The Unicorn Bar in Hanoi

Like other loyal customers, I was devastated by the loss of the Mojito Bar — a cocktail establishment that burst onto the scene last year and enlivened the streets behind Hang Ga Mall. But, from the ashes rises the unicorn, The Unicorn Pub, to be exact, the latest venture spearheaded by well-known Hanoi mixologist Pham Tien Tiep. 

 

Positioned on the corner of Hang Than, just off the bustling thoroughfare of Yen Phu, the new digs offers three quirkily decorated rooms to kick back and enjoy Tiep’s flirtatious hospitality and excellent cocktails.

 

The Mojito Bar menu has been revamped with the addition of some new signature cocktails, such as the O Mai (VND120,000) — a delicious concoction of gin, apricot, lime, apple pie, honey and ginger — and has retained old favourites, including Tiep’s famous pho cocktail and flavoured mojitos.

 

Opening its doors last month, The Unicorn Pub already has a steady roster of weekly specials that will entice those looking to find themselves a new, friendly neighbourhood cocktail bar. The venue features VND50,000 mixed drinks on Wednesdays, live music on Thursdays and VND250,000 cocktail jugs on Saturdays, just to name a few.

 

Mannequins and Unicorns

 

The back room inside The Unicorn, Hanoi 

The décor is hip and fun. A headless mannequin draped with multi-coloured chiffon poses next to a mural of rainbow unicorns galloping across the room. In the back section, a giant LED sign of the word “FREE” illuminates the surrounding wooden tables and comfy booths. Funky house tunes also add a cool and vibrant feel to the place.

 

Sipping an “O Mai” at the counter, I glance around the room and take in the bar’s camp décor and unicorn logo. The week before, I had accidentally mistaken The Unicorn for a gay bar while riding my bike to work — and let’s be honest, the addition of a thumping hip gay club would really liven things up in Hanoi.

 

Buoyed by excitement, I put this theory to Tiep, who responded with his trademark coy smile. “This is a place for anyone and everyone to come have fun, be who they are and be happy,” he replied. “Gay or not, everybody’s welcome.”

 

Gay bar or not, we think this hip new hangout is sure to be a hit with everyone. And with delicious, reasonably priced cocktails, stylish décor, great music and comfortable seating, this is surely a formula for success.

 

The Unicorn Bar is at 2 Hang Than, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

 

Pham Tien Tiep, the guy behind Unicorn Bar

Pham Tien Tiep


 

David Mann

Hanoi Editor at Word Vietnam, David relocated from sunny Sydney to chaotic Hanoi in 2013 to pursue his passion for journalism. In between writing articles, David can be found chasing after his frisky cocker spaniel, Rosie, and eating too many bagel eggers at Joma.

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1 comment

  • Comment Link Velia Mcwethy Velia Mcwethy May 26, 2015

    The interiors of the bar looks very creative, would appreciate more picture. Hanoi is a really lovely and beautiful city at night, I had a blast last year when I visited.

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