Onyabike Adventures is based in the city of Da Nang, which we’re happy to call home. Until just a few years ago, Da Nang was a minor stopover before Hoi An, but now is a tourist hub in its own right. The building boom that Da Nang has seen in recent years has led to an explosion of bars and pubs and western-style dining options. Still, the city retains much of its local charm and identity.
Writing about every single bar in town could fill an entire website. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites.
Bars in West Side Da Nang / Bars on the Riverfront
The old part of the city is on the western side of the river and features some of the more long-standing drinking holes. Additionally, the riverfront features several bars that carry on into the wee and even not-so-wee hours of the morning if you’re inclined to party all night.
Website | Address: 216 Bach Dang, Hai Chau District, Da Nang | Hours: Early to 3 AM.
As one of the oldest-standing watering holes in town, Bamboo 2 certainly deserves a mention. It’s made a name for itself among expats and tourists alike due to a combination of its venerable age (for Da Nang) and its exceptional location.
Since it’s right on the main drag along the riverfront, Bamboo 2 offers some of the best people-watching in town. Situated on a corner on prime real estate along a busy road, the bar lets you watch the world go by and attracts more than a few colorful characters. It’s got pretty decent pub grub and, while the beers are a bit more pricey than some lesser-known places, they’re well within reason: around 45k Dong (~$2 USD) for a Larue, Da Nang’s run-of-the-mill swill, for example.
The bar has televisions featuring sports that usually tend towards the Australian or British persuasion, including football, rugby, and cricket. There’s also a pool table on the second floor if you’re inclined.
Website | Address: 52 Bach Dang, Hai Chau district, Da Nang | Hours: Noonish to 4 AM.
Although the crowd it attracts might often be better suited to a nightclub, Golden Pine is one of Da Nang’s notorious late-night party spots. The party spills out of the bar into the street, where youthful, drunken revelers from countless countries can be found. The party doesn’t usually get started here until the approach to midnight. It really gets going after the clock strikes twelve.
Drinks here are slightly pricier than many other bars on this list, but that’s no surprise given their location in Da Nang and the crowd they draw. If you’re out late at night in the river area and intend to stay out, there’s a good chance you’ll end up here. Expect crowds and loud music, though the party mostly happens on the sidewalk.
Golden Pine also has a new location on the east side of the river at Tran Hung Dao. It’s much bigger inside and offers more of a club vibe compared to the other location. If you’re on the east side of the river, it’s a solid bet for a good late-night watering hole with a strong possibility of a boogie.
Website | Address: 9A Tran Phu, Hai Chau district, Da Nang | Hours: 11 AM – 1 AM
Despite its name, Luna Pub acts much more like a restaurant than it does a pub. Specifically, it’s an Italian restaurant, and a good one too: the whole menu is solid, including pizzas, pastas, salads, and meat dishes.
But we’re not discussing restaurants here: we’re discussing bars in Da Nang. Luna has a very long bar that acts as one of the classier establishments in town. Their drink menu matches that description. They’ve got a large wine selection as well as numerous craft beers, high-end cocktails, and top-shelf liquors. To top it off, several large-screen televisions face the bar, making it a good place to watch any weekend sporting events.
For reference, Luna is likely one of the better date spots in town due to its charm and stylized decor. That doesn’t pigeon-hole it, however: it serves just as well as a hangout for the boys after a day of working or riding.
Both the restaurant and the bar are open fairly late, with an official 1 AM closing time.
Website | Address: 493 Tran Hung Dao, Son Tra district, Da Nang | Hours: 2 PM – 11:30 PM
As Da Nang’s first brewpub, 7 Bridges brought a lot to the town, including a massive brewery on the north side of town. Their beer is some of the best around, and the view from their rooftop is excellent. Located directly on the east side of the river, the bar offers a perfect viewing spot to catch the Dragon Bridge spouting fire and water as it does every Saturday and Sunday.
Their beers rotate and they often feature craft beers from other breweries around Vietnam. Some of their standards include a Vietnam red ale with a hoppy, fruity taste. Their Sunset Hefeweizen has a hint of tangerines that’s truly refreshing in the heat and is a good session beer at 4.2%. Finally, our personal favorite is their knock-your-socks-off 9% Imperial IPA that’s strongly hopped and dangerously delicious. They’ve recently updated their menu with pizzas and other pub fare as well, so come with an appetite.
