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The best bars in any town are defined by character. Tadioto has character to get your creative cogs turning. Situated just east of Hoan Kiem Lake, it’s the perfect setting for a small group to share ideas or to catch up with old friends over a glass of whisky. Just look out for the large red gates on the corner of Tong Dan and Ly Dao Thanh.


Owner Nguyen Qui Duc, former journalist and a creative survivor of Hanoi’s bar scene, has modelled a unique and original atmosphere characterised by a dim, metallic décor balanced with edgy lighting — the lamps around Tadioto’s tables were hand-crafted by Duc himself using recycled motorbike parts and other treasures.


Ramping it Up


Tadioto’s character isn’t just built by the décor; the people that keep the seats warm come in many guises from artists and journalists to architects and diplomats. They’re a different clientele. “We’re not a rowdy bar — people come to exchange ideas. People sit and talk a lot here,” says Duc.


Something for creative lovers to mark on their map, weekly live jazz has recently become a fixture, and if this plus the venue’s artistic design wasn’t enough, they’ll soon be running Sunday discussion groups on topics such as art, music and literature, and airing the occasional film screening.


Tadioto isn’t so much concerned with complicated cocktails and fancy delicacies. The daytime food menu is refreshingly simple while the bar is stocked with a diverse selection of the usual suspects alongside an impressive collection of single malts and a growing presence of bourbon. That said, it’s not to be taken as a whisky bar.


A bottled beer will set you back VND40,000 while a draught costs VND50,000. If you’re looking to experiment with the whisky collection then a glass of blended Scotch, neat, is a reasonable VND100,000 or if you prefer a single malt, a glass of a well known 10-year-old comes in at VND150,000. There are also some lesser-seen brands that include Japanese whisky, with shots starting at VND130,000.


Vodkas, gins and rum range in the same area of price depending on quality, and if you’re more prone to a glass of wine, a bottle of mid-range red or white averages around VND450,000.


What makes Tadioto stand out is the type of people who frequent it. It’s certainly a place to go if you’re looking to meet interesting people from backgrounds too diverse to list here — as Duc says: “Any one night it’s just what table you sit at”.


Tadioto is located at 24B Tong Dan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi and stays open until late

Photo by Fuji Pham

Photo by Fuji Pham

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