Hanoi, Vietnam’s charming and culturally steeped capital, pulls in the travelling masses with a host of attractions. Where best to unwind in the city after a heavy days sightseeing? Try these picks:
Finnegan’s Irish Pub
The emergence of the Irish pub in Southeast Asia is growing ever stronger with good examples of the ilk alive and well in Vietnam. Finnegan’s, located just off Hoan Kiem lake, is one. A top spot for grabbing a Guinness and an Irish stew, Finnegan’s also plays host to local rock and roll covers bands in the early evenings. With a great atmosphere for recounting all those backpacker tales and with good value food and drink to boot, Finnegan’s is a great place to kick back and relax.
With another popular outlet back in Ho Chi Minh City, the Le Pub brand is well known across Vietnam. Its Hanoi venue, located in the heart of the Old Quarter, has the same laid back vibe of its other counterpart with the décor to match. Finding most of its fame with its beer however, Le Pub is widely renowned as serving the coldest in town. The perfect place to cool off and join in the conversation.
Mao’s Red Lounge
The party at Mao’s always runs late into the night. A stalwart of the Old Quarter bar scene, this two-floored Bohemian hangout serves up super-cheap Halida beer and even cheaper mixers. Just a short walk North of Hoan Kiem lake on the narrow bar street just past the bia hoi corner, Mao’s is right at the heart of this vibrant city’s backpacker action.
Hanoi Rock City
The newly opened Hanoi Rock City, is the capital’s premier live music and arts venue responsible for bringing bands, DJs, performers and artists to the city. A wood-fire makes a comfortable addition in Hanoi’s chilly winter months, but if it’s the live experience you’re after head to the stage in the Red Room. A real gem of a bar in a city that’s music scene is still very much in development.
SBB (Special Belgian Beer)
Only for the serious beer drinkers, SBB, a block north of the looming VinCom Tower, provides a little piece of Europe with its beer-hall style décor. A little more expensive than other backpacker haunts, SBB is totally worth it. With its huge range of drinks, rowdy atmosphere and friendly staff, travellers will leave with fond memories, providing they don’t get too drunk.