7 Bridges’ rooftop is one of the best spots in town to watch the Dragon on the Dragon Bridge breathe fire every Saturday and Sunday. If that’s on your checklist, it’s hard to find a better venue to see it than here.
Website | Address: 150 Bach Dang, Hai Chau District, Da Nang | Hours: 9:30 AM – 11 PM
One of the longest-standing western restaurants in Da Nang, Waterfront has long been a refuge for expats and travelers seeking quality food. The restaurant is situated right on the river and gives excellent views from both its upstairs and downstairs seating areas. The menu ranges from burgers to meze boards to fresh takes on local classics — there’s always plenty to choose from.
The bar itself is extensive and caters to just about any appetite. They serve anything from domestic beer to craft and simple shots to high-end cocktails. The venue is also well known for hosting live music on the weekends, when it can get fairly busy.
On the Radio
Website | Address: 76 Thai Phien, Hai Chau District, Da Nang | Hours: 7 PM – 2 AM
On the Radio is a bar built around live music. The center stage takes, well, center stage in the establishment, which features a regular band that can rock pretty hard. This venue usually attracts wealthy or young locals rather than expats, so you’ll be venturing into an upscale local atmosphere.
Beer towers are a popular puchase here, so it’s best to bring a group of friends if you want to enjoy the place to its maximum extent. Usually, however, the live music is at such a volume that it’ll be difficult to talk. If you like rock’n’roll, this won’t be a problem. Overall, On the Radio can add some unexpected flair to what would otherwise be a beer-centric night in town.
The 1920’s Lounge
Website | Address: 53 Tran Quoc Toan, Hai Chau district, Da Nang | Hours: 6 PM – 1 AM
The 1920’s Lounge is just what it sounds like: a speakeasy-style bar. It features creative craft cocktails and live jazz. When combined with modern-retro decor and a warm atmosphere, this is one of the hippest places for locals to hang out. The small but growing jazz scene has made some inroads in Da Nang, and you can find some impressive musicianship here.
The bar has an upscale, classy-but-not-stuffy feel to it. Bartenders take great care with the drinks they make and have come up with some fantastic cocktails. Best of all, perhaps, is the fact that the bar has live music every night. If you’re looking to jazz it up, this is the place for you.
Eastside Da Nang Bars
Even just a few years ago, entertainment options on the east side of the river were few. Expats or locals looking to party or hang out somewhere fun would invariably have to cross the river into the main part of town.
That’s no longer the case. The east side of Da Nang is where it has truly mushroomed, and new bars seem to crop up every week. Many of these bars are in and around the An Thuong area, lovingly dubbed ‘Crackertown’ by its inhabitants due to the fact that it’s home to many expats and tourists.
Below are a few of our favourite bars on the Eastside, though by the time you read this another bar or five will likely have opened up.
Website | Address: 406 Vo Nguyen Giap, Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang | Hours: 11 AM – 1 AM
Although it’s still somewhat of a newcomer to town, Dirty Fingers has made quite a splash on the east side. It’s close to the Pullman and Furama resorts, with public beach access only a few minutes away. The bar features American favourites like burgers, chicken wings, ribs, chips and dip, and plenty of others. Beer prices are reasonable: a Tiger draft costs 40k Dong, (~$1.75 USD) for example. They have no shortage of upscale options as well, including a bevy of imported beers and top-notch liquors.
Entertainment options are plenty as well. In addition to one of the best pool tables in town and a decent dartboard, the bar features several televisions including a massive projector screen. They do their best to cater to any sports-going audience, with the English Premier League being a popular draw on the weekends. The bar also hosts live music Friday through Sunday, with options ranging from traditional rock covers to live jazz featuring some of the most talented musicians in town.
In addition to entertainment options, the bar itself is more upscale than most Da Nang bars, especially considering the fact that it’s air-conditioned.
Website | Address: 53 Morrison, Son Tra district, Da Nang | Hours:
My Casa is one of Da Nang’s long-standing establishments, and for good reason. The Spanish and Italian owners consistently find fresh ways to serve up classic dishes, with mouth-watering results. On top of that, they make some of the tastiest cocktails in town. The location is relaxed and perfect for dinner or for sundowner drinks. Sundowners, you say? Yes, indeed: they’ve got daily specials on cocktails between 5-7 PM
They’ve recently moved to a new, comfortable establishment near the ‘Little Busan’ area of Da Nang. It’s just a couple of hops from the beach, so add it to your list on a beachy day as the sun goes down.
