You can see a lot of humanity at a bia hoi, from red-faced, exuberant bureaucrats to sloppy-drunk washed-up backpackers to elementary school kids who should probably be at home because it’s a school night. The following spots were selected through a process of soliciting recommendations, conducting careful online research, and walking into whatever bia hoi The Historienne happened to already be near.
Craft beer in Vietnam is booming. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City boast at least 20 craft brewers combined, with new ones bubbling up all the time. Stop by Standing Bar in Truc Bach, Furbrew in Tay Ho or Pasteur Street’s new tasting room in the heart of the backpacker district, and the crowds confirm the headlines. And brewers see an even stronger future.
After six years in Berlin, Oanh Nguyen came home to Hanoi and opened Kaiser Kaffee. Now nearly two decades old, the beer hall-esque restaurant offers some of Hanoi’s best German food, beer and Teutonic trinketry. Just don’t ask for an IPA.