Hanoi would in all probability not rank excessive in your listing for artisanal cocktails however throughout this journey to Vietnam, we discovered a gem at The Unicorn Pub. Situated within the Ba Đình of Hanoi, Unicorn Pub is beginning to develop into a well known vacation spot for artistic cocktails. Artisanal cocktails are scrumptious cocktail creations that aren’t the run-off-the-mill cocktails like mojito nor mai tai. As an alternative, you’ll be handled to thrilling cocktails from Unicorn Pub’s cocktail laboratory with roots in Vietnam. How does tasting pho in a cocktail sound to you? We had been about to search out out…
The Unicorn Pub Hanoi Assessment – The Atmosphere Inside
Earlier than getting into Unicorn Pub, there shall be a workers who sits exterior and can open the door for you. After getting into the premise, there is sort of a little holding space. There, you’ll see a big crimson curtain. Past which lies the pub. In a way, it appears like a “secret little passage” that you just’ll go via earlier than getting into into the pub correct. As soon as inside, you’ll first enter the bar counter space. That is the place the bartenders shall be concocting these thrilling cocktails. Proper in entrance of the cocktail bar are bar-height seats. Right here, you’ll have the ability to see how the bartenders put your cocktail collectively as they put together it individually – generally with a bit of efficiency which you could seize for Instagram or TikTok…
Additional inside, there’s one other bigger seating space. Extra for lounging. There are comfy leather-based seats and an enormous signal that claims “FREE”. For a second, we thought there shall be free cocktails. No free cocktails however shut…
The Unicorn Pub Hanoi Assessment – Cocktail Menu and Joyful Hours 1-for-1
At Unicorn Pub Hanoi, glad hours occur every day from 6pm to 8pm every day, even on weekends! With common costs of a cocktail at 200K ($12SGD), the 1-for-1 deal interprets to 100K a cocktail or about $6. This fashion cheaper than the standard costs that we pay in Singapore. Not solely that, the cocktails at Unicorn Pub are artisanal cocktails or artistic cocktails, which, in Singapore, could be within the vary of $20 to $30 at upscale cocktail bars. For an thought of what artisanal cocktails can be found, right here’s the snippets of menu from Unicorn Pub…
The “Style of Vietnam” cocktail menu is Unicorn Pub’s tackle the distinctive tastes and flavours in and round Vietnam. After we first noticed “Pho Cocktail”, we thought to ourselves whether or not it will be doable to create a cocktail with the style of Pho? Unicorn Pub made it occur and it’s really very scrumptious. Right here’s the outline that Unicorn Pub has on its rendition of “Style of Vietnam” cocktail menu…
“Every of those distinctive libations had been designed in-house by our cocktail artisans and take their inspiration from the scents and flavours of Vietnam. As our artisan-crafted cocktails are complicated blends of spirits and hand-crafted elements proudly made by our workers, they take a bit of further time to create. Be affected person, every creation is well worth the wait.”
Apart from cocktails based mostly on tastes and themes from Vietnam, Unicorn Pub additionally does cocktails with tastes round Asia based mostly on flavours from Thailand, Japan, Korea and extra. Drinks embody:
Sushi Tsukiji Cocktail – 180K
(Impressed by Tokyo’s World Well-known Fish Market)
“You probably have learn via the Unicorn’s menu to date, you’ll little question realise that we draw on the wealthy culinary historical past of Asia as an inspiration to our menu. A curious marriage of the bottom parts of sushi, this refreshing drink each surprises and delights these with a way of journey. Attempt it and you’ll be a part of the rising refrain of followers.”
[Gin, Vodka, Yuzu, Giner, Wasabi, Sweet & Sour]
Tom Yum Thai – 185K
“The results of a problem from a Thai buyer, our professional mixology workforce rose to the event by producing a dead-on model of this Southeast Asian culinary basic. Have to be tried to consider!”
[Bourbon infused with grilled Coconut, White rum, Pineapple juice, Lime, Lemongrass, Chili]
Apart from the destination-themed cocktails, Unicorn Pub additionally create their very own scrumptious artisanal cocktails.
