Nguyen Dang Quang’s long-running determination to have his own music and DJ bar started off with Hanoi Rock City before he moved onto a different venture, Madake. A few years on and his creation on Xuan Dieu remains one of the go-to venues in the capital.

 

Show I’m really excited about: Full Moon at Madake, the night with a new range of great cocktails and music provided by the best DJs in town.

 

Best night out last month: 1990s music night at Madake. It provided great music that took me back to my high school years; fantastic flashback!

 

Best meal from last month: Deep-fried pork with garlic, cinnamon, chilli and fresh herbs. A delicious dish that was made by a friend.

 

Thing I posted on Facebook that got the most likes: A photograph of me taken in Hong Kong during a Kendo tournament, where I competed against a team from the China Kendo Federation. This was my first time in an international tournament.

 

Funniest Youtube clip of the month: When animals eat fast food all day!

 

Song I can’t get out of my head: Jubel by Klingande

 

I wish this band would come to town: Arctic Monkeys

 

How is the scene going? Great, people are looking for better night out experiences. They want venues to offer more. This is what we are trying to do — we are trying to get more people involved, by bringing new drinks and music to the city.

 

The best secret in town is: You can buy fresh prawns and clams from fishermen around West Lake. Just wait for them to catch a new batch!

 

Where I go when I go out on my own: I like to go for a relaxing walk around West Lake and stop at my favourite café next to the lake, drink a lotus tea, listen to music and really enjoy my time.

 

If my older-yet-still-cool mum came to town, I would take her to: Sofitel Plaza Hanoi, the rooftop bar where you can see the city from above.

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