Bia hoi is the cheapest beer in the world! Bia hoi can be found in Hanoi, Vietnam, its surrounding areas and that’s it! One beer costs between 5,000 – 7,000 VND (0.23- 0.32 USD) depending on where you find it. One would think that because it is the cheapest beer in the world, it might also be the worst beer in the world. However, I have easily had worse! It might be not the crown jewel of beers but it does its job and is drinkable. What more can you ask for?!
Bia hoi is also the freshest beer in the world!
Not only is bia hoi the cheapest beer in the world, but it is also the freshest! Bia hoi is a very light beer, does not have a strong taste during or after drinking it and contains roughly 4% alcohol. Bia hoi is made in Hanoi every night and delivered to drinking establishments early every morning. Each day you’ll see men driving motorbikes with 4-6 kegs strapped onto their motorbike delivering the beer or removing empty kegs. Drinking establishments have a standing order for bia hoi and generally know how much bia hoi they will sell on any given day.
It is considered the freshest beer because it is made without any preservatives and must be drunk within 24 hours of production. For this reason, Hanoi and its surrounding areas are the only places you can find bia hoi.
Drink bia hoi at Beer Corner
Beer Corner is located at Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Although it is referred to as “Beer Corner,” it has become such a popular drinking spot for locals, expats and backpackers that its name should really be changed to “Beer Street.”
Ta Hien is already narrow enough but at night you’ll have to squeeze through the crowds of bia hoi enthusiasts to walk down the street or find your own drinking spot. Customers sit on mini plastic stools on the street for hours on end, but with 10 beers costing 50,000 – 70,000 VND (2.25 – 3.15 USD) you can understand why! Since you’ll be drinking bia hoi on the street outside of all the establishments, the specific bar you choose should not be much of a concern. Beer Corner is so busy that you’ll just need to grab a stool wherever you can find one! Plus, most establishments give you a plate of salty nuts for free, which of course encourages you to drink more bia hoi!
Drink Bia Hoi at Bia Hois!
Bia hoi is the beer. A bia hoi is a restaurant that serves bia hoi beer! Bia hois are located throughout Hanoi. Look for the giant yellow signs reading “Bia Hoi Ha Noi” hanging above restaurant entrances and you know you’ve found the right place!
Bia hois are reminiscent of middle school cafeterias. Most have long tables so you’ll often be sitting at a table shared by multiple groups of friends. They are very casual, with no decorations, and just the bare minimum that you would need for a restaurant.
The extensive menus serve practically any Vietnamese dish you could ever want in Hanoi! The menus are broken into food categories with each category listing different ways that food is prepared. Categories include rice, noodles, fish, beer, chicken, frog, snails, and more! Bia hois are great places to come with a large group of friends because the food is relatively cheap and easy to share and the bia hoi is always flowing!
Drinking bia hoi is a great way to start the evening!
By now you know bia hoi is cheap and can easily be found throughout Hanoi. Because of its accessibility, finding a place to drink multiple bia hois is a great beginning to a night out in Hanoi. Hanoi is a large city, which means people’s apartments and houses are widely scattered, with a few main hubs for expats. Whether you live five minutes from your friend or a 30 minute motorbike ride from them, or if you are just passing through Hanoi, drinking at a bia hoi or at Beer Corner will satisfy anyone’s night plans.
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