Before and Now $$

Before and Now strives to be an all-in-one venue, with coffee, cake, beer, cocktails, pizza and a large pull-down sports screen, as well as pool tables, table football, and a wide variety of bar games, most notably what they’ve dubbed ‘Alcohol Chess.’ There are plenty of specials – a free fruit plate with breakfast, free San Miguel with pizza – offered throughout the day. Centrally located on Le Loi, a high percentage of the clientele are young and transient.

A little cheaper than some of the other venues, there’s a slightly harder edge here than is found in the bars in Nguyen Thai Hoc – the music’s more likely mainstream rock than cruisy – and the ambiance screams beer or vodka cruiser more than cocktail.

The extensive pub menu is more affordable than many competitors” (thick-crusted pizza at 115,000 VND, or about $5 USD) and with large bottles of Saigon at just 30,000 VND ($1.30 USD) we weren’t complaining. Upstairs, the restaurant has a splendid balcony for people-watching overlooking the intersection of Le Loi and Nguyen Thai Hoc, and there’s an extensive – though Italian-dominated – international menu.

Later in the evening, when its central location has attracted enough punters, Before and Now can get lively, and the music gets ramped up to energize the crowd.

Hours | 8:00am – 10:30pm, 7 days per week

Address | 51 Le Loi Street, Hoi An

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Telephone | +84 (0) 235 391 0599

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