wine selection vast and the highly rated fusion and modern Vietnamese cuisine justly acclaimed. There’s tons of room on two levels with a spacious veranda upstairs as well and it’s equally appropriate for intimate couples, large groups and anything in between.
Hours: 10am – 12am; Add: 38 Phan Chu Trinh
Hoi An Sports Bar $$
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 a wooden, old-fashioned bar with plenty of elbow room where you can chew the fat and solve the world’s problems with your neighbor. Multiple fans make a cool, airy retreat from Hoi An’s enervating heat. The great pub-grub menu at Hoi An Sports Bar 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 $$$
The Q Bar is the classiest bar in Hoi An’s Old Town. It’s a blend of two worlds with its contemporary Western chic housed in a beautifully preserved, traditional Hoi An Chinese house. Deep red wall lights dominate a low-lit scene that could be in Sydney, New York or London but pricing is top-end too. A great vibe is set by a superbly chosen playlist of chill-out lounge, funk and electronica. The Q bar is a great place if you’re cashed-up or if you want to get away from the hoi poloi.
Happy Hour: 11am – 7pm; Hours: 11am – midnight; Add: 94 Nguyen Thai Hoc
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Tap House Hoi An $$
True to its name, Tap House Hoi An specializes in local brews and craft beers, featuring 12 at a time in rotation from Vietnamese suppliers. Think Pasteur Street and Heart of Darkness to name a couple … but there’s good coffee too and it’s a nifty breakfast option as well. The beers and wines are well complemented by deli-style tucker like ploughman’s lunches, cheese platters, foot-long ham and cheese baguettes and smoked salmon with cream cheese on toast. A must for all who take their beer seriously.
Hours: 8am – 11pm; Add: 3 Phan Chau Trinh
White Marble Restaurant & Wine Bar $$-$$$
White Marble Restaurant and Wine 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 with great vantage points of the passing throng in Le Loi Street! The wine selection, including 13 sold by the glass, is extensive.
Hours: 11am -11pm; Add: 98 Le Loi St
Belleville Restaurant & Lounge $$
Belleville Restaurant and Lounge is a meeting place for people from all walks of life and an excellent restaurant. At this open and airy bar in the back streets of An Hoi people come together to enjoy music, art, and great French and Vietnamese cuisine. There is comfortable seating outside on the terrace and in the garden for a more intimate experience than the bar. Belleville’s vision is to help the burgeoning creative community of Hoi An express itself. Open mic every night from 6pm.
Hours: 11am – midnight; Add: 13 Nguyen Hoang
The Dublin Gate Irish Pub Hoi An $$-$$$
The Dublin Gate Irish Pub Hoi An has several craft beers, cider and a house stout on tap, and imported spirits with a traditional pub menu. Sport screens and a talented Filipino duo keep things festive while the late closing time after midnight attracts stayers. There’s a real pub feel here with a long traditional bar and scattered wooden tables. High quality pub food on its day but the kitchen can be a little patchy. Based on an older sibling in Saigon, its a little pricey for Hoi An too – as a result backpackers are setting up elsewhere.
Hours: 8am – 12.30am; Add: 21 Nguyễn Phúc Chu St
Moe's Tavern $$
A chill-out reggae/ska 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 cruisey feel that makes you want to hang awhile. If you hit the right night it could be party time.
Hours: midday – midnight; Add: 57 Nguyen Phuc Chu
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Tiger Tiger $$
Tiger Tiger aka King Tiger Tiger, is the backpackers’ bar of choice. It’s invariably packed while other bars nearby sit abandoned and forlorn. Why? Once you get past the al fresco setting by the street you’re in a full-on dance club that plays music the under-30s really want to hear and move to. Here a DJ rules like a Roman Emperor from an elevated platform and there’s a constant throng of young punters gyrating en masse below. Think super dark with fog machines swirling away amidst the beats and a light show of deep reds and blues. Spirits are cheap but very low quality permitting extended happy hour. Sentiment is fiercely divided on review sites.
