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Hanoi nightlife

The party starts early in Hanoi, with locals kicking back at countless bia hoi ("fresh beer") microbars that appear on the city sidewalks after 5 pm. The street sellers hawk draft brews for the ridiculously enabling price of 2,000 Vietnamese dong (about 12 cents) a cup. The Old Quarter is the epicenter of this beery bacchanal, especially the junction of Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets. The bar scene is scattered and far less evolved, or encouraged, than that of Saigon. The authorities continually close nightclubs and unevenly enforce a midnight curfew on pubs. Bartenders often flout last call with "lock-ins"—shuttering the door, turning down the music, and pouring into the wee hours.

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Dragonfly Bar-Lounge, Hanoi

An everyday hangout for twenty-something expats and Vietnamese alike, this friendly two-floor bar has Hanoi's most ambitious drink list (247 cocktails, and...more

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Highway 4, Hanoi

This rollicking bar brings a taste of the countryside to the masses. Though it's thoroughly Vietnamese, some expats and in-the-know travelers easily join in the...more

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Mao's Red Lounge, Hanoi

There's nothing particularly loungelike about this small Old Quarter space. The look is college-dorm bohemian (well-used sofas and stools, pith helmets and...more

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Minh's Jazz Club, Hanoi

If you crave incongruous cross-cultural experiences—say, a Vietnamese jazz sextet knocking out a slightly stilted cover of "The Girl From...more

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Tet Bar, Hanoi

Once a grungy bar known as Le Maquis, this hole-in-the-wall spot got a style upgrade—complete with tile floors, terra-cotta-colored walls, and mood...more

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