Dec 23 2012

New Year’s Eve in Hanoi

Published by at 5:29 am under Events


It may be the lesser celebrated new year’s eve in Vietnam — with lunar new year taking the headlines — but if you’re after a celebration in Hanoi on December 31 here are a few ideas of where to start (now that you have Christmas in Hanoi totally sorted, right?).

You might get lucky.

You might get lucky.

Celebrations are likely to be lower key than in some neighbouring countries — no beach parties, cool clubs or carnivals — but if fine dining is more your scene you won’t be disappointed. As at Christmas, most of the top hotels and restaurants are holding New Year’s Eve dinners. Restaurants at the Metropole, Hotel de l’Opera, the Intercontinental, the Hilton Opera and the Movenpick all have fancy dinners planned: big hotels seem reluctant to post information about special events on their websites so you may need to call for details.

As for restaurants, Pots ‘n Pans has a set menu for 1,090,000VND++, , The Press Club is going for an “elegant” New Year’s Eve dinner, with lamb, lobster and Angus beef tenderloin on the menu, and La Badiane has a five-course dinner, starting at 19:30 and coming in at 1,490,000VND++.

If you’re after more of a party, the The Press Club has precisely one of those in its open-air Terrace Bar. The Hot Chicks Band will be playing and DJ Polo will be spinning some tunes. No cover charge.

None of the bars in Old Quarter are advertising any special events at the moment, but Hanoi Backpackers’ Hostel is bound to be lively, and other places to check out include Hair of the Dog — which has a dance floor — the bars along Ta Hien, and Le Pub on Hang Be. As they’re all close together it’s easy enough to move onto the next place if the first place you try is dead.

Although it’s not a big celebration for locals, there have been fireworks by Hoan Kiem Lake in previous years. We can’t guarantee it will happen this year but will update if we hear anything.

Wave goodbye to 2012 and Daluva.

Wave goodbye to 2012 and Daluva.

In the expat-heavy West Lake area, splash out at Don’s with free-flow beer, wine, mojitos, margaritas and cava, served with gourmet canapes for 1,000,000VND++, or try nearby Tay Tap Bar & Grill or Red River Tea Room — both have drinks specials. Daluva is closing its doors after four years and is throwing a New Year’s Eve Closing Party — US$12 gets you beer and snacks and a glass of champagne at midnight.

Hanoi Rock City hasn’t announced if they’re doing anything yet, but keep an eye on their website, and other venues might make announcements nearer the time — check out the TNH website.

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2 Responses to “New Year’s Eve in Hanoi”

  1. frereon 23 Dec 2012 at 3:51 pm

    sounds like you have a lot of money to play with.
    i am sure you will enjoy your new year but i’m saving my red envelopes for another 5 weeks. i really like tet and the whole caboodle costs me less than one of your nights out.

    this is not meant to be a “yah boo i know better” posting but some “innocents” may think they need amex to enjoy vietnam

    chuc mung nam 2013

  2. Sarah Turneron 24 Dec 2012 at 2:39 am

    I only wish I did have a lot of money to play with! I’ll probably be at a friend’s house drinking cheap beer, but the post is about places to go on New Year’s Eve, and most places that have organised events are the expensive hotels and restaurants. Also, half of the post covers ideas of places to go that aren’t expensive and while not advertising special events should be lively on New Year’s Eve. Foreign visitors are likely to want to celebrate and this is aimed at giving an overview of what’s on offer.

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