The five best things to do this weekend in Hoi An & Da Nang
Super-chill weekend escapes? A playground for beer-lovers? Awesome oysters? The weekend is waiting.
Posted: Friday 30 September 2016
Holy Pig BBQ & Grill
You’ve been working hard for this vacation, so let loose with our awesome recommendations for the best things to do in the area this month. Our calendars are chock-full of fantastic holiday happenings like the Premier Village Resort's Black & White Masquerade Ball, the grand opening pig out at Holy Pig, October's Lantern Festival.
And the biggest calendar event? Iron Chef David Thai will be hosting an evening of fine wine and gastronomic delights at the Almanity Hoi An.
THIS MONTH IN HOI AN & DA NANG
The Best Craft Beer in Hoi An? Lab Que takeover Sense Cafe: Friday 1st - Sat 2nd Oct
Today and on Saturday talk craft brews with Seb and Nathan as they take over the taps at Hoi An’s Sense Cafe with Lab Que, for two nights of craft beer, rustic Italian cuisine and infused vodka. The food is focused on Piadina, a traditional flatbread from the Romagna region of Italy, stuffed with home smoked cheese and meats; the craft beer -- Painted black coffee stout, a slightly hoppy stout fused with coffee, a pomelo IPA and St Arnold Heffeweizen, a traditional German wheat beer.
The edge of town location, Sense Cafe is as bohemian as the crafting duo -- colourful Parisian style wrought iron seating, a secret garden and a scattering of arty antique nik-naks; overlooking the rice fields off Ly Thuong Kiet st. Friday & Saturday, 18:00 till 21:00.
50% off at Holy Pig BBQ & Grill: Until Sunday 2nd Oct
Holy Pig brings swine to the table at this BBQ-and-beer hall in Truong Sa, a rugged container warehouse emblazoned with graffiti murals (there’s even a container pool). The menu here was devised by pitmaster Al Harris aka ‘Dr Sweetsmoke’ and is committed to Louisiana’s distinct pitmaster techniques: roasting and smoking meats over flavoured embers and dressing it in simple American/Asian spices and sauces. Find fire-pit–cooked hog merging flavours from South America and Asia with their Eastern and Western subsets—Smoky pork ribs with tamarind sauce, Asian slaw and chargrilled banh mi with garlic butter. There’s also house-made smoked sausages, imported beers and rum cocktails, as well as the ‘Holy Pig’ steak --a 200g beast of a steak served with a spicy herb sauce. Cocobay, Truong Sa Road, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang. 16:30 - 22:30.
Black & White Masquerade Ball, Premier Village Resort, Da Nang: Sat 1st Oct
Get out your corsets and feather boas—Premier Village Resort is celebrating it’s second birthday in grandiose style this Saturday with a Masquerade Black & White Ball. The glamourous event will be hosted in Nautica, the resorts ocean-view beach club -- the perfect backdrop for a steamy evening of hot musicians, DJ’s, dancing and decadent dining: Foie gras, an oyster bar and cheese station to name but a few.
The dress code for the evening is sexy/formal black and white, and if your Halloween Donald Trump mask is ready for action, we recommend you keep it in the closet for this glittering gathering.
The pièce de résistance of the ball will be the grand draw, with all profit from the event being awarded to the Quang Nam Orphans and Newborns charity.
Bubbles, Beats & Brunch at The Pullman Da Nang: Sun 2nd Oct
Sunday Brunch – once viewed as suspiciously fancy – is now a social staple, and what’s not to love? Its breakfast, but drinking isn’t frowned upon. Both the Almanity Hoian’s once a month gourmet blow-out and the charming Victoria Resort's weekly bubbly buffet are worth skipping a lie-in for. But far naughtier is the Pullman Da Nang’s Bubbles, Beats & Brunch. Providing free-flow bubbles, a lavish brunch buffet held beach-side in the beautiful Azure Beach Lounge at a more drink-worthy time -- from 15:00 to 18:00.
NB: Bookings are essential (it’s really that good). Email Mario - firstname.lastname@example.org for your table.
Pullman Da Nang, Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Khue My Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang City.
