“Bia Hơi” at Ta Hien Street
May 25, 2017
Hanoi’s nightlife scene offers a multitude of interesting things to see and places to go well after the sun sets. There are some lively bars and glitzy nightclubs conveniently set around Hoan Kiem Lake or in the Old Quarter, where you can enjoy great tunes and all sorts of booze as well as mix and mingle with fun-loving locals and expats.
However, a night out in Hanoi could not be fulfil without sitting on plastic stools and enjoy “Bia Hơi” (Vietnamese draft beer) along the bustling streets. A must-visit for any first-time visitor to Hanoi, Bia Hơi Junction is widely-regarded as the quintessential nightlife spot in Hanoi.
Open throughout the day and late into the night, the ever-bustling beer haven is located at the corner of Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets in the Hanoi Old Quarter, where you can see hundreds of people sitting on plastic stools with a pint of Bia Hơi in hand. Being available at numerous makeshift bars within that junction, Bia Hơi is a type of Vietnamese draft beer that only contains about 4% alcohol. Although it is not strong as European beer standards, Bia Hơi is incredibly cheap where you can enjoy a tall glass between VND 10,000 and VND 15,000.
Needless to say, Bia Hơi Junction attracts a steady following of locals, expats and tourists who are looking to down some ice cold beers all night long. Alternatively, there are several bars that sell soft drinks and imported beers for about VND 30,000. In addition to numerous Bia Hơi joints with colourful plastic chairs spilling onto the streets, you can also find makeshift stalls selling a variety of snacks such as steamed peanuts, fried tofu, skewered meats and delicious beef jerky.
Bia Hơi & Snacks – Photo by google
As it can get very packed here, do keep your wits about and be mindful of your belongings. Nonetheless, Bia Hơi Junction is great for drinking on a budget as well as experiencing the local culture. The carnival atmosphere is a really memorable snapshot of Hanoi nightlife.
Night Market, corner of Ta Hien Street and Luong Ngoc Quyen street
(It takes you only 10 minutes to walk there from both Silk Path Hotel Hanoi & Silk Path Boutique Hanoi)