Bia Hoi

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Hugo B
Rochester, MN19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I sat on the corner and had 5 or 6 beers. Watching the traffic, locals and feeling the energy is just so addictive.

Please note: whilst the ADDRESS listed above is correct the pin on the map is NOT.
Written April 7, 2015
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MAWessan
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
Your visit to Hanoi isn't complete until you have tried Bia Hoi located at the corner at Ta Hien in the Old Quarter. Dubbed "International Corner" for all the tourists visiting and partaking in the beer, it is the place to try fresh made local beer. As every food stand in Hanoi, take a seat in tiny child sized plastic stools at short tables and enjoy a beer for about 25 cents. It's a great place to people watch and really experience the Old Quarter at night. The beer itself is pretty good considering it is made fresh that day - taste wise, it is very similar to Coors Light so not really strong if you go for darker beers. Definitely a must try though regardless of your tastes. It's 25 cents!
Written April 2, 2015
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guppygirl21
Brisbane, Australia209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
Check out the reviews for 'Bia Hoi Ha Noi' the restaurant - it basically refers to a corner on the street where there are four local pubs (plastic chairs on the pavement) serving super cheap beer - about 50 cents a glass! It is totally worth a visit, the beers are light, easy to drink and cheap. Not to mention the food - we had pork ribs and morning glory with garlic, then spring rolls... Seriously the best street food we ate throughout all of Vietnam!! The owner showed us how to eat it with the sauces and vegetables. Superb! Super cheap as well, we ate till we were stuffed and had 6-8 beers each with the bill coming to about $15. Incredible! My only main advice would be to bring toilet paper or tissues as well as hand sanitizer, as the bathrooms leave alot to be desired. The location is fab - watching the world go by with lights illuminating passers bys and scooters. Also easy walking distance to most hotels.
Written February 22, 2015
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Chicag0_Paul
Chicago, IL251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
It’s a great deal of fun to sit on the street on the little plastic stools and have a few (very cheap) beers! This is the best seat in Hanoi for doing some people watching and soaking in the culture. A tip on picking a seat: try not to sit too far out in the street, local officials occasionally come by and force everyone closer to the building & the unfortunate ones will lose their seats, better to try to find a spot closer to the side of the building to start with.
Written December 29, 2014
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Joshua De Serres
Montreal, Canada108 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Serious safety incident
Apr 2018 • Couples
After being in Hanoi for a few days we decided to give Bia Hoi corner a try. Here you can get Bia Hoi, fresh (there is no preservatives, it is changed every 24 hours) for 5,000vnd about $0.20usd. It’s sold throughout Hanoi and surrounding cities in specific bars but at this corner it is sold at ever bar. The corner was packed, each bar was full and had plastic chairs and tables lining the sidewalks and street that would be quickly removed every 30 mins when the police passed by, all the patrons would be standing with beer and food in hand until the police disappeared around the corner. The place was great, it was happening, the beer was going down, the food was good and the people were chill.

I would give this place 5 stars if it wasn’t for what my girlfriend myself and two other people sitting next to us witnessed. What we saw was very disturbing, a man in his late thirties most likely under the influence was driving a scooter with a little boy sitting in front of him. He parked his scooter in front of us and started touching the boys genitals. At first we assumed he was the boys father, still weird but not cause for too much alarm I guess... then the man FaceTimed another man, putting the boys face on the screen, it was starting to seem like a case of human trafficking. Then the man put his hands in the boys pants and played with his genitals. This is when I interfered by confronting the man, it didn’t help because he didn’t speak English but he was clearly nervous. I told one of the other witnesses to watch the man as I went to tell the police that were not more than 20 feet away. I told them what was happening and they immediately dismissed me. I went back to them man on the scooter and at this point there was another man standing beside him and this man told him to drive to a different location. I took a picture of the two men the boy and the license plate of the scooter. I have also contact several human trafficking organizations that are looking into the case.
Written May 4, 2018
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TheTravelbug
26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
A busy intersection to have a refreshing glass of locally brewed Bia Hoi that costs only VND5,000

Suggest to try Bia Hoi while munching on sunflower seeds.

The local establishments embrace the European style of people watching with tables and stools facing outwards.
Written December 28, 2015
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VNvet2015
Connecticut110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
Drink it for the cultural experience of sitting low, eating traditional food, and doing something truly Vietnamese without needing a guide. Hang out with the locals, who, after a few glasses, will likely be happy to chat with you. Eat the usually tasty, but certainly cheap food sold in most places along with the beer. Women will be in tiny minorities in most places, but no matter as long as there is a toilet. Vietnamese women generally do not drink or don't drink much, and these places, even the most upscale of them tend to be largely male. The beer is fresh, not pasteurized, and pretty weak, but you're not there for the microbrew experience, so just be happy that it's cold. It's great on a hot day, but the VNese drink it year round. To my taste, bai hoi Hanoi is the best, but it doesn't really matter where you drink it: I've been in dozens of bia hoi places over the years, and the difference among them is the ambience--size, chair/stool height, street corner or inside...
Just find a bia hoi joint and get started; the next day, find another. Stay away from the most touristy places and get one of the most authentic cultural experiences of your visit. And yes, the toilets will probably stink, but that is an all-too-common feature of Vietnam and certainly not a function of beer drinking alone.
Written August 15, 2015
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Hoo X
Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
My Vietnamese friend brought me to this interesting beer corner. They have probably the cheapest beer in the Old Quarter. The place was packed with people sitting at the tiny tables and plastic stools on the street when we arrived at 7pm. It is a great place to watch the traffic, and just as interesting to see people indulging in the cheap beer drinking at an incredible pace.
There were a few tables of non-Asians. They were having on beer. What they are missing out is the local 'beer snacks' I feel. I had this interesting snack, what I would call the Vietnamese version of Salami. Made of pork, the texture is much softer and sweeter than the European Salami, and it is taken with local hot sauce / chili sauce.
For any travelers who are visiting the beer corner, I would recommend that you pair the cheap beer with a local beer snack to complete the Hanoi drinking experience.
Written April 20, 2015
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Olga_Lin
Moscow, Russia131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
You can find here probably the cheapest beer in Vietnam and, what is even better, new friends. They have tiny tables and stools right on the street and it's always crowded in the evenings. I just really loved going there :)
Written March 31, 2015
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rcvx
Aucune122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Worth the visit, this is a crowded place with very very cheap beer. Just be careful and watch your beer being taken from the barrel (draught), since sometimes they mix it with leftovers and say it is fresh. Thats the price you pay.
Written March 24, 2015
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