May 11, 2018
If you’re looking for a good time in the Vietnamese capital (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), then Temple Bar is quite possibly your best bet. This long, narrow Hanoi bar is always bustling and hosts a party that never seems to end. Temple Bar’s decor is fairly low-key; in fact, we’d go as far as to describe it as ‘industrial chic’. The ceilings feature exposed pipes and vents, while the only thing to break up the color of the veneered walls is the odd black and white photograph of Vietnam. But this no-fuss approach to interior design allows guests to fully embrace and enjoy Temple Bar’s party spirit.
As the host of regular festive events and theme nights (Balloon Day seems to be a particular favourite among the backpacker crowd), part of Temple Bar’s floor space is given over to a small stage, where on any given evening you may find belly dancers gyrating or even the odd guest strutting their stuff, often to the backdrop of the bar’s roster of local DJs. When it comes to the drinks, Temple Bar focuses on bottled beers and a wide selection of both brand-name and premium spirits, served straight-up or muddled with mixers. Visitors can also enjoy a ‘combo menu’, which allows you to purchase a bottle of gin, whisky or vodka (or a bucket of 10 beers), along with a couple of soft drinks, some fresh fruit and a shisha pipe, all for a set price.