4 Must Visit Music Venues in Hanoi21 May 2018
Polygon Musik - 36 Cat Linh, Dong Da
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One of Hanoi’s first live music venue, Polygon Musik was established by Hanoi’s very own rock musicians and has been in operation for more than a decade. Polygon Musik gained their reputation among music lovers in Hanoi for their professionalism and their daily music nights. Events are Polygon are well-prepared, rarely with any mishaps, technical difficulties or delay.
The venue is rather cozy and intimate rather than large and extravagant. Even from the back of the room, you can still see and hear performers clearly. The venue also features a small bar in the back, with the typical drinks and cocktails that are easy to find in any Hanoi bar. Although Polygon Musik isn’t as flashy as some of its successor venues, It is this cozy space and the passionate owners that allows Polygon Musik to organize more intimate, artist-focused meetups/events and give music lovers as well as artists in Hanoi a community, a home to meet and socialize with each other.
Hanoi Rock City - 27/52 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho
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Opened in 2010, Hanoi Rock City was first known as one of Hanoi’s first live music venues with a focus on rock music. Don’t be deceived by the name, for Hanoi Rock City is much more than just a place where rock bands perform. Walking into the spacious courtyard, the first thing you’ll see is an outdoor bar area with wooden benches and sofa, perfect for relaxing and conversing with friends and residents of Tay Ho. The upstairs music venue is large, completely soundproof and fully setup for live bands and DJs. The focus of Hanoi Rock City is on local alternative music, so you will see a mix of genres such as rock, punk, hip hop, electronic, techno etc. being performed depending on the night, along with international and local DJs.
Hanoi Rock City’s most well known events are the open mic nights on Wednesdays and the Hanoi Indie series focusing on independent musicians in Hanoi and their original works. The venue is always packed with activities and events throughout the week, and it is a popular spot with locals and expats alike, so there’s a good chance you will find something for yourself just wandering in for the night.
Sidewalk Hanoi - 231 Au Co, Tay Ho
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Unlike the two previous venues, where the music venue is the focus, Sidewalk is first and foremost a bar and a place to hangout. The menu features a large selection of cocktails, draft beers, coffee and tea, and there are regularly drink-related events being held throughout the week. However, Sidewalk is quickly gaining reputation among music lovers as more than just a place to drink - it regularly hosts liveshows, hip hop shows, acoustic nights, and international DJs. Sidewalk takes itself more seriously than most bars when it comes to music, and you’re sure to be fully entertained with the wide array of music genres being represented here, from jazz, to 90s R&B and even Afro/Reggae music.
DeN - 49 Lang Yen Phu
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DeN has not been around for as long as Hanoi Rock City or Polygon, but it’s quickly marking its name on the map. DeN is a multimedia bar, cafe, music venue and workshop. Like Sidewalk, DeN is known for its fantastic drinks and handmade pizza, as well as being a chill place to hangout and socialize with locals and expats. However, the events and music at DeN are quite elective and interesting, ranging from indie to vaporware, from disco to experimental music. DeN’s most well known events are the Sourgasms and AudiOhm series.