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Directions: At the of Ta Hien Street, directly north of Hoan Kiem.Phone: +84 4 39263050
76 Yen Phu, Tây Hồ, Hanoi
“A restaurant with a strange name in a strange place. "Tivoli Cafe" and yet there is no Italian food. Coffee, I guess? And the Hanoi Club is just odd. Is it a hotel? A country club? Social club? And yet, the food here is actually good and cheap. Seen a foreign chef milling about. Looke...”
Oh Tet Bar! Sad sad sad!!! What's happening to you? After a few months of avoiding Ta Hien, I really missed Tet Bar and decided to go there tonight. I loved the place ever since the first time I went there some years ago. I liked the casual atmosphere, the drinks, the music. The owner (chi Thanh?), her daughter, the waitress Nghiem, and the bartender boy were all adorable, nice, attentive, and pleasant to chat with. Tet was one of those very few quiet bars that could stay quiet no matter how late.
I came there tonight and was shocked. There was club music blasting, and I could hardly talk with my friend who sat right next to me. When I asked the new waitress if she could change the music to the good old classic rock/rock n roll like usual, she basically ignored me a few times, then she said later, but never actually did it. For a place so intimate like Tet, you won't appreciate such an indifferent waitress. Our group of nine ended up leaving early because 1. we couldn't hear one another at all, and 2. the waitress was so rude. The music was unbearable for such a tiny space (it was much more suitable for a club like T-Bar). After all, my mojito was very mediocre, nothing like the drinks they made in Tet a few months back.
A very small bar on Ta Hien.
pros: open VERY LATE, always have cold beer (or water, if needed), and tasty toasties
cons: so small! you have to be contorsionist to go upstairs or to use the bathroom, which door doesn't close properly, so you can glance at the customers while making your business.
I'm definitly not a regular, but I have to say that's it's a convenient bar because it's closing so late (is it actually closing or does it stay open 24/24??), so, after a big night partying, you will always find a place to sit and recover.
It's after midnight and you absolutely, positively, must drink more beer or watered down whiskey... TET bar is pretty much your only option. Now that Po Po is messing with Finnigans, The TET bar and another rastariffic location are your only two options for after hour indulgence. Yes, I know about the river and the vomit boat,lighthouse,stones9 blah blah, but who the hell wants to go there on motorbike or otherwise. Always a pain in the ass. So back to the OQ and TET bar. You're basically a prisoner after midnight and your warden is a short haired woman in jackboots and the guards are her trusty motorbike parkers. It is a hell of a nice prison, with beer and toasted sandwiches, but a prison nontheless. Again, you know who you are, if you just can't stop at 10 or 12 or 14 beers then TET bar is for you. If you actually managed to get pissed up off of Bia Hoi and the cops just kicked you off the street..TET bar. If you are drunk and feel like practicing your French..TET. If you want to pretend to be Andy from Shawshank Redemption and drop to your knees after taking that insane half mile walk through dark back alleys going from the bar to the street, Raise your arms up and scream to the night air that. "You're Free!" Give er a go. It is what it is, one of the only places to get a cheap drink after midnight. Seriously,be honest, it could be a rusted out VW van in the middle of a sewage treatment plant with SARS ridden waitresses... but if they had cheap drinks after midnight. Most of us would end up there sooner than later. 3 stars for TET!!!
It is such a nice place to hang out after hour when you usually tired from all the dancing from previous hours but don't really want to go home just yet. The staff are lovely. Sometime you would have to stay really quite when the polices pass by while the door is shut. But it makes good laugh after since everyone is so drunk and try to keep their mouth shut. The latest I stayed here was until 3 A.M so dont know if they actually close or not.
Can't say no to another beer?
Had 18 coffees today and now is not the time to sleep?
Wanna stay up all night an have the odd snack?
Trying to pick up someone but aren't quire drunk/charming enough yet?
Can't be bothered/unwilling/incapable/too drunk to move from Ta Hien?
It does what it does, and it does that pretty well.
Let us judge it in peace.
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