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

Den Bar – Hoan Kiem

Sandalwood flooring, leather armchairs, and black walls sporting a library of wine bottles; Den Bar is an old-school alternative to Hoan Kiem’s generally characterless selection of watering holes.   Tucked away on Nguyen Thai Bich, a stone’s throw from the original Tranquil Café and secluded from the bustle of the city centre, you’d likely miss it if you weren’t looking for it — it is, … Continue reading Den Bar – Hoan Kiem