Luang Prabang is the capital of chill, with endless places to keep you chilling not only in the day, but also at night! Interestingly, some of the chill cafes in the day actually transform with the setting of the Sun into a happening but chill bar at night. In this article, we bring you the 5 best bars in Luang Prabang to keep you occupied when you get tired of the only other thing happening in town after dark – the night market. Or if you’re feeling interested in knowing how local Lao alcohol is brewed, check out our Lao-wine making workshop for the best Lao wine and local experience drinking the Lao way!
1. Ikon Club
This is our personal favorite. An extermely laid back, high class and well designed bar with very cosy seats and creatively designed drinks. The owner is a cool expat who’s been around long enough to know her phad thais from her Phad Khaos, and is a joy to chat with, as you will find out! The only drawback is that its probably the highest priced bar in town, and it tends to have a pretty sporadic opening time. (Probably tuned to the owner’s whims haha)
2. Lao lao Reggae Bar
You won’t find this bar being recommended by most other blogs, as this one is also part of Laolao garden, but located opposite in a more obscure corner. It doesn’t have many seats either which explains why few people visit, but its great if you get one because there’s lots of space. There’s also a big pool table you can utilize as well as a big screen TV showing soccer, and its playing chill-out reggae beats all the time. They also serve the best potato wedges you can ever find in Luang Prabang. Don’t miss it. We’re not so sure about the other food on the menu though, but this is epic good. Laolao cocktails go 1-for-1 too! Slightly on the sweet side, so you can ask for extra ice to chill it up and water it down AND drinking more at the same time!
The classic favorite everyone knows about even though its tucked deep inside small alleys, it has been around for a long long time. Great space, good music, wonderful views, just lacking some great food at affordable prices. They tend to be on the high side and quality’s just average. The vibe is unbeatable though. Backpacker’s and party-goer’s favorite, if you’re looking for some action, this is the best bar in Luang Prabang to be at.
4. Hive Bar
A Happening bar on the other side of the night market, they run a ethnic costumes fashion show once a week. Can be quite cool for some people. For others its more the vibe and the atmosphere they are going for. Food’s decent with huge portions.
5. Aussie Sports Bar
The favorite the Aussies in town and the Aussies visiting, they have countless screens at every angle. There’s almost no seat that’s deprived of a TV. Shows the English Premier League, Australian Rugby Leagues, Cricket Leagues, just about any league you can think of. Unbeatable if you’re looking to watch your favorite match. The crowd there’s just right for you too. Food’s decent and Aussie sized.