Website | Address: 48 Phan Tu, Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang | Hours: 6:30 PM – 1:30 AM
A relatively new bar, The Craftsman has made a name for itself as one of the premier cocktail bars in Da Nang. And boy, do they do it right! If you’re looking for an old fashion, a negroni, or any other special concoction, this is the spot for you.
The atmosphere is subdued but not dull: lights are dim, seating is comfortable, and the music is both tasteful and not overly loud. The service here is some of the best in town: the owner previously worked at high-end resorts and his experience there shows.
One of the best parts of this bar is being able to talk shop with the bartenders. They’re all passionate about their drinks and have knowledge to match. If you don’t know what you want, or if you simply want to try something new, just let them know what you like. They’re more than happy to use you as a guinea pig to try out some of their newer ideas or even make you something completely new.
Wednesdays often see the bar host a jam session, when some of the best talent in the Da Nang music scene shows up. These nights can often lead to an unexpectedly good party: the intimate atmosphere of the venue makes for little distance between band and audience. This often leads to dancing, head nodding, or at the very least the tapping of feet.
Website | Address: 48 An Thuong 1, Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang | Hours: 11 AM – 2 AM
A rather unassuming place at first glance, Vertigo is one of Da Nang’s eastside veterans. Even just a few years ago, it was one of the only places to go out on the eastside. Its survival is no surprise: it has a homey feel and friendly staff.
Perhaps the best selling point of Vertigo is that it has some of the best and most reliable food around, with a wide variety. We’re not exactly sure what their chef is doing in the kitchen, but he’s doing it right. From western pub classics like Chicken Parmesan to Thai curries and noodles to reimagining of Vietnamese classics, a meal at Vertigo rarely disappoints.
They have a daily happy from 4-7 when there’s a steep discount on beers. There’s another happy hour from 9-11 when mixed drinks and shots are on special.
Expect the bar to be busy during weekends when English football season is on. Sports are one of the main draws of the bar as they have several televisions and will broadcast most of the games their patrons want to see. If it’s not on TV and you’re after something specific, odds are they can find it for you.
Website | Address: 11 An Thuong 32, Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang | Hours: Open 24 hours
Another brand-spanking-new bar is Shamrock Sports Bar. It has quickly made a name for itself as one of the best sports bars in town as well as one of the best late-night bars in Da Nang. With a plethora of televisions in a small space, it’s one of the best places to watch a game. And, indeed, essentially any game in the world can be found on their screens if you simply ask.
The service behind the bar is about as friendly as can be: a true publican makes a person happy to return to an establishment. Prices are quite reasonable, and connoisseurs will note with pleasure that Red Horse beer, a strong Filipino beer, is served on draft.
They also have one of the best pool tables in town and a fairly active player base — so if you’re keen to play, this may be the spot for you.
Website | Address: 60 An Thuong 2, Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang | Hours: 10 AM – 4 AM
Centrally located, Filling Station is open late: till 4 AM, to be exact. It’s open all day and is one of the most conveniently located bars on the east side, right in the heart of the An Thuong area.
Beers are cheap, service is friendly, and seating is mostly on the sidewalk. It makes for a good spot to sit and have a chat with friends while people-watching during the day. At night, it gets more lively as people consistently show up to shoot pool on their table. Pool is certainly a central focus of the establishment: if you like to shoot a game, this is a good spot to come.
Food options are limited to snacks, so don’t expect to get full-on food coming here. The name refers much more to booze.
DMZ Bar Da Nang
Website | Address: 222 Ho Nghinh, Son Tra district, Da Nang | Hours: 8 AM – 2 AM
DMZ Bar is one of Hue’s oldest and most popular establishments, and it’s recently opened a branch in Da Nang. It ticks a lot of boxes: full menu with western and Vietnamese food, reasonably priced beer, and a fairly staggering array of cocktails. They’ve got cozy outdoor seating as well as more formal indoor seating for groups or dining. The atmosphere is relaxed: a happy medium between dive and upscale.
For reference, it’s located just across the street from Family Indian, a Da Nang dining mainstay.
Onyabike Adventures’ Thoughts
Everyone needs a place to blow off some steam, and Da Nang has no shortage of them. One of the best aspects of going out in the town is the price. Usually, you’ll go home having spent far less than you’d have imagined. Unless you’re a wine or whiskey snob, it’s hard to spend to the point of pain.
When you’re visiting, be sure to check out a variety of places to get a good feel for the town. And, of course, don’t be afraid to talk to strangers. Despite what your mother told you: that’s how you make friends and get hints and tips.