Dec 23 2012
It may be the lesser celebrated new year’s eve in Vietnam — with lunar new year taking the headlines — but if you’re after a celebration in Hanoi on December 31 here are a few ideas of where to start (now that you have Christmas in Hanoi totally sorted, right?).
Celebrations are likely to be lower key than in some neighbouring countries — no beach parties, cool clubs or carnivals — but if fine dining is more your scene you won’t be disappointed. As at Christmas, most of the top hotels and restaurants are holding New Year’s Eve dinners. Restaurants at the Metropole, Hotel de l’Opera, the Intercontinental, the Hilton Opera and the Movenpick all have fancy dinners planned: big hotels seem reluctant to post information about special events on their websites so you may need to call for details.
As for restaurants, Pots ‘n Pans has a set menu for 1,090,000VND++, , The Press Club is going for an “elegant” New Year’s Eve dinner, with lamb, lobster and Angus beef tenderloin on the menu, and La Badiane has a five-course dinner, starting at 19:30 and coming in at 1,490,000VND++.
If you’re after more of a party, the The Press Club has precisely one of those in its open-air Terrace Bar. The Hot Chicks Band will be playing and DJ Polo will be spinning some tunes. No cover charge.
None of the bars in Old Quarter are advertising any special events at the moment, but Hanoi Backpackers’ Hostel is bound to be lively, and other places to check out include Hair of the Dog — which has a dance floor — the bars along Ta Hien, and Le Pub on Hang Be. As they’re all close together it’s easy enough to move onto the next place if the first place you try is dead.
Although it’s not a big celebration for locals, there have been fireworks by Hoan Kiem Lake in previous years. We can’t guarantee it will happen this year but will update if we hear anything.
In the expat-heavy West Lake area, splash out at Don’s with free-flow beer, wine, mojitos, margaritas and cava, served with gourmet canapes for 1,000,000VND++, or try nearby Tay Tap Bar & Grill or Red River Tea Room — both have drinks specials. Daluva is closing its doors after four years and is throwing a New Year’s Eve Closing Party — US$12 gets you beer and snacks and a glass of champagne at midnight.
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