The Seventeen Saloon is a fairly famous bar/nightclub in Saigon. The Seventeen Saloon in Da Nang is a second venue which was opened much more recently. Sitting on the banks of the Han River, this is a much more laid back venue than its namesake in Saigon. Live music is featured several nights a week, but for those who enjoy a more peaceful or romantic setting, then the terrace overlooking the river remains quiet most of the time.
This is exactly the kind of bar which most people like to visit at the beginning of a night out. Cheap drinks, reasonably priced food and very friendly serving staff make this the perfect place to meet up with friends before exploring the rest of Da Nang City by night.
Occasionally the owners of Seventeen Saloon will hire a trio of Filipino singers, who are extremely good, and this is always a busy night full of the local expat community. Food wise, Seventeen Saloon offers all of the usual western favorites including spaghetti and pizza, as well as tasty burgers and steaks. This is also one of the only places in Da Nang where you can order homemade French fries. The bar owner will often give away bar snacks to people who use the bar regularly, especially if it happens to be a Vietnamese celebration day.
The bar is usually open from around lunchtime until the last customer leaves. However, there seems to be no real opening schedule, and for this reason you should avoid arranging to meet people there too early, as the bar may still be closed.
Seventeen Saloon is one of the best western themed bars to be found in Da Nang, definitely a fun place to begin the evening before heading off into the city itself in search of fun.
Bamboo Two Bar is located on Bach Dang Street. This is possibly the best foreign focused bar in Da Nang, definitely a place popular with tourists and the local expat community alike. The inside of Bamboo Two is quite small, just a slim bar and a pool table towards the back and a handful of tables and chairs towards the front. Most of the seating at Bamboo Two is outside on the terrace.
All of the staff speak at least a little English and you will only hear western music played here, no Vietnamese entertainment at all, this is a bar for a foreign crowd. Despite this, the bar is also extremely popular with local Vietnamese people, especially teenagers.
This is a late bar, and it does not open until the late afternoon or early evening. The earliest it is open is on weekends when the doors open at around 5pm. The bar almost always stays open until the very last customer has drunk their fill and staggered out into the night.
This is a very typical travelers bar, basic décor and plenty of photographs pinned on the walls showing past customers prove this so. Regulars have the option of actually helping to decide what music is played in the bar during the evening. The staff are very friendly and always seem to be smiling. This is exactly the kind of bar which many holiday makers find themselves heading back to night after night.
If you need to take a little break from Vietnamese culture whilst you are staying in the City of Da Nang, then head to Bamboo Two. You will find a bar which is just like those you are used to visiting in the western world. Friendly faces, inexpensive drinks and delicious bar snacks.
Every major city in South East Asia has some form of adult entertainment district. In some countries such as Thailand this is a very overt thing, with major red light areas in every tourist destination. In Vietnam, things are a little more subdued. This is mainly due to the fact that prostitution is illegal in Vietnam, and something that the police do enforce rather than ignore.
You won’t find any go-go bars or strip clubs in Da Nang, at least none which advertise their trade using neon signs and scantily clad hostesses lounging outside as you may be used to in other South East Asian countries. However, there are many young girls (and guys) who work in the rather more underground sex industry of Vietnam. Most usually you will encounter these working in a bar as a ‘hostess’, which means that you can negotiate to take them away for the evening, although not in the same overt fashion you would in other South East Asian countries.
More commonly you will find many young girls hanging around the bars and nightclubs of Da Nang, working in a freelance fashion. Simply buy them a few drinks and then decide if you wish to take the girl home with you, just ask her and she will let you know the price.
WARNING: The sex industry in Da Nang is entirely unregulated. In other countries such as Thailand, the working girls are required to take regular blood tests, any found to be carrying some form of sexually transmitted disease can no longer work. This is not the case in Da Nang. Also be warned that HIV is found in over 20% of the sex workers in Vietnam, if you decide to take advantage of adult entertainment options in Vietnam you must take care.