31B Ly Tu Trong, Q1 Tel: 0903 369798
A sleek, industrial looking restobar with edgy décor and just a hint of Spanish style. Tapas, sangria, Iberian-influenced cocktails and an emphasis on all things Latin.
SPORTS / LIVE MUSIC BAR
24 Ngo Van Nam, Q1
An attractive, spacious, brick-wall interior, a long bar, high table seating, big screens, a pool table and live music. A great venue for a few beers and more.
Ground Floor, The Vista, 628C Hanoi Highway, Q2
12 quality screens and eight draught beers, music spun by DJs, excellent burgers, quiz nights and barbecues. All in an attractive, contemporary environment.
143 Nguyen Trai, Q1
Saigon’s first reggae bar located close to The Observatory on the other side of Pham Ngu Lao. Open late, holds a number of nights like Tropical Wednesday, Thursday-before-midnight-shots-only ladies’ night and Underground Saturdays, all in an attempt to pump things up for the party seekers in town.
115 Ho Tung Mau, Q1 Tel: (08) 6251 9898
A fresh feel thanks to the large space and light-wood tables makes this Australian-influenced watering hole a popular bar for televised sports, pub food, darts, pool and more.
54 Pasteur, Q1
Tel: 0923 337070
Decked out in white, a huge rectangular bar takes up the main space making this the perfect venue for quite literally propping up the bar. Bar games and select-your-own music are part of the deal.
LOUNGE BAR & RESTOBAR
19-21 Dong Khoi, Q1, Tel: (08) 6291 3686
An international comfort-food menu mixes with excellent cocktails and an extensive winelist at this attractive, international bar and restaurant. Dine at the bar or upstairs in the restaurant space.
Sliding my fingers between the cellophane pages of a worn menu, continental European names interspersed with Vietnamese and bad English translations, I opened to a picture of a Catholic monk, smile inked cross his face, with a glass in his hand filled with a mysterious amber substance.
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.
No matter how innovative or Bohemian the décor, how alternative the clientele or how congenial the service, the bars that we like are the ones that fit in with the experience we are searching out after dark.