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  • The Lao National Theatre on Manthatulat Road features an interesting performance of traditional music and dancing aimed directly at the tourist market. It plays nightly from December to March. At other times it can be seen in the Lane Xang Hotel. The old "Russian Circus" established in the 1980s is now known as Hong Kanyasin. It performs from time to time in the National Circus venue in the north of town.

    There are no raunchy live shows or titillating "cabaret" as in Thailand or the Philippines. Several hotels have night clubs catering to the wealthy local "elite" and foreigners. Beyond that, there are some very popular tightly-packed discos, night clubs and music and karaoke pubs that play a mix of Lao, Thai, Western and other Asian pop music, and where beer is still cheap by any standards.

    There's no shortage of places for a quiet beer in Lao. In particular, the Mekong shoreline is packed with near-identical but pleasant bamboo-and-thatch beer gardens offering cold beer and spicy snacks. These are the place to start, and perhaps finish, a Vientiane evening. There are, however, a few more-sophisticated options.

    Martini Lounge, just a block from the Mekong, opens at 6 p.m. Movies are shown on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m., while Thursdays are salsa nights, and most Fridays a DJ is spinning an eclectic music mix. Jazzy-Brick, on Thanon Setthathirat near the fountain, is perhaps the classiest and most expensive bar in town. There are two clubs near the Novotel hotel: DTech, in the hotel grounds, and Future, just outside, which plays '80s and '90s songs with a big video screen.

    Other clubs worth checking out are Meena on Thadeua Road, which is popular with Lao teenagers and some foreigners who are in the know, and Marina, out on Airport Road, probably the biggest and most ostentatious of Vientiane's nightclubs. It has a diverse crowd and music, and there's a bowling alley next door.

    Note that everything is supposed to close down before the start of the curfew, although some clubs stay open until 2 a.m. or later. The extremely popular Don Chan Palace Hotel Nightclub is open until 4 a.m. on weekends.

    Le Banneton

    568 Ban Mixay
    Rue Nokeokaummane

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    Vista Wi-Fi Cafe

    011 Francois Ngin Street

    Internet & WiFi Cafe... read more

    Martini Lounge

    Rue Nokeokoummane

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    Centre de Langue Francaise

    Avenue Lane Xang

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    That Deua
    Ban Phoxay

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    Sky Net

    Hengboun Road, near Cultural Center
    Ban Haisok

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    Inter Hotel Restaurant

    24-25 Fa Ngum Road

    Old English Pub Style... read more

    Restaurant Kat

    Thanon Fa Ngum
    Vat Chan Village, Chanthabouly District

    Pleasant Setting for Lao Food... read more

    Sukvimani KM2 Restaurant

    Luang Prabang Road

    Dine and Dance Until Late... read more

    Hash House Harriers

    Samsenthai Road
    Asian Vehicle Rental

    Fun Run and Drinking Tradition... read more

    Xayoh Cafe

    Thanon Samsenthai Road
    Next To Cultural Hall

    Snazzy Local Bar... read more

    Douang Deuane Restaurant

    Norkeokoummane Road

    Where Stories Accompany Food... read more

    Au Bon Cafe

    That Dam Road
    Next to the That Dam stupa

    Typical Lao Eatery... read more

    Samlo Pub

    101 Sethathirat Road

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    Wind West

    Luang Prabang Road
    Next to the Shell Petrol Station

    Live Background Music... read more

    Boun Khoun Khao

    Throughout the city

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    Snooker Karaoke

    Thanon Chao Anou

    Karaoke in its Finest Form... read more

    Sakura Japanese Restaurant

    Km 2 Luang Prabang Road
    Ban Khoutathong

    Charming and Cozy... read more

    Lao Bowling Centre

    Ban Sisaket
    Chanthaburi District

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    Bor Pen Nyang & Restaurant

    Fa Ngum Road, Wat Chanh Village

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