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Camelia Lounge and Club (Hanoi)

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Camelia Lounge is a glamorous Champagne bar/lounge in Hanoi , one of the best I've visited so far in the city. It is located on the 3rd floor of the Mélia Hotel  in the Hoàn Kiếm district. It has a free entrance, but be warned that the drinks are quite expensive. The cheapest cocktails cost VND183,000 Net (= US$8), a bottle of Jack Daniels almost 130$ and a bottle Champagne at least 140$. Camelia is built on 1 floor, with 4 distinct areas (all connected to each other): A restaurant, a large central bar, a lounge and an outdoor terrace. It has a quirky design, with plenty of small, fun details. One of the best features is the pop art mosaic of 90's icons (Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction among others).

Playboy Establishment - Nightclub (Hanoi)

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Hanoi was not the kind of city where I expected to find a Playboy-branded nightclub, and yet there is one in the basement of the Apricot Hotel (a 5-star hotel just 200 meters from Hoàn Kiếm Lake). The club is almost hidden from outside as there is no indication it exists apart from a discreet Playboy bunny sign at the entrance. There, a pretty hostess will welcome you in English and escort you to a table. The club was almost empty when I visited, probably because it was still early (9PM), on a weekday and only a month after the grand opening.

Savage Nightclub (Hanoi) - Techno Music

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Savage is my favorite nightclub in Hanoi (by far). Located 15 minutes by taxi from the Old Quarter, in West Lake, it is just a few months old yet already crowded every night (with mostly expats). It was opened by the Hong-Kong based Cliché Record label which is owned by a group of 4 French friends (Jean-François Amadei, Samy Stouky, Ouissam Mokretar and Julie Mira). Savage is quite difficult to find as their outside sign is almost invisible. In fact, I had to look around for 10 minutes before I finally heard some music coming from a basement. As I was walking down the stairs, I was still unsure if I was in a club or in someone's house. To avoid wasting time, make sure you save their location on Google Maps:  Savage Hanoi .

Tom's Bar - After-Hour Club in Hanoi

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The tiny Tom's Bar is located in Hanoi's Old Quarter, in the famous Tạ Hiện Street (also called Beer Street). It is much more expensive than the other places nearby (VND40,000 for a beer, VND85,000 for a cocktail) while not being particularly fancy. Still, it can be pretty popular, especially late at night. The reason for that is that Tom's Bar closes much later than the official midnight curfew. I was there twice during week nights, and both times I stayed after 4AM. To avoid complaints from the police, they keep the door shut and they open it only when someone wants to get in or out.