Compared to the fully-fledged nightlife scene of Saigon that caters to your every taste and style (Check here for my part 1 and part 2 articles of Drinking in Saigon), Da Nang is more low key. Mixology bars, you have a couple, you even got your craft beer spot. Da Nang is dynamic and young, and these characteristics are reflected in its people. The city offers you a fresher, more localized drinking and dancing experience, that will truly pull you back night after night, even if you have a full day of outdoor activities Da Nang.
So, let us dig in: the nightlife style of Da Nang and where to experience the best of the best!
How Locals Drink in Da Nang
Mot, Hai, Ba! Dzo!
This legendary Vietnamese cheering chant can be heard everywhere in Da Nang once the sun begins to fade. You will hardly experience this in Saigon, where people drink in enclosed spots. But in this city, you will see people partying and enjoying the cool night air out on the streets! Similar to Saigon, Da Nang is also a top destination for young people from all over Vietnam to pursue their future, but the lifestyles of the two cities are totally different. Blessed by its wonderful vacation-esque settings, people are more open and sociable towards travelers in Da Nang, while in Saigon, people tend to stick to what they know.
A night out in Da Nang is not fulfilling if you savor your own food and drink privately. You should go where the locals go, socialize, and become part of the community. Toast beers, share some shots with a table next to you, and you will see what I mean. There are a whole lot of places for you to do just that – local pubs, bars, and clubs.
Yet, for those of you looking for more sophisticated flavors, in terms of craft beer and mixology cocktails, there aren’t as many options. Saigon offers more of that. But select bars whisper from tucked-away alleys, with a really nice local touch and a whole lot of soul in each drink.
Places to Drink in Da Nang
Whether drinking with locals on the streets, dancing your hearts out in a high-end club, or savoring local cocktail flavors, Da Nang’s got it all. After spending a day on the beach or visiting the nearby Marble Mountains, you’ll need to recharge and collect the day’s stories. It is best to sip a happy concoction and chill for the night. And I know exactly where you should go.
This list consists of local cocktail bars, craft beer spots, popular hang-out places, and high-end nightclubs. Mot, Hai, Ba, Dzo!
Local Cocktail Flavors of Da Nang
Instead of catching up with the classy mixology trends in Saigon, the local mixologists of Da Nang are creating more laid-back flavors of their own while capturing the Vietnamese identity in their drinks. Rather than utilizing expensive liquors, the bar artists use local ingredients such as fruit and spices, so the flavors are straightforward and fresh. You’ll sip these cocktails served in a teapot, or a bamboo stalk with a lotus petal for garnish. It is sure to be one hell of an experience that will perfect your vacation.
My Casa Da Nang Fusion Restaurant & Cocktaileria – Home away from Home Cuisine & Cocktails
Address: 52 Vo Nghia, Da Nang City
Opening hours: 11 AM – 2 PM and 5 PM – 10 PM, closed on Wednesday
Price: 50,000 VND – 180,000 VND
Homepage: My Casa Da Nang
This adorable homey restaurant is under the nurture of three friends from all over the world: Sharon from Italy who knows pasta, Jorge from Spain with his Tapas knowledge, and a touch of Malaysia from Kong. Their vision is to bring a home vibe to those travelers who are craving their familiar flavors.
This restaurant offers a huge menu of homemade dishes with personal twists and a gallery of handcrafted cocktails from fresh local ingredients. Authenticity is the keyword, so no crazy mixes other than these tropical classics like a mojito, piña colada, and daiquiri. But hey, they are extremely good, I must say they have the best mojito in town. And the buy-one-get-one happy hour makes it even better. I suggest liking their Facebook page to keep up with fun parties and gallery showings that happen year-round. Happy summer time!
Wanderlust Coffee & Cocktail Bar – A Bar of a Once Wandering Mixologist
Address: 30 An Thuong, Da Nang City
Opening hours: 5 PM till late
Price: from 80,000 VND
Claiming to be the first legit cocktail bar in Da Nang for those mixology enthusiasts, the Wanderlust Bar has caught a lot of interest and curiosity from the locals and travelers alike. Behind the bar door lies the adventures of a funky Vietnamese bartender – Ho Anh Tuan.
This guy is a typical talented person that you might come across in these modern days of flourishing Vietnam. A gifted dude that realized a big place was just too stuffy for him, he decided to reject a sweet paying job at InterContinental Da Nang and opened his own bar, on the back of a bike, at the beach. On a beautiful day, Mr. Shota Nakamori was having a typical business-man’s vacation, and the bar caught his interest. Boom, the Wanderlust was born. The first cocktail was served on August 6th of 2017. This cocktail later became the signature of the bar, the Smoking Old Fashioned.
