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!
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.
After researching, I have gathered a list of 11 expat bars that are popular and liked.
Le Funky Donkey
The Trip 66
Maia Danang Beach Club
Section 30 - Craft Beer & Cocktail Pub
Simple Man Pub
Heaven - Live Music and Chill Hub
FAYA Surf Bar
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
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
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
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!
The staff of Maia will welcome you with wide, genuine smiles.
You also have a view at the My Khe Beach from the Maia.
You can see the bustling Da Nang skyline from Maia.
Every night, there is a lightshow at Maia.
David, our co-founder, enjoying the lightshow at Maia.
#4: Section 30 - Craft Beer & Cocktail Pub
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
You can play numerous games on the arcade machine in Section 30.
Darts are also available at Section 30.
The relaxing balcony on top of Section 30.
The ambience at Section 30 is quite cozy.
Lots of people flock during the nights at Section 30 to try out different craft beers.
The bar of Section 30.
#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
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
The ambience of the Saga Bar feels like an industrial dance club.
There is also a Buddha shrine in the Saga to keep everything protected.
The bar at Saga.
Interior of the Saga Bar is very trippy.
#7: 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
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 DJslinedupanddancersperforming. 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
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
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
Faya has a fun skate park where you can learn how to skate or put your skills to the test!
Skating at Faya.
#11: Paradise Beach Bar & Cinema Da Nang
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
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.
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?
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?
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.
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Abigail is a Vietnamese content writer. She spent five years living in Da Nang and relocated to Hoi An in April 2023. Her passion is for life, culture, and people. Besides writing and reading, Abi enjoys surfing, singing, and exploring nature. Her favorite book is called Good vibes good Life, written by Vex King. The most important thing for Abi is to share her life experience and spread positivity with people. Her favorite quote is: In a world where you can be anything, be kind. Lastly, she wants to leave you with this: Trust your current self to build your future self, as your life is 100% your responsibility. Love yourself as you are, and keep on improving yourself every day. The future is an illusion, the past is history, but today is a gift! So live to the fullest and make the best out of today.
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