The Best Bars in Danang, Vietnam

Vietnam Nightlife | © Sam Howzit/Flickr
Vietnam Nightlife | © Sam Howzit/Flickr
Photo of Sam Roth
9 January 2018

Transformed by a booming economy, Danang has quickly evolved from a rather seedy jumping-off point to a full-fledged holiday destination. Today, Vietnam’s third largest city is attracting a larger, more diverse crowd of travelers than ever before. As interest has surged in this coastal city, the nightlife has improved exponentially. We’re here to introduce the best spots for a night out in Danang.

Sky 36

Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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A live DJ keeps the party going
A live DJ keeps the party going | © Pixabay

Let’s start with the tallest, most in-your-face night spot on the list. Sky 36 is an inside/outside sleek, neon feast for the eyes. Spectacular views stretch from the East Sea to the Annamite Mountains, as multiple DJs and stage dancers ensure the party never stops. There’s no cover, but drinks will set you back a bit more than usual, around 150,000-200,000 VND. If the club atmosphere inside becomes a bit too much, head to the terrace and enjoy the surroundings.

Simple Man Coffee Bar

Bar, Contemporary
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Delicious margaritas
Delicious margaritas | © Pxhere

Technically a Rasta bar, Simple Man may be the friendliest place in town. While the neighbors pump out club beats, Simple Man plays Vietnamese rock or American punk. While they serve overpriced cocktails, Simple Man pours a cheap glass of suds and the best margarita in town. For a chilled-out night around the pool table with friends, there’s simply nowhere better.

Waterfront

Bar, Restaurant, European, $$$
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Waterfront's got one of the best happy hours around
Waterfront's got one of the best happy hours around | © Stux/Pixabay

Waterfront is a great open and airy addition to this list. With an often crowded sports bar on the first floor and a relaxing restaurant with a view on the second, this is one establishment with a diverse clientele. Two giant flat screens bring Western sport to this seaside town, while the house band rocks the joint with anything from rock to classical tunes every Friday night. A nice daily happy hour and a great ladies night (Tuesdays) only sweetens the pot.

Golden Pine Pub

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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The Golden Pine can get a bit rowdy
The Golden Pine can get a bit rowdy | © Lookcatalog/Flickr

Located next door to Simple Man, The Golden Pine Pub is one of the most popular places in town. It’s frequented by a great mix of expats and locals, and is known to be just a tad lawless at times. Don’t be surprised to see scantily clad Vietnamese and Westerners dancing up on the bar. With pool tables and other bar games across two floors, this is a great place to spend a night out.

Phuong Dong Nightclub

Bar, Nightclub, Contemporary, $$$
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The best light show in town
The best light show in town | © Pxhere

One of the trendiest new clubs in town, Phuong Dong may have the best light show in central Vietnam. A mostly young, well-dressed crowd fills this joint seven nights a week. A moving hydraulic stage and some of the loudest club tunes in town ensure this dance floor is always packed.

Oasis Tapas Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
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Relaxing and open
Relaxing and open | © traveljunction/Flickr

One of the hippest places in town, Oasis serves up fantastic tapas and excellent craft beer at prices you won’t find elsewhere. The lively open-air atmosphere is both casual and relaxed, and the place is home to a cool younger crowd. Located a few minutes from downtown and closer to the beach, Oasis is a slice of Barcelona in Vietnam.