Suffering from a chronic sweaty lip stash? Got third-degree bum burns from your bike that’s sat too long in the sun? Feeling the urge to take three showers a day? Ice Coffee Hanoi might just be the perfect antidote for the torturous baking inferno that is the Vietnamese summer. Opened on the 24th June, Ice Coffee is the first ice bar of its like in the capital.
After a successful run in Saigon and Da Nang, founders Trân Thào and Quách Dủỏng decided to expand on a third location of the Vietnamese chain in Hanoi at 59 Dai Co Viet, Hai Ba Trung. With help of investors Từ Băc and Pham Thanh Mai, the venue has experienced a soaring popularity in just the short two weeks since it’s opening. Seeing anywhere from 500 to 800 customers through their doors every day, the ice bar concept has been a hit with locals and tourists alike.
After ordering your drink in the reception area, you’re equipped with a long, furry winter coat and ushered into the rapturous arctic setting, where every single item is made out of ice: tables, chairs, walls, you name it. Deep blue neon lights illuminate the mammoth ice cubes hanging decoratively around the bar and the expertly carved deer sculptures, making the joint fit for a Disney ice princess.
Temperatures inside range from -1 to -10 °C depending on how packed it gets, and the entire contents of the bar are melted and re-sculpted every 10 days in order to keep the ice fresh.
Visiting times are from 8am to 11pm, the busiest time being afternoons and evenings, a popular venture for those finishing work and keen for a more unique experience than the everyday bia hoi joint.
No entry free is required, although most drinks average around VND100,000, offering anything from coffees, juices, to cocktails in the evenings.
For now, Ice Coffee Hanoi will remain open for the remaining summer months until October, and depending on demand, will consider staying open in the winter too.