Swing Lounge

Located among colonial gems and modern landmarks on trendy Trang Tien Street in the Old Quarter, Swing Lounge threw open its doors in 2013. Its lounge and coffee bar efficiently serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, caffeinated beverages and other drinks.
 
What puts the swing in Swing Lounge? Likely that the place boasts arguably the best sound system in Hanoi – perfect for nightly showcases of some of the best singers in the capital. Reservations are a good idea as Swing Lounge can get astonishingly crowded, particularly on nights leading up to the weekend or when a well-known singer is performing.
 
The separate café area incorporates French architecture and style. Sink into a velvet armchair and drink in the ambience along with an espresso or cocktail. Fresh ingredients are always part of the equation no matter if you’re indulging in panini, crepes or something a little more substantial.
 
Should you feel the need to dine at home, takeaway is available. Park in the adjacent lot or use Swing Lounge’s valet service.

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Q Bar

Peak Experience: Sa Pa-inspired molecular cocktails amidst Hanoi’s grandest view.

Boasting a vantage-point 62 storeys above the hustle of Hanoi, Q Bar delivers the kind of breathtaking perspective that can change how you think about any city.

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.

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Inspired Drinks

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Sunset Bar

Situated within InterContinental Hanoi Westlake and built on an artificial island, Sunset Bar offers a great view of _ guess what! _ the sun as it sets over West Lake. Unwind with a tranquil cocktail as you sink into a plush daybed on the bar's wood deck. Enjoy the breeze and the feeling of being somewhere far removed from the excitement of downtown. A relaxing and romantic evening away from Hanoi's central hustle and bustle makes your five-star bill worthwhile.

Want to escape the noise and drama of central Hanoi? Consider an evening at Sunset Bar in InterContinental Hanoi Westlake. Constructed upon its own island, Sunset Bar is one of the premier venues in the capital city to enjoy a nightcap or sundowner. Accessible by foot over a torch-lit bridge, Sunset Bar features a wood deck outfitted with woven rattan couches and daybeds topped with triangular pillows, just the things you need to relax into a starry northern Vietnam night.

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Bar Déjà Vu

Those looking for a drink with a view should visit this stylish and modern bar. It also has the reputation of going the extra mile to ensure a more personalised service.

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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.

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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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