Edward Dalton scrubs up and hits the cocktail bars of Hanoi to roadtest the best they’ve got to offer.
Xu Bar will be hosting British DJ Mark Jolly for a night of funk on Friday Apr. 24.
Every Friday night in April, Centro (11-13 Lamson Sq., Q1, Ho Chi Minh City) will host Aperitivo Friday nite Out.
One of the faces behind Saigon late-night bar Last Call, California native Lola Guimond has gone from fashion designer, stylist and actress to well-known bar manager and cocktail aficionado. Photo by Kyle Phanroy
2 Lam Son is already one of the most prestigious addresses in the Vietnamese cocktail world, and now they’re sewing their oats in the cocktail community with an Apr. 19 workshop on making the classic martinis they concoct every day.
95 Giang Van Minh, Ba Dinh, Tel: 0976 751331
A favourite among those who roam further west of the city centre, this multi-storey restobar has been going strong for more than two years. It has balconies, mezzanine seating and a long bar guarding exactly 50 different cocktails. For many the Ete burger is right on the mark as are the sandwiches, tartines and salads. It’s always crowded — especially during the weekends. Amiable staff, pleasant vibes.
Landmark Building, 5B Ton Duc Thang, Q1, Tel: (08) 3822 9698
A sophisticated yet down-to-earth cocktail bar and restaurant with subtle lighting and one of the best spirit selections in town. Serves creative, Japanese and German-influenced cuisine to supplement the drinks.
59 Dong Du, Q1, Tel: (08) 3823 3122
If you’re in need of dense, soulful atmosphere and maybe an artisanal cocktail on your way back from wherever, Last Call is your stop — and fast becoming that of the similarly inclined. Great happy hour deals for early evening starters.
COCKTAILS / ROOFTOP
41 Nguyen Hue, Q1, Tel: (08) 3823 6838
Broma’s medieval rooftop-cocktail lounge conglomeration is a magnet for the city’s weirdest and coolest events/random moments. A sophisticated cocktail menu and quite possibly the best lamb burger in town. Check out their bun bo Hue-inspired cocktail.