April 12

April 12

April 12 (Vientiane, Laos) is a bar slash restaurant focusing on drinks but serving a menu of light dishes perfect for sharing with friends. Similar to Smile Dee and Khongview, it’s a place designed for groups rather than couples or lonesome drinkers. You can sip a cocktail at the bar, snack at one of the many clusters of tables or head upstairs and enjoy a cold beer with a view of the Mekong sunset.

It is located near Wat Phiavat on Quay Fa Ngum and brings a touch of class to the area, which until now has been populated with mostly unremarkable beer bars and small roadside restaurants. You won’t miss April 12, though, because of the bright purple umbrellas which adorn the entrance in keeping with a purple theme that lurks in the background of the restaurant’s design. Downstairs goes for a sort of modern-industrial meets arty Asian kind of look; polished concrete flooring, exposed brick walls and even Salvador Dali prints to top it off. After sitting down and looking around at the spacious and airy interior, you might suddenly feel as if you’re having a drink on holiday in a beach town somewhere, which is a great feeling for residents of a landlocked country!

I visited April 12 for lunch, although it’s probably more of a dinner and drinks location. Like all new places, staff were very attentive but the menu suffered a little from the inevitable ‘no haves’. I tried to order a couple of things that weren’t available before settling on ban xeo, larb with sticky rice and a plate of french fries – thus trying April 12’s Vietnamese, Lao and Falang food all at once. The french fries were circular and more like home fries but very crisp and tasty but the ban xeo, unfortunately, needed a bit of improvement. It was a well presented but the texture was a bit doughy and was quite flat due to having hardly any filling. The larb was very impressive, however, being well mixed with the that magic balance of sweet and sour, salty and spicy and served with the what could well be Vientiane’s whitest and cleanest sticky rice!

So after settling in and sipping on a beer, eventually you’ll begin to ask yourself… why on earth did they name this place “April 12”? What does it mean? Another doomsday prophecy? A secret code? Some hasty internet research reveals that April 12 is David Letterman’s birthday, as well as  Claire Danes’s and Tom Clancy’s. The jet engine was invented, the polio vaccine was developed and the first human being was launched into space – all on April 12. Who knows? Go for a drink there and maybe you’ll find out.

At any rate, April 12 emits a newness that might just be the refreshing sea-change we’ve all been looking for. Have a sunset drink on the deck, stay for dinner and people-watch at the bar downstairs – all on the eastern side of town. You can’t go wrong with April 12 for Lao-style pub food, a nice setting, a great location and also free WiFi (so you can Instagram those food shots).

Call +856 30 9008689 for more info. Find April 12 on Google Maps here:

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