The best drink spot in Hanoi

by Tripazia


Best Drinking Spots in Hanoi

Once a silent and quaint town known for its super traditional ways and conservative locals, Hanoi, Vietnam’s fast-developing capital is showing the world that they too, can create a nightlife scene that’s world-class, entertaining, yet still is grounded by their cultures, traditions, and values that no one can find anywhere else. With the recent increase of tourist numbers and the rise of the Vietnamese middle and highly-educated classes, it’s no wonder that the city is adapting itself in the demands of the modern society even in such a jam-packed metropolis, including the call for the best places for locals and visitors alike to come together and share a drink or two. Below are Hanoi’s best drinking spots.

Hanoi Old Quarter Bia Hoi Corner

The capital city’s most popular attraction for tourists and passersby, the Bia Hoi (draft beer) corner attracts all kinds of people; young, old, local, foreign, solo travelers, groups, couples, families, and even the luxury travelers. Vibrant, turbulent, and a hundred or so small stools either made in plastic (either in red or blue) or in wood, combined with draft beers ranging from 5,000VND-10,000VND (22-44 US cents) and your usual local branded beers 15,000VND-25,000VND (50 US cents to 1 US dollar), plus the heaps of street food stalls and shops around the neighborhood, this is the place to visit on your first night in the capital city.

  • Address: Corner of Ta Hien & Luong Ngoc Quyen Streets, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Opening Time: 1600H-0200H
  • Price Range: $

Polite & Co.

Probably the hippest cocktail and wine bar amongst the local crowd, especially to young Vietnamese men because of its central location, the wide variety of classic cocktails, and its slick speakeasy ambiance. The place having a gentleman’s club feel and cigar lounge also add to the appeal towards its dynamic crowd of both foreign and local, young and not so young. Make sure to hit the spot on a weekend to mingle with the local crowd and a live jazz music.

  • Address: Bao Khanh St., Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Opening Time: 0830H-2400H
  • Price Range: $$-$$$


Established by renowned Hanoi artist Nguyen Qui Duc, Tadioto is where the underground artists, curators, and a handful of Hanoi-based diplomats gather up for an apéro or an after-work hours drink. Dark and quirky as described by Lonely Planet, this place is believed to be strategically located along the quiet corner of the French Quarter, a block away from the US Residence in the country.

  • Address: 24B Tong Dan St., Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Opening Time: 0700H-2400H
  • Price Range: $$-$$$

MAD Botanist

The perfect place for gin lovers and gin enthusiasts alike, the MAD Botanist sits on top of its sister coffee brand, VPresso Coffee, which are both owned and managed by the Korean tycoon Hoon Seung, who moved to Vietnam just a few years back. Climb up to the rooftop area to get the best views of the St. Josephs Cathedral church, one of the city’s most iconic sites, built during the French colonial era while sipping your glass of gin and tonic.

  • Address: 45 Ly Quoc Su St., Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Opening Time: 0900H-2400H
  • Price Range: $$

Manzi Art Space

A bit of a distance and a short walk from Hanoi’s Old Quarter, situated in a small and unassuming street between Truc Bach Lake and the water tower by the intersection where Phan Dinh Phung Street connects to the main road, Manzi Art Space, from the name itself, is more than just a drinking spot. It’s a combination of a workspace, café, bar, art gallery, and an art community center for both the aspiring and already established artists based in Hanoi.

  • Address: 14 Phan Huy Ich St., Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
  • Opening Time: 0900H-2400H
  • Price Range: $

Bar Betta

Famous amongst locals and expats for its two-for-one beers from 3pm to 7pm and its retro-jazz interior vibe, this café-bar-restaurant combo hosted in a historical French colonial house has made quite a name in Hanoi’s nightlife scene. Whether you’re there to have an afternoon tea or to drink the night away with your friends by the rooftop area, anytime is always a good time to sit down and talk in Bar Betta.

  • Address: 34 Cao Ba Quat St., Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
  • Opening Time: 0900H-2400H
  • Price Range: $

Written by Tripazia

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