Wednesday, 21 September 2016 06:48

Piu Piu

In the four months since its grand opening, Piu Piu has arrived in Saigon with such a splash upon the social scene, it’s hard to remember what we were doing before it found its feet.

Published in Bar Stool
Thursday, 08 September 2016 07:19


The outside of Savage. Photo by Julie Vola

Cliche Records has already rocked Hong Kong with a wave of international DJs, and now they’re dropping into Hanoi with their new venue, Savage.

Published in Just In
Monday, 05 September 2016 05:34

Le Club Reopens


One of Hanoi’s oldest bars, Le Club at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, has reopened after a two-month makeover. New features include a live cooking station, a new marble bar and a seating capacity expanded from 90 to 120 in a faithful re-creation of a 1920s style speakeasy.

Published in Breaking
Friday, 19 August 2016 07:33

Bar +84

Photo by Boris Lopatin

As the sun finishes up its rotation and headlights begin casting shadows around corners, Bar +84 is preparing for another night of pouring beers, mixing cocktails and bringing out the wine coolers.

Published in Bar Stool
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 08:50


Photo by Vu Ha Kim Vy

Malt looks a bit like the set of a TV sit-com; the mid-range size allows for privacy and space, while also being small enough to not get lost. Decorated with exposed brick walls, gold leaf murals, and a highly coveted shuffleboard table, Malt is the type of place you could stumble into during a rainstorm, and then realise five hours later that you’ve found your new regular.

Published in Bar Stool
Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:06

Saigon Lookout

Photo by Vu Ha Kim Vy

Tucked away close to the East-West Highway sits a beautifully pristine French colonial facade, patiently waiting to be discovered. Inside, the restaurant is a fusion of east and west, with strategic mirrors that add light and space to the room, and beautiful ceramic tiles on the floor. Even the bathrooms create a luxurious experience with their long mirrors and elegant sinks.

Published in Bar Stool
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 05:33


Photo by Julie Vola

BirdCage is probably one of the most unusual late-night spots in Hanoi. In order to get there you have to turn into a small dirt road off Au Co, and drive down a field. You’ll all of a sudden see the lights and hear the music. There is a curtain of vines that you walk through before entering the bar, that with its off-the-beaten-path location, really makes it feel like you’ve discovered a hidden gem.

Published in Bar Stool
Monday, 04 July 2016 05:24


Photo by Julie Vola 

The team behind Hair of the Dog have opened a new music venue and nightclub on Nguyen Huu Huan with a dark, underground vibe.

Published in Just In
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 05:34

La Plume

Photo by Julie Vola

Just a stone’s throw from the Opera House, the recently opened La Plume is awash with urban elegance. Sat on the third floor of the Press Club Building, it feels a bit strange to look out of the window and see the red and green roofs of Hanoi staring back. Don’t worry, you haven’t been somehow transported into a bygone era, though the soft jazz piano and the red wine in your hand might make you feel like it.

Published in Bar Stool
Monday, 23 May 2016 16:58

Zone 17

Photo by Trung Del

Recently reopened to cater for Hanoi’s late-night enthusiasts, Zone 17 does nine-to-five the other way around.

Published in Bar Stool
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