Pharaoh's Bar & Upper

Located on the 63rd & 64th floor of the newly opened Lotte Hotel Hanoi, this Egyptian themed bar offers a unique panoramic city view. Together with signature cocktails, Pharaoh’s Bar & Upper is a great venue for unwinding after a long working day or just for enjoying the stylish atmosphere.

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Pasteur Street Brewing Co.’s Hanoi Tap Room

New Location for Craft Brews in Hanoi

Since Pasteur Street Brewing Co. started crafting its innovative brews in 2014, it has developed more than 500 different beers. Saigon was the natural place to enter into the fledgling craft beer movement—creativity and new flavours are always on trend with Saigon’s young population. But now the brewer has travelled North to the capital city of Hanoi to expand the footprint of craft brewing in Vietnam with another one of their signature Tap Rooms.

Just behind the historical St. Joseph’s cathedral in the Old Quarter, the sign for Pasteur Street Brewing Co. Hanoi beckons passers-by. Lights glimmer from the top of the building’s burnished wood and concrete facade, as the sounds of convivial conversation float down from the Tap Room’s roofbar. Hanoi may be cold during the winter months but Pasteur Street Brewing Co. is the perfect place to warm up with a group of friends and a few pints of their excellent beer.

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Though Pasteur Street is available in more than 200 restaurants, bars and hotels all over Vietnam, it is only in one of the brewer’s Tap Rooms that customers can experience a full range of flavours. In Hanoi during the winter months the brewer focuses on keeping a few heavier beers on tap such as the El Vietnamo (which won the gold medal at the International Beer Cup in Tokyo 2017 for Chili Beer) and The Foolish Destroyer Barleywine because the climate calls for a deeper flavour profile. However, the brand takes care to always keep a wide selection of lighter beers, and fruity and zesty tastes on hand as well such as in their flagship beers Passion Fruit Wheat Ale, Jasmine IPA and Spice Island Saison.

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The beers change regularly so you’ll always be in for an adventure in taste when you head into the Tap Room. The friendly staff can help steer you in the right direction based on your preferences and if you’re lucky you’ll happen upon a Meet the Brewer event where you can get information about all your favourite brews from the makers themselves. Check their facebook page for current information.

Ambience

Pasteur Street Brewing Co.’s Hanoi taproom is ideal for group gatherings because of its expansive two-storey space and charming outdoor seating area. Grab a few friends for a pint or head over solo if you’re in the mood for a beer and a lively atmosphere.

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What Visitors Say

The brewer has an overwhelming 82 percent of 4 to 5 star ratings on Tripadvisor.com.

Reviewers mentioned enjoying the rooftop bar, a refuge from the crowded streets below.

The strong selection of beers that are not standard in most Vietnamese bars and the lack of pretension also got several shout-outs.

Pasteur Street Brewing Co.’s Hanoi taproom got a strong 7.6 rating on Foody.vn with an excellent 8.2 score for “Quality”.

What City Pass Guide Says

Pasteur Street Brewing Co. has built a loyal following with its marriage of American-style craft brewing with original Vietnamese flavour additions. Come for the beer but stay to learn more about craft brewing from the passionate taproom staff. The Hanoi Tap Room is the perfect place to step away from the intense energy of Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter. Whether the weather is sweltering or bitterly cold, Pasteur Street Brewing Co. Hanoi is a beer lover’s haven.

Other Locations

In HCMC, not Hanoi? Try out Pasteur Street Brewing Co.’s other taprooms around the city.

The Original Taproom | 144 Pasteur Street, District 1, HCMC

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 4pm – 11pm & Friday – Sunday 11am – 11pm | Phone: +84 28 3823 9562

Hem Taproom | 144/3 Pasteur Street, District 1, HCMC

Opening hours: Daily 11am – 11pm | Phone: +84 28 7300 7375

Filling Station | 29 Thao Dien, District 2, HCMC

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 4pm – 11pm & Friday – Sunday 11am – 11pm | Phone: +84 28 6273 0562

 

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Arena Lounge

Located in Hanoi Club Hotel & Lake Palais Residences, Arena Lounge offers a superb view of West Lake and is the place to unwind after a long, hard day. Relax in comfortable surroundings and let the efficient service staff take care of your every whim. Exorcise your inner Bon Jovi on the lounge's 50-inch karaoke/TV screen.

