Highway 4, Hanoi - review by Rusty Compass
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Highway 4, Hanoi

| 24 Aug 2013
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Highway 4, Hanoi
5 Hàng Tre, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi


Price guide: $$$

Our rating
24 Aug 2013

Highway 4 is an old Hanoi favourite that's lost some of its ramshackle edge in recent years. Still a dependable stop for northern Vietnamese flavours and a spot of exotic Vietnamese liquor.

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Highway 4 began as a no-frills distillery and dispensary of exotic Vietnamese liquor in the late 90s. It was inspired by the rice wine based liquor of Vietnam's ethnic minority people. Highway 4 is the road that connects Hanoi with the mountain country to the north where many of Vietnam's ethnic minority tribes live.

More than ten years on, the low stools, bamboo tables and rustic feel has given way to something a little more slick. Some of the original rustic charm has been lost.

The traditional Vietnamese country style cuisine is still good and if you're inclined, you can sample the rice wine that's now served under the Son Tinh brand.

It's busy most nights with locals and foreigners and can get quite noisy.
In addition to the original Highway 4 on Hang Tre St, there's an outlet in the 25 Bat Su St in the Old Quarter.

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