Raising The Bars

Vietnam has a great deal to brag about when it comes to world-class bars. During the years that we were cut off from the rest of the world, our bar industry flourished. An increasing number of watering holes have been added to the country's list this year. If you are searching for new bars, we have you covered. The following is a list of new drinking dens to add on your bar-hopping agenda, whether you're looking for a hip new hangout, a whisky bar, or a wine bar.

Cool Minimalism Meets Warm Hospitality

ASMR, one of Vietnam's newest establishments, can be found in the city's tropical enclave district, Thao Dien in District 2. Its inconspicuous exterior belies the sleek interior design and mysterious vibe that visitors may expect from this new hotspot. Initiated by Diageo World Class Vietnam Champion 2021 Vu Ngoc and overseen by Takeover&Co. (created by the people behind Vietnam's Cocktail Festival) ASMR is a purposefully simple idea from its decor, service, and even down to the tableware so that both customers and bartenders may pay undivided attention to the beverages. To capture the spirit of a cocktail bar — a place to meet and interact over a well-crafted and artfully-presented beverage — and to, of course, establish a standard for the industry, the founding team says it was important to "keep it simple, stupid" and avoid social media fluff. Its name is an acronym for Acid, Sweet and Sour, Molecular and Rich. Fermentation, smoke, and foam are all on the agenda, and in line with the theme, drinks are given those incorporate elements such as pandan, caviar bitters, and popcorn, in addition to the more traditional hardware.

15 Xuan Thuy Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Tel: +84 96 858 00 15

A Wee Dram Of Modern Luxury

District 2's Dram Bar is a bar created in the European style that is opulent and magnificent. The exterior of Dram Bar has wowed customers with its regal design and finely textured lines. The inside of the restaurant is pursuing a modern elegance. The drinkery prioritizes the selection of warm tones combined with luxurious golden lights to create an irresistible charm and attraction. The combination of wood floors and unique decorative lamps, combined with artistic paintings next to high leather chairs, just oozes style and sophistication. In addition to the glitz and glamour of the ambience, the drink selection at Dram Bar is something that no one would want to miss. The bar provides a symposium of alcoholic beverages, including classic cocktails, signature cocktails, mocktails, craft beer, and an extensive portfolio of whiskeys from around the globe. It can be said that this place is no different from a paradise for you to freely relax with a glass of sweet soju under the charming lights. The Dram bar, situated on the first floor, under the Stoker Woodfired Grill & Bar restaurant, will become your luxury dream destination with its expert service and a team of well-trained professionals.

2 Dang Huu Pho Streer, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Tel: +84 90 110 27 23

Taking Life To New Heights

Saigon has one of the most awe-inspiring cityscapes in all of Asia. This city is brimming with activity and vitality, and sometimes the greatest way to appreciate it is from above. The Social Club Restaurant features the best rooftop bar in Saigon, a menu of culinary delights, a fantastic selection of the finest cocktails, and an extensive wine list that all come together in one perfect moment to highlight the best of Saigon. Take a moment, savour a sip of your delectable cocktail, and take in the spectacular beauty of the world far below. At the Social Club's rooftop bar, you may choose from a range of sitting options, from high-top tables to plush armchairs, all while taking in the stunning vistas of the city below. Our rooftop bar's relaxing ambience is a welcome change from the bustle of the city below, and as the sun sets over the skyscrapers of Saigon, the music sets the scene for the kind of sunset vibes that have earned The Social Club repeated recognition as the best rooftop bar in Saigon.

23rd-24th floor, Hotel des Arts Saigon, 76-78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3 Ho Chi Minh City. Tel: +84 901 379 129

Magnificent Vistas Invigorating The Mind

New perspectives of the city have become available with the construction of Landmark 81 and the improvement of the riverfront at Thao Dien. Check out the scene from the comfort of the Lunar Lounge. If you're searching for a place that has it all, go no further than Lunar Lounge, with its stunning panoramic vistas of the cityscape of downtown Saigon, this open-air rooftop bar is a testament to style, comfort and sophistication. The lounge is versatile, chill during the weekdays and party till late into the night on weekends. The simplicity of its beverage menu offers patrons classic premium cocktails to enjoy, some signatures, an extensive wine selection, a wide range of cold local and imported beers, and a VIP room bookable for sporting events or intimate karaoke evenings. Guests who feel peckish can order from Tippy’s Mexican restaurant downstairs. They'll bring you a Mexican feast to the rooftop, where you can enjoy it while looking at the city skyline and sipping a signature drink.

8/3, 49B Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City.

