Located well into the ascent of the iconic Landmark72, once you’ve appreciated your lack of physical (and metaphorical) proximity to the street below, drinking any one of their ‘Classic Molecular’ or ‘Signature’ smoky cocktails - handcrafted by renowned French mixologist, Fabien Marcault - will quickly have you understanding why Q Bar maintains a strong claim on being the perfect place to immerse yourself in a unique part of Hanoi nightlife.
Far from being a one-trick pony with a height advantage, Q Bar’s signature drinks list is heavily inspired by the foggy mountain resort town of Sa Pa. This is where in the dramatic northern highlands of Vietnam, ethnic minority hill tribes still live as they have done for centuries. Do not let this fool you. The heightened experience that is Q Bar’s premium venue is a thoroughly modern one, with even the stylish curves of the bar’s luxurious interior emulating the look of Sa Pa’s famous paddy fields. It’s an ambience you won’t mistake.
Among the must-tries for first timers are the ‘The Smoky’, a visceral treat of blended whiskey, Black Tea Syrup, Lemon, Ginger and Rhubarb Bitter that acts to replicate the nightly fog that descends on the mountain capital’s winding switchbacks and dimly-lit corridors. Also worth considering are the ‘1 Night in Sapa’, made from the whiskey of your choice, Tabasco Syrup, Red Vermouth, Cranberry Juice and Old Fashioned Bitter, and if Dark Rum is more your thing, you can also try the Lao Cai Summer.
With a regular international clientele to impress, Q Bar doesn’t neglect the classics either, infusing Marcault’s ‘Molecular Gastronomy’ into their versions of the Negroni, a Gin Martini and the house favourite Bellini, another ‘smoker’ not to be missed in the lineup.