Bia Hoi has appeared in Hanoi since the 1960s, and it has experienced the many ups and downs of the nation's history. Bia Hoi Hanoi is mentioned not only as a beverage but also as one of the unique cultural features of the Ha Thanh land which has a thousand-year-old civilization. Although there are a lot of different beers and beverages coming into the life of the people here, the memories and values of Bia Hoi Hanoi will always remain a distinctive mark which can’t be blurred.
The history of Hanoi beer, that we have heard, shows a long process of forming a beer-drinking habit of people here. Today, this drink presents in many people's daily work. Beer is also available in many forms of diplomacy, from work, business to personal life.
Two friends drink Bia Hoi at a corner of Hanoi (Source: Internet)
Hanoians can drink beer for any reason, happiness or sadness, as long as they can sit with their friends. Sometimes they just sit lonely in the beer store with a cold white foam beer in order to slake their thirst. On a sunny day, the street beer stores in Hanoi are always full of people. You can also ask your Vietnam tours company for glasses of Bia Hoi Hanoi while visiting this capital city.
Why You Should Try Bia Hoi Hanoi?
Bia Hoi Hanoi is a cheap drink, which is available in every street of this city. A glass of Bia Hoi only costs you 7000-10,000VNĐ (about 30 US cents to 50 US cents). This kind of drink has a good price because it has a simple production process, the ingredients are abundant, and the cycle of producing it takes place quickly. Compared with top multinational companies in Vietnam that produce beer like Heineken, Budweiser, Carlsberg, Tiger, the price of Bia Hoi is much cheaper.
To enjoy the friendly and relaxed life when drinking Bia Hoi, you don’t need to go to any bars or luxurious restaurants to relish this drink; you can find this kind of drink easily on any street of Hanoi. A “real” Bia Hoi store needs nothing more than a couple of plastic tables and stools, a friendly storekeeper and of course Bia Hoi. Being stored in a big crate, Bia Hoi Hanoi is poured directly into traditional light green glasses with a bit of white foam when the customer orders to guarantee the good taste of the beer. The atmosphere in the beer store is always noisy. The customers are allowed to do everything they feel comfortable with such as smoke cigarettes, speak or laugh loudly, put all their odds and ends on the grounds. But no matter who you are, a worker, driver, student, officer in national companies or American companies in Vietnam, you are always welcome in a Bia Hoi store at any corner of Hanoi.
Pouring Bia Hoi is also an art
The unique and special flavor of Bia Hoi Hanoi is something which fascinates all men in this city. The taste of this beer is light, not very strong, but unique. A large glass of beer with the white foam and a plate of roasted peanut are enough to keep you sitting down and sharing your stories.
So simple but perfect for meeting with friends
Not Only A Beverage But Also A Culture
- Hanoi street beer, Bia Hoi, is a specialty of this capital city together with Pho. When mentioning Vietnamese beer, we can’t look past Bia Hoi Hanoi, and when visiting Hanoi, we can’t help drinking a glass of cold Bia Hoi. Bia Hoi has the exuberant and friendly characteristics of Vietnamese. No wonder Vietnamese consider it a folk specialty.
- The sound coming from Bia Hoi stores is also the sound of urban life. It is the sound of hurly-burly, but it is also the sound of liberty and freedom. There is no class division in this beer store. People come here to drink, to share or to chat with their friends and to enjoy the noise coming from everywhere. The noise from the drinkers, the staff, the collisions of the glasses or from the traffic outside. Sometimes, drinking Bia Hoi is just an excuse for people who enjoy the turbulent sounds of the street beer store.
Drink Bia Hoi and listen to the sounds of life
- Bia Hoi is also associated with Hanoi travels. A Vietnam tours company tour guide has said: “no one comes to Hanoi without visiting Ta Hien Beer Street”. That’s absolutely right, as this street is always crowded every night. People come here to drink beer, to eat snacks, to listen to music or simply to enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the Old Quarter. Sitting down on this street to drink a glass of beer, you can watch the passers-by of all different nationalities and cultures.
Ta Hien Beer Street at night
How to Drink Bia Hoi Hanoi Like the Locals
The Beer Glass
The special thing about Bia Hoi Hanoi not only comes from its flavor, but it also comes from the glass you drink the beer out of. Hanoians only use “Cốc Vại” (glass jar) for their delicious drink. Cốc Vại is made from thick glass so it is quite heavy. Its color is the combination of white and green emphasizing thousands of air bubbles around the cup. The color and the design of the glass makes drinking Bia Hoi seem tastier. Pouring the beer into this glass, you can easily watch the foam floating above the beer, the beer bubbles emerge slowly from the bottom of the glass, which really stimulates your tastebuds.
“Cốc vại”- Glass used to drink Bia Hoi
Bia Hoi snacks
The simplest food which every beer store serves is peanuts. Peanuts are fried or boiled depending on the requirements of the customer. Besides peanuts, fried tofu is an indispensable dish. Tofu is accompanied with Mắm Tôm (shrimp sauce) and a basket of basil leaves. All you need to do before eating this delish food is squeeze the lemon into the sauce, add some chili and mix them together. Dipping your golden fried tofu into the sauce and eating it after taking a sip of Bia Hoi is an unforgettable feeling.
Space When Drinking Bia Hoi
Bia Hoi is a popular beverage, the king of street drinks. Beer drinkers dislike the narrow space because when they get drunk, they want to talk, sing loudly and sometimes dance funnily. Hence, the beer store in Vietnamese style must be very opened and spacious. Besides this, the tables and stools used in the beer store are usually simple plastic ones arranged freely .
A Bia Hoi store in Hanoi
Where Can You Have An Excellent Glass Of Bia Hoi In Hanoi?
Bia Hoi used to be a rare drink in the memory of Hanoians. In the past, people had to queue for a long time to buy a glass of this beer. In the 1960s, Hanoians bought this delicious drink in national trade stores which had lovely names such as “tiger cage” Bia Hoi.
“Tiger cage” Bia Hoi in Hanoi
Nowadays, there are a lot of Bia Hoi stores on all the streets of Hanoi, but you can review the following places recommended by our Vietnam travel company to have the best Bia Hoi experience.
● Bia Hoi Hanoi Hải Xồm:
Address: No. 181 Giảng Võ Street
No. 91 Hoàng Quốc Việt Street
No. 23 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu Street
No. 22 Tăng Bạt Hổ Street
No. 48 Tăng Bạt Hổ Street
● Bia Hoi Hanoi Lan Chín:
Address: No. 02 Tràng Tiền Street
No. 01 Láng Hạ Street
No. 14 Tăng Bạt Hổ Street
● Bia Hoi corner, Hanoi- Special beer
Address: No. 9B Tạ Hiện Street
● Bia Hoi Hanoi
Address: No. 46 Mã Mây Street
Bia Hoi Hanoi is an outstanding characteristic of Hanoi culinary culture. Find a suitable Vietnam tours company to visit and enjoy this famous beer.