Ta Hien Street (Beer Street) - A Backpacker’s Haven in Hanoi!

Duc - October 28, 2018

Why Ta Hien Street becomes a must-visit place in Hanoi Old Quarter? Do you know why locals want to hang out on this narrow and crowded street on weekends? Why people call it "Beer street Hanoi"?

The answer to your question is so simple! Because Ta Hien street is super famous for beer. So, grab some beer and explore Hanoi nightlife on burning hot days. Nowhere to enjoy the dynamic nightlife of Hanoi and drink "cool beer" better than Ta Hien street. Not only for beer lovers and night owls, Beer street Hanoi is a paradise to discover Vietnamese cuisine. All the best Hanoi street foods are here! If you are a food enthusiast, don't miss this delicious chance to savor it all!

Ta Hien, located at Hanoi Old Quarter, is always full of locals and foreign tourists

Ta Hien, located at Hanoi Old Quarter, is always full of locals and foreign tourists

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So, I will drink beer in a pub? - Beer Street Hanoi

If you imagine yourself sitting in a pub and enjoy beer in Ta Hien Street Hanoi, you will be completely wrong!

There is no proper pub here, not even a proper table. Customers will sit on small stools around a little taller plastic or wooden stools on which food and beer bottles are placed. It may be uncomfortable for some foreigners, but it creates a unique atmosphere for customers to experience ancient local lifestyles in Hanoi. Besides, one of the best parts of drinking beer here is that the beer is usually served along with delicious food such as roasted squid, fried fermented pork rolls, roasted bird meat, or simply a plate of sunflower’s seeds.

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 People all sitting at the pavement drinking beer at night in Ta Hien Street Hanoii

 People all sitting at the pavement drinking beer at night

Like any other pub street, the atmosphere here becomes more lively when the night falls down with the influx of both locals and foreigners. The quietness of the street in the daytime is suddenly replaced with the noisiness. The whole street is crowded with groups of people drinking beer and chatting with each other. Echoed throughout the street is the sound of “một hai ba…dzô!” (one two three… cheers!) from both local and foreign customers.

The common thing among beer restaurant in Ta Hien is its simple and street style. Everything is on street sides with plastic chairs used for both seat and table. The customers can order a mug of beer and sit for hours without being interrupted. The comfortable and friendly atmosphere, as well as great beers and foods, are the main reasons for the attraction of Ta Hien Street.

Cheap but absolutely delicious street food at Ta Hien street

Cheap but absolutely delicious street food at Ta Hien street

What drink can I have from Hanoi Beer Street?

Because of its name, beer is everywhere! Hanoi is really well-known for "pavement beer". No need for decent tables and chairs, just beer and street foods are enough for Hanoians to chit-chat all night long.

Bia co (Ta Hien beer) - a typical specialty of Hanoi beer street

The most unique things you can get from Ta Hien street is Bia co. This beer is not the first-class one, neither have a special taste. But the memorable experience we get is a distinctive flavor of Hanoi pavement culture, inharmonious with the bittersweet taste of Bia co.

Bia co on Hanoi beer street

Bia co on Hanoi beer street

I'm not sure to say Ta Hien beer is a brilliant drink, but I'm totally sure that it's unique and peculiar. Ta Hien beer is so good because of the aromatic combination of flavors: sweet-smelling roasted squids, delicious fried "nem chua" and many more...

Ta Hien beer is the spirit of beer street Hanoi. A little light-tasted yeast has the ability to stimulate excitement, making people's emotion "bloom" entirely. They don't need a large space and don't mind noise around. All they wanna notice is to be passionate about beer fragrance, with their and their friends' stories.

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Bia Pho Co: serving beer and snack

  • Address: 18 Ta Hien street

  • Opening hours: 8 am to 10:30 pm
  • Price: 50,000 - 100,000 VND

Other types of beer and beverages

Looking at the menu, you can order a well-branded beer like Tiger, Saigon, Halida... Whiskey, rum, gin... are here too. Personally, I still recommend tasting Bia co first.

Beer stores are close together along Ta Hien street. They may be crowded all the time, especially on weekend nights. But only this time, you truly live Hanoi nightlife.

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Ta Hien Street food - what are you waiting for at Ta Hien?

