The bar sits comfortably next to the skate park in this massive space — Hanoi’s premier spot for youth culture and entertainment. To begin with, they only serve beer, so if you’re looking for a cocktail menu, go elsewhere; they have a bottle of vodka in the fridge, but that’s about it.
Beer, Glorious Beer
The beer is certainly a hallmark feature of the décor too — entire walls seem to be built entirely of empty beer bottles, and the bar is definitely not running low on the stuff. A glass of bia hoi costs VND10,000, but the atmosphere here is more upmarket than your average blue plastic chair watering hole.
The space is made up of a main bar area downstairs, with slate floors, wooden tables and chairs, bare red brick walls, and a giant propaganda-esque mural of a soldier and a farmer sporting outstretched arms, imploring a busy barman to refill their pints. There’s also a TV for screening football, and an outside seating area and upstairs is an open-top area full of seating, begging for a sunny day.
There’s a good selection of bottled beers to choose from including Heineken, Tiger Crystal, Truc Bach and Hanoi; the prices average around VND30,000.
Godzilla’s own Menu
The menu is too big — totally overwhelming. There are hundreds of food options to choose from. All of the food is Vietnamese, and the prices range between VND50,000 and VND100,000 per dish. The quality is good, and the portions are generous. Think meat, rice, fried noodles, seafood, soups, salads and just about anything else you’re liable to find in Vietnam.
While relatively quiet on weeknights, Friday brings the crowd, and also the live music, with bands playing anything from rock and blues to Vietnamese classics.
This is certainly a place to come with a group of friends, the long wooden tables want you to fill them with food to share around, the atmosphere demands that you leave your hassle at the door, and the staff come across as the kind of people you know you can crack a joke with.
The bar is close to Rec Room, and of course, the many events put on at Hanoi Creative City are on its doorstep. If you’ve never been before, then come on a Friday night, when the place really gets interesting, or on an afternoon when the sun’s out.
Bia-Khu9 is located at Hanoi Creative City, 1 Luong Yen, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
Photos by Teigue John Blokpoel