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Name: Polite Pub
Address: 5 Bao Khanh Lane, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi

Directions: On the popular loop on cafes and bars just off of the northwest side of Hoan Kiem Lake.

Phone: 090 419 80 86
21.03064358608847 105.85047125816345
Description: A little taste of England.. popular with expats and travelers alike. Lots of sports on TV.
Rating: 3.47 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 19 reviews.

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Tầng 4, Số 165 Bà Triệu, phường Lê Đại Hành, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi

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19 Reviews (Followed by 11 users)
 
Johnny
Johnny on Polite Pub
May 1st, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Just read a review of this place below saying that Polite Pub is for the gay community... for the avoidance of confusion, that's next door to the right at GC...!

Onto Polite Pub. It's well positioned in the center of Bao Khanh. I come here once in a while for a cold beer when I feel like heading into town with one or two friends. It's not the kind of old quarter bar where I know I'm going to bump into just about everyone I know, which is one of the reasons I come here consistently. On first impressions it may not stand out, but the little touches here and there keep me coming back - selective music, candles on quiet nights, peanuts, pool table, friendly staff, cosy lighting, a mix of interesting patrons including the less rowdy (and probably more well-travelled) travellers, a few expats and a healthy number of local Vietnamese. It's non-intrusive and it's relaxing which is what I'm looking for when I go there. Many pubs in Hanoi could learn a lesson from this establishment in that regard.

Great for a midweek drink. A solid and respectable four stars.

 
minchoc
minchoc on Polite Pub
January 29th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

nothing special for a weekend drink, they play classic rock music, not so loud. nobody dance, quite nice for just a drink and talking with friends on a weekday. staffs and the owner all nice, and the price is ok!

 
meshuggah
meshuggah on Polite Pub
September 14th, 2012 at 11:56 am

Nothing special or fancy to write home about, but this watering hole still has its own characters that separate itself from other establishments in the Old Quarter. Like the act of displaying a withered peach blossom twig for months (or years?)after Tet holiday had long gone. Like the plate of peanuts roasted in five-spice powder that goes along nicely with your cold pint. Place like this doesn't really need to be reviewed, it's just there and doing what it is supposed to offer for the patrons.

 
HappyXpat
HappyXpat on Polite Pub
September 13th, 2012 at 4:18 am

Not bad, not good. In fact, fairly not worth talking about at all.

Normal decor of a 'real' pub, but lacking in all stuff that would make it worth going to.

First time I looked for this place I missedit entirely. That's not a loss, it's mediocre at best.

Bit sad as I really thought Polite Pub offered more by other reviews. Won't be a regular.

 
Ange
Ange on Polite Pub
September 11th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

The first thing to point out is that it really doesn't seem to be the expat pub that it's described as in numerous places. When I went there, there were no other foreigners there. The patrons were almost exlusively groups of 2-4 middle aged Vietnamese guys sitting around chatting, yes, politely with each other.

They pour a good beer here (Tiger and Carlsberg on tap) and have a fair amount of spirits behind the bar. It's dark and smoky and the decor is definitely reminiscent of an English pub, so full credit there.

The music sucked in my view, dance music has no place in an English-style pub in the early evening. But, I must assume they were catering to the tastes of the 95 per cent of the clientele that were Vietnamese and not the two foreigners sitting at the bar.

Overall, it's not a bad place at all and worth coming for drink if you want a place you can chat quietly, or a place you can be left alone at the bar without being hassled during your evening pint.

The staff were friendly and spoke English. We paid 150,000 for four beers. That puts them in the same price league as Le Pub and R&R, both of which are much more lively and much less smoky.

I'd give it three and a half if I could.

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