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La Plume Bar & Lounge

Located in the historical part of Hanoi, La Plume tells you beautiful stories about Vietnamese culture. The stunning decor is inspired by the design of the legendary Long Bien bridge. La Plume is a hotspot for all day snacks and evening drinks. Awesome cocktails are mixed by Vietnam’s champion Pham Tien Tiep, whilst the wine list is comprised of an impressive 450 labels. Executive chef Dao Van Son who has worked with many Michelin starred chefs, prepares authentic snacks using local organic and imported products. Items on the menu range from European to truly Vietnamese specialties.

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Savage

Located at the intersection of two busy streets in the West Lake area, Xuan Dieu and Quang An, is a hidden nightlife treasure, known for its unique music and atmosphere. You can have a fulfilling evening starting with dinner in any of the nearby restaurants and then head over to enjoy your night at 112 Xuan Dieu – Savage.

Just walk a few steps from the street and you will enter a different world of its own: the bar area with impressive lightings, and the lounge area that provides enough space for large groups of friends as well as a private cozy atmosphere for couples. Right next to the bar is the entrance to Savage Club, the more well-known sibling of Savage Lounge, both in the same premise.

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Despite its name, Savage is one of the most elegantly designed nightlife venues in Hanoi. Sure, the decor has a 20th century retro feel to it: the underground establishment has metal furniture to remind you of Hanoi’s wartime years. But the pictures on the walls and the center lounge area with a glass roof looking out to the night sky tell you that the owners have an appreciation for the arts – something that is rare to find in crowded corners, but also characteristic of Hanoi.

Seriously good, funky music, from techno to disco to house, sets Savage apart from the crowd of electronic dance music bars and clubs around Hanoi. The relaxed and sophisticated ambience makes it the perfect hideaway for night owls that have a taste for drinks.

SAVAGE LOUNGE

Savage Lounge offers a cracking list of signature cocktails, mixed together with classic cocktails and mocktails. The best selling cocktail is the Hot Feeling – a true tropical drink that infuses freshly squeezed lime with vodka, and finished with red Thai chili juice. Jungle Nectar is another recommendation from the staff.

But what makes people come back here is the top-notch, professional service. The well-trained and friendly bartenders know what you want and never rush when making drinks, no matter how busy the bar is. The quality of service here is definitely worth the visit.

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There are monthly promotions and events for champagne lovers and cocktail aficionados: check out Thursday Bubble once every month (2 for 1 Champagne Bollinger bottles, Grey Goose bottles and cocktails); Girl Gang (a proper girls’ night out with old-school music and discounts for ladies all night); and Nap (live ambient music night featuring talented local artists).

Savage Lounge has a capacity of around 150 people, and opens at 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. The Lounge is also used for exhibitions and photoshoots. The team is led by Fabien Marcault, who loves his bar and drinks.

We are excited to hear that they plan to open the rooftop of the Lounge for a new restaurant around April or May, with an 80-seat capacity. The fully covered rooftop restaurant will feature an amazing view over Tu Lien Lake and the pagoda of the same name.

With the restaurant opening at 3 p.m. every day, Savage Lounge will be able to showcase different moods – restaurant by day and bar by night. Of course, it’ll always be a little savage.

SAVAGE CLUB

Little needs to be said about Savage Club, which opens on Friday and Saturday nights and attracts a crowd of some 400 people per night, both local and expats.

Founded and managed by Ouissam, the well-known DJ and founder of Cliché Records Hong Kong, Savage Club is proud to have hosted the London-based band Boiler Room for the first time in Southeast Asia.

