At the Hang Quat street crossroads in the old quarter is the Bia Hoi corner Hanoi. The drinks are ridiculously cheap in Hanoi, bottled beers were anything from 20,000 to 40,000 Dong for a 330ml bottle. Bia Hoi, freshly brewed on the day, clean, crisp and hint of lemon in the taste for 5,000 Dong, the beer is served in a plastic glass, about 250ml. This is one of the best places to visit in Hanoi!
The narrow alleyways off Hang Quat street are also full of bars and restaurants. I can recommend the Vietnamese chicken curry and rice, very tasty. Saturday nights are the busiest, the streets were full of people, local younger Vietnamese and western backpackers, plus a couple of British forty somethings like myself and my friend!
The Bia Hoi corner pavement bars are good fun, but the toddler sized plastic chairs can get uncomfortable after a while, but at 5,000 Dong for a beer it’s a small price to pay. The Green Mango or maybe it was called something else, was my favourite bar, you can sit outside or sit inside, sitting inside was good as it has air con! It was very hot and humid, the Bia Hoi certainly does refresh you, but a bit of air con, goes down a treat…
At midnight the police came around and closed all the bars, but some of them close the shutters and they carry on serving anyway.
Hanoi has a great choice of local brewed bottled beer, Hanoi Beer, Biere Larue, Halida, Truc Bach, Bia Saigon and the freshly brewed Bia Hoi, also the food is great too. Hang Quat street in the old quarter of Hanoi has a fabulous chilled out atmosphere. It is definitely one the best places to visit in Vietnam and Southeast Asia!
Final thoughts on the Bia Hoi corner
Have you been to Bia Hoi corner in Hanoi before? What places to you want to visit in Hanoi? Let me know the comments box…