Let Your Emotions Flow

People can feel and show as many as twenty-one different emotions at once. However, regardless of age or emotional state, the soul is always in need of care, and 21 GAM was created to do just that. At 21 GAM, everything has the hue of time painted onto it. With the longest bar in Hanoi, with a length of more than 11 meters, fashioned from reclaimed wooden ship planks that float on the beaches of Nam Dinh, hard as rock and salty with the taste of time. This magnificent bar is set in an antique building that is more than a century old, with amazing lighting that imbues the space with a warm yellow hue, encouraging personal conversations or the most serene feelings. You may always expect to find something new and exciting at this serial watering hole. Choose from speciality drinks, an ever-expanding wine list, or a smooth scotch. The soothing and joyful effects of 21 Grams are undeniable.

26 Truong Han Sieu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Tel: +84 98 811 11 21

Creating A Buzz In Hanoi

Bee'Znees is a speakeasy in the middle of bustling Hanoi that transports its patrons to the Roaring Twenties. To put it simply, it is the best place in the world to go if you value privacy and sophistication. If you need a break from your busy schedule, bring your friends, co-workers, or loved ones for a night out where they can relax and unwind to great music and a fun atmosphere while sipping on classic cocktails with creative variations. The lobby's entryway is a show-stopper. The entrance is a bookcase. To the other side of it, you'll find yourself in Roaring Twenties America. The proprietors made an effort to create an atmosphere of warmth and ease, and it shows. You can come as you are or as you choose to seem, and you will always find a comfortable nook. Inside, the world map etched on the roof is undoubtedly Bee'Znees' most distinctive feature. A dark gold hue, reminiscent of a bygone era, permeates the space owing to the bar's illumination. The bees certainly seem to be hard at work here. Constant experimentation with the menu and hosting of live music nights, with a penchant for soothing jazz sounds.

163 Phung Hung Street, Cua Dong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Tel: +84 34 636 5588

Dark And Mystical Works Of Magic

The Alchemist is a type of cocktail establishment that recognises and responds to the ever-changing interests of Hanoi's clientele. The staff members here are exceptionally well-versed in their respective disciplines and take great pride in their work. There are oddities galore adorning the bar's interior, and the surreal and mystical artworks adorning the walls of The Alchemist are another eye-catching design element. Cocktail connoisseurs in search of tasty drinks and relaxing jazz tunes flock there each day The cocktails, in contrast to the mysterious atmosphere, arrive in a riot of colour. Take a seat at the bar and wrap your laughing gear around one of their many obscurely named signature cocktails, including "Pearl of the Orient," "The Flying Dutch Man," or "Queen of the Hebrides," and prepare to be tickled.

25 Bat Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Tel: +84 96 871 34 42

A Night At The Theatre

Scarlet drapes at the entryway of The Black Sheep - Cocktail Theatre make it stand out on Tng Duy Tan Street In the centre of old Hanoi quarters. To enter this dramatic cocktail lounge is to feel as though you've stepped out onto a theatre stage, thanks to the sensational design of the bar's entrance. Stepping into The Black Sheep, you will experience a true art space, designed to look like an opulent and ornate theatre. Designed with black as the accent colour and red drapery to add a touch of mystery and sophistication. Numerous soft and calm nooks are illuminated by subdued lighting. Not only does The Black Sheep's bar feels like a theatre but even has a drinks menu full of concoctions named after legendary theatre characters, such as "Romeo" and "Jean Valjean, embodying the whole range of that character's emotional journey. Visitors can unwind in a pleasant and intimate setting that nonetheless emanates a bit of dramatic romance while listening to music, sipping delectable beverages, and trading witty anecdotes.

28 Tong Duy Tan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Tel: +84 81 420 28 28

People Come And Go, Only Memories Stay

One of the latest hot bars in to hit Hanoi is The Terminal - Central Cocktail Bar, located on the central street of Phung Hung! The Terminal is a vivid replica of New York City’s famous Central Station Terminal and has been meticulously recreated down to the smallest of details. From the characteristic dome, Baroque architecture down to the infamous 4 faced domed clock. There are sections within the circular bar, just like at a ticket booth, are even given a “train pass”, with some inspirational quotes when you order a drink. There is a VIP room upstairs, or you can "dance" at the tables near the bar on the ground floor. All of them have received "steady" ratings from partygoers. The menu here is also New York-themed, with custom and unique drinks like New York Sour and New York Old Fashioned. There are so many reasons that young Vietnamese and tourists have been fascinated by this place and are inviting each other with the historic catchphrase “Meet Me Under The Clock”!

28-30 Phung Hung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Tel: +84 96 303 86 54

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