Hanoi has licensed only two night clubs, but many bars and karaoke parlors operate like discotheques.
The Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s chief of Culture Management Division Vu Thuy Anh said that many karaoke parlors, bars and event restaurants were detected to work like night clubs.
She said that hundreds of karaoke parlors are illegal, with over 50 in Cau Giay district, nearly 60 in Ung Hoa district, 40 in Dan Phuong district, etc. Notably, many illegal karaoke bars have operated near the headquarters of the local authorities, state agencies and schools for years.
An official from the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that the department licensed only two discotheques in the city, including the Hanoi Daewoo Hotel and the Hanoi Hotel, but dozens of bars and karaoke parlors operate like discos.
The official said that these places are favorite destinations of drug traders and drug users. Some serious criminal cases occurred there.
To prevent social evils at these places, the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has asked districts to check and close illegal karaoke bars and punish bars and karaoke parlors that operate as discos illegally.