Standing Bar, Hanoi - review by Rusty Compass
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Standing Bar, Hanoi

| 15 Feb 2017
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Standing Bar, Hanoi
170 Trấn Vũ, Trúc Bạch, Hanoi
+84 4 3266 8057
4PM till midnight

Our rating
15 Feb 2017

Craft beer specialist on Hanoi’s Truc Bach Lake - opened in 2016. Big selection of Vietnamese craft beers. Popular laid back watering hole with expats. Despite the name, there's plenty of seating.

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I understand that the standing bar concept originates from Japan, and a group of diehard Hanoi expats, old hands in food and beverage businesses, are behind this reinterpretation. There is a difference here though. Customers aren’t compelled to stand up. There are seats everywhere. A standing bar where few stand.

In fact the only place I noted where standing was compulsory, was the men’s bathroom - which was created with only one type of male toileting ritual in mind. It's like Hanoi back in the early 90s. Not a venue for a delicate belly.

Saigon might be where most of Vietnam’s craft beer is being created, but by all accounts, Hanoi is where a lot of the drinking occurs. The Standing Bar opened in 2016 to help feed the thirst with 16 different ales on tap. A good place for a drink and a chat. There’s also a tapas menu.

Standing Bar also hosts regular comedy nights with local and visiting acts.

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Mark Bowyer
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