Hoi An has a host of bars, but just a few that offer really great live music. Be it Vietnamese ballads, contemporary covers or old school rock classics, Hoi An has something to delight the ears of most music lovers. As ever, we took it upon ourselves to check out what was on offer and bring it to you. With this in mind, here is a complete guide to all the places where you can enjoy live music in Hoi An.
Music lovers and musicians alike looking for a relaxing live music experience will find a home for the evening at Fender Bar not far from Old Town. From brooding Vietnamese love ballads to Western classics like The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’, there is something for everyone at Fender Bar. Relax in a small, intimate space and watch a variety of performers take the stage in open-mic performances accompanied by a live band. Request an instrumental styling of your favorite song from the band’s large roster of Vietnamese, English, and French songs or get up and belt it out yourself — there is no pretension here. Live music begins at 8pm and the crowd gets lively around 9:30pm. If you’re looking for live music away from Old Town’s floor stomping scene. Fender Bar is where you need to be.
Soul Beach (Soul Kitchen’s younger sibling) kicks off on Tuesdays and follows up with more on Fridays and Sundays usually starting from 7pm. Soul Beach’s musical offerings are more than eclectic; piano and cabaret, disco, funk, afro jazz, Latin and folk, not to mention electro, hip hop, deep house and techno! For those with broad taste, any night at soul beach is the one for you. If your musical inclinations are more narrow then make sure to check the program first and head down on the right night. That said, whether the music is to your liking or not the setting and vibe suits everyone any night of the week. Just like Soul Kitchen, at Soul Beach you can unwind, stargaze and broaden your musical horizons, all without ever really leaving the beach!
Live music in a beach setting, it’s what holiday dreams are made of! At Soul Kitchen you can find just that, every Wednesday through till Sunday this beach-side bar/restaurant cooks up sounds from the mainstream to underground. Whether your musical taste is specific to one genre or to ten, the likelihood is that Soul Kitchen will offer up a piece of what you like. Be it Pirate Rock or Bossa Nova, reggae or funk or house there is bound to be something for you – with live sax, accordion and violin as well it really is one of the most eclectic mixes you’ll find. Rock up at 5.30pm for a sun-downer and make a night of it. With local and visiting bands, a monthly reggae festival and one of the most relaxed settings around, Soul Kitchen is high on the list for music lovers and musicians alike.
With three established venues (Mango Rooms, Mango Mango and Mai Fish) this burgeoning empire is doing great things in Hoi An. All three venues offer great food and atmosphere but it is Mango Mango that you’ll want to hit up for live music! The largest of the three venues, Mango Mango has the space to entertain. It’s hard to get a handle on who is playing in advance, but most nights you’ll find one of your Hoi An favorites, from folk and pop ballad singers to Pocolipse, an original jazzy soulful French sound, to Favela the ‘world music’ Bossa Nova, Samba, Caribbean roots trio that always pleases a crowd. Prepare for music from all reaches of the world, with different influences and artists serving up top quality tunes in this fantastic setting with some of the best cocktails in town!
Belleville Restaurant & Lounge
Open Mic night at Belleville Restaurant & Loung is on every night. With an array of different house musicians through the week, audience members are encouraged up on stage to share their talent! Open to all. The vibe is collaborativand encouraging. If no one is in the mood to join in, the house performer (and often a regular or two) play through the night, so its live music guaranteed.
The Shamrock Irish Pub
Located along Hoi An Riverside, the famous Irish pub features a tropical garden, an indoor stage and a main bar area, as well as a dining section upstairs, with a balcony overlooking the river. You can enjoy live music performances from 7.30 pm until late, every day, while enjoying Irish ciders and whiskies, draught beers, fruit smoothies and soft drinks or Italian and Vietnamese coffee.
Moyo Beach Club
If you are looking for one of the best beach parties in Hoi An, look no further. At Moyo Beach Cub, you can enjoy live music nights with DJ sessions and themed events such as the ‘Swing Vs Hip Hop Party’. Featuring a huge deck, beachfront pool and amazing sound system, this is definitely the place here you want to be on a Saturday night.