Nê Cocktail Bar
Nê Cocktail Bar is a cocktail deity, an ecclesiastical slice of heaven that hath descended upon Hanoi to bring us this day our daily drink. Nê was founded in the name of better cocktails for all, from the hours of 8pm to 3am every single day of the week. Sporting a small cadre of award-winning bartenders, Nê is fully equipped to serve up a fine mix of cocktails both classic and unique.
Nê Cocktail Bar is located at 3B Tong Duy Tan, Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
Kumquat Tree Speakeasy Bar
A far cry from the blue plastic stools creaking under the weight of gelatinous Caucasian ass-flab, Kumquat Tree Speakeasy Bar represents the height of Hanoian decadence. While the iconic Vietnamese bia hoi stools may be gone, Vietnam lives on in the cocktails of Kumquat Tree Speakeasy Bar with a veritable Dulux colour range of local ingredients being sourced from across the country for the sole purpose of getting you drunk.
Kumquat Tree Speakeasy Bar is located at 1 Nguyen Khac Can, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
The Unicorn Pub
Given humanity’s tendencies, I’m inclined to believe it’s a blessing that unicorns don’t exist. Poachers would be huddled in the bathrooms of West London establishments snorting up lines of ground unicorn horn like the grotesque freaks they are. That being said, I’m awfully glad The Unicorn Pub exists. Not only is the owner, Xuan Dieu, a wondrously warm individual, but her charm and her drinks help to drown out the raging lunacy of Hanoi.
The Unicorn Pub is located at 2a Hang Than, Nguyen Trung Truc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
Oozing charm, sophistication and innovation – Tadioto brings more than just a fiery artistic temperament to the fancier streets of Hoan Kiem, they concoct and craft some of the finest classic cocktails in the city. Blending Japanese cuisine with a bohemian decor, Tadioto is a place where you can duck out of the senseless barrage of this thresher of a world and unwind with the help of expertly mixed hard liquor.
Tadioto is located at 24 Tong Dan, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
Overlooking Truc Bach lake, DOT is the perfect place to get heinously drunk and take pot-shots at lovers in swan boats with anything to hand. Besides offering incredible craft cocktails at highly agreeable prices, DOT is usually a one-man operation, with one leather-bound menu from which to choose and a limited supply of deck chairs on offer, it’s no surprise you’ve got to be willing to crush some skulls in a stampede to get a seat at this kiosk-like bar.
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The inmates have overrun the asylum at MAD Society and Tay Ho is all the richer for it. Boasting a range of whiskies that would kill Dylan Thomas all over again, MAD have succeeded in combining the powerful human lust for decadence and extravagance with something more refined than sitting on your roof with takeout and an IV of liquor. Most bars don’t have a pool, but most bars aren’t owned by the dynamic Korean power couple Hoon Sung and So Yeon Kim, which is why you can’t find their cocktails anywhere else. MAD might stand for Modern Asian Dining, but there’s a palpable hint of romantic madness about the place that, coupled with their extensive drinks menu, should satisfy even the sanest of tastes.
MAD Society is located at 2 Duong Tay Ho, Quang An, Tay Ho, Hanoi.
Red River Tea Room
Founded some five years ago by possibly one of the nicest men in the world, Jim Brennan’s Red River Tea Room may have undergone a new incarnation, but the heart of the place still beats to the same rhythm. Offering up a smattering of cocktails from just VND75,000 onwards, Red River Tea Room is somewhat off the beaten track for most bars. Bringing the full force of an upscale cocktail bar to bear on such a friendly, homely spot in Tay Ho was bold, but Brennan and his staff have pulled it off.
Red River Tea Room is located at 19 Ngo 1 – Au Co, Quang An, Tay Ho, Hanoi.
Serein Cafe & Lounge
Hanoi is so much more than Bia Corner and Serein is proof of that. Encapsulating great swathes of Vietnamese history is a feat not many bars in this city can lay claim to, but overlooking Long Bien bridge, Serein is a visual buffet of joy. Despite being a place for coffee and friends, it’s also a place to get nicely shitfaced on a variety of cocktails and what better place for a drunken epiphany than on their balcony, god knows how many metres above Hanoi’s Red River.
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Fine cigars and fine cocktails lurk just around the corner of the Old Quarter and for those whose palette requires the lighter touch. With an unnerving glass floor that can fuck with even the clearest alcohol-soaked mind, The Alchemist offer some of the best cocktails in town to give you the courage you need to make your way across the floor. Mind-bending concoctions and lip-loosening libations are distributed from the belching belly of the Old Quarter, but The Alchemist is a place of refinement – the eye of Hanoi’s constant storm.
The Alchemist is located at 19 Nguyen Quang Bich, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
The Mood Therapist
Got a bad case of soberitus? Dealing with a drunk-deficit? Do you suffer from a dangerously low blood-alcohol level? Fret not, The Mood Therapist is in the house. Well, sort of – The Mood Therapist is no secret bar and even the crustiest of English teachers could be forgiven for not knowing the secret motives of Hanoi’s elusive Mood Therapist. The lesser-speckled Mood Therapist is a rare sighting in the city, but has displayed a habitual intoxication at pop-up events across Vietnam’s capital and shows no sign of stopping. Fusing mad science with artistic aesthetics, The Mood Therapist is almost more beard than man, but proffers up the antidote to all of life’s poisons. An antifogmatic activist, a professor of potation and a mean mixologist, you might say.
If only someone could bring these finer exhibitions of humanity together for some sort of Avengers-esque collaborative project. Maybe someone will and maybe it’ll happen on August 18th at the 100 Beer Garden. Maybe you should try and find a ticket fast. Maybe.