Vientiane For Wine Lovers

Wine Glasses Vientiane

You may not think of Laos, a developing country in Southeast Asia, as a place for wine lovers, but travelling oenophiles take notice. Its capital city Vientiane has a slew of sophisticated wine bars catering to a growing market.

Don’t be surprised by the selection, reasonable prices and good value, especially for French wines (in a shop, you can find a decent bottle of Bordeaux for as little as $6). Another reason to have a glass: most bars in Vientiane have a daily happy hour.

So if you love a good vintage or are tired of beer, here are places to enjoy wine in Vientiane.

Wine 95

Opened December 2011, this lux wine bar is sophisticated in both its wine list and decor. While the per bottle price would shock the pants off a backpacker, the large tasting menu, which changes every two weeks, is great value – only 10,000 kip ($1.25) per taste. See their facebook page for weekly events such as live jazz music. A place to swirl wine in Riedel glasses and nibble on cheese.

Per glass: starts at 60,000 kip ($7.50)
Happy hour: free glass of sparkling wine on Tuesday nights

111 Setthathirat Road, between Jazzy Brick and Jules Classic Bike Rentals, a few shops down from JoMa Cafe; 020 55 502 957; wine95vientiane@gmail.com

(read the WorkLiveLaos review here)

The Spirit House

Overlooking the Mekong, this laidback bar and restaurant is an amazing place to relax and enjoy a drink at sunset. While there’s a good selection of wine, also check out their long list of well-made cocktails.

Per glass: starts at 25,000 kip ($3)
Happy hour: 25% off cocktails

93 Fa Ngum Road, beside Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong.
Head west on the road that runs along the Mekong. Continue on the unpaved road. Approximately a 7-minute stroll from the town center; +856 (0)21 243795; info@thespirithouselaos.comhttp://thespirithouselaos.com

Jazzy Brick

This cocktail bar and lounge is reminiscent of a classic old-fashioned jazz bar. Dim lights, sultry jazz and friendly bartenders make this a lively and popular place to kick back a few.

Per glass: starts at 50,000 kip ($6.25)
Happy hour: 6-8pm, 50% off all cocktails

Setthathirat Road, beside Jules Classic Bike Rentals, near JoMa Cafe; +856 21 771 1138; facebook

I-Beam

Vientiane’s first tapas bar. Pair your wine with delicious nibblies such as Camembert with apple and honey, quail eggs and octopus salad.

Per glass: starts at 50,000 kip ($6.25)
Happy Hour: 5-7pm, buy beer and receive a free hor d’oeuvre; Wednesdays, 1/2 price sparkling wine for ladies.

88 Setthatirat Road, in front of Vat Ongteu; (856-20) 5561 4092 / (856-21) 254 528; reservation@lesilapa-restaurant.com

(read the WorkLiveLaos review here)

Le Sen

This small ultra-modern bar is cool and casual. In the heart of the tourist centre.

Per glass: starts at 45,000 kip ($5.60)

25 Francois Ngin Street, on the same street as Sticky Fingers Cafe, Full Moon Cafe, Fuji Japanese restaurant and Aroma Cafe.

Martini Lounge

As the name suggests, martinis are their forte. Their selection and atmosphere are as eclectic as their music play list. Parties on Friday night.

Per glass: 25,000 kip ($3) / martinis 35,000 kip ($4.40) and up

On Nokeokuman Road, next door to Croissant d’Or Bakery, across the street from La Terrace Restaurant. Nokeokuman Road is off of Fa-Ngum (Mekong River road); info@martini-laos.comwww.martini-laos.com

Gecko Wine

This intimate shop exclusively imports and sells Australian wines. Their wine bar opens at 6 pm and offers a selection of wines by the glass. A glass during their daily happy hour (6-8 pm) is a steal at only 30,000 kip ($3.75).

Per glass: 50,000 kip ($6.25)
Happy Hour: 6-8 pm, 30,000 kip ($3.75) per glass

Setthathirat Road, across from Jazzy Brick; 020 99GECKO; info@geckowines.comwww.geckowines.com 

Aria Italian Restaurant

Not a bar but noteworthy as their wine menu of mostly Italian wines is the size of a book. Enjoy with their handmade pasta and wood fire pizza.

Per glass: starting at 50,000 kip ($6.25)

8 Rue Francois Ngin, across from Le Sen; 856 30 570 0831 or 856 21 222 589; aria.laos@gmail.comariaorg.com

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Tried any of these bars in Vientiane? Have recommendations? Tell us in the comments.

This article was first published by The Slow Boat who have agreed to its republication here. View the original article on their blog.

1 Comment

  • Hi. Very Interesting post.
    I live in Bangkok and start to travel to Laos frecuently.
    I believe wine prices are lower than in Thailand so I was guessing where to buy in Vientiane these days, as the post is from 2012.
    Thanks in advance for any help