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“great chill out bar” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Utopia Restaurant and Bar

Utopia Restaurant and Bar
Ban Aphay | follow the signs on the UNESCO brick paths to the river, Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 20 23 881 771
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Ranked #29 of 144 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Cuisines: Asian fusion, Sandwiches
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Bundoora, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“great chill out bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The vibe of the bar reminds me of bars in the thai islands. Comfortable cushions on the floor and dim lighting makes it really cool to chill, especially before bowling. Also has a beach volleyball court where people can play or just watch.

Visited July 2013
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Perth, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Utopian vision”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Any way you look at it, this bar is cool. The music is cool, the lighting ambience is cool, the different areas including the river view meditation area is cool. Volleyball is cool, the dining areas are cool. Candles at your table is cool. And in keeping with the cool tradtion, the waiters are too cool to give good service. Count your change and don't count the time it takes to get your meal at night and you'll enjoy this bar. We absolutely loved it

Visited August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Watch out if ordering nighttime table service.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I'm unable to prove it but am sure I was just ripped off. In the whole scheme of things 30,000 kip is not much to a foreigner given the exchange rate, but I'm worried that this 'scam' now seems to exist in a country previously untouched by dishonesty. In my case I handed over a 50,000 note for a 15,000 beer and the waiter returned with just 5,000, insisting that I just gave him 20,000.
It's all just small beer really, but when you look someone in the eye with a question and they answer with a bold- faced lie it's rather disheartening.
I don't wish to dissuade anyone from visiting this unique place as it really is an experience, just be careful with your money and make sure you announce the value of the any note you're handing over.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“A wonderful atmosphere at night for just chillaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Utopia is definitely a must stop location in Luang Prabang. The relaxed setting & riverside view creates the perfect atmosphere for kicking back and taking a load off. My only complaint is that it closes so early (11pm) but then again, everything closes early in this city so head to the bowling alley afterwards for late night fun! ;-)

Visited August 2013
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“Best atmosphere, good food, bad service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Cool place to lay around and drink. Doesn't get too crazy even at night, but get there early if you want to have a seat for the night. The snack food is good ( plantain chips w/ salsa is a must), but the service is horrrible. You have to get up for everything. Place closes pretty abruptly at 2330 or so. Move on to the bowling alley with the rest of the crowd.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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