Dinh Liet - Ta Hien streets: On the streets
If you like to watch people, visit some cozy restaurants or even try street food, one possibility is the combination of these two streets. It start close to City View Cafe (I update the square's name when I remember it :) as Da Liet and continues with more restaurants as Ta Hien. Here you are with locals, but the more tourists are gathering to the area during evenings. Definitely one of the musts of Hanoi, it's crowded and noisy, be careful with the traffic in the beginning, and take a couple of beers and a dinner in some of many restaurants on the area. If you like less crowds, just walk to the end of Ta Hien and you are alone (on Luong Ngoc Quyen street) with some not so full restaurants.
Dress Code: Casual accodirg to weather more.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Local Beer Gold Malt: Local Beer Gold Malt
The Gold Malt Brewery is one of the new craft beers of Hanoi. It has many locations in Hanoi where you can test it, accidently I found one by the Golden Key Hotel. As it was in the middle of the day the place was total empty and they were actually surprised having any customer at that time of the day. But they could not refuse a tourist who wishes to taste their beer. :)Related to:
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Munchen Beer Club: Local and Import Beers
This place called München Beer Club. I only found it because it was just opposite of the hotel I stayed for couple of nights in Hanoi and I return on a night flight from Laos, I was looking for a place to get some good cold beer and this was the place, even if was a bit more upper scale. This place has some import beers on the menu, from Germany or Japan but no thanks, not for me here in Vietnam, I want to drink local beer, I have a good luck, they have local beer called: Lion beer on the tap,
It is not a common beer in Hanoi as it is brewed in Saigon.Related to:
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Beer Legend: Craft Beer
Vietnam is heaven for beer lovers, the craft beer industry is blooming here as it is in Europe and America. I had few nice local beers here in Hanoi and one of them is this Beer Legend.
They have few pubs in town that serving these beers. We try the light and dark lagers, both were nice & fresh.Related to:
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Bar Betta: Bar Betta
Bar Betta is a bar that seems to be very popular with the locals. It is slightly away from central and tourists areas and therefor more for the locals. It is in an old house, 3 floors and on a hot summer days we went up to the roof to have few drinks here. Music was modern, loud, but not too loud so we could have also conversation while zipping our beers here.
Hang Hanh street /Hang Da street: Hide-and-seek
Real nightlife is hard to find in Hanoi. There are some discotheques which are alright. Then, there's Hang Hanh street, a narrow street at the upper left corner of Ho Hoan Kiem. You'll find many places that are ideal for tourists to enjoy a drink - such as G.C., Polite Pub and so on. They are all ok, and I won't try to recommend a specific one as everyone expects something different from a good bar. Another good place to hang out is Hanoi's Irish Pub in Hang Da street (I believe it's Hang Da - if not it's just around the corner). It looks like an Irish Pub is supposed to look and you get a good selection of drinks, good music and a little bit of irishness...
What's strange about most of Hanoi's bars is the way they change at 11pm. Curfew starts at 11pm and all bars that want to stay open for a longer time have to camouflage themselves. This usually means that they close the curtains at the door, sometimes also that the lights are turned down while everything else stays the same. But for the police that occasionally come to force the bars to close, it's now a game of hide-and-seek...
Dress Code: Casual
City View Cafe: Citylight views
This one is right in the heatrt of old Hanoi. On the northern tip of Hoam Kiem lake, in front of the fountain rotunda, there lies a rather unattractive 5 storey building that looks like a layered wedding cake. Take the lift to the rooftop on the 5th floor, and you will be offered a fine view of the lake and its temple islands.
Fantastic spot for a panoramic dinner with your partner or friends whilst the bustling city below honks and zooms in manic fashion. It's also close to one end of the night market, so have a bite here before venturing there.
Dress Code: Smart casual
Amazon bar: Open till late at night!