Happy Hour: 7.30pm – 10pm; Hours: 12pm – 12am; Add: 65 Nguyen Phuc Chu
Driftwood Café $$
At Driftwood Café the wood fire 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 $-$$
Unabashedly lazy in all of the best ways, Felina Cantina is not just a place to enjoy insanely cheap tacos (30k dong/taco), but also a place to hang out and relax over a cold beer or a cocktail. Californian artist, surfer, chef and all-around good guy, Chris Charney, has created a wonderful space at An Bang Beach that is enjoyed by expats and visitors alike.
Hours: 10am – 9pm
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H'Mong Sisters (Restaurant) $$-$$$
With a strong French, Iberian, and Moroccan influence, H’Mong Sisters Restaurant serves quality food but it’s also a chic place for a sundowner. Owned and managed by Benjamin Boudard and his wife, Thuong it’s rightly famed for its seafood and specialties like Australian Black Angus Beef. But more and more people just drop in for a beer or wine with the nearby beach a constantly soothing vista and the drink prices competitive.
Hours: 9am – 10pm
K'tu Bar & Restaurant $$
K’tu Bar & Restaurant is open for pho for breakfast and lunch from 7am to 12pm. Thereafter the bar takes over from 4pm with pool table, cold beer and great music. Genial barman Matt hosts a regular crew of An Bang residents who regard K’tu as their ‘local’ but all are welcome. K’Tu has also made a name for itself as a purveyor of some of the best barbecue snags in Hoi An that can be bought from the K’tu shop. Check their Facebook page for announcements about their next barbecue and spit roasting. Pool comp Tuesday nights.
Hours: 7am – 12pm pho breakfast / 4pm – 10pm bar;
La Plage $$
Described as ‘the Cheers of Hoi An’, La Plage is more of a bar than a restaurant. Located at the southern end of the beachside lane, La Plage offers patrons a pub-like atmosphere by the beach that doubles as a restaurant serving Vietnamese and French dishes. In the evenings, it cranks up a great play list and the pub vibe begins. Sometimes a mob gathers, sometimes it’s quiet — but chances are you will enjoy yourself either way.
Hours: 8am – 10pm
Salt Pub & Restaurant $$
Finally, An Bang locals have a real pub with a big long bar, sport TV and a glorious, soul-soothing ocean view that bowls you over as soon as you enter. Open since mid-2017, Salt Pub & Restaurant has boules, deck chairs, cabanas and beach out back and inside there’s cruisey music, major sporting events, plenty of drink options and an ever-present, cooling breeze. It’s a great setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner – servings are generous and the kitchen’s top-notch. Live music every Friday and there are plans afoot to extend evening activities. And, for families, a Kids’ Club should be ready early 2018.
Hours: 8am – 10pm; Add: Block 2, Thanh Cam, Hoi An
Soul Beach $$
Soul Beach (Hon Bien) offers a relaxed atmosphere, a bevy of cocktails, and a live music experience akin to that of its sister business, Soul Kitchen. While the more crowded Soul Kitchen looks after the end of the week musically, Soul Beach has live performance or DJs Mondays and Wednesdays in a more chilled setting away from the hoi polloi. The kitchen is reasonably priced and the beach has more elbow room than the more established northern end. Be sure to check the Hoi An Now events calendar for their music program.
Hours: 8am – 11pm
Soul Kitchen $$
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 nearby Luna d’autunno delivered to your table. There is a great array of musical talent – Wednesday to Sunday. Be sure to check the Hoi An Now events calendar for their program.
Hours: 8am – 11pm
The Art Space, It's A Bar... $$$
‘The Art Space, It’s A Bar …’ doubles as quality gastropub and a brilliant gallery of local artists (curated by Bridget March from March Gallery). It’s an upmarket bar too with Cuban cigars, unique craft beers from Saigon as well as Sapporo, San Miguel and Tiger on tap. The top-end menu – eg grilled oysters with kimchi, bacon and spring onion – will soon be augmented with a trattoria set-up complete with pizza oven on the superb shady terrace. Doubtless, this bar’s intriguing schizophrenia is going to be most evident when big-match sporting events bust in on the arty serenity that mostly prevails.
