Hanoi Taco Bar
May 11, 2018
Within the historic warren that is Hanoi’s Old Quarter, one has always been able to find grand architecture, delicious local food, and plenty of bustling bars. What you couldn’t find up until now was a stylish spot serving high end craft cocktails and fare that fuses Mexican and Vietnamese flavors, but that all changed when Hanoi Taco Bar opened its doors.
Let’s first talk about the aesthetics of Hanoi Taco Bar, as the bar certainly makes a great first impression. Sleek floor tiles, low candlelight, greenery, and chunky wooden tables welcome you in, with the bar lying directly in front of you. It’s an intimate ‘shopkeeper-style’ space, reminding us a bit of a true Mexican cantina.
Once it’s time for a drink, you are spoiled for choice as the venue dazzles with a menu full of timeless classics, creative house concoctions, and even some delicious non-alcoholic drinks (think horchata and a chili-chocolate milkshake). It’s those house cocktails that have us dreaming of making HTB a home-away-from-home next time we are in Hanoi, with a couple of our favorites being the Zapata (chili-infused tequila, Italian aperitif, pineapple syrup, lime, and egg white) and the Fidel and Che (cinnamon and pandan leaf-infused rum, pineapple, lime juice, and coconut foam). If you get hungry, rest assured that the food menu is as delectable as the drinks, with tacos (think fish with tropical salsa, chicken with kimchi and smoked avocado, or miso-glazed pork), nachos, and guacamole some of the finest this side of North America.