October 28, 2020

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Best places to drink cocktails in Hanoi Old Quarter, Vietnam

The cocktail is not only a drink but also contains an interesting culture. Depending on the characteristics of the region or the owner, the cocktail will be diverse and a bit different lead to making an interesting taste.

Hanoi is famous for cool beer to tourists, almost people come to Hanoi are recommended should try Hanoi beer. However, you also should enjoy a cocktail in the impressive places below.

1.      Polite & Co

Polite & Co is a familiar space of foreigners in Hanoi. This place was opened in 1995  as the first traditional pub in Hanoi with the name is Polite Pub then the owner transferred to his nephew in 2013 and the name was changed to Polite & Co. This is a familiar pub of foreigners, when entering the restaurant, you will immediately hear conversations by Vietnamese, English, Chinese, Japanese, French,..at the same time. The design is this pub is based on the American styles – the 1920s gentleman’s club, which is a combination of interior decoration, black and white of film tapes, the frame of jazz’s symbol.

Polite & Co attracted a lot of foreigner to enjoy the cool drinks

The menu of Polite & Co is updated and changed every 6 months with the various types, they serve beverage with the interesting name to remind the ancient trade routes such as silk road, incense road, flavored street or tea street,…but whisky still remain is a popular drink here.

2.      The Alchemist

The Alchemist has impressed customers with nostalgic space, cozy with a unique and meaningful design. The sound of Jaxx and classical music brings a classical atmosphere to the Alchemist.

The light here is low in color, bringing a sense of comfort, allowing the customer to open their hearts, easily confide their feeling with friends and enjoy the great cocktail. Drink of bar received much positive feedback from customers by their standardization like drinking a cocktail at a foreign bar.

3.      Ne Cocktail

Pho ( noddle) is one of the most famous food in Hanoi. But in Ne cocktail, you will have the opportunity to try Pho Cocktail – famous cocktail here with all kinds of spices such as cinnamon, anise. Ginger, onions, lemons, chili…quite stranger taste but it extremely interesting.

Hanoi autumn is the most famous cocktail of Ne

Besides this, if you fall in love with autumn in Hanoi, you should not miss the Hanoi Autumn cocktail, is one of the signature cocktails of Ne, with outstanding ingredients has young sticky rice – a hint of Hanoi autumn, in addition to rum, Cointreau, orange juice, lemon, and honey blended very well, mildly sweet and easy to drink with girls.

4.      Mad Botanist

Located in the heart of St. Joseph’s Church, Mad Botanist is tucked away on the third and fourth floor of the HeSheEat Dim Sum ( formerly the V- Presso café). It is designed to following the classic beauty of the pubs of the 20s with the luxurious and attractive interior: Palm leaf motifs, outstanding geometrical design patterns, and majority of bronze color. This decoration of Mad Botanic is also reminiscent of the period of the America alcohol ban.

Bar Counter with the various of the drinks in Mad Botanist

In Mad Botanist, you can admire more than 100 types of Gin from the world, it will be an ideal space for people who has a passion for Gin. The best cocktail seller here is “ Lab Inspired Gin & Tonic”. Coming there, order a cocktail as your feeling, enjoy Hanoi from a hight view could be attractive you should do.

5.      Jigger Cocktail & Wine Bar

If you are looking for the place where is blended modern and classic European details, Jinger Cocktail & Wine bar will be an interesting destination for you in Hanoi. This bar was established in Sep 2018 and has become one of the most popular bars with good price cocktails and vibrant music space in Hanoi.

Jigger Cocktail & Wine Bar offers unique drinks that are rarely available anywhere. From over 50 attractive cocktails are made by the unique way of each professional bartender, or alcohol drinks like Whisky with the ice – with a little fragrance from wood, flowers,…wine. There are some kinds of impressive names that you should not miss such as Brunch, Moon river, revealing, Mysterious Woman,.

Tips for First Time Visitors:

If you’ve never been to Vietnam before, I kindly provide some helpful tips to make your trip easier.

Prepare your passport in advance, and make sure that your passport has at least 6 months validity, with left space for visa stamping

  • Check to see whether you are citizen of a country listed in the Vietnam visa exemption list or not. If you are required to have a Vietnam visa and want to get a visa in very urgent case, you can use Urgent Vietnam visa to get it and fly to Vietnam on short notice
  • The currency in Vietnam is Vietnam Dong, but you can bring USD and exchange this to VND before getting onboard a plane or at one of the exchange counters at the airport, upon arrival
  • Make sure you book your flight tickets, a tour if you would prefer one, through the reliable agency