In a spectacular recognition of Vietnam's vibrant nightlife scene, eight local bars have achieved a prestigious spot on the World's 500 Best List. This accolade, a testament to the country's evolving cultural landscape, places Vietnam firmly on the global map for exceptional nightlife experiences.
The list showcases a diverse range of venues, each contributing a unique flavor to Vietnam's nightlife tapestry. From cosmopolitan hubs to hidden gems, these bars offer an immersive journey into the country's rich social and cultural dynamics.
As you traverse the bustling streets of Vietnam after dark, dive into the electrifying atmosphere of these acclaimed establishments. Join the revelry, savor craft cocktails, and immerse yourself in the rhythm of Vietnam's nightlife, where every sip is a celebration and every venue a story waiting to unfold. Explore the essence of Vietnamese nights as we guide you through these distinguished venues, creating memories that linger long after the night has ended. Cheers to Vietnam's nightlife – a fusion of tradition and modernity that captivates the world.
Tucked away in a discreet alley along Hai Ba Trung Street in District 1, HCMC, Enigma claimed the 237th spot on the prestigious Top 500 bars list. Unveiled in September 2022 post-Covid restrictions, Enigma distinguishes itself with avant-garde design inspired by a futuristic French library. Boasting 30 signature cocktails crafted from locally-sourced gems like Hoa Loc mango and Tay Ninh shrimp salt, the bar caters to those seeking unique flavors. Often overlooked due to its concealed locale, Enigma becomes a hidden gem for patrons exploring after dining nearby. Operational from 5 p.m. to midnight, prices range from VND290,000 to 1 million per drink. Compiled using AI technology and input from over 2,000 reviews in 20 languages, the Top 500 list is a testament to Enigma's global appeal, driven by the expertise of industry insiders and influencers.
II. Layla Eatery & Bar
Situated on the second floor of an aged building on Dong Du Street in District 1, Layla Eatery & Bar secured the 279th position. Founded by Australian bartender Jay Moir and a Vietnamese partner, the bar boasts modern aesthetics, featuring contemporary artwork and an array of decorative plants. With a scenic view of Dong Khoi Boulevard, a bustling tourist hub housing luxury hotels and restaurants, Layla also offers a snug covered garden terrace adorned with wooden furniture and greenery. Open from 4 p.m., the bar invites patrons to enjoy its unique ambiance and delightful offerings.
III. The Haflington
Occupying the 296th spot is The Haflington, located in the attic of a historic residence on Hang Ma Street in Hanoi's Old Quarter, inaugurated in March 2021. Drawing inspiration from a private museum showcasing typical European architecture, the bar is adorned with fossils and shelves of ancient books. Glass vitrines, a whiskey-tasting counter, and a Gentleman's club-style smoking lounge contribute to its unique ambiance. A prominent feature is the striking three-meter-long suspended dinosaur skeleton above the bar. The cocktail menu draws inspiration from global cultural tales, spanning South America to Africa. Operating from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., drink prices range from VND250,000-300,000.
IV. Rabbit Hole
Secured at the 394th position, Rabbit Hole on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in HCMC’s District 1 draws inspiration from an American speakeasy aesthetic. The bar presents an "L"-shaped counter, modest decor, and subdued lighting. In the lounge space, guests find groupings of low tables, mid-century style armchairs, and plush banquettes. With prices kicking off at VND300,000, the bar operates from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
V. Polite & Co
Securing the 398th spot, Polite & Co in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem District is nestled in an alley. Drawing inspiration from 1920s gentlemen's nightclubs, its interior radiates luxury and coziness. The menu, refreshed every six months, features 25 global cocktails and blends evoking Hanoi flavors. A standout is The Street Vendor, a signature cocktail crafted with Gin infused in chrysanthemum, layered with fruit and floral notes. Operating from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., prices range from VND100,000 to 550,000.
VI. Firkin Bar
Securing the 418th spot, Firkin Bar on Mac Thi Buoi Street in HCMC’s District 1, established in late 2017, specializes in personalized bespoke cocktail services. Nestled in the bustling nightlife hub near Dong Khoi, it features a less prominent facade, with a narrow stairway leading to the dimly lit bar space. Drawing inspiration from Tokyo's classic whisky bars, the interior boasts dark timber and opulent leather furniture. Behind the bar lies a whisky collection comprising hundreds of aged and rare Scottish and Japanese single malts, American whiskeys, and bourbons. Operating from 6 p.m. until midnight, prices start from VND200,000.
VII. Summer Experiment
Summer Experiment, securing the 422nd spot, resides on Ly Tu Trong Street in HCMC's District 1. Opening its doors in 2019, this bar exudes a relaxed ambiance with ornamental plants. Proximate to Ben Thanh Market, it offers custom-made bar stools, high tables for groups, and an outdoor garden terrace for smoking. Crafted with locally sourced seasonal ingredients and on-premises grown botanicals, its cocktails are a highlight. Besides cocktails, guests can savor dishes like grilled calamari and baby mustard green salad. Operating from 4 p.m., prices start from VND100,000.
VIII. Stir Bar
Ranked 456th, Stir Bar, situated on the first floor of a Le Thanh Ton Street apartment building opposite Ben Thanh Market, offers a capacity for 40 guests. Its patio overlooks the vibrant night market at Ben Thanh, a tourism symbol of the southern metropolis. Operating from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests can either revel in a lively atmosphere or admire the HCMC skyline with a cocktail. Stir Bar presents a unique menu featuring cocktails like jackfruit sticky rice, Jasmine Negroni, and Truffle Martini, along with Vietnamese traditional dishes such as banh mi, pho, and mangosteen salad with shredded chicken.