Westlake Station

From the people who brought you Rockstore, Craft Beer Pub, and more, comes Westlake Station. This latest addition to Hanoi’s weekend roster is far from subtle. Situated at the top of To Ngoc Van, the towering yellow villa has been kitted out with a bar, a pool table, an electronic dart board, a spacious outdoor area, and a restaurant dining area. In other words, they’ve got … Continue reading Westlake Station

Craft Beer Pub

In the very heart of the old quarter is Craft Beer Pub. As you’d imagine, they sell lots of craft beer. Dodging motorbikes and backpackers on Hang Buom takes it out of you, and considering its central location, the pub is a sanctuary — with the famous Bia Hoi Corner just a stone’s throw away, most of the floppy-haired, flip-flop-toting travelling mob have their attention … Continue reading Craft Beer Pub

Playboy Establishment, Hanoi

The place to be seen with the hippest crowd in town, where Hefner’s playboy lifestyle is in full swing, Playboy Establishment is doing its best to redefine the boundaries of the so- called conservative city of Hanoi. Located on the edge of Hoan Kiem Lake, in the basement of the Apricot Hotel, Playboy Establishment is an up-market lounge, restaurant, function venue and entertainment spot, with … Continue reading Playboy Establishment, Hanoi

Tay Ho Tiki Company

Think Hawaii, and then think Hanoi… sort of somewhere in the middle of that.   Tay Ho Tiki Company is the latest addition to Hanoi’s fast expanding cocktail of craft watering holes.   Since September they’ve been operating on Au Co, close to the flower market, and they’ve been gathering crowds looking for their signature tiki-inspired cocktails.   Barman and co-owner Carl Hamilton has 10 … Continue reading Tay Ho Tiki Company

Bar [+84] – Hoan Kiem

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.   The space itself is a dimly lit townhouse from the French colonial era, converted with an extended conservatory area serving as the entrance. Posters of Hollywood classic The Godfather hang around the … Continue reading Bar [+84] – Hoan Kiem