To be on Cloud Nine is to be in a blissful state of happiness. A number of conflicting theories abound as to the origins of this phrase. One of the most popular attributes it to the fluffy white cumulonimbus. This is the ninth cloud out of ten types first identified in the 1896 International Cloud Atlas which rises as high as a cloud can go, hence the sense of being ‘on top of the world’. Others attribute it to the mystical divine number nine or to Buddhism which says cloud 9 is a stage in the search for enlightenment.
This ambitiously structured bar (unique to Hanoi and Vietnam for that matter) is styled on a boat which creatively plays to the meaning of Hang Be street. The bar is ‘moored’ over the 10th and 11th roof terraces. Its ‘bow’ with seating area overlooks the street while the ‘stern’ with bar and lower terrace faces the Red River. Steps lead up to the ‘ships bridge’. Glass, metal and wood complement a monochromatic color palate of black, granite grey and hints of cream.
The environment is softened with trees and ‘blankets’ of green potted plants. Background chill-out music creates a trendy understated vibe.
The pièce de résistance and the bar’s uniquely defining feature is the splendid red and white 6m high lighthouse complete with flashing light at night which undoubtedly will become an iconic feature of modern Hanoi.
Lighthouse Sky Bar
Rooftop floor, La Siesta Premium Hang Be, 27 Hang Be Street
Capacity 200 pax