Swing Cafe and Lounge, Hanoi - review by Rusty Compass
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Swing Cafe and Lounge, Hanoi

| 24 Sep 2013
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Swing Cafe and Lounge, Hanoi
21 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+84 4 3824 5395

Our rating
24 Sep 2013

Swing cafe and lounge, in the heart of Hanoi, is a fancy retro-style cafe by day and a popular live music venue by night.

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Newly opened Swing Cafe and Lounge, right by Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake, is another retro-inspired cafe and bar in the capital. You can visit in the day for a coffee and a bite or by night for live music across a range of musical styles popular with Hanoi's new rich. Unlike some of its more bohemian Hanoi cafe counterparts, Swing is very much an upmarket venue. No rough edges here thank you.

The cabaret-style show alternates between performances from some big names in the local music scene, to lesser known cover acts. The set list is a mix of old-time Vietnamese favourites, more recent Viet-pop songs, as well as iconic western pop tunes. Don't be surprised to hear a heartfelt rendition of Whitney Houston's "I will always love you".

An interesting venue for a look at how Vietnam's new class of wealthy like to play. On a good night, you might also get a taste of some of the engaging melodic twists of Vietnam's pre-1975 musical catalogue. Worth passing by for a look.

Drinks are on the expensive side for Hanoi but reasonable given the venue.

Both the cafe and bar can get smoky.
Mark Bowyer
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