Welcome to our guide to the best bars in Hoi An! If you’re feeling thirsty and desperately in need of a thirst-quencher, a spirit-enlivener, a loosener or even just a giggler, you’ll find a splendid array of drinking establishments right here. From quaint watering holes down windy streets to live music venues and backpacker-friendly hangouts, Hoi An bars have sprung up everywhere in recent years.
One thing that hasn’t changed is that most establishments tend to close early – in comparison with those found in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. So the Hoi An bar scene after 10pm can feel a little quiet. However, there’s a growing selection of late-night venues and those wanting to dance until the wee hours can still find their heaven in Hoi An.
Check out our guide to the best bars in Hoi An, from the Old Town to the coast and beyond.
Old Town Bars
In amongst the culture, history and beautiful setting of the Old Town you’ll find some of the finest Hoi An bars. Many of these double as restaurants and will come as a great relief after an afternoon’s tailoring or souvenir shopping! Experience relaxed venues with wonderful views, live music venues, and even bouncing bars catering for the backpacker crowd. No idea where to start? Check out our list of the best bars in Hoi An’s Old Town and find the drinkery that matches what you’re looking for.
Overlooking the Thu Bon River, Market Bar hosts an intimate setting in an impeccable location. Recommended for locals and travelers of all tastes, especially those searching for somewhere ‘chic-er’, quirkier and more laid back than your average tourist-struck bar in Hoi An. The menu offers a thoughtfully-curated list of drinks including craft beers and cocktails, as well as a mouth-watering choice of food platters (cheese, vegetarian, charcuterie, and mixed). The bar houses a superb selection of wine, ranging from affordable to decadent – red, white, rosé and sparkling, both local and international. Friendly English-speaking staff are available to assist you pick the right wine for you.
Before & Now
Before & Now is a little cheaper than some of the other venues in the Old Town — thick crusted pizza (115,000 VND, 5 USD) and large bottles of Saigon (30,000 VND, 1.30 USD). 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.
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 in a venue where you’re spoilt for choice.
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. Food? From burgers to Spaghetti Carbonara and Vegetarian Quiche to Banana Flambee; a menu that works for most. The official home of Cham Island divers, a well-chosen, cruisey playlist keeps Dive Bar’s mood buoyant.
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.
An Hoi Bars
An Hoi’s collection of bars are some of the liveliest in the area, with a mix of venues – some good for dining and drinking, others aimed more towards drinking and dancing. You’ll find many of the later-night options facing the river, just across the water from the Old Town, although there are several great drinkeries tucked away in the maze of streets behind and well-worth seeking out. Seven days a week, you can be sure of a party atmosphere on An Hoi!
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.
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.
King Tiger Tiger Bar
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.
An Bang Beach Bars
After a day of sea, sand and sunbathing, it’s good to know that Hoi An’s premier tourist beach destination doesn’t scrimp when it comes to some boozy entertainment. The main street of Hai Ba Trung leads all the way from the Old Town to the sand. From there you can turn either left or right to find some of the best bars in Hoi An. Most of the venues here serve food, several offer live music, and you’ll also find some late-night options at An Bang too.
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 occasionally and there are plans afoot to extend evening activities. And, for families, a Kids’ Club play area has been established.
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.
Bungalow Beach Bar
Bungalow Beach Bar is the new hot spot at An Bang Beach. With swimming pool, pool table and darts it’s great for all comers. There’s a scrumptious American menu, live music most nights including an open jam Saturdays, a quiz on Thursdays, and food specials and live sport. Events keep changing in this hyperactive venue, so be sure to check their FB. There’s a wonderful indoor/outdoor feel with refreshing coastal breezes ever-present.
Sea Crab Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, serves Vietnamese food ‘with soul’, craft beer, signature cocktails and coffee . It’s a stone’s throw from Tan Thanh beach and there’s live music a few days a week. The food, coffee and cocktails are great. A little off the beaten track it’s a great pit-stop between An Bang proper and Salt Pub.
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
Kahuna’s Hoi An Beach Club
Embracing the title of beach club, Kahuna’s has everything you would want for a day at the beach. With amble shaded seating, a large swimming pool, games and a garden that ends in the sand. Play a round of boules while sipping on an alcoholic slushie after a dip in the ocean. What more could want from a day out? Having opened November 2017, Kahuna’s is new to the scene and has already make a big splash. Music afternoons on Sundays a standout.
Kukun Hoi An
Kukun Hoi An describes itself as a Dance Nightclub / restaurant / pub. Right on the beach at An Bang it is a chilled hideaway by day and a DJ-driven party venue by night. The decor is quirky in places and there are odd nooks and crannies towards the back. There’s a great vibe here and the terraced layout is perfect to soak up the ocean views while you sip on a cocktail or coffee. There are very few late-night venues in Hoi An and Kukun leads the way at An Bang Beach.
Double Cat Bar
Double Cat bar is a local favorite that’s also lauded on Trip Advisor and other sites. Why? The hosts make you very welcome indeed, that’s a big part of it. The cocktails are heavenly – try the Bloody Mary, the Espresso Martini or the Mojitos – and there’s a great chill vibe in general. It’s clean and modern and live music every Friday night replaces the smart playlist adding another dimension. The light menu is just right if you need to take the edge off as well. Highly recommended.
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.
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. Indeed it’s fair to say that Soul Kitchen is Hoi An’s leading live music venue in diversity and quality. Be sure to check the Hoi An Now events calendar for their program.
Other Great Bars
There’s plenty to keep you occupied between the Old Town, An Hoi and the beach, but the discerning traveler would be wise to check out a few other options as well. Mainly situated between the Old Town and the coast, you’ll find some of Hoi An’s finest and quirkiest watering holes, from the two leading sports bars to the craft beer-tastic Hoi An Brewery.
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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 North’s sister business and bakery, Dingo Deli, lists a very fresh range – from gourmet Aussie pies and sausage rolls to tacos and burgers.
Sessions Bar & Restaurant
Strictly speaking not at An Bang but under the An Bang Bridge (Hai Ba Trung) on the way out to the beach. Sessions Bar & Restaurant is keenly priced and has a killer setting by the river. It actually is glorious and is a great setting for a sundowner or two.
Operates on weekends only. On Saturdays the advertised closing time is 2pm making Sessions Bar & Restaurant one of the few late night venues in Hoi An. Sundays are set up for a hair of the dog with an earlier start and a more sedate 10pm finish. If you can take your eyes off the sublime view at quieter times there’s a pool table as well.
3 Dragons Sports Bar
Proudly the first dedicated sports bar in Hoi An – with an unashamed Australasian bias – 3 Dragons Sports Bar 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.
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.
Long established as the best British short-order joint in Hoi An – or ‘greasy spoon’ as some would have it – Weavers (formerly 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, Weavers 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.
You’ll find music of all kinds emanating from many of Hoi An’s bars, but those offering live music are a little harder to source. However, there’s a good number of live music options to be had from the Old Town to the coast, and Hoi An has something to delight the ears of all music lovers.
From open-mic evenings to cover bands, Vietnamese balladeers and live jazz whilst you eat, check out our in-depth guide to live music – you’ll also find a few venues where the DJ is king.
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With beer so cheap across Hoi An, happy hours are largely focused on the cocktail market. Many of the high end places do one, so if travelling cheaply you can experience life on the other side by looking out for happy hours. From the Old Town to the beach, you’ll find some truly great bargains on offer, so when the sun is going down, pick yourself up with cocktail and begin your evening in the best style possible.
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