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Name: Balcony Bar
Address: 4 Le Thai To, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi

Directions: Next to Hoan Kiem Lake. Just around the corner from the main intersection at the Northern end of the lake.

Phone: 098 963 71 89
21.03149979546760 105.85093259811401
Description: A lively little lounge bar with a big balcony overlooking Hoan Kiem and the ever busy Le Thai To Street.
Rating: 3.47 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 6 reviews.

6 Reviews (Followed by 10 users)
HanoiVaEm on Balcony Bar
December 15th, 2010 at 1:17 am

Okay the pics they post up there of Balcony Bars....when did they take that? They look way different than the real place!

I like the balcony seats. It's nice to sit up there and look at all the people below. And yes, hands down, best place for vodka/rum in Hanoi! Other drinks: not good.

khunling on Balcony Bar
August 12th, 2008 at 10:38 am

All the below comments are quite accurate...
To me Balcony bar is basically one of the best place to get smashed around the lake :)
I didn experience the proper cocktails, since the huge spirit mix pint is anyways simpler and more efficient than one can expect!
Definitely The best rate for vodka/redbull in Hanoi!

Czech pivo is also an original alternative to local blond beers.

little improvements to be made for the musik

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jestert79 on Balcony Bar
April 3rd, 2008 at 12:31 am

This place is a refreshing change from sitting in one of those claustrophobic bars on Ta Hien or whatever if you're sitting on the balcony. A great spot for people-watching, and a safe distance from the street vendors and xe om/cyclo drivers.

The blue glow to the place is entrancing! The staff is quite nice and the prices reasonable. The toilet is a bit of a horrorshow, but what does one expect in Hanoi?

We stuck to the Czech beer, which is probably why we avoided drink problems.

The music was actually a problem for us - we walked in and the same song was playing over and over and over again. The barman didn't seem to have a grasp of the workings of the music system and he kept putting songs on repeat, and we kept having to bother him to change it (or just change it when he wasn't looking.) Later, perhaps, the "first-string" staff showed up and we actually heard many different songs.

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Steve on Balcony Bar
April 1st, 2007 at 12:44 am

After all the the talk on the site about this spot it was time to scope it out for ourselves. Initial impressions of the Balcony Bar were impressive. Some really funky music playing and the décor was very unique.

The drink I ordered was superb and only second to Half Man Half Noodle. However a friend ordered a tequila sunrise, which was a great disappointment and possible reason for us not returning there. The drink had no real orange juice (orangina instead) and also had no grenadine.

A second issue was drinks served to minors, granted that it might not be easy to refuse or ask foreigners for identification, but a group of girls from UNIS were out having a good time.
When we asked about the orange juice there was absolute no response.

The only thing going for this place is the music.

Carol on Balcony Bar
September 11th, 2006 at 6:12 am

When I was in Hanoi with a few friends for two nights, I had the fortunate opportunity of stumbling upon the delightful Balcony Bar! Even though I didn't venture out onto the balcony, my experience inside the bar was more than pleasant. The staff was amicable and attentive and the prices were very reasonable. There was also wide variety of drinks to choose from so the night was never dull. Although the space was small, the atmosphere was still very enjoyable. The crowd there was not large so the bar perfectly accomodated everyone. I also had the good fortune to meet one of the owners of the bar, Zaki. Being a fan of house music, I hope to one day see a preformance. I would like to congratulate him and his co-owners for opening up such a convivial and welcoming bar. The Balcony Bar is highly recomended if one has the opportunity of traveling to Hanoi.

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