Sports Bars in Hanoi 2024: The 5 Best Places to Watch the Match
When it comes to bars, Vietnam’s capital has pretty much every kind going. There are classy cocktail bars, craft beer hipster pubs, and my favourite, the little plastic chairs out on the busy street. But what about sports bars in Hanoi? Where are the best places to watch sport in the city? Let’s find out.
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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Sports Bars in Hanoi
At the top of my list are what I call the dedicated sports bars. The ones for proper sports fans. Where the main objective of the bar is to show as much different live sport as possible. There are a couple of charming little sports pubs on my list too, but let’s start with the biggest and best.
Sportivo – The best sports bar in Hanoi
It’s only right that we kick things off with my personal favourite of all the sports bars in Hanoi – Sportivo. This bar has so much going for it. For starters, it’s located on the famous Ta Hien Street, which is often called Hanoi’s beer street. So no matter how good the sport is, you’re always sure of a lively atmosphere.
Regarding the sport, they have it all. Seriously, there’s nothing you can want that they don’t have access to. Additionally, countless screens are dotted around the place, so you know you won’t be disappointed if you visit Sportivo sports bar. It’s as good as it gets when it comes to wall-to-wall sport in the city.
English Premier League games and both the NRL and AFL take priority here, but with so many screens they’ll always find one for you if your request is less mainstream.
Some screens are positioned out towards the street, meaning if you’re a smoker you can nervously puff your way through a twenty-box while watching the match.
If you’re looking for the best sports bar in Hanoi to watch the Rugby Six Nations, this is my recommendation.
If you want to eat while watching the live sport on TV, there’s a huge food menu with loads of Western and local dishes. I didn’t eat when I was there, but the food I saw looked great.
Also, for those of you who enjoy a fancy fragrant IPA or some other craft beer, they have those available too. Like I told you, there is everything you need here. That’s why it’s my favourite sports bar in Hanoi.
Opening times: 10:00 – 02:00
Puku Cafe & Bar – The 24/7 sports bar in Hanoi
Next up on my list of the best places to watch live sport in Hanoi is Puka Cafe and Bar. This bar is located out the outskirts of the Old Quarter, meaning it’s a much calmer place to watch the match compared to those in and around Ta Hien Street. And if you’re anything like me, some games are too important to be distracted by the madness outside, you need a quiet corner to focus on the action.
The main selling point of this sports bar is its opening hours. It doesn’t close. Yep, you heard right, it’s a sports bar in Hanoi that is open 24/7. This is wonderful if you want to watch a late kick-off in the EPL, a Champions League match or an F1 race from the other side of the world.
The fact that they’re open non-stop also makes them the go-to sports bar in Hanoi for the NFL. So if you’re a lover of American sports, especially football, this is the sports bar for you.
Along with the infinite opening times, this sports bar in Hanoi has loads of big screens all around the place showing different sports simultaneously. And as with any decent sports bar, they’re happy for you to ask them if you want to watch something else. They’ll do what they can to show it to you.
If you’re already in Hanoi and want to check out what they plan to show, just walk past the bar and there’ll be a blackboard outside showing their schedule for the week. Or you can check out their Facebook page for more info.
Opening hours: 24/7 baby!!
The Local Sports Bar – A sports bar overlooking Ho Tay Lake
This next sports bar in Hanoi is located on the northern shore of Tay Ho Lake, which seems a world away from the madness of the Old Quarter.
The Local Sports Bar is the biggest sports bar I found in Hanoi. Inside, along with the many, many screens there’s also a dart board and pool table, which are both free to play for paying customers. So you can play a bit of sport while watching it on TV at this sports bar.
There’s some decent Vietnamese food on the menu here, but they really excel when it comes to Western food. Pies, sausage and mash, sausage rolls and pizza are just a few things available to hungry Westerners at The Local Sports Bar, Hanoi. And for once, the Western food is actually good, which if you’ve travelled much in Vietnam is a rarity.
Add to all this that there’s a great happy hour from 12:00 until 21:00 and I think you’ll agree, this is a mighty fine sports bar in Hanoi.
Opening hours: 12:00 – 00:00
Boom Bar – A cosy sports pub
Next on offer is a much more cosy sports bar in Hanoi. Boom bar only has one big screen, so it’s only good for you if they are showing the sport you want to watch. If it’s not, you need to go to one of the three above.
If, though, it is showing what you want and you fancy getting up close and personal with other travellers and locals then this is a great place to soak up the sporting atmosphere.
Boom Bar is located just off Ta Hien Street, meaning there’s always a stream of tipsy foot traffic making its way past the bar and often stopping to get a glimpse of the live sport on the big screen.
One negative about this place though is the food. We had problems with the quality of the food we ordered and so did others. Maybe it was just a bad night for the chef, so I don’t want to write them off, but maybe it’s best to eat elsewhere. I’ll let you decide. But if you’re looking for a cosy sports bar in the middle of Hanoi, it’s a great option.
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 02:00
Thao’s Pub – A cosy sports pub on the edge of the Old Quarter
Last on my list of the best sports bars in Hanoi is Thao’s Pub. Another cosy sports pub with just one big screen above the bar. It shows whatever the paying customers want to watch, so if you get there early enough with a group of you there’s a chance you’ll get to watch whatever you want.
The beer’s cheap, probably the cheapest of any sports bar in Hanoi and the atmosphere inside is super-friendly. It’s located on the edge of the Old Quarter so you don’t have to fear that a loutish pub crawl could interrupt your sports-watching experience at any moment!
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 02:00
So there you have them, the best sports bars in Hanoi. If you think I’ve somehow missed another great sports bar that is worthy of mention, please contact me and tell me all about it. Cheers!
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