Nightlife in Mui Ne is different to that of Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. You will find mostly relaxing beachside bars and pubs open until the wee hours of the morning with more mellow live music than DJ’s. Here are our favourite places to enjoy some seafood, sun and sand, and of course a rum or two.
Trinh Restaurant may be a little shack on the side of the road with a few tables out front, but no one who dines here leaves unsatisfied. They all have nothing but excellent things to say. There is no extensive menu here, but this only means that whatever is available is made to perfection. A favourite among patrons is the pork in clay pot, lemongrass shrimp, and the fried squid rings. There is also an alcohol menu, and the gin and tonic go well with any dish you order. Despite Mui Ne having many options to dine in, you will find yourself returning here time and again during your stay – sometimes for breakfast, sometimes for lunch, sometimes for dinner, and sometimes for all three.
Jibe’s Beach Club is one of the best bars and beach lounges in the area, and has been so since December of 2000. The atmosphere is similar to that of a sports bar, and if you are missing out on any of your favourite international sporting events, you may be able to catch it here over a beer and some calamari rings. Jibe’s is great for any time of the day, and their menu is quite diverse – a hearty Western breakfast, burgers and pizzas for lunch, delicious seafood for dinner, including delicate local flavours. Every Saturday is a barbecue party, with an all-you-can-eat buffet that has a large selection of fresh fish, meat, and sides. Jibe’s also offers kitesurfing lessons, so really, you can just spend a whole day here by the beach, especially since it is open 24 hours.
For live music, craft beer, swimming pools and great food, Joe’s Café is where you need to be. This is a fantastic semi-outdoor venue that is great for an evening to relax while browsing some magazines and listening to good, mellow live music. Mostly foreigners visit the bar, attracted especially by the delicious Mexican menu. The Vietnamese, American, and European items served here are just as good, and the Spaghetti Bolognese is quite divine. There is a diverse cocktail menu, as well as shisha, with a good range of flavours. The vibe created by Joe’s Café has something for everyone, so it doesn’t matter if you want to chill here by yourself or drink your senses off with your friends — you can do both under the same roof. Open 24 hours!
For rich, authentic Mediterranean fare, head to Sindbad. Over here a sizeable, juicy, and tender kebab of international quality is only going to cost you US$2.00. With fast and friendly service, and a nice Mediterranean menu for a primarily kebab joint, Sindbad is the spot to go to when you’re running out of money. It is also a great place to stop by when you are drunk out of your mind and need that late-night kebab. If you still want to carry on drinking, there are strong cocktails and ice-cold beer available. Over the past year, Sindbad has garnered a following and is a favourite among visitors and expats, so sometimes you will be met with a queue up at the door. It is certainly worth waiting to get a seat.
Located right at the entrance of Mui Ne, this restaurant is shaped like a giant boat. The venue is large, and the service is friendly, but what stands out is the food. The dishes Mui Ne Deli chefs create are nothing short of delicious, and a favourite among guests is their signature grilled scallops with cheese. They have other unique recipes, such as the lobster porridge, the sweet snail in butter, wasabi sun dried squid, and the dipping seafood hot pot. Try them all!