Despite its urban sprawl, Hanoi is, at heart, a very small place. And like most very small places, even the best-kept secrets are not held for long. So it’s no surprise that A.T.K., a new speakeasy-style venue in a nondescript French villa south of downtown, is getting busy, as probably the only place in town that knows a Monkey Gland from a Lucien Gaudin.
The bar’s name stands for an toan khu, a Vietnamese phrase from the American War that means “safety zone”. And that it is. With a classic and inventive cocktail menu (smoked Old Fashioneds with house-made Maraschino cherries, a spot-on New Orleans Sazerac), a no-smoking policy, quirky design details and local and international DJs playing most weekends, the venue is quickly positioning itself as the capital’s de facto neighborhood safe haven—comfortable, intimate, and familiar all at once.
73a Mai Hac De, Hanoi,