Chops Old Quarter is now open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. To celebrate, we’ve put together the ultimate OQ bar crawl to get you nice and merry before ending your night with the perfect burger…
Down at the most bangin’ burger joint in town, we’ve managed to wangle ourselves a late-night license, letting us stay open way into the wee hours of the morning.
To celebrate, we’ve put together the ultimate pre-Chops bar crawl in Old Quarter. Just remember to hit us up when you reach your peak burger-munchie moment at the end of the night.
It’s always best to start your night off with a stomach liner – so why not try some world famous chicken? Back when Trump and Kim rolled into town, our mates over at DB hit the headlines with their signature Durty Donald and Kim Jung-Yum burgers.
If you can stuff two burgers down your gullet in one night, by all means, give them a go before you hit us up later.
For anyone not quite at the Chops level of burger appreciation, we’d recommend pairing a plate of their tasty wings with a can of Bird Brew – their very own craft beer tipple.
The Durty stop off: 37 Ngõ Hàng Hành, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 10000
The first leg of your journey is pretty simple. Head just 30 seconds left of Durty Bird to Polite & Co., your second boozy stop.
This upscale cocktail venue has become one of Hanoi’s drinking institutions, with a extensive range of cocktails and extensive beer list.
From the abstract art that lines the walls, to its ‘1920’s gentlemen’s club’ atmosphere, Polite & Co adds an enjoyable dash of pretension to what could descend into a philistine booze cruise.
The swanky stop: 5b Ngõ Bảo Khánh, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
We’re taking the cocktail bar theme and running with it, but not literally. There has already been too much alcohol consumed for that.
Ne are serious cocktail makers. And while it may take an age and a small fortune to finally get your drink, it will all be worth it. Fans of Hanoi’s famous pho should try Ne’s pho cocktail. It’s unphogettable.
The cocktail stop: 3B Tống Duy Tân, Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
This vintage 1920s speakeasy is currently one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets. Like every good murder mystery, you’ll find the entrance hidden behind a bookcase. Just tug on the blue book, nhe.
This spot his ideal for anyone already exhausted from the hubbub of Hanoi. In the comfort of a cosy fireplace and relaxing balcony setting, Bee’Znees serve up an extensive list of cocktails made with homemade ingredients.
The secret stop: 163 Phùng Hưng, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
When it comes to drinking in Vietnam, beer reigns king. Sadly, that means that wine lovers are a little hard-up. Until now. Fear not fans of fermented grapes, Tannin Wine Bar has what you desire!
This small bar lures you in with its warm lighting and keeps you there with their expansive selection of international wines and nibbles.
With a wine list ranging from 100k to 360k, you’re sure to find something to get you sloshed before taking a left out the door towards Ma May.
The classy stop: 46 Hàng Vải, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Bia Hoi Corner
No Old Quarter bar crawl could come to a close without a penultimate stop off at Bia Hoi Corner.
Bia Hoi Corner, or Ta Hien, is a right of passage for any drinker visiting Hanoi. It’s busy, the stools are tiny, and it flows with cheap beer and conversation with strangers.
Hitting the manic streets of Ta Hien, you’ll be met by tiny blue stool after tiny blue stool outside of a range of bars that appear to merge together. Don’t fret, just pick somewhere with enough space for yourself and your bar crawl crew and indicate to the closest person how many beers you would like.
Your only job after that is to drink.
The corner stop: Tạ Hiện, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Here it is, the final call on your tour. We hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves, please alight on the left and fill your faces with juicy burgers.
We haven’t shuttled you here just to eat though. If you’ve sufficiently filled yourselves with the finest wines and cocktails that Old Quarter has to offer, we’re here to give you a selection of Vietnam’s best craft beers.
We’ve been serving up a range of local brews, along with our bangin’ burgers, since we opened up some four years ago. In that time, we’ve watched the scene explode.
While our range may vary depending on what’s seasonal, or which are the best brews around, you’ll be able to get a taste of what we’ve got on our craft beer menu.
Late-comers can enjoy anything from our triple cooked fries with homemade truffle mayo, to a mouthwatering, shirt soiling Philly Cheesesteak, with NZ sirloin steak, bell peppers, jalapenos, onions, Swiss cheese, and garlic mayo.
We also advise ending the night with 2-for-1 Hai Ba Trung lagers between 10PM and midnight, or a free Hai Ba Trung beer with any food menu item from 11PM to 1AM.
Call it our way of keeping the party going!
The Chops stop: 12 Hàng Bạc, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội – open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, 12pm on other nights
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