Another drink that really shines is The Lotus cocktail, symbolizing the essence of the Vietnamese national flower. Served in a dried bamboo stalk with lotus seeds as garnish, it is truly the most Vietnamese cocktail that I have ever experienced. It was the winning cocktail at a competition held for local bartenders in the InterContinental Da Nang and chosen to be the signature of the L_o_n_G Bar there. Therefore, I believe, the best version would be the original one made by its father, despite the fact that the one in InterCon is a tad fancier in looks.
L_o_n_G Bar – InterContinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort
– Journey Through Vietnam in a Glass
Address: InterContinental Da Nang, Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang City
Opening hours: 10 AM – midnight
Price: 200,000 VND Entrance Fee, 200,000 VND ++ for drinks
Website:L_O_N_G Bar Da Nang
If you have all the cash to spare for the best drinks and vibes of what Vietnam has to offer, feel free to enjoy the L_o_n_G Bar of InterContinental Da Nang. There website nails their aesthetic:
“This uniquely designed extra-long bar blends contemporary style with colonial elegance on a tranquil beachfront setting in Da Nang. Behind black and white lacquered bamboo find an elongated surfboard table and nesting chairs loosely derived from Asian fishermen’s baskets. Or recline on beachfront daybeds set with round wooden trays borrowed directly from Southeast Asian hill tribes. Above the bar, the ocean breeze is helped along by a fanciful row of electric-powered punkah fans.”
Their cocktail list titled “Journey Through Vietnam in a Glass” is exceptionally l_o_n_g as well, featuring all the best creations from local talents all over the country! And on top of that is Mr. Ho Anh Tuan’s The Lotus cocktail, nestled in a freshly-cut green bamboo stalk with a delicate lotus petal, making this place worth a few extra bucks. Other cocktails you should try are the Boiling Bourbon Bergamot in a teapot and the tongue-numbing Heavenly Fire with fresh local chilies. Each of the cocktails on the list is sophisticatedly made and dedicatedly presented, telling the story of this rising city.
Craft Beer Spots in Da Nang
Craft beers have been an emerging trend in Saigon for years, check here for more in-depth information about the history of craft beers in Vietnam, starting with Saigon itself. Da Nang is also on the move. There are some local restaurants that serve craft beers delivered from Saigon, notably the Fatfish Restaurant & Lounge Bar. But only since November 29th of 2017, the city has its own craft beers – the 7 Bridges Taproom.
Fatfish Restaurant & Lounge Bar – Good Beer and Good Food
Address: 439 Tran Hung Dao, Da Nang City
Opening hours: 11 AM – 12 AM
Price: 95,000 VND for 375ml, 155,000 VND for 500ml, and 145,000 VND for a flight of three (175ml). Food starts from 100,000 VND
What are the best friends of craft IPAs, farmhouse beers, and wheat ales? Mediterranean food for sure. How about those crafts from local Vietnamese ingredients? Mediterr-Asian! Welcome to Fatfish.
This restaurant is about out-of-this-world Mediterranean/Asian fusion cuisine, created by gastronomes, for gastronomes. Fresh and tasty. Moreover, to complement the deliciousness, Fatfish has an extended drink list that pairs super well with the food. Check with the server in charge of your dinner to perfectly round out your tastes.
If you are there for beer, they serve any draft beer that is available in the Vietnamese market. There are just three well-selected craft beers from the Pasteur Brewing Street of Saigon– the Jasmine IPA, the Saigon Saison, and the Passion Fruit Wheat Ale. There are more to come in the future but for now, so far so good.
7 Bridges Brewery – The First Craft Beers of Da Nang
Address: 493 Tran Hung Dao, Da Nang City
Opening hours: 11 AM – 12 AM
Price: 60,000 VND to 125,000 VND
The 7 Bridges Brewery is truly the fire-starter of the craft beer culture in Da Nang. Their creations are international in style, with Japanese inspired Pilsners to Belgian Wheats, with a Vietnamese twist in flavor. Their beers are hop-forward, a trait that is a little lacking in other breweries of Vietnam, which has saddened some craft beer enthusiasts. Hop is essential to beers as a flavor stabilizing agent, in other words, it helps retain and bolster the flavors of a beer, just like the tannins in wine. And 7 Bridges truly meets this balance.
