Savor the Spirits: 11 Trendiest Expat Bars in Da Nang

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Da Nang is a beautiful place to visit and live for locals and expats with its clean, blue ocean and breathtaking mountain views. Not only that, Da Nang is well-known for its lively nightlife style with vibrant expat bars. Imagine sipping a cocktail on a sky bar with the fire-breathing dragon view or enjoying the fresh ocean breeze with mountain views. Could life get any better than this?

Unlike Hoi An, Da Nang has a much different nightlife style. While Hoi An is more suitable for peace and quiet, Da Nang is more lively and vibrant at nighttime.

Whether you visit Da Nang long-term or short-term, you will want to come out for a couple of drinks. The good news is that there are many expat bar options in Da Nang. In this article, I will introduce some of the best expat bars in Da Nang!

11 Best Expat Bars in Da Nang

Each expat bar in Danang City has unique vibes and is located in various locations with different price ranges. Nowadays, tourists have more options than ever on where to go to have fun. From cocktail-fueled nights with live music to intense billiard matches, there is something for everyone to find here.

Along the expat bars, we have also compiled a comprehensive list of the best working cafes in Da Nang.

After researching, I have gathered a list of 11 expat bars that are popular and liked.

  1. Le Funky Donkey
  2. The Trip 66
  3. Maia Danang Beach Club
  4. Section 30 - Craft Beer & Cocktail Pub
  5. Filling Station
  6. SAGA Bar
  7. Simple Man Pub
  8. OQ Lounge
  9. Heaven - Live Music and Chill Hub
  10. FAYA Surf Bar
  11. Paradise Beach Bar & Cinema Da Nang

Without further ado, let's dive into the vibrant bar scene of Da Nang!

#1: Le Funky Donkey - French bar

Le Funky Donkey has neon-lit vibes, coupled with billiard tables.

I will kick off the list with the most inclusive expat bar in Da Nang, which welcomes the LGBTQ+ community and offers friendly vibes. It has good cocktails and weekly events like karaoke night, live music, pub quiz night, and sports night. Try The Funky Shot if you ever visit the venue. Happy hours are from 6 pm - 8 pm. The only exception about Funky Donkey is they only accept cash! So bear in mind that next time you visit.

  • Vibes: crowded, exciting

  • Why is it awesome: unique Jeu De Boule ( French ball game ) and board games such as What Do You Meme, Cards Against Humanity, Catan, special drinks only at Funky

  • Activities: bar games, weekly events ( karaoke nights, pub quiz nights)

  • Budget: 35,000 - 500,000 VND per person

  • Opening hours: 6 pm - 3 am

  • Address: 61 Ngo Thi Si Street, Bac My An, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang

#2: The Trip 66

Party time at the Trip 66.

I enjoy coming here on Thursdays as it gives out rustic local looks with chill vibes where expats and locals mingle. The Trip 66 used to be called Minsk Bar, owned by Vietnamese, and now it's still under Vietnamese management. They sell beers, cocktails, wine, spirits, and food! If you like singing and want to show off your talents, I say come to the Trip on Thursday evening as they organize weekly open mic night there. Besides Open Mic night, Trip 66 has a pool table for those keen on playing billiards!

  • Vibes: chill, rustic

  • Why is it awesome: cheap drinks and a famous open mic night weekly event on Thursday. If you like to perform and show your talent, Trip 66 is a place for that!

  • Activities: bar games, weekly events (open mic night, live band, DJs session)

  • Budget: 25,000 - 400,000 VND per person

  • Opening hours: from 8 am - 12 am

  • Address: 66 Phan Tu Street, Bac My An, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang

#3: Maia Danang Beach Club

The Maia bar is surprisingly very relaxing for a beach bar.

Whenever I feel like having a cocktail and chatting with my friends about anything, I go to Maia. It's a beach bar on My Khe Beach - one of Da Nang City's most beautiful beaches. The bar setup is comfy but elegant. They have good cocktails for 100,000 VND only! My poison is Negroni or Old Fashion as the taste is just right. The monthly Full Moon party with divine energy is one of my favorite events in Da Nang. I will paint you a picture: DJs are playing till late, people are dancing in the moonlight, and some are swimming on the beach. It's just perfect!

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  • Vibes: relaxing, heavenly

  • Why is it awesome: the best monthly Full Moon party in town, and Djs line up playing every day, and the bar is close to local surf shops if you are keen on surfing!

