Wandering the bustling streets of Hanoi is a tourist’s rite of passage. But there’s also much to be said for getting above it all and taking in that frenetic energy from atop a Hanoi rooftop bar.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had its effect on all aspects of the tourism industry, and the Vietnamese capital is no exception. So be sure to first verify that the rooftop bars that interest you from the list below are in operation during the time of your visit.
But when it’s safe to do so, you won’t want to miss adding one or more of these trendy hotspots to your itinerary for some of the best urban views in Vietnam. And consider booking a 5-star hotel room for your stay, a few of them have their own sky bars.
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Top of Hanoi
As the name implies, Top of Hanoi is literally the highest rooftop bar in the city. Located atop the dizzying 65th floor of the Lotte Hotel Hanoi (affiliate link), guests can enjoy complete 360 degree panoramas of the city from this lofty perch.
There’s a central bar ringed by tables and chairs along the edges so that everyone can enjoy the views. Soothing lighting and a smart casual dress code ensure that the bar maintains a sophisticated vibe at all times. Even better, Top of Hanoi offers a surprisingly extensive food menu prepared in an open onsite kitchen for all tastes and appetites.
You can then dance those calories off to the sound of a DJ spinning trendy tunes as night falls on the metropolis. For these reasons and more, Top of Hanoi is quite literally at the top of our list of rooftop bars in Hanoi.
Address: Lotte, 54 Liễu Giai, Cống Vị, Ba Đình, Hà Nội
The Summit, at the Pan Pacific Hanoi
Perched atop the classy Pan Pacific Hanoi Hotel (affiliate link), The Summit is considered to be one of the most luxurious rooftop bars in the city, with prices to match. The payoff comes in the form of spectacular sunset views over West Lake and the rest of the city, along with a wide variety of upscale cocktails.
The Summit offers a limited menu of bar bites if you’re feeling a little hungry, but the main draws are still the views and the drinks – in that order. If you’re looking for a classy night on the town (literally!) then an evening at the Summit will be your best upscale option.
Address: 20th floor – Pan Pacific Hanoi, 1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Lighthouse Sky Bar
Encompassing the top 3 floors of the La Siesta Premium Hangbe hotel (affiliate link), the Lighthouse Sky Bar is truly unique. As an homage to the rafts that gave Hong Be Street its name, the bar has been designed as a ship, with the ‘bow’ facing Hong Be Street and the ‘stern’ offering views over the Red River. Topping it all is a 6-meter tall lighthouse with a working light that makes the bar an actual beacon in the area.
Once again, a wide range of cocktails is offered along with some food options as well. The combination of wood, glass, metal, and greenery all come together to provide a sophisticated ambiance for this multilevel rooftop gem.
Address: No 27 Hang Be St, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hà Nội 100000
Diamond Sky Bar
Consisting of three overlapping terraces, the Diamond Sky Bar occupies the 13th to the 15th floors of the La Siesta Classic Lo Su Hotel (affiliate link), formerly the Hanoi La Siesta Diamond Hotel & Spa. With magnificent views over scenic Hoan Kiem Lake, the Diamond Sky Bar offers a generous selection of cocktails and dishes.
The first level contains a bar, some seating areas, and an open kitchen. The middle level is shaped like a grand piano, with additional seating and lots of greenery included in the modern architecture, while the top level is reserved for special events.
If it seems a bit similar in some aspects with the Lighthouse Sky Bar, that’s because it’s run by the same hospitality group, EHG. Swing by Diamond Sky Bar while in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
Address: No 32 Lo Su St, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi, Hà Nội 100000
Another member of the EHG family, the Moonlight Bar sits atop the La Siesta Classic Ma May, a luxury boutique hotel. The view takes in Hoan Kiem Lake, the Red River, and Old Quarter as well as Hanoi’s iconic Long Bien Bridge.
The Moonlight Sky Bar has incorporated architectural elements of the latter by creating its own miniature version of the bridge that allows guests to stare out at the real one while sipping their drinks. The octagonal bar serves signature cocktails and a number of inspired bar snacks. Overall this is a classy, fun location to spend an evening.
Address: Rooftop floor, La Siesta Classic Ma May, 94 Ma May Street
Twilight Sky Bar
The original member of the EHG rooftop bar collection is the Twilight Sky Bar, which rests upon the roof of the La Siesta Cau Go hotel. At only eight stories you won’t have the same sweeping panoramas of the more attitudinally gifted bars in Hanoi, but being eye-level with the roofs of the surrounding Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake has an atmospheric charm that other rooftop bars can’t match.
There are a variety of cocktails, wines, and beers on tap, and if you’re hungry, just take the spiral staircase down to the Red Bean Restaurant on the floor below. The overall vibe is chill with lots of sofa lounges and dining tables to ensure you have your own private perch over the city.
Address: 8th Floor – 1 Cau Go Street Hanoi City
Nicknamed “the Rooftop of the Old Quarter”, Skyline Hanoi occupies several upper levels of the popular Hanoi Tirant Hotel (affiliate link), situated quite close to Hoan Kiem Lake. Given its location, you’ll get amazing views of the aforementioned Old Quarter with the more modern skyline of Hanoi in the background.
An indoor restaurant lined with panoramic windows will fill your belly, while the outdoor terrace is an oasis of peace. Have a seat in a comfortable lounge sofa or a dining table and sip on one of their many cocktails as the sun goes down.
Note that at the time of writing, the Skyline Hanoi is undergoing some renovations, which means that when finished, it will be an even more desirable location for an evening out on the town.
Address: 36-38-40 Gia Ngu Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Have a terrific time soaking in the ambiance of Hanoi’s vibrant city. These rooftop bars are among the best ways to get a birds-eye view of the city life below. And if you’re venturing south to Vietnam’s largest city, go out for a night on the town to one of Saigon’s sky bars and see how the views compare to Hanoi.