Directions: Directly North of Hoan Kiem Lake on the narrow bar street just past the bia hoi corner.Phone: (+84) (0)24 39263104
3C Le Van Luong Street (Golden Palace Building, 3rd Floor), Thanh Xuan District, Thanh Xuân, Hanoi
I love this place. one of the spots in Hanoi that just does not change-- too much! Came back to Hanoi, after an extended absence, and was shocked about how many of my old hunts had gone belly up!
Not sure what happened to the doors, or the man himself, but the place stayed true to the spirit of Hanoi!
Kao San Road
Bar owners beware, 2HU were forced to sit on the side of the road yesterday for beer and pies. It is believed that Mao from Mao’s red lounge didn’t change his opening time to accommodate this important weekly drinking session, apparently a bad move on his part as it lead to a 1 star review of his bar from someone who wasn’t even allowed in.
Don’t make the same mistake Mao did, when dealing with such a high caliber of customer you have to pull out all the stops be prepared for anything, it’s the key to survival in this unforgiving game. Well done to the folks at the Bia Hoi corner for tending to their wounds and nursing them back to health, just enough so that they could continue solving the worlds problems from their small plastic chairs ,God only knows what would have happened had their needs not been met.
Who will be next you ask? Well, it remains to be seen I have a feeling that Le Pub (Xuan Dieu) had better watch out. But, if it happens to be you or your bar remember, hell hath no fury like a house husband scorned.
Ps, Mao’s rocks if you go when it’s open.
In the quickly "Kao San Road"ing area of Hanoi, one place stays true. Mao's.
Loves the man. Even if he's hardly there anymore, he seems to have an unending line of cousins to stock up the place.
Cheapest drinks around, and when you wrestle the ipod from the staff and put your own, the music ain't bad.
Hate the new door, but you'll have to thank the French government for that. Effing merci guys. Really.
Almost every night I go out I end up at Mao's at some point, with good reason. Trying new bars in Hanoi is usually a frustrating experience, yet I can always count on Mao's to provide exactly what I'm looking for. The drinks are always solid and fairly priced and the atmosphere is the best I have found in Hanoi so far. I can even listen to the music without cringing, which is a huge win in my book. Blaring 90s pop has its use but sometimes I want to talk to people. As I continue to try new bars in Hanoi, I expect I'll continue to come running back to Mao's in the end. Again and again, the prodigal son returns.