Sophisticated bar elevates Hanoi cocktail culture with creative mixology by award-winning local bartender
June 7th, 2016
La Plume is the new bar concept that in late 2015 evolved after the extensive refurbishment of its precursor – the Press Club’s Bar Lounge & Terrace – for many years a vibrant meeting place in the heart of the old city. With a name that references the writing profession, La Plume connects with its historic location, while its bold decor was inspired by Hanoi’s iconic Long Bien Bridge. Sharing the 3rd floor of the Press Club with elegant French fine dining restaurant La Table du Chef, La Plume is certainly the most noteworthy bar opening of recent years in Hanoi. At the bar, Vietnam’s preeminent bartender Pham Tien Tiep presents an impressive cocktail program comprising both his original creative drinks plus polished versions of vintage premium and classic cocktails. Complementing the bar service, snack and lunch menus of gourmet-quality European and Vietnamese-influenced dishes are served daily in the Lounge. In the evenings, the vibe becomes upbeat with live entertainment from DJs, as well as weekly Jazz and Acoustic themed nights.
Design Occupying a generously proportioned space within the Press Club building, La Plume features a harmonious juxtaposition of industrial-chic with a contemporary luxe decor that exudes relaxed and understated sophistication. The centrepiece bar – crafted from polished concrete – dominates the interior, while overhead, riveted iron beams take their cue from the historic Long Bien Bridge. Seating options include bar stools at the bar, comfortable table settings, and beyond sliding full height glass doors, casual outdoor settings on the terrace overlooking the Sofitel Metropole.
Cocktails Award-winning mixologist Tiep and his team behind the bar offer a proficient and friendly service, and in addition to their highlighted cocktails, other beverage specialties include fine teas and coffee, wines drawn from the 450-plus bottle cellar of the La Table du Chef restaurant, and other beverage refreshments. Superior cocktails are crafted from premium spirits with imaginative and well-balanced combinations of local culinary ingredients to create agreeable flavour profiles. The cocktail list includes the Signature & Creation collection; Martinis, Margaritas and Mojitos; and Classic cocktails.
La Plume opens daily from 8:00am until late – serving morning coffee and tea, all-day snacks, good value lunch sets – and later – evening drinks and music. A daily Happy Hour promotion offers Buy 1 get 1 Free drinks between 5:30pm – 7:30pm – and check the La Plume Facebook Page for details on upcoming events and special promotions.