  • Activities: relaxing on the beach, events ( monthly Full Moon Party, weekly DJS session)

  • Budget: 60,000 - 700,000 per person

  • Opening hours: 7 am - 12:30 am

  • Address: 294 Vo Nguyen Giap, Bac My Phu, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang

#4: Section 30 - Craft Beer & Cocktail Pub

The entrance to Section 30.

I don't come to Section 30 as often as other bars, but still, I highly recommend it due to the great craft beers, cocktails with all-day breakfast and brunch, finger food, weekly live music, and activities. The craft beers are at a decent price and are always fresh! Red wine and fish and chips are my go-to whenever I come here. Their food is just excellent! In my opinion, the place is well-known for its vast space and great food! Suitable for groups of friends and family.

  • Vibes: vibrant, contemporary

  • Why is it awesome: delicious food, a diverse collection of cocktails, wine, and fresh craft beers

  • Activities: game nights, weekly live music

  • Budget: 35,000 - 500,000 VND per person

  • Opening hours: 4 pm - 1 am

  • Address: An Thuong 30, Bac My Phu, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang

#5: Filling Station

I love playing pool with my friends while sipping a cold beer. In my opinion, Filling Station so far has the best quality pool table in town! They serve good beers and cocktails at fair prices and organize pool tournaments from time to time. So if you are into playing billiards, winning some, losing some, sipping good drinks, and making new friends, come to Filling Station!

  • Vibes: friendly, tourism

  • Why is it awesome: quality pool table with authentic weekly pool tournaments and prizes for the best player

  • Activities: weekly pool tournaments, dining, and drinking

  • Budget: 35,000- 300,000 VND per person

  • Opening hours: 10 am - 4 am

  • Address: An Thuong 2/60 Ngo Thi Si, Bac My An, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang

#6: SAGA Bar

Entrance to the Saga Bar.

Do you love dancing? Are you a fan of techno, house, and electronic music? Or even freestyle rap and hip-hop? For me, I like dancing with all kinds of music as it feels so liberating for me. And SAGA Bar is perfect for that. It is an indoor and nightlife bar that guarantees a lot of privacies if you don't enjoy people watching you dance.

  • Vibes: lively and cool

  • Why is it awesome: indoor dance floor with DJs playing different kinds of music almost every night.

  • Activities: dancing, drinking, rapping.

  • Budget: 20,000 - 300,000 VND per person

  • Opening hours: 7 pm - 2 am

  • Address: 35 An Thuong 10, Bac My An, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang

#7: Simple Man Pub

The interior of the Simple Man Pub.

Sometimes I will go to the cityside to change scenery and experience different vibes. Simple Man Pub is near Han Bridge, with a river view. I prefer drinking wine and chilling with my friends at this place. The place has a unique decoration style filled with old-style cars and motorbikes, so check it out!

  • Vibes: authentic, feeling

  • Why is it awesome: cool Vietnamese locals with good vibes, views overlooking the river, and the city where you sip a drink and watch life happen.

  • Activities: bar games, drinking, and eating

  • Budget: 30,000 - 300,000 VND per person

  • Opening hours: 6 pm - 2 am

  • Address: 267 Tran Hung Dao, An Hai Bac, Son Tra, Da Nang

#8: OQ Lounge

OQ Lounge is an awesome place to party!

It is a nightlife lounge suitable for young locals and expats who enjoy House, Open Format, EDM, etc. There are various alcohol choices, non-alcohol drinks, and dancers from different countries. I enjoy listening to deep house and having a good time with my friends here. The best time to visit the place is on the weekends as there will be DJs lined up and dancers performing. What a perfect way to spend your weekends, right?

  • Vibes: upbeat, crowded

  • Why is it awesome: various genres of music, skillful dancers perform mostly every night, and modern-looking lounge

  • Activities: bar games, dancing, partying.

  • Budget: 100,000 - 600,000 VND per person

  • Opening hours: 8 pm - 3 am

  • Address: 18 - 20 Tran Bach Dang, Hai Chau, Da Nang

#9: Heaven Bar - Live Music and Chill Hub

The people visiting the Heaven are so diverse and friendly, and come from different parts of society and the world!

Heaven Bar was the first place I visited when I moved to Da Nang in 2018, and still my favorite place. It is known for its authentic look, lovely owner, and cheap drinks. I highly recommend this place to both expats and locals. In addition, it has a fun weekly open mic night on Tuesday hosted by foreign musicians. Nevertheless, friendly expats and locals with chill vibes are found here most compared to the rest of the bars I have mentioned!

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  • Vibes: rustic, heavenly

  • Why is it awesome: cheap drinks, weekly events (open mic night, jamming session, DJs session)

  • Activities: relaxing, bar games, etc.

