It’s a mini version of backpacker hangouts in Bangkok and Saigon, but Hanoi’s Ta Hien Street has its own charm.
No need much explanation about beer corner. Every night hundreds of people, both locals and foreigners, descend on outdoor bars at Ta Hien street in the Old Quarter – a famous centuries old area with 36 guild streets, sitting on tiny plastic stools and drinking Bia Hoi (local draft beer) with local snacks like peanuts, skewered meats, fried tofu or dried squid. You will get a unique experience in Hanoi at night.
A long strip of outdoor drinking becomes a backpacker magnet. They occupy their stools, raise their beers and sway to the competing beats from street music bands or pubs nearby, making up a lively crowd until late. This is definitely not the place for a quite drink.
The 200-meter-long Ta Hien is much smaller in scale than Bui Vien Street in Ho Chi Minh City or Khaosan Road in Bangkok, both well known as backpacker hangouts. Used to be a guild street selling souvenirs, it has turned into the hub of bars and restaurants for almost 10 years, gaining its popularity a perfect place for a cheap drink in Hanoi. More important, the atmosphere creates everyone a comfortable feeling and a glimpse of the one-thousand-year-old capital after dark. To meet fellow travelers to share travel stories, but surely you will drink more than 2.
Insights: Bia Hoi Corner is at intersection of Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien and Dinh Liet Streets, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam. It closes at 2 a.m. A glass of cold beer costs around 7,000 VND.