Supposedly occupying a former drug manufacturing plant which moved to the suburbs recently, Bar Betta anchors a clutch of businesses ranging from off-beat boutiques, bohemian-like cafes, fashion photographer studios, galleries and small bistros. Located far south-easterly from the touristy traps around the Hoan Kiem lake area, Zone9 as this somewhat 'apocalyptic wasteland' is called, is gloriously and stylishly run-down, reminiscent of the 798 Artzone in Beijing or the edgy grunge bars of East Berlin.
What appears to have slowly deteriorated into an industrial ghetto-like state is just a few months old and fast becoming the hippest, coolest, trendiest place to hang out in town especially among the art community. We arrive at Bar Betta around 8pm soon after dinner over at District01 (food is average, environment is interesting) and found the place to be quite quiet. We ordered cocktails (price range USD4-7) and juices. Drinks are well spiked albeit a tad too sweet. Snacks are available but the quality of 'pub grub' is never that great. I wouldn't call the interiors beautiful in the classic way but there is definitely a perverse sense of artistry in DECAY, ROT and DESTRUCTION. Paint peels, wall cracks, floor crumbles, chairs weather, windows crack, roof rusts.......you get the picture. The freshly painted communist propaganda murals are magnificent (apparently executed by one of the owners who is an artist/architect). BTW, the music is not bad too.
This is definitely an excellent alternative to the usual tourist hangouts. While its quite popular with the expat community, Bar Betta enjoys a good following among the locals. Don't miss out on the most happening spot this side of the Red River!
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