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Hanoi's Best Places for Outdoor Drinking

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In Hanoi, life is very much lived on the streets. Numerous cafés and bars spill out onto the pavement, allowing patrons to enjoy an alfresco beer. The recent addition of rooftop bars and lounges has moved the ante up a notch.
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5 Nguyễn Siêu, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam
There are more local bia hoi hot spots in Hanoi, but the strip of venues at the crossroads of Ha Tien and Luong Ngoc Quyen is justifiably famous for its buzzing atmosphere and cross-cultural mash-up. Beer is slightly more expensive than at other...
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1A Tăng Bạt Hổ, Phạm Đình Hổ, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
One of the longest-established microbreweries in Vietnam, Hoa Vien is also one of the best. A range of Czech-style beers are available here including a very acceptable pilsner as well as some darker options. There's a decent beer garden,...
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83 Lý Thường Kiệt, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
In terms of its restaurants and bars, Hanoi is generally a pair of comfy slippers to Ho Chi Minh City's full on bling sandals. There are notable exceptions to this rule, however, with one being this citadel of swank. The ultra-modern bar commands...
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34C Cao Bá Quát, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Both Bar Betta and Tadioto were among the stalwarts in the now-defunct Zone 9, an arty area which revolutionized Hanoi's nightlife for a short time before being shut down. The original Bar Betta, however, is still a sterling choice for a drink...
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16 Lane 27 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For some of best views (and food) in Hanoi, try the top-floor verandah at this West Lake institution. The climb to the fourth floor can be an effort -- especially during the sweltering summer months -- but it is worth it worth the laid-back...
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73 Cầu Gỗ, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Old Quarter is known more for its tourist-friendly cafes and pubs than its classy lounges, but Avalon makes a fair stab at applying the glitz. Six floors above ground level, this spot oozes exotica in everything from its furniture to drinks...
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Số 12 Phúc Tân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phuc Tan is something of a dive. In a city where things tend to shut early this is generally the last port of call for when the evening drags on a little bit longer than is perhaps advisable. Nevertheless, there's a lot to like about the venue....
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54 Liễu Giai, Cống Vị, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
One of Hanoi's newest hotels, the Korean-run Lotte Hotel is also one of the most noticeable towers in the city. As such, the views from its rooftop bar, the Top of Hanoi, are as impressive as you would expect. Seating is perhaps a little more...
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15 Phố Ngô Quyền, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 010000, Vietnam
A landmark in Hanoi’s French Quarter since opening in 1901, this colonial building with distinctive green shutters and gleaming vintage Citroën Traction cars out front has welcomed presidents, ambassadors, and literary and cinematic...