  • Budget: 30,000 - 300,000 VND per person

  • Opening hours: 9 am - 2 am

  • Address: 47 Ngo Thi Si, Bac My An, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang

#10: Faya Surf Bar

The ambience of Faya is extremely chill.

Faya stands out among all listed places above as it's not just a backpacker bar but also a surf and skate bar. It is a spot where local Vietnamese surfers and skaters hang out. Locals and expats built a skate park at Faya and still maintain it well today. They rent out surfboards and do surf/skate lessons for those who want to learn. The setup of the place is simple but hygge - a feeling of coziness, togetherness, and hominess. So if it sounds like your vibes, check it out!

  • Vibes: authentic, hygge

  • Why is it awesome: the only bar in town that has a skate park and rent out surfboards

  • Activities: skate, bar games, weekly events ( DJs session, skate, and surf competition)

  • Budget: 25,000 - 300,000 VND per person

  • Opening hours: 8 am - 12 am

  • Address: 10 My Da Dong, Bac My An, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang

#11: Paradise Beach Bar & Cinema Da Nang

Paradise beach bar exterior

Nothing soothes the soul more than sipping a cold drink and chilling on the beach with the fresh ocean breeze. Paradise's setup right on the beach with drinks and food served. The bar style is tropical, with comfy bean bags and chairs. It's the only bar in Da Nang City that is an outdoor cinema and lounge on the beach! Suitable for couples, families, and friends.

  • Vibes: heavenly, stunning

  • Why is it awesome: cinema with beach vibes, bar events ( surf competition, DJs session)

  • Activities: watching movies, chilling, drinking, and dining

  • Budget: 150,000 VND - 400,000 VND per person

  • Opening hours: 8 am - 2 am

  • Address: 270 Vo Nguyen Giap, Bac My Phu, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang

Where do expats hang out in Da Nang?

Expats in Da Nang love to hang out in the An Thuong area.

With the most vivid and exciting lifestyle compared to the rest of the city, An Thuong Quarter in Ngu Hanh Son District is the heart of Da Nang, where most expats hang out. An Thuong area is on the city's beachside, with convenient stores and local street food open 24/7.

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It offers everything you need, from services to accommodations to recreational purposes. It is convenient! Most locals in this area can speak good English, which makes communication so much easier. The streets in this area are always full of life, filled with bars, pubs, restaurants, etc.

This place is where cultural exchange occurs evidently. An Thuong Quarter never sleeps!

How much is a beer in Da Nang?

The one and only – Larue Beer!

Are you a fan of drinking beer? Local beers in Vietnam are extra cheap compared to imported beers. The famous local beers are Huda, Larue, Saigon Bia, and Bia 333.

  • Loved by drinkers for its light taste and reasonable price, the cost is 20,000 - 25,000 VND for a bottle of cold beer.
  • The cost per bottle for craft beers such as Brother Grimms or Heart of Darkness is more expensive, from 70,000 - 150,000 VND.

Due to their low price and the climate, beers are a favorite beverage in Da Nang. As a result, sipping cold beer with friends and neighbors after working hours has become a part of people's culture.

If you want to escape the working hours to nature – don't miss out Son Tra – just nestled at the end of the beachfront.

Is Da Nang expensive?

Da Nang skyline from the 38th floor.

From my perspective, Da Nang City is not an expensive place to visit or to live compared to Sai Gon or Ha Noi. The average expenses in Da Nang are less than 400 USD per week for a tourist.

  • Motorbike rental is about 150,000 VND per day.
  • Food & drinks cost about 300,000 - 400,000 VND per day/3 meals.
  • Accommodations are cheap. If you stay in a private room, it can cost 350,000 - 1 million VND, depending on how luxurious and useful the service is. With homestays or hostels, the cost is from 90,000 to 300,000 VND.

Does it sound suitable for you and your travel budget? We have created a guide on cost of living in Da Nang for a more in-depth look as well!

Sip, Socialize, and Soak in the Vibrant Atmosphere: Da Nang's Expat Bar Scene Awaits!

I hope you get the best out of Da Nang with provided information about popular expat bars and the cost of living here. Experience everything as Da Nang isn't just a holiday destination. It is a place to go, live, own a business, and build a life here. Some travelers came here for a short holiday and ended up living here for years now. Bottom line: Da Nang is worth a visit, and it should be on your travel list for Vietnam!

If you can't get enough of Da Nang – don't forget to check out our 3-day itinerary!

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During the next visit for sure!