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“Another nice place ruined by riverfront development”

Spirit House Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #32 of 391 Restaurants in Vientiane
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Bar, Asian, European
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Whether you are looking for a peaceful waterfront breakfast, a lunchtime burger washed down with an ice cold beer, a simple glass of wine as the sun sets and ignites the Mekong or a seductive evening with the finest classic and contemporary cocktails in Vientiane, our stylish wooden interior, shaded riverside beer garden, music to suite the mood and a stunning sunset view make The Spirit House a must visit.
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Another nice place ruined by riverfront development”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

It's too bad really. Used to be a nice place with great views of the Mekong esp at sunset . Now you can barely see past the cranes and mixers and all kinds of vehicle traffic passing by. No stopping progress, I suppose.

Visited February 2013
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kuarla lumpu
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“great bakery and internet cafe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

its a friendly in and outdoor place right near the fountain.very poular.great bakery goods,quichwes and croissants and good soups and sandwhiches.maybe a little overpriced by vientiane standards but still very very good

Visited February 2013
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39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great location, decent food, average value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

The atmosphere in this riverside restaurant is delightful. It has an extensive bar selection and good food selection as well. The service was average,the food was average but the cocktails were good. If it is a cool and trendy place to have an outstanding and eclectic bar selection is what you are after, then this is your place. If you're looking for great food and good value you may want to try elsewhere.

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Bangkok
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 410 helpful votes
“Quiet but absolutely captivating for drinks by the Mekong”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Spirit House is praised as perhaps the finest drinking place in Vientiane. My first impression when I saw the place was, "Really?" This was because when we got there, it looked kind of dreary and boring. Being located so far away from the main action spots in the city, you go there only if you want to escape the hubbub or if you were lost. We had to take a taxi through a quiet part of the city along residential lanes to reach this place by the river, with a riverfront road that is under construction.

This is more of an upscale drinking place than for a proper meal. The drinks menu is thick and far out-lists the foods there. The snacks we had were good but portions were small. The drinks, however, were impressive. Spirit House had every imaginable cocktails and spirits. The bar staff's concoctions were, unfortunately, not spot on, but I give them marks for trying. Lots of the drinks just did not hit the spot, but the ambience inside the quaint wooden house with the Mekong view more than makes up for the sub-par attempts.

  • Visited January 2013
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Vientiane
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“Overlooking the Mekong with great cocktails.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

The cocktails are great here. They now serve British cider (a real treat if you live in Laos!) and Hendricks gin! Cocktails take little while when its busy but they always get it right with a smile. But, it is the breakfasts that tick all the boxes and more. The full English, full veg and eggs benny and its variations are fab. If you have the eggs benny, ask for the suace on the side and its so, so deliciously rich that you might not be able to finish it all! There is free wifi and its open from 7am as it serves the hotel clientele next door. The set lunches are great value. I prefer their local menu for lunch and dinner but that's personal taste. Go and chill out.

  • Visited December 2012
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