“Extra from our cocktail laboratory. Maintain experimenting – we’ll hold mixing! The Unicorn responds to our patrons’ tastes. For those who can’t resolve, don’t dismay! Our artisans are masters of cocktail creation. Inform us how you’re feeling – we’ll combine you one thing to match your temper!”
A few of these cocktails from Unicorn Pub’s cocktail laboratory consists of:
Forgotten Reminiscence – 185K
[Gin, Dry Vermouth, Sweet Vermouth, Lime, Yuzu, Pink Grapefruit, Elderflower, Bitters, Green Peppercorn]
The Nice Outside – 210K
[Rum Plantation, Malibu, Pineapple, Lime, Pink Grapefruit]
Fantastic Land – 190K
[Vodka Infusion with Green Cardamon & Black Pepper St Germain, Lime, Rose]
The Unicorn Pub Hanoi Assessment – Artisanal Cocktails We Had
Throughout our first go to to Unicorn Pub, we completely loved our time – not solely due to the reasonably priced artisanal cocktails but in addition due to the scrumptious and distinctive tastes that we don’t normally get pleasure from throughout our travels. We’ve got really tried many cocktails throughout our travels in Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Norwegian Cruise Line Final Beverage Package deal and most just lately Royal Caribbean’s Deluxe Beverage Package deal, making an attempt completely different creation from all over the world. Nevertheless, the cocktails at Unicorn Pub is de facto one thing else. It was so good that we determined to go to once more simply earlier than we left the Outdated Quarter space and listed below are the 8 drinks that we had in the course of the two visits…
Pho Cocktail – 200K
(The drink that made the Unicorn Pub World-Well-known)
“World class worldwide cocktail of the yr 2012. No time in Hanoi is full with out experiencing this world famend libation. Uniquely crafted earlier than your eyes the essence of Vietnam’s utmost contribution to world delicacies is cleverly captured on this superb concoction. You must strive it to consider it!”
[Gin, Cointreau, Pho Spices, Lime]
This was in all probability the cocktail that made the expertise for us. It actually featured tastes of Pho however not in a “ee-yer” sort of method however in a sublime, elegant and yummy-I-want-more-of-this type of method. As the outline says, you need to strive it to consider it. Furthermore, there’s a bit of efficiency in the course of the cocktail concoction course of…
Com Cocktail – 190K
(Vietnam’s Finest Cocktail 2015)
“Conceived proper right here in our humble little bar, “Com” means “younger rice” in vietnamese. A rigorously handpicked rice, candy and earthy – it’s paying homage to a contemporary spring morning within the countryside.”
[Rum, Cointreau, Orange, Young Rice, Honey, Lime]
This cocktail got here in an in depth second for us. It does have the easy and aromatic style of the younger rice. We like it as it’s so simple to drink and even reminds one a bit of of pandan flavours, typical of southeast asia. An amazing cocktail!
“Rock It, Man!” – 185K
“Impressed by the 2019 North Korea-USA summit in Hanoi as blended dwell on TV and social media worldwide, this world-famous cocktail is a diplomatic dance of East and West while mirroring the two nations’ leaders’ spicy personalities. The result of this libation leaves you hanging within the stability with the hope of a peaceable decision sooner or later sooner or later.”
[American Bourbon, Korean Soju, Fireball Whiskey, Pineapple, Raspberry, Vanilla, Orange Bitters, Hot Chili Pepper]
We like it that Unicorn Pub makes use of a unique cocktail glass to deliver out the completely different tastes and methods their cocktails are to be savoured. This time, “Rock It, Man!” is served in a tall cocktail glass, seemingly suggesting that it’s a girls’ drink. Nevertheless, it isn’t so. The perpetrator? The Scorching Chili Pepper! Though it isn’t solely spicy-till-you-need-cold-water-stat, however it’s to us, a bit of too spicy for a cocktail. Nonetheless, a pleasant elegant cocktail to pose with for the women.
