33 Lạc Trung, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi
I wish it was bigger and more of a dedicated music venue given the effort they put into keeping acts coming through. I guess that is just another way of saying I wish they ran one of the other, bigger music venues, because this is right in that sweet spot for more of an underground joint. Great cocktails. Consistent. Clear identity.
Fabulous bar. A speakeasy with delicious drinks (try the Earl Grey Martini or the extensive list of Manhattans), great tunes, and good people.
Re: signage, ATK now has a tiny placard outside the bar, but it’s still not clearly visible from the street unless you know what you’re looking for. Depending on the DJ, ATK can be super-energetic, but more often it is just chill. There are very few, if any, bars like this in Hanoi. It’s not a backpacker joint like many bars on Ta Hien, nor does it have the slick, generic feel of a place like Rooftop. This is a place you’d actually want to hang out with your friends, have a drink, dance, play some foosball, etc. My home away from home, CAMA ATK bar, is open Wed-Sat nights until midnight.
This place is awesome. On a rainy night my girlfriend and I stopped by to have a quick drink. It ended up being just the two of us hanging out with the three bartenders for three hours. The drinks here are absolutely awesome! The drinks aren't "great for Hanoi," they are some of the best I've had anywhere in the world. Try out the Smoked Old Fashioned, you will be blown away!
Fine venue in a fine part of the town. Good music, good events, good cocktails, lovely staff - everything you'd expect from the CAMA peeps.
Sure, some of the drinks are pricey, but they're goodnstrong and, I think, will help (swallow by swallow) pay for CAMA to bring over more international artists - either to the bar itself or one of their festivals.
One thing concerns me: the amount of methane produced by the patrons. I hope CAMA will do something about this.