Enjoying a cup of cocktail and chatting with new friends are the way to relaxing of a lot of backpackers at night when stopping at the Old Quarter.
Unlike many conceptions of Vietnamese customers when choosing bars as a place to reduce stress, dance and drink alcohol, foreign visitors coming to bar not necessarily have to dance, sometimes just to listen to music, or enjoy a few glasses of cocktail or beer and chat. Therefore, the concept of West bar mean bar managed by foreigners or can understand the bar that is much favored by foreign guests.
Rockstore can be regarded as a typical western bar in the Old Quarter and managed by Olivier Waryn , Swiss nationality. Although it was newly born on September 2013, thanks to gentle decoration and creating open space with rock style, the bar has quickly become a destination for many tourists to Hanoi .
Whole bars are a two -story yellow house in French architecture. First floor for bar onsite bar serves some alcoholic beverages such as wine , cocktails , mocktail, beer, etc. and lounge chairs for small groups. Second floor put large lounge chairs for large groups and billiard tables , foosball, etc. The highlight of the bar is creative bent lampposts.
If other bars open from afternoon to evening only, Rockstore open all day and night. Because only come night, people understand what Rockstore is. Every evening performs DJ or rock bands play live music. In addition to drinks , bar serves snacks imbued with Vietnamese flavor as bun cha , spring rolls, etc.
2. Fat Cat Bar
Fat Cat Bar is also managed by Waryn Olivier and co-managed by his French friends. Compared with Rockstore, Fat Cat has a smaller area but is focused on “art menu” by ” keyboard witch ” – Olivier Waryn.
Due to harmony and unique combination of a lively bar and gentle lounge, Fat Cat Bar creates a comfortable atmosphere. Customers mainly are foreigners. They can gather around the bar or sit outside the door, sip a few glasses of beers and can talk for hours. Even if customers like sitting on floor, they can go up the loft inside bar.
Fat Cat Bar also regularly organizes music parties. Drinks favored here are beer and cocktails. If you want to call a featured drink in this bar, it is nothing but a cocktail Fat cat. Front stools are also a place where people can sit to enjoy a glass of lemonade for only 30,000 dong.
- Funky B
Funky B (formerly called Funky Buddha) is a bar located at number 2 Ta Hien street, known for house music, trance and techno. With many new and special playing styles, the bar is a very popular address of tourists and foreign communities living in Vietnam.
Compared to many other bars in the Old Quarter, Funky B has fairly large area with 2 bars carrying two different styles. Outside bar near the door is somewhat “ordinary”, while the bar inside is impressive with wine rack of bird cage shape. If you do not like busy atmosphere with DJ music inside, you can sit at outside bar, enjoy some gentle glasses and happily chat with friends.
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