If you are familiar with Vietnam, you would know that drinking is not just a weekend thing here, but also a cultural and traditional thing. Almost every night, streets in Vietnam are flooded with beer drinkers sitting on plastic chairs with their family, friends, and colleagues accompanied by glasses of cold beer. The Vietnamese drinking culture offers you a great chance to explore life as a local while enjoying tasty beers and surrounding sights. Now, the question is: where should you go for this unique experience? This article will reveal not only one but five best cafes and bars in Da Nang where you can enjoy the night (or day) with a glass of cold beer in hand. Cheers!
Da Nang is known for its modern, beautiful bridges. After making some of them the background of your vacation selfie, there is no better way to capitalize the moment than by wrapping up the night with a nightcap overlooking Da Nang’s most popular bridge, The Dragon Bridge. This bridge has been a popular tourist attraction due to their Fire Show. Every weekend, the dragon breathes fire at exactly 9 pm!
Located by the waterfront, 7 Bridges does not just offer the best view of the Dragon Bridge, they also brew their own craft beers. Some of the best beers I have ever tasted are theirs. From pale ale to coconut porter, they have it all! You can also take some bottles with you. Better yet, if you don’t feel like going to 7 Bridges, they offer a delivery service as well.
Insider tip: This place is usually full on weekends. If you want to get the best seat for the Dragon Bridge’s Fire Show, do make a reservation a day before.
7 Bridges Brewing Company - Taproom
Address: 493 Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, An Hải Trung, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Hours: 2 pm - 11:30 pm (daily)
Phone: +84 362 900 123
Website: 7 Bridges
Bep Hen is also mentioned in the article about Best Vietnamese Restaurant in Da Nang. Yes, this place is not technically a bar, but who says you cannot enjoy drinking at a restaurant? Since drinking is a part of Vietnamese culture, you will find people drinking at restaurants even during lunchtime. It is common to enjoy a steaming bowl of Pho with a can of cold beer.
Bep Hen offers a unique ambiance to enjoy your drinks compared to not just most bars and cafes, but also to any restaurant in general. Here, you get to feel like you’re being invited to a local’s house to enjoy a drink or two on their house porch. How could you refuse such an invitation?
Bep Hen Restaurant
Address: 47 Lê Hồng Phong, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Hours: 10 am - 2:30 pm and 5 pm - 9:30 pm (daily)
Phone: +84 93 533 77 05
Website: Bep Hen Restaurant
Oasis Tapas Bar
Did you know that “tapas” is so special that they actually have their own verb for eating it in Spanish? So, when you see a tapas bar, expect a wide range of dishes.
For those who are unfamiliar with tapas, it is basically a variety of dishes served in small portions to accompany your drink. In many parts of Spain, bars legally have to serve free tapas for each drink you order. The more you drink, the more free tapas you will get.
I did not expect to find a good tapas bar in Vietnam, let alone a great one. But Oasis Tapas Bar did spoil my taste buds with explosive flavors. And the best part is: they have a wide selection of drinks as well! Do ask the bartender what their recommendations are.
Oasis Tapas Bar
Address: An Thượng 4, Bắc Mỹ An, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Hours: 5 pm - 12:30 am (daily)
Phone: +84 778 649 220
Website: Oasis Tapas Bar
As you can tell from its name, this place is known for its pork dishes. Try their pork ribs as they are amazing! Besides the Western-style dishes they serve, Holy Pig offers a great ambiance for a night of drinking with friends or your special someone.
Located in the middle of an apartment complex, you get to enjoy the quiet ambiance accompanied by a cool breeze. The restaurant’s setting itself gives you a homey feeling. Do come early if you want to get the best seat in the house: the big dinner sofas!
Editor’s Note: In late 2019, the restaurant has announced that they are moving to a new location, yet to be determined. The photo and information were taken from mid-2019 when they were still at the mentioned location below.
Address: Trường Sa, Hoà Hải, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam (new location TBD)
Hours: 11 am - 11 pm (daily)
Technically located in Hoi An, Da Nang’s neighboring city, Salt Pub is only less than 10 minutes away from Holy Pig. This reason alone would make it a sin not to mention Salt Pub in this article!
The second, and probably the main reason, is their private beach area. Yes! Salt Pub provides its own beach area with loungers and parasols, right by the ocean. This area is only for Salt Pub customers, so you won’t have to deal with the crowd while enjoying a glass of fresh Sangria.
If you don’t want to get sandy toes, there are other seating options available in the garden area which is still close enough to enjoy the ocean view and the beach vibe. Food and drink? Plenty of options available as well!
Address: 32 Nguyễn Phan Vinh, Cẩm An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Hours: 7 am - 12 am (daily)
Phone: +84 777 424 282
Website: Salt Pub
The beer fest should not stop in Da Nang
Vietnamese drinking culture can be experienced in most cities in Vietnam, not just in Da Nang. So, whichever you choose to go, you would most likely find your favorite bar in no time. While in Ho Chi Minh City, do visit Pasteur Street Brewing Co. The craft beers here will blow your mind. I personally recommend you try some of their award-winning drinks!
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