This bar which has recently opened. Room is small, but has 2 floor. 2 nd floor has soft music, 3rd floor has DJ play room. Sadly, this bar not has food menu. But they has hot music & very friendly staffs. And, what is better, we can drink till late at night!Related to:
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Spotted Cow Pub: Home of the Hanoi Hash House Harrier's
The Spotted Cow Pub is the gathering place for the Hanoi Hash House Harrier's and other ex-pats. Every Saturday afternoon you climb aboard the Hash culture bus outside the infamous Spotted Cow Pub and ride to the hash site. The Spotted Cow has a friendly staff, good food, cold beer, and a great place to meet people, especially local and ex-pat hashers.
Dress Code: Hashing and other casual attire.Related to:
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- Hiking and Walking
Minh's Jazz Club: Jazz in Hanoi?
We never thought we’d be listening to jazz in Vietnam. Flipping through our guidebooks for things to do one night, we found Minh’s Jazz Club owned by Quyen Van Minh, Vietnam’s best-known jazz musician and self proclaimed creator of Vietnamese jazz. Mr. Minh himself was there, and boy could he wail on his sax!
The club had an international crowd, and spring rolls were tasty.
Dress Code: Casual. There didn't seem to be any kind of dress code.Related to:
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Lighthouse: Late nite dancing and clubs
It sometimes plays R&B, but varies depending on the DJ. The Lighthouse Dancing Club used to be the Barracuda Bar.
Its no longer under under Australian management, but it is one of the few places that the police/neighborhood does not enforce the curfew. Therefore ic can be open very, very late, sometimes all night depending on the crowd.
Don't let the shady neighborhood deter you. I went and had a good time. At the time of day that this place is open, the alleys will be full of ex-pats and people so you will be perfectly safe.
" We have no idea how they manage to get around the local laws, but it may have something to do with the dastardly location -- in the red-light district, on an alley off and alley off Phuc Tan Street across a highway that is nearly impossible to cross on foot, to the east of the Old Quarter. Luckily, most locals know where it is by either its present or former name and definitely hire a taxi to get there -- you'll be rewarded with reasonably priced drinks and room to strut your stuff to the tune of thumping hip hop and R&B."
Hours: 10:00 'til very, very late.
Dress Code: There is no enforced dress code.
Le Pub: In the old quarter
Big and red, with comfortable seating and ample people-watching possibilities, Le Pub is a notable spot for pizza and other western fare. While it isn't party central in the evenings, it's worth dropping by for a relaxed evening drink. Popular with expats and travellers alike, it's a fine spot to meet others.
Le Pub: Nice relaxed bar.
A nice friendly bar in the middle of the Old Quarter. Great beer at reaonable prices and great tunes playing all night. Of course there are the ubiquitous "bar girls" plying their trade but once you showed no interest in "practising English" with them they disapeared. I cannot comment on the food as I didn't eat there.
Dress Code: CasualRelated to:
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- Beer Tasting
Nutz: Good clean (?) fun
If anyone remembers Singapore's Brannigans, this is a very close approximation of it.
A fun atmosphere from the word go, this place was recommended by a couple of the stewardesses on my Vietnam Airlines flight. Mixture of local yuppies and tourists, interspersed with the odd 'enthusiastic amateur' (well, semi-pro really).
Spacious enough to escape the music and dancing down one end if you want to, and chill out at seats or the bar counter.
Dress Code: Smart casual would stand you in good stead. It is in the Sheraton after all.Related to:
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Gammabeer: Beer and Rats!
On our first night in Hanoi, we decided to finish off a night out with a beer at one of Hanoi's new Czech-themed beer houses, Gammabeer. Here we enjoyed half liter glasses of pils (we could have ordered 5 liter mugs! Yikes!) while watching rats scurry about the floors of the unoccupied sections of the restaurant. Yes, rats! At first it started out with a lone rodent, whose presence was amusing enough to us that I tossed peanuts its way. Occassionally, a waitress would saunter over to herd him/her out of sight, but he/she (the rat) was a brave little soul and never disappeared for long. However, once his claim to territory was established, he was joined by another and another until we had, at best count, six members of phylum rodentia cavorting on the hardwood. Needless to say, we killed any thoughts of ordering food, paid up and left. We were worried that, if we didn't depart quickly, we'd just be part of a scene that seemed to come from an Indiana Jones movie! So much for a Friday night in this socialist paradise!Related to:
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