Considering the number of travellers to Sapa, organised entertainment is relatively scarce and the bar scene slow. For most, an evening out is the guesthouse balcony, particularly if the fog rolls in.
Bamboo Bar (Green Bamboo Hotel; Cau May street)
The first Western-style watering hole to open in Sapa and it's still going strong in the basement of a grand building.
Bamboo Sapa (Cau May street)
Next door to the Bamboo Bar, there's a free traditional hill-tribe music-and-dance show here from 8.30pm Friday and Saturday.
Red Dragon Pub (Tel: 872 085; 23 Muong Hoa street)
Downstairs is a tiny little tearoom; upstairs a British pub. They knock out a serious range of beers, as any good pub should, including ginseng flavour.
Tau Bar (Tel: 871 322; 42 Cau May street)
Claiming to be 'slightly lounge', Tau brings a different kind of cool to the mountains of the north. A lengthy bar to lean on, great tunes and a pool table suggest this place will prosper.
Victoria Sapa Hotel (Tel: 871 522)
Offers two bars or a terrace for a sundowner in style. Drinks cost more than elsewhere in town, but the ambience is alluring on a cold night.