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.
Recently reopened to cater for Hanoi’s late-night enthusiasts, Zone 17 does nine-to-five the other way around.
If you haven’t dared step foot in the Park Hyatt for fear of being immediately relieved of all your hard-earned cash, fear not. The hotel’s Martini Bar, officially called 2 Lam Son, has a 51 percent off happy hour on all drinks between 5pm and 8pm, every day of the week.
Located on the site formerly occupied by Pacharan, Piu Piu opened in the middle of April sporting a concept designed for ‘grown-up kids’.
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.
Opened in late February in the Old Quarter, Hanoi Taco Bar is aiming to mix the taste of Tex-Mex with the atmosphere of a contemporary, rustic-style bar.
Ho Chi Minh City now has 21 bars and restaurants located on the city’s rooftops. Owen Salisbury and Jon Aspin decided to check them all out to create a definitive list of what’s available in Saigon, up on high. Photos by Kyle Phanroy and Owen Salisbury
Set in an old theatre once dedicated to the traditional folk art, Tuong, 1900 Le Theatre is a bar and nightclub with nightly DJing events and promotions.
Lying on the Pasteur side of the Rex Hotel, Elixir is a restobar that takes its décor seriously. Designed with a contemporary Indochine flavour, dark polished woods, French drapes and cigar drawers complete the formula.
45-47 Bui Vien, Q1, Tel: (08) 3920 4202
A recent addition to the sports-and-watering-hole drinking scene, Champion is located in the Backpackers’ area and shows all the major televised sports. Also has a pool table, darts, tasty Western and Vietnamese food, great cocktails and ice cold beer. Western managed, wonderful local staff. #BeAChampion.