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Best Nightlife Experiences in Luang Prabang

What to Do at Night in Luang Prabang

Nightlife in Luang Prabang can be rather enjoyable if you know where to go – while the town lacks in loud and packed nightclubs that stay open until 3am, there are decent bars and night-time activities you can enjoy during your stay. 

Laos also has a rather strict curfew, which means most places close down by midnight. If you're planning to stay out after hours, Luang Prabang has plenty of restaurants with outdoor patios, where you can enjoy a beer with river views. 

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1861 Bar

1861 Bar is a French colonial café and bar within The Luang Say Residence. Evoking a feel of old-school sophistication, it features studded leather sofas, marble tables, and traditional bistro chairs on the terrace.

There's a small library at the corner of the café, which attracts those looking to unwind with a book. A marble fireplace provides warmth during cooler months, while the bar offers imported wines, liquors, and cocktails year-round. 

  • Location: The Luang Say Residence, 4–5 ban Phonepheng, Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Tel: +856 71 260 891
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Luang Prabang Bowling Alley

Luang Prabang Bowling Alley, located 3 km southwest of the town centre, is one of the few places that stay open until late. The venue caters mostly to a backpacker crowd by serving Beerlao and whisky well into the early hours of the morning – it usually gets crowded after 10pm. 

Luang Prabang Bowling Alley is worth a visit if you’re looking to enjoy a round of bowling in the evening. A game starts from 15,000 kip per person. After midnight, the rate goes up to 20,000 kip. 

  • Location: Highway 13, east of junction with Potoupakmao Rd.
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Icon Klub

Icon Klub is a hidden cocktail bar in Luang Prabang, between Nam-Khan River and Sakkarine Road. It occupies a white colonial-era building, with indoor and outdoor seating areas. The top floor has a 13-seat cinema where you can watch a variety of movies. 

The owner/bartender serves a variety of cocktails, including mojitos, dirty martinis, and absinthe martinis. Icon Klub hosts poetry reading sessions from time to time. You can even take the stage if you’re musically inclined. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 11pm
  • Location: Sakkarine Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Tel: +856 71 254 905
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Hive Bar and Restaurant

Hive Bar and Restaurant has an extensive menu covering cocktails, Beerlao, wood-fired pizzas, and tapas. Its resident DJ starts spinning the decks at 5pm, bringing the place to life with electronic, dance, rock, alternative, indie and hip hop tunes.

Hive also hosts fashion shows at the garden terrace – from Tuesday through Saturday at 7pm, you get to see 100 traditional costumes by various ethnic groups of Laos. The show continues with a b-boy and hip-hop performance by a local dance troupe. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 2pm to 11.30pm
  • Location: 5 Th Kingkitsarat ban Aphay, Luang Prabang, 0600 Laos
  • Tel: +856 20 59 995 370
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Lao Lao Beergarden

Lao Lao Beergarden is a long-time favourite among backpackers. This open-air beer garden has cosy setup – bonfire, candles, fairy lights, lots of open spaces and trees – that invites hours of lounging with Beerlao, cocktails, and imported wines. 

Lao Lao Beergarden’s all-day menu covers international and local cuisine, including burgers, salads, and Lao-style barbecue. Visit during happy hours to enjoy 2 cocktails for 20,000 kip. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 11.30pm
  • Location: Phousi Road Ban Aphay, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
  • Tel: +856 20 56 781 169

Luang Prabang Night Market

Luang Prabang Night Market takes place at the corner of Settathilat and Sisavangvong Roads in the town centre. From 5pm onwards, dozens of food vendors sell Laotian street food at affordable prices.

You’ll find grilled meat, Lao noodle soup, pho, meat-filled baguette, and ready-to-eat meals for takeaways. Some of the bigger stalls have long wooden tables and benches, though these seats tend to fill up fast. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 11pm
  • Location: Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Royal Ballet Theatre

The Royal Ballet Theatre in Luang Prabang showcases traditional Lao culture and art, with live shows taking place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Its resident dance troupe performs Phralak Phralam, a khon (mask) and classical dance based on the Lao version of the Ramayana. The 2-hour-long performances start at 6pm from October to March, and 6.30pm from late-March through September.

  • Opening Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday–Saturday from 6pm to 8.30pm
  • Location: 27 Ounheun Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Utopia Bar

Utopia Bar and Restaurant is a rustic-style venue on the Nam Khan riverbank. You can relax in their tropical gardens or at the bamboo river decks, both of which offer views of the upcountry Utopia hosts beach volleyball and yoga during the day, and live music, board games, and movies in the evening. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 11.30pm
  • Location: Ban Aphay, Luang Prabang, Laos
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