From the people who brought you Rockstore, Craft Beer Pub, and more, comes Westlake Station. This latest addition to Hanoi’s weekend roster is far from subtle.
A little over five years ago, Red River Tea Room (RRTR) opened its doors, and would go on to become one of the most iconic bars in Hanoi; a uniquely chilled-out place with great staff, great drinks and Frank the dog.
You are struck by the scale of the place as soon as you walk up the small staircase into East West. It’s a grand arena, and the lofty ceilings match its impressive ambition. The trick is to make the large space inviting without being intimidating, and East West have pulled it off.
Ho Chi Minh City has just welcomed a new brewery, Heart of Darkness. The brewery currently produces 12 types of craft beer including a golden ale, a pale ale, an IPA, a wheat beer and a pilsner.
If you fancy going for a beer and a game of billiards, on the far side of town, then head on down to Heyday Beer Club.
Just opened last month, the ever-evolving streets around Hanoi’s trendy West Lake now host a new craft beer venue.
Back for its second outing in Saigon, this year’s festival is upping the stakes
If you blink on To Ngoc Van, you might miss The Kneipe, which only has a tiny black-and-white sign and some motorbikes outside letting you know it’s there. It’s that easy to miss.
Infamous for fueling the cheap-beer-filled nights of many a Hanoian, Beer 2KU is expanding. Already seven locations deep, the brand’s latest venture sits on prime Quang An real estate, a low-key lakefront oasis sandwiched between the fancier of Tay Ho’s eateries. The first time I passed by, I had to do a double take. Is that an actual pool inside the bar? Yes it is.
CRAFT BEER BAR
90 Xuan Thuy, Q2, Tel: (08) 3744 2588
As craft beer continues to take over watering holes around Ho Chi Minh City, so a bar dedicated to all things ‘craft’ and ‘real ale’ seems like a pretty sensible idea, right? Well, it is. Only small, but with wooden tables perfect for sharing, both on tap and by the bottle, Bia Craft sells up a delectable range of the good stuff. Looking for Tiger? Go take a hike. Also has a decent food menu.