To date, 7 Bridges offers seven craft beers, bearing the names of seven important bridges: Long Bien of Ha Noi, Dragon Bridge of Da Nang, Tran Thi Ly of Da Nang, Thuan Phuoc of Da Nang, the Japanese Bridge of Hoi An, the bridge of Can Tho, and lastly the Brooklyn Bridge of New York. Each beer has distinct characteristics that reflect the places they feature. For example, the Japanese Bridge – Sakura Pilsner was inspired by the charm of Hoi An, featuring European floral hops with the essence of Japanese cherry blossom. The Brooklyn Bridge – New York Rye carries the original flavors of the amber ale that the German immigrants brought to New York in the first half of the 19th Century – a full body rye beer with hint of caramel from American bourbon casks and the typical crispiness from Germany.
Although the beers at 7 Bridges are truly delicious, the view from the top floor of the building is just as good. The top floor of the brewery sees across the river that cuts through Da Nang and the wonderful liveliness and energy of the local people going about their day and night. There is even a billiards room and each floor also has a beautiful rendition of the seven bridges from local artists. I suggest going on a weekend night to see the dragon breathe fire as you sip your cool beer and prepare for a fun night out.
Partying Down to the Streets – Popular Hang-out Spots
If you like quietly and peacefully enjoying your drinks, you may not want to read any further. But that would be a mistake! The fun is just beginning. Mot, hai, ba, dzo!
Golden Pine Pub Da Nang
Address: 52 Bach Dang, Da Nang City
Opening hours: 6 PM till late
Price: starting from 35,000 VND
This is the legendary pub of Da Nang. It’s crowd almost spills onto the street every night. Located by the river bank overlooking the Dragon Bridge, you can expect a hard party, chatty locals, and kicking drinks. What else do you need for an awesome night out? They have it all. Let me tell you my favorite order: two bottles of Jack, a keg of Coke, including an empty beer tower, a shisha bong, and a crew of more than five. There you go.
Seventeen Saloon Da Nang
Address: 76 Tran Hung Dao, Da Nang City
Opening hours: 7 PM till late
Price: starting from 75,000 VND
If the Golden Pine is just too stuffy and crowded, and you are more into the vibe of live music in a Western-style pub, then the Seventeen Saloon is definitely what you’re looking for. This pub will surely put you right at home with its wooden interior, fun-loving cowgirls, and classic American rock tunes. It’s a nice place to have a conversation with your friends and call it a day.
On The Radio
Address: 35 Thai Phien, Da Nang City
Opening hours: 6 PM till late, local live music from 8:30 PM
Price: starting from 50,000 VND
On the Radio is the most popular live music bar in Da Nang, featuring the local bands and singers from the city performing in what feels like an underground concert venue. This is the perfect place to go if you are looking forward to making friends or just wanting to enjoy a late weekend night in a local way. Make awesome new friends, immerse yourself in great performances, and share chugs of beer with the people around you. Do what the locals do! And lastly for all the ladies, every Tuesday night you can enjoy a free cocktail!
Dress up and Nightclubs!
Wanna join the elites and get lost in crazy EDM pop tunes? I got you covered. The nightclub scene in Da Nang may not be as grand as it is in Saigon but don’t worry. There are a couple of great nightclubs, but the hardcore local crowd will not let you down. Let us get into the fun!
New Phuong Dong Nightclub
Address: 20 Dong Da, Da Nang City
Opening hours: 8 PM till late
Price: Average 400,000 VND – 2,200,000 VND per pax
As Da Nang’s most renowned club since 1994, New Phuong Dong brings you an unforgettable experience with the best sound and light systems in town, plus a laser show. The club offers a super spacious dance floor with standing tables for normal nights out and sofas for the VIPs. The atmosphere is said to be even more festive and lively than that in Saigon. In the middle of the dance floor, there are poles stretching to the ceiling with captivating dancers executing ridiculous pole dancing gymnastic maneuvers up high. The best of Vietnamese clubbing.
Address: 36th floor of Novotel, 36 Bach Dang, Da Nang City
Opening hours: 6 PM till late
Price: starting from 120,000 VND ++
This is the most impressive rooftop club in Vietnam, designed for elites. This notorious bar is 166 meters up high in the sky, offering a spectacular panoramic view of Da Nang at night, and a modern, luxury feel at an affordable price. There are three areas for you to choose from: an outdoor bar, bed sofa area, and an indoor VIP bar. Party-loving crowds with classy outfits, a chill vibe with a well-composed list of EDMs, deep house and hip-hop will keep you on your toes all night long. Sleek!
Well, that pretty much wraps up all the options for a funky night out in Da Nang. Check out these following articles for savoring your days in this beautiful city!
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