The best nightlife in Vientiane shows that it has evolved from a sleepy little Mekong fishing town to a city lined with riverfront restaurants, cosy bars, and vibrant nightclubs playing modern tunes. The Laotian capital’s nightlife scene is more of a low-key affair, but that doesn’t mean quality and quantity have been spared.
The ever-growing collection of places to go at night in Vientiane gives you the opportunity to enjoy the evening, spark up a conversation with a chatty stranger, or exchange travel tips with a backpacker on the same path.
- Full-Day Private Guided City Tour
- Private Tat Sae Waterfalls Hike with Elephant Ride
- Traditional Lao Life
- Private Full-Day Vientiane & Surrounds Excursion
- Private Full-Day Vang Vieng Excursion & Boat Ride
- Private Full-Day Tour to Phou Khao Khouay National Park
- Private Hill-Tribe Village & Kuang Si Falls Tour
- Small-Group Morning Almsgiving & Market Tour
- Private Day Trip to Nam Ngum Dam
- Small-Group Half-Day Vientiane Tour
Lao Bowling Centre is where locals enjoy a night out with loud music, cold beer, and a few rounds of bowling. Sure, the balls are a little chipped, the scoreboard is temperamental, and instructions are somehow in Spanish, but the 10-lane bowling alley is one of the few places in Vientiane that stays open past midnight. It costs around 11,000 kip with shoe hire (bring your own socks) – you can even follow the locals by playing barefoot! Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 2am
- Location: Rue Le Ky Huong, Vientiane 0100, Laos
The Spirit House Bar & Restaurant
The Spirit House Bar & Restaurant is an all-day riverside spot that really comes alive in the evening. The stylish wooden interior and tasteful background music gives the bar an upmarket feeling, which attracts mostly expats and affluent locals.
Cocktails are must-tries at Spirit House Bar & Restaurant – you’ll find creative combos like martini mixed with sake and pickled ginger, and green-tea infused gin and tonic. There’s also a good range of international beers, wines and (as the name would suggest) spirits.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 11pm
- Location: 09/093, Fa Ngum Road, Baan Seetarn Neua, Sikhottabong District, Vientiane, Laos
- Tel: +856 21 243 795
Bor Pen Nyang is a 4-storey bar and restaurant overlooking the Mekong River and central Vientiane. The vibe changes throughout the day, so depending on the time of visit, you may find a chill-out bar with pool tables, a sunset roof terrace, or a vibrant backpacker-friendly club. If you’re planning to catch the sunset, head there early as seats by the terrace get filled up fast.
Bor Pen Nyang’s food menu ranges from fajitas and pizzas to Lao-style BBQ and stir-fried dishes – standouts include larb (minced meat salad), spicy seafood soup, and the special Swiss cheeseburger. Draught BeerLao are served in pints, pitchers and beer towers. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to midnight
- Location: Quai Fa Ngum, Vientiane, Laos
- Tel: +856 21 261 373
Kong View Restaurant provides a great setting to enjoy stunning views of the Mekong River, together with an excellent menu of Laotian, Thai, and European dishes. The restaurant is decked out with wooden fixtures and tasteful mood lighting, which add to that chilled-out ambiance and welcoming feel. Half of the restaurant is set outside in a garden overlooking the river, and those who don’t mind sacrificing those stunning river views can enjoy the comfort of air conditioning inside the main building instead. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 11pm
- Location: 183 Souphanouvong Road, Vientiane, Laos
- Tel: +856 21 243 686
Vientiane Night Market
The Vientiane Night Market takes place along the Mekong Riverfront, where you can see rows of red-roofed stalls selling handicraft, clothes, and electronics. Vendors begin to set up their stalls around sunset – the market is busiest around 8pm, so head there early to avoid a large crowd. The Vientiane Night Market is well worth a visit in the evening for its gorgeous sunset alone, as well as the many street food stalls selling authentic Lao dishes.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 9.30pm
- Location: Mekong Riverfront, Vientiane, Laos
Beer connoisseurs need look no further than the colourful and quirky Chokdee Café and Belgian Beer Bar. Located on the main riverfront of Vientiane, it’s known for serving international lagers, ales and ciders – Guinness, Magners, Savanna Dry, Leffe, Hoegaarden, La Chouffe – and of course, no watering hole in Vientiane would be complete without the local Beerlao.
Chokdee Café and Belgian Beer Bar has an extensive food menu to complement your beer sampling session. Standouts include mini hamburgers, cheese plate, pork cold cuts, and spring rolls.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 11pm
- Location: Quai Fa Ngum, Ban Signeun, Vientiane, 00010 Laos
- Tel: +856 20 56 103 434
Moonlight Lounge is an upmarket bar and club about 350 metres west of the Presidential Palace. The early evenings see the lounge playing jazzy house and ambient beats, while vibrant parties with hip-hop, dance, and trap music take place until the next morning.
The extensive drinks list at Moonlight Lounge includes cocktails, draft and craft beers, wines, and over 20 types of bourbons. You can also enjoy cigars and hookah pipes during your late night out at this Vientiane nightlife spot.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 4pm to 4.30am
- Location: 1 Namphu Fountain, Post Box 8837, Vientiane 01000, Laos
- Tel: +856 20 55 444 893
Samlo Pub is rather easy to spot, thanks to its bright yellow exterior and central location in Vientiane. This old-school joint might be grungy and the decor dated, with a liberal indoor smoking policy, but Samlo Pub still attracts plenty with its cheap prices. Live sports are aired on widescreen TVs, and there’s a variety of classic pub games, such as pool and foosball.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 2am
- Location: Rue Setthathirath, Vientiane 0100, Laos
- Tel: +856 20 55 519 097
The Vangthong Evening Food Market attracts locals and tourists looking to enjoy authentic Laotian food at affordable prices. After sunset, the market becomes a hive of activity with dozens of stalls preparing traditional dishes such as bla kan sung (grilled fish), sai oua (Laotian sausage), and bet yang (roasted duck). A walk through Vangthong Evening Food Market also provides plenty of good photo opportunities – just make sure you ask for permission before clicking that shutter. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 10pm
- Location: Rue Phai Nam, Vientiane, Laos