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Why I-Beam Bar is special ?
Tapas is actually the name given to a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. . Vientiane’s first “tapas concept bar” is a welcome casual addition to the Le Silapa empire.
Located on the main high street, with large windows affording views of the passing parade, it has an airy feel, superb savory hors d’oeuvres of giant olives and quails eggs, and even chocolate-laden “dessert tapas.” Setthathirath Rd. opposite Ongtue temple;
I-Beam offers cocktails at price levels similar to Jazzy Brick, plus an elaborate wine and tapas menu.
The menu is quite extensive with a broad range of dishes including snacks such as giant olives or quails eggs, a good range of soups, warm entrees like pan fried scallops and a whole host of kebabs, else cold cuts and liver terrine. Some dishes also include interesting uses of Lao fusion. There is certainly enough variety to keep your mouth busy between conversation, and even the most gastronomically challenged should find something to their liking. If not, have another drink! There’s a very good selection if wine, good spirits and cocktails but sadly only a limited range of local beers (and if you’re anything like me then on a very hot night you want a good beer with your food instead of wine). You should finish up with some dessert tapas; I recommend the black choclate ganache, a rehashing of the notoriously decadent La Silipa chocolate mousse. Next some excellent coffee.
The decor is sleek and sophisticated, with good service and well-made drinks. The tapas are tasty and the wine selection is great, but neither come cheap.
Live jazz performances can be seen about every other weekend, performed by local expats. The bar is connected with upstairs French restaurant Le Silipa, which offers similarly hi-so meals and wine.
How to get to I-Beam Bar?
You can find I-Beam Tapas and Wine Bar on Sethathirat St opposite Ongtue temple by the alley that goes to the Lani Guesthouse.
- “Nice spot for cocktails”
- “Delicious food and live music some nights”
- “Best wine bar in Laos!”
- “Great location, great food, great atmosphere”
- Main cuisine Western
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition YES
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card YES
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian NO
88 Setthathirat Road, Vientiane, Laos
Tips for you
Food is yum! Order lots of things to share. Best value is the degustation menu for 2-3 people. Drinks can be a little expensive, but go on Wednesday for ladies night, or 5-7pm for happy hour. They have great live music on Tues and Friday nights. Excellent service and good desserts too if you can fit it in!