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May 11, 2018

Open air lakeside restaurant by day, nightclub and lounge bar by night, Taboo is a floating entertainment venue located in the Westlake region of Hanoi.

Floating bars aren’t something you’d often associate with Hanoi, but Taboo is paving the way (sailing the way?) with its multi-level bar venue docked on the banks of Westlake. Entered via a wooden-planked boardwalk, the exterior of Taboo looks like a white floating warehouse, which gives you a little clue as to the size of the place inside. Taboo is split into three sections: the main lounge bar located on the lower deck, featuring a dance floor, open-plan bar and stage; a bar and cigar lounge located on the second deck, which overlooks the lower deck from a series of balconies and offers a cocktail bar and relaxing lounge; and the open air roof deck, where visitors flock during the day for a side of lake views to accompany their coffee and croissants. Interior decor at Taboo is the ultimate of hip; it’s all shiny metal, suede bench seats and futuristic light shades. The drinks menu in the main bar is only small – guests can choose from a range of bottled beers or purchase spirits by the bottle – but there is a slightly wider selection of cocktails and mixed drinks at the intimate second floor lounge. Hookah pipes are a regular staple of the proceedings, as are lively DJ sets, themed nights and the odd music festival.

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