Photo by Julie Vola

The best bars in any town are defined by character. Tadioto has character to get your creative cogs turning. Situated just east of Hoan Kiem Lake, it’s the perfect setting for a small group to share ideas or to catch up with old friends over a glass of whisky. Just look out for the large red gates on the corner of Tong Dan and Ly Dao Thanh.

The Red River Tea Room is a haven on the shores of West Lake for those tiring of rambunctious backpackers, loud Vietnamese ballads and weak beer.

Hidden away on the first floor of a dilapidated residential block in old Saigon, Snuffbox offers a unique space. Making the most of its modest square footage, this newly opened watering hole boasts a well-balanced mix of upmarket antique furniture, velvet ropes and industrial urban design.

RESS bar looks like what happens when a group of artists buy a house, chop it in half, and make it into an M.C. Escher painting.

In a city with a rapidly growing number of ‘elevated’ drinking experiences, Liquid proves that you can still deliver something special with the right combination of elements.

If you blink on To Ngoc Van, you might miss The Kneipe, which only has a tiny black-and-white sign and some motorbikes outside letting you know it’s there. It’s that easy to miss.

If you wanted to open a bar and restaurant in Vietnam, what would you do? Go to Cuba? Charles Lecomte and Ruben Fahnestock did exactly that in June this year.

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