AFL Finals at the 3 Dragons, Hoi An: Sat 1st Oct & Pub Quiz every Wednesday at 19:30
There's nothing we like more than a bit of wet weather whinging, especially when those soggy days fall on the weekend. Fortunately, (for the central coast at least) overcast with a chance of showers is a damn good excuse for AFL fans to join the official grand final party at The 3Dragons Sports & Gastro Pub located in Hoi An’s gorgeous French Quarter (a stone throw from the shops ladies).
Doors open on Saturday at 08:00 for pre-game warm-up beers and the kick-off (Swans v Bulldogs) is at 11:30.
Entrance is free and there will be raffles and a handball competition for the kids.
3Dragons, 51 Phan Boi Chau, Hoi An
Holy Pig Soft Opening Promotions: Ongoing & Grand Opening Sat 22nd Oct
This uber-cool container barbecue beer hall comes with edgy graffiti and a menu designed by award-winning Louisiana pitmaster, Al Harris. During October they will be offering some incredible soft opening offers -- like todays' offer of a 'Combo of Six' - BBQ ribs, Holy Pig Steak and Half Chicken with three sides, three signature cocktails, three beers (everything in that picture to your left) for 850,000vnd
GRAND OPENING PARTY: Sat 22nd Oct. 16:30 -22:00
For more details on their daily offers and apply for an invite, go here
Cocobay, Truong Sa Road, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang. 16:30 - 22:30.
Almanity Hoi An Buffet & Brunch: Brunch Sun 9th Oct at 11:30 & Buffet every Thursday at 18:30
The Almanity Hoi An's Sunday Roast Brunch is legendary (or so we've been told - we've never managed to get a ticket). It's a monthly event where guests are invited to eat as much from the specialist food stations before they bust a button on their dress trousers (or get trousered - there's free-flow wine and beer). Alongside the usual Sunday roast staples, there's sushi, salads and cheese and desserts. Book early!
If the day doesn't work with your diary, don't despair! Every Thursday evening the Almanity put on a fabulous buffet spread including free-flow for those that would like to indulge.
326, Ly Thuong Kiet.
For reservations: email
PS -The Almanity will host legendary chef David Thai on Sat 22nd Oct.
Capital Liberation Day, Ha Noi: Mon 10th Oct
Ha Noi, celebrate their independence and remember kicking out the Japanese and French and welcoming back Ho Chi Minh's victorious army (including the sons and daughters of Hanoi), who jubilantly returned to the capital back in 1954 - ushering in a new (short-lived) era for Hanoi and the whole nation.
In Hoi An, celebrations are low-key with most residents acknowledging the day by hanging out their country's flag.
Hoi An Full Moon Lantern Festival: Friday 14th Oct
On the night of the 14th October the townsfolk will celebrate Hoi An's bygone days, by reenacting cultural activities and honouring their ancestors with offerings to shrines and burning incense. The old quarter is pedestrianised (no bicycles or motorised vehicles until 10pm) and fluorescent lights are banned, adding to the old world charm. This is a truly special night where you can wander the old town while it is lit up with lanterns and watch traditional performances, hear musical renditions, poetry recitals or watch as some of the older townsmen play a game of traditional Chinese chess.
Festival events kick-off in the old town from 17:30
National Woman's Day: Thurs 20th Oct - Nationwide
National women's day is very much celebrated here in Hoi An. You'll see numerous pop-up roadside stalls festooned with flowers selling flamboyant bouquets to the husbands, lovers and sons and friends of all the women in Hoi An. This is the day the Vietnamese society show their respect for Vietnamese women, celebrating women’s economic, political and social achievements, as well as their love and beauty.
TIP: It's not just for the Vietnamese. If a local lady has helped or inspired you during your stay - present her with some flowers, especially if she is working. The small gesture will help make her day.
Iron Chef, David Thai at the Almanity Hoi An: Sat 22nd Oct 18:00
David Thai is Vietnamese-French. In 2002, he made his name at Pur Restaurant – Park Hyatt Paris, Vendome that was awarded Michelin Star. Returning to Vietnam in 2004 after a long stint in the Park Hyatt hotel chain across France, Spain, Jordan, David Thai is well-known for his expertise in fusion styled Western-Asian cuisine, especially with Vietnamese cuisine.
Mark your calendar to attend an exclusive event featuring Chef Thai's succulent, spit-roasted whole New Zealand lamb and the 'Secret French Wine' Esprit de Tursan
326, Ly Thuong Kiet.
For reservations: email