Hours: 11.30am – 11pm; Add: 1 Pham Hong Thai
3 Dragons Sports Gastropub $$-$$$
Proudly the first dedicated sports bar in Hoi An – with an unashamed Australasian bias – 3 Dragons Sports Gastropub kicked off with a bang and has continued to improve its services and facilities for the comfort of patrons. With icy cold beer and gourmet burgers it’s a home away from home for many expats and, while its not the cheapest option in town, it takes the prize when it comes to atmosphere for the big events as it has the most comfortable and diverse viewing facilities. Away from the hurly-burly there’s a quiet, al fresco setting out back by the river as well where you can get away from it all with a superb Aussie rib-eye with chips and gravy.
Hours: 8am – midnight; Add: 51 Phan Boi Chau
The Happy Buffalo $$
After opening mid-2017 The Happy Buffalo has developed something of a cult following, especially for sundowners as it’s a brilliant spot to watch sunsets over nearby waterways and paddies. It nestles restfully way down Cua Dai Road, at the beach end, by the big rice field that stretches all the way to Tra Que, keeping Paddy’s Hostel & Bar company. Welcoming hosts Lindsay and Evan really know how to make cocktails and the beer is icy cold. Cheap tapas style snacks complete the picture for this aptly named new bar.
Hours: 4pm -10pm; Add: 120 Cua Dai
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. Hill Station‘s setting is magnificent in a beautiful old Hoi An shophouse.
Hours: 7am – 10.30pm; Add: 321 Nguyen Duy Hieu
The Kebab Shack $
Long established as the best British short-order joint in Hoi An – or ‘greasy spoon’ as some would have it – The Kebab Shack has also morphed into a convivial watering hole by default. You won’t find lounges here or atmospheric electronica but you will find super cold beer or cider (including some imported options) and two of Hoi An’s most convivial hosts in Tim and Ly Anh. Indeed, Kebab Shack often holds punters long after they’ve eaten for ‘a few more’ and attracts others who have no intention of eating at all simply because it is so welcoming.
Hours: 8.30am – 9pm; Add: 38B Thai Phien
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One Love $$
Reggae bar, One Love, is Hoi An’s premier late-night venue for many. It’s a welcome chill spot for those who prefer to chew the fat over pool and Bob Marley rather than scream and rage, stomp across table tops or stagger in a trance at a dance club. Everyday prices after midnight are a bonus. A little away from the Old Town it can sometimes be quiet at One Love but usually it’s peppered with companionable good folk who intermingle and make for a fine time. There’s big screen football on every night (without the sound).
Hours: 5.30pm till 5.30am; Add: 130 Tran Cao Van
FB: One Love Bar
Paddy’s Hostel and Bar $$
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
Nem Restaurant $$
Nem Restaurant has lots of positives including very cheap local beer and a view across the Thu Bon River to die for. As it’s both a superb al fresco spot for a sundowner with spectacular sunsets and a handy late-night option when the others are closing up it’s ahead of the pack. It’s also a Vietnamese restaurant offering traditional fare. Hoi An Now’s pick for Cam Nam Island.
FB: Nếm Hoi An
The Filling Station Bar & Grill $$
The Filling Station Bar & Grill is a comfort food stop and welcoming bar with few equals in Hoi An. Think hot dogs dressed with chilli con carne and hamburgers like the “Heart Attack” that pile the egg, cheese and bacon on thick. There’s also a fantastic poutine that betrays the Canadian origins of the mother and son team at the helm. In this part of town bars are few and far between and the Filling Station has stepped into the breach. There’s an IPA beer and a blonde on tap and a good range of spirits and wine. Events almost every night of the week like pool comps, open mic, Ladies’ Nights and craft nights keep it lively (see our events calendar).
Hours: 11am – 11.30pm; Add: 253 Cua Dai
T Room Gin Bar $$
At The T Room Gin Bar the low-level contemporary chill music, the luxuriant seating and the garden surrounding the grand Ancient Tea Room combine perfectly as a place to chill. Genial host, Kate Gerrard, started infusing gins as a hobby in early 2016 and there’s an incredible 25 different gins plus beer and wine on offer. Some of her most popular ginfusions include: Fennel, Cucumber & Black Pepper; Camomille; Rose & Cardamon; Longan & Lime and Vanilla & Pomello. The rose and lychee martini is not to be missed and remember, at The T Room Gin Bar measures are 50ml rather than the standard 30ml so prices are very competitive.
Hours: 3pm – 10pm; Add: 2 Mac Dinh Chi
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