Aside from beers and pubs, personally, I think Tạ Hiện street is like a narrow or a mini version of food heaven with lots of super small alleyways and twisted intersections, which I presume very fit for a curious explorer who wants to enjoy a little bit taste of rusticity. On the small and crowded street of Ta Hien, you can find a variety of best Hanoi street foods such as Nem chua, Vietnamese bread, noodles, sweet porridges…

The snack foods to serve with the beer are also diverse, from traditional ones such as nem Phung, fried nem, nem, boiled peanut to Western ones such as fried chips, cheese stick,… Moreover, prices are generally cheap

Fried "nem chua" and fried chips

Fried "nem chua" and fried chips

Fried "nem chua" and fried chips (insta: 2uang_)

These are 2 dishes we can't miss on the list of street foods in Hanoi. Enjoy each piece of fried nem chua with fried chips, you will feel the sweet spicy taste of chili sauce, in concordance with a greasy flavor of nem inside and crispy layer of fried chips outside. Fantastic! Each nem chua only costs 5.000 VND (about 25 cents).

Chim cut nuong (Roasted quail)

  • Address: 5B Ta Hien street
  • Opening hours: 4:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Price: 35,000 VND/ one serving of 4 birds

 Chim cut nuong

 Chim cut nuong

Cheese stick

Only in a short time, this dish won the heart of Hanoian youth. Fresh yellow, crispy cheese stick, take a bite and we will taste thick layer of cheese. Sounds great! Price is so modest too: 6.000 VND each stick

Cheese stick in Beer street Hanoi 

Cheese stick in Beer street Hanoi (insta: nofoodphobia)

Chan ga hap sa (Chicken feet steamed with citronella)

This is an indispensable dish for Hanoi people. Chicken feet soak into flavor steadily, have a gentle smell of citronella. It always succeeds in making a very strong impression on every single person crossing by. Sour and sweet flavor of the sauce, mild spicy of citronella, along with crispy chicken feet. So yummy!

  • Address: 37 Ta Hien street
  • Price: 40.000 VND/dish
  • Besides chan ga hap sa, don't forget tasting fried chicken feet with fish sauce nearby. Its taste is also wonderful as chan ga hap sa!

Ta Hien Street (Beer Street) - The International Crossroad In Hanoi

Chan ga hap xa is in green leaf-shaped plate in the picture

Going to the bar after enjoying Hanoi Beer Street?

Local Bar

  • Address: 16 Ta Hien street
  • Opening hours: 4 pm to 5 am

1900 Le Théatre Bar

  • Address: 8 Ta Hien street
  • Opening hours: 8 pm to 1 am

Ta Hien Street (Beer Street) - The International Crossroad In Hanoi

 1900 Le Théatre Bar

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Ta Hien Street Hanoi - What's more?

As I mentioned before, Hanoians prefer the name Beer Street Hanoi. We usually call it Foreigner Street (Pho Tay) too, as it's an “international crossroad” drawing many foreign visitors as well as Hanoians. 266 meters in length, Ta Hien street extends from Hang Buom to Hang Bac street, crossing Luong Ngoc Quyen street.

Ta Hien Street takes its name after Ta Quang Hien, Admiral of Tonkin Military Forces (under Nguyen Dynasty, Emperor Ham Nghi), leader of the Can Vuong movement in Thai Binh province.

Ta Hien Street (Beer Street) - The International Crossroad In Hanoi

Ta Hien during the day is relatively quiet and unoccupied

During the French colonization time, the street was named Géraud. Ta Quang Hien, as a leader of an anti-France colonization campaign, resigned from his position as Lord Lieutenant and led liberal fighters against the French army. At the end of that year, after recruiting about 4000-5000 liberal fighters, his army regained Thai Binh Province and prevailed in other battles afterward. But in a battle in February 1887, he was captured and killed.

Ta Hien still kept most of its old texture and time-worn structure

Another interesting fact about the name Ta Hien is that it was sometimes misread into Tạ Hiền (originally ‘Tạ Hiện’,) so it creates a huge confusion for tourists because the words of ‘Tạ Hiền’ and ‘Tạ Hiện’ are both displayed on signboards in the same street. Ta Hien still kept most of its old texture and time-worn structure.

Ta Hien Street (Beer Street) - The International Crossroad In Hanoi

Ta Hien Street - Beer Street - The International Crossroads

All the pubs at the crossroads of Ta Hien – Luong Ngoc Quyen have been operated for over a decade. The beer here is known to be cheap and tourist-magnetic. Pub operators from time to time speak Vietnamese and some English to communicate with their customers who come from different countries. Eventually, it appeared the informal name of the crossroads – ‘The International Crossroads’ (Ngã tư Quốc tế).

Don't miss a chance to visit this amazing destination while in Hanoi. If you have any question, feel free to ask. AZ Local Team is always here to help!