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The narrow entrance from Savage Lounge leads to a secluded space with darker lighting, creating a more mysterious and thrilling atmosphere. The Funktion-One sound system provides a crystal clear sound experience, and a lineup of selected international DJs brings you fresh music every weekend.

 

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Mad Botanist - The Gin Specialist

The first speakeasy gin bar in Hanoi, Mad Botanist – The Gin Specialist opened in May 2017, and since then, it has become a popular spot where gin lovers can enjoy more than 100 species of the botanical liquor from all over the world.

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It might be a little hard to spot Mad Botanist at first, as it is located on the third and fourth floors above the V-Presso coffee shop at 45 Ly Quoc Su, one of the busiest streets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Walk into the café and up the staircase at the back to find the bar hidden like a treasure.

This somewhat concealed location is a throwback to the prohibition era of 1920s and 1930s, when selling and producing alcohol were considered illegal in the US. At that time, one had to get a drink at an illicit establishment that sold alcoholic beverages called a speakeasy.

Nowadays, a “speakeasy” is simply a retro style bar, which perfectly describes the Mad Botanist. Mad Botanist marries the classic, elegant interior design of art deco popular in the 1920s with the historical speakeasy style, which features wooden floors and walls alongside brass light fixtures.

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This setting brings about a vintage vibe to the venue that will make you enjoy simply being in it. The venue is complete with a private perch. From bar’s rooftop terrace, you can get a spectacular view of the nearby St. Joseph’s Cathedral at night, the oldest church in Hanoi and one of the first architectural structures built by Vietnam’s colonizers in the former French Indochina.

Of course, you wouldn’t want to be there without a perfectly crafted drink in your hand. Let Mad Botanist’s experienced bartender, Nguyen Cong, take care of what’s in your glass tailoring to your preference, be it a gin and tonic or a signature cocktail.

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While you’re waiting for the drink, don’t skip the small talk with Cong, who is also a great conversationalist.

The expansive drink menu has over 100 amazing varieties of gin and tonic, with gins listed by country of origin. You’ll feel like you just stepped into a gin heaven, especially if you are a gin enthusiast.

Experience a peculiar take on a classic cocktail: Hendrick’s Gin combined with Thomas Henry tonic. They become one single flavour in the unique mixture. Then there is Mad Botanist’s very own signature gin and tonic, carefully created from Tanqueray No. Ten gin, house-made tonic water and lemon.

Don’t forget to try other creative gin-based cocktails as well, such as the Bacalao, a sweet mixture of muffin tea-infused gin, Luxador maraschino cherries, Roselle cordial and lime juice.

Another top selling drink is the Gift of Sparrow, inspired by the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”. The drink is delicately mixed with The Kraken spiced rum, Sandeman oloroso sherry, and coffee vermouth. Let your imagination take flight when enjoying this drink and cherish it as if it was a gift Captain Sparrow brought to you as a trophy after the final battle.

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Even if your drink of choice is not gin, you can still find other great cocktails such as the Mad Spicy, a chamomile sour or a coconut martini as well as a wide selection of wines and beer, including Barett craft beer, Sapporo, Corona, Stella, Leffe, Hoegaarden and Rekorderlig.

Come between 5.30 and 8.00 p.m. to enjoy happy hour. On Friday and Saturday nights, there are also live performances and occasionally a DJ. The bar is open until midnight similar to other nightlife venues around the Old Quarter.

With a central location and a mixed clientele of young, dynamic travelers, expats and local people, Mad Botanist is not just a place to indulge in the evening of good tipple with your friends, but also a great place to meet and mingle with new friends from around the world.

Be sure to check out Mad Botanist’s sibling, MAD Society, a whisky bar and fusion restaurant on the fourth floor of Somerset West Point hotel in Tay Ho District.

Local Insight

The rooftop is perfect for summer nights, while in winter, the warmth of the indoor bar is more welcoming.

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