Final Time in Tay Ho – 185K
(Most Common Cocktail 2018 Hanoi Gin Pageant)
“Ahhh, Tay Ho…the Hanoi district well-known as a respite for individuals who dont need to dwell in Vietnam. This peculiar combine is usually Western, with a touch of Vietnam simply to remind you what nation you’re in. With the Designation of being the “Hottest cocktail” on the 2018 Hanoi Gin Pageant, we’re significantly happy with the happiness this drink has supplied to so many.
[Tequila, Bourbon, Cynar, Espresso, Tiramisu]
From the elements, you possibly can see that this cocktail is a extra like a dessert. It has tastes of tiramisu and espresso making it a pleasant after-dinner cocktail to unwind with. There’s even a small ice cream cone with contemporary cream that’s one thing distinctive for us. Take pleasure in!
Loopy Hanoi Visitors – 190K
(Unicorn’s Finest Vendor)
“Little doubt you survived Hanoi’s driving to get right here. So why not elevate a glass of the libation that honours one of many metropolis’s most iconic experiences – the Visitors. True to its identify, this drink takes you in every single place. Candy, bitter, salty, bitter & sizzling. It hits you from all instructions without delay and you aren’t positive you’ll survive it. Ultimately, all of it works out. You loved your exhilarating journey.”
[Rum, Dracontomelon Juice, Ginger, Caramel, Honey, Lemon & Spices]
True to its identify, the cocktail does deliver you in every single place. There’s a plum salt rim, there’s caramel, there’s spice and a chunk of olive over your cocktail. It’s certainly exhilarating to cross the roads in Hanoi, which was why we wrote a publish on tips on how to cross the roads safely in Hanoi Vietnam. This cocktail brings you to the completely different tastes and experiences, all in a cocktail glass.
O Mai – 190K
(The liquid model of a nationwide candy tart deal with)
“This peculiar cocktails identify means “dried, candied apricot”. Candy, fruity with a little bit of a chew. You’re tasting a spot-on liquid model of a favorite Vietnamese confection.”
[Gin, Apricot Brandy, Lime, Ginger, Honey, O Mai Spice]
It have to be as a result of we don’t normally drink brandy however this drink tasted fairly robust for us. With the ginger sweet on the highest of the cocktail, it tops off an expertise of making an attempt out the candied sweets of Vietnam, in a drink. Intelligent.
La-La Land – 185K
[Bourbon, Amaretto Strawberry, Cranberry, Lime, Coconut, Popcorn Garnish]
La-La Land is a really fascinating cocktail. Like “Final Time in Tay Ho”, it’s like a dessert. The cream on high of cocktail offers off tastes of amaretto strawberry and coconut identical to a liquor-based yoghurt. Then there’s the texture of the popcorn garnish. One more fascinating expertise from Unicorn Pub.
Bittersweet Goals – 190K
(Hanoi’s Favorite Cocktail 2016)
“Awakening from a dream a couple of misplaced love, the sheer excellent complexity of this drink leaves you considering life. The bitterness offers option to candy with a touch of lingering smoky afterthought that lives on lengthy after it’s gone. Simply as recollections of a love final.”
[Bourbon, Benedictine with Orange, Honey, Lemon, Herbs & Spices]
This cocktail is unveiled with a gaseous presentation. At first, we thought it will be just a few dry ice presentation nevertheless it seems to be a aromatic woody fog presentation. The woody style is infused with the cinnamon based mostly cocktail. Good methods right here.
@2bearbeartravel Bitter Candy Goals cocktail from Unicorn Cocktail Bar in Hanoi. Presentation with woody perfume… #2bearbear #journey #hanoi #vietnam #unicorn #cocktail #cocktails #pub #bar ♬ unique sound – 2bearbear
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We hope you will have loved our protection of our visits to Unicorn Pub in Hanoi. In our opinion, it has produced a number of the most fascinating and scrumptious cocktails that now we have tasted so far. We’re nonetheless astounded as to how they managed to suit the style of Pho right into a cocktail so completely. Glorious approach and a must-visit for any cocktail followers on the market. Even when you’re not a selected fan of cocktails however nonetheless get pleasure from a drink or two, make a go to to Unicorn Pub (throughout Joyful Hours) for pre-dinner drinks – you gained’t remorse it!