Best Bars in Hanoi for Your First Visit
Hanoi is famous for its unique cultures, street food, and French colonial architecture. But wait until dark to discover an entirely new face of the city. From an outdoor patio, in a dark jazz music, give yourself a twist with a signature cocktail and let Hanoi by night suppresses your feeling.
Located on Ly Quoc Su, one of the busiest streets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Mad Botanist is a place that you’d want to keep secret from everyone. Simply a retro-style bar, it’s wooden floors and brass light fixtures bring a vibe of the historical speakeasy style in the Prohibition era of the 1920s - 1930s in the US. From the rooftop, you’ll have an incredible view of the St. Joseph’s Cathedral - one of the first colonial structures built by the French in Indochina. It’s perfect for summer nights, while in winter, the gorgeous indoor bar welcomes you with a warm and classy vibe, as well.
A view to the St. Joseph’s Cathedral from the Mad Botanist (Photo: Mad Botanist)
Mad Botanist may have the best gin collection in Hanoi. Its drink menu is a heaven for gin lovers with over 100 varieties of Gin & Tonic, categorised by country of origin. A Gin Tasting Menu offers selections up to 8 different gins. If you are not a fan of gin, the bartender will certainly serve up any other great cocktail, plus ample offerings of wines and beers. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, there are live music performances and occasionally a DJ.
Mad Botanist may have the best gin collection in Hanoi (Photo: Mad Botanist)
Come from 5 pm to 8 pm to take advantage of the Happy Hour (Photo: Mad Botanist)
Address: 45 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem District. Open daily from 4 pm until midnight. Happy Hour: daily 5 pm to 8 pm. Must Try: Signature G&T, Gift of Sparrow.
This bar is a hidden gem inside an old house with classic French architecture. Doesn’t have a sign, it may confuse or misdirect some visitors who first come. The first floor is another bar, you have to go through it to see a staircase, which leads you to the second floor where the Alchemist is located.
Located on the second floor of an old house with classic French architecture.... (Photo: The Alchemist)
..... the Alchemist is a place for cocktail lovers with a collection of 500 brands of spirits and liqueurs (Photo: The Alchemist)
The Alchemist is made up of two spaces. The outside has a classic European style with big brown leather sofas, while the trendy inside brings a romantic atmosphere with lovely candlelit tables. Both aim to bring warmness and classiness with a combination of fine drinks and great jazz. With a true love and thoughtful understanding of the art of mixology, the owner of Alchemist has created a place for cocktail lovers to gather, share the same passion, and indulge in a collection of 500 brands of spirits and liqueurs. So prepare to be delighted by amazing cocktails, a wonderful Whisky list, and friendly bartenders. They are very passionate and knowledgeable about what they do.
Enjoy a favorite cocktail and talk to the friendly bartender (Photo: The Alchemist)
Address: 2nd flr., 19 Nguyễn Quang Bích str, Hà Nội Open daily from 4 pm to midnight Happy Hours daily from 6 pm - 9 pm. Must Try: Old Fashion, Martini.
Think that nowhere in crowded Hanoi has a beautiful view of the sunset? Think again! As its name suggests and promises, Sunset Bar is built on the water, surrounded by three pavilions, and offering a great view of the sun as it sets over West Lake: an extremely romantic getaway from the hustle of Hanoi’s center.
A lovely ambiance in The Sunset bar (Photo: Sunset bar)
The design is sophisticated with rattan couches and velvet pillows. The ambiance is lovely. If you come early, you can lay on the daybed, feel the breeze from the lake, and watch the sundown or the starry sky with a drink on hand. The drink menu is limited, but their six pages of cocktails are well mixed to keep you feeling good all evening. Vinoteca Night takes place one a month. This is an exclusive night designed for wine lovers with a selection of 6 fine wines. And one more thing: don’t expect a cheap drink. You’ll be drinking at a five-star hotel bar, and of course, considering its prime location, it’s definitely worth the extra money.
A romantic getaway from the hustle of Hanoi’s center... (Photo: Sunset bar)
... and a perfect place to capture the sunset on the vast lake (Photo: Sunset bar)
Address: 1A Nghi Tam, Tay Ho District. Open daily from 4pm until midnight. Must Try: Westlake Star, Night Sky
From the paintings, impressive decor, to the Bohemian ambiance and fabric lanterns, everything in Tadioto shows the aesthetic taste of the owner - a radio broadcaster and writer Nguyen Quy Duc.
It's easy to notice the Tadioto bar by its red-painted doors (Photo: Tadioto)
The bar itself is very reminiscent of a French-influenced speakeasy with the finest music playlist in Hanoi. From Anouar Brahem to Ibrahim Maalouf, the dark, soft jazz is played in hushed tones, in order to keep the vibe inside smoky, chilled out and artsy. Some nights are dedicated to live-music and exhibitions. Tadioto offers great cocktails at truly affordable prices. This is the place you’ll want to come back to, again and again, every night.
The bar looks artsy (Photo: Tadioto)
Tadioto has the finest music playlist of Hanoi. It offers great cocktails with affordable price (Photo: Tadioto)
Address: 24B Tong Dan, Hoan Kiem. Open daily from 8am until midnight on weekdays, open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. Must Try: London Evening, Coc Cocktail.
If you are looking for a space that is lavish but cozy and relaxing, this place is for you. The posh La Plume is located on the most expensive street of Hanoi, in the heart of the Press Club - a vibrant meeting place of the old city for years. The setting is inspired by the iconic Long Bien Bridge, designed with riveted iron beams with a centerpiece bar dominated the interior. Targeted at luxury customers who have their own styles, La Plume is certainly not superficial; it has some true depth. You can count on the luxe decor, the quality of the drinks, the sophisticated music, and the impeccable service. But don’t expect a cheap night out, because the cocktails are utterly superior. Sweet or sour? Flute or tumble? The master mixologist Pham Tien Tiep will shake up your drink from their impressive wine list including 450-plus labels. The cocktail list includes the Signature & Creation collection; Martinis, Margaritas and Mojitos; and Classic cocktails. Every week, La Plume holds Jazzy Night on Wednesday 9pm-11pm and Acoustic Night on Friday 8:30pm-10:30pm.
La Plume's design is inspired by the iconic Long Bien Bridge (Photo: La Plume)
Targeted on luxury customers, the post bar boasts its quality of the drinks and sophisticated music (Photo: La Plume)
Address: 3rd flr., Press Club Building, 59A Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem District. Open daily from 8am until midnight. Happy Hour: daily 5:30pm – 7:30pm Must Try: Pho Cocktail, Don’t Eat Me.
Renowned as one of Hanoi’s most luxurious rooftop bars, Summit Bar is an ideal destination for chill-out evening drinks. Perched on the 20th floor of the Pan Pacific Hotel’s luxurious penthouse suite, the Summit Lounge is divided into two areas. Inside is an upbeat lounge experience, completes with comfortable sofa settings, cocktails, and awesome house DJs, while the outdoor terrace has casual- chic decor with low-tables, offering stunning views over the adjacent twin lakes and Red River landscape nearby. Beyond the well-executed classics, the mixologists can create real magic with their drinks. The extensive drink menu offers impressive selections of premium spirits, blended and single malt whiskeys, wines and champagne for many kinds of options, in both glass and bottle.
A view of beautiful Hanoi from the Summit bar (Photo: Summit bar)
Summit Bar is an ideal destination for chill-out evening drinks (Photo: Summit bar)
Address: 20th flr., Pan Pacific Hanoi Hotel, 1 Thanh Nien, Ba Dinh District. Open daily from 4 pm until midnight. Must Try: Lip Stick, Zacapa le Rouge.