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Central Vietnam Nightlife

Before & Now
51 Le Loi Street
Hoi An
Tel: 84 510 910 599

The heroes of the revolution—at least judging by the murals adorning this converted two-story shophouse—include Che, Lennon (John, not Vladimir), and U2's Bono. The two-for-one happy hour, from 6 to 8 pm daily, draws an early crowd of travelers and locals, who often hang out until closing. The front tables are best for people-watching on the pedestrian-only Le Loi Street. The back of the house holds a standard-issue pool table and a foosball game. Vietnamese and Italian food, including bruschetta and pizzas, can be ordered in the quieter second-floor dining room.

Open daily 9 am to 2 am.

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60 Le Loi Street
Tel: 84 5 482 3414

A Hue institution since the early '90s, this corner pub recently moved several hundred yards east on riverside Le Loi Street. The central pool table and a soundtrack of Dylan, Guns N' Roses, and Oasis attract a large, mixed crowd, which grows more local after midnight. The bar strives for ambience with wooden tables and folding chairs, as well as colorful silken lamp shades—an effect somewhat undercut by heavily grafittied walls and a TV tuned to Premier League soccer matches. However, the beer is cold and cheap ($1.25 for imported Tiger), while the DMZ daiquiri (Vietnamese rum, lime juice, sweet syrup) is lethal.

Open daily 7 am to 3 am.

17 Biet Thu Street
Nha Trang
Tel: 84 5 852 4140

On Biet Thu's backpacker strip, this laid-back establishment stands out for its loungelike vibe, which appeals to expats, young travelers, and hip Vietnamese vacationers. The large, open-air bar is stocked with comfy club chairs while an inner courtyard has couches beneath palms and banana trees; when conversation lags, try your luck on the free billiards table. There are daily drink specials: two-for-one Bloody Marys on Sundays, for instance, and free guava shots on Saturdays. DJs spin funk, soul, disco, and deep house Thursdays through Saturdays. Open late, though most midnight-hour action shifts to Sailing Club.

Open daily 10:30 am to 1 am

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Sailing Club Nha Trang
72–74 Tran Phu Street
Nha Trang
Tel: 84 5 882 6528

In Nha Trang, any night out ultimately leads to Sailing Club, which has anchored the beach since 1994. The hippest spot on the strip provides 24/7 amusement: a yacht-chartering service, a trio of restaurants serving gourmet beach fare like barbecued prawns, and a thatched-roof bar that concocts drinks like the Sailing mojito (Sambuca, grenadine syrup, orange juice, mint, and a splash of soda water). For those so reclined, the club has thoughtfully set out lounge chairs and beach blankets. The dance floor gets moving after 11 pm, especially on weekends when Saigonese come to party. The cover charge (40,000 Vietnamese dong, or $2.50) includes one cocktail. Once a month on the full moon, the place ramps it up even further with all-night "Insomnia" parties that showcase live music and international DJs.

Open daily 10 am to 2 am.

Tam Tam Café
110 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street
Hoi An
Tel: 84 510 862 212

The ground-level restaurant serves French and Vietnamese food, but the real attraction of this large former tea warehouse is its second-floor bar. Thick-planked floors, high ceilings, rattan furniture, and vintage black-and-white photos give the room historic heft (check out the old sign with the structure's original colonial-era address: "28 rue des Cantonnais, Annam, Faifo''). Expert margaritas, cheap draft beer, and free Wi-Fi draw Hoi An's small expat community. There's up-tempo music, but the pool table and board games like Scrabble and backgammon make this more of a hangout bar.

Open daily 8 am to 2 am.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.