10 best bars in ho chi minh city

     

Bars và pubs in Ho bỏ ra Minh City

With a plethora of ritzy cocktail bars and avant-garde beer pubs, Saigon is trang chủ to one of the most booming drinking scenes in Southeast Asia. 

Before you hit the buzzling streets of Saigon for a late night tipple, kiểm tra out our các mục of bars & pubs in Saigon for some of the city’s must-visit drinking spots. Bottoms up!


1. Yugen Bar – classic cocktails, with take-home options

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A relatively new, quiet bar in town, Yugen Bar offers a relaxing ambience with chic decor & ample seating.

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The bar menu features a good selection of classic drink-inspired cocktails such as the whiskey-based Highland Cooler with strong malty notes that bloom in your mouth.

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New drinkers should try American Beauty, a flowery and tasteful brandy-based cocktail that is not too strong and ends with a pleasant minty finish.

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Yugen Bar also has a selection of take-out cocktails for those who want khổng lồ sip the drinks in the comfort of their own home.

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2. Rabbit Hole – upscale vibes & bespoke drinks

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If you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy a truly unique drink tailored to your own preferences in a relaxing environment, Rabbit Hole is the place to lớn be.

At Rabbit Hole, you’ll be attended lớn by a team of passionate and knowledgeable bartenders whose exquisite craftsmanship is showcased in every drink they make. 

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Boasting elegant decor & an intimate ambiance alongside catchy jazz tunes, this swanky place draws couples as well as work partners talking business over drinks. 

However, the prices here are known khổng lồ be relatively pricey compared to lớn other bars. 

Expect to pay VND260,000 (~USD11.22) for a classic gin và tonic, và VND300,000, (~USD12.94) for a bitter, và prickly whiskey-based Moby-Dick

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Address: 138 phái nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho đưa ra Minh CityOpening hours: 6PM-2AM, DailyTelephone: 028 3823 4896

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3. Indika Saigon – centrally located yet hidden in plain sight 

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Indika Saigon is one of those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pubs located inside a chic District 1 alley.

Hidden beneath B.O.C Homemade BBQ Restaurant and a fashion outlet, Indika Saigon is popular among expats và office workers looking for a relaxing night out in a rustic and artistic space.

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India Saigon has a big menu with plenty of drinks ranging from beer khổng lồ cocktails as well as tasty grub. Visitors checking in every Friday night from 7.30PM-10.30PM can enjoy free flow rum punch và craft beer at VND250,000 (~USD10.79) per pax

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For a quick bite lớn go with your drinks, order the Bread Platter with House Dips và Pickles (VND90,000, ~USD3.88), which is good for 2 diners.

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Indika Saigon is also a great venue lớn enjoy live music. It usually hosts live music performances và comedy acts on weekends, allowing participants to register in advance và encouraging them with không tính tiền drinks in return.

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4. Lagom Café – the first Belgian beer lounge in Vietnam

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Lagom Café is the first watering hole in Vietnam that specializes in Belgian beer, known for its harmonious balance of fruity, spicy, and earthy flavors.

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With its extensive collection of 70 types of beer, beer connoisseurs can always find one that suits your taste buds especially if you’re not into strong, dark ales.

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For a drink that’s honeyed & crisp, try the Belgian Amber Beer. 

Spiced with zesty notes of coriander & orange, Belgian Wheat Beer goes wonderfully with an orange wedge or a slice of fresh lemon.

Lagom Café has Fruit Beer with a low alcohol concentration, which is suitable for light drinkers.

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For a rich, creamy, & chalky treat that goes perfectly with the complex flavor of beer, order the highly recommended Trappist Cheese (VND119,000, ~USD5.13/100 g). The refreshing và savory Greek salad soaked in Balsamic sauce (VND89,000, ~USD3.84) also makes a tasty between-meals bite và hearty accompaniment lớn a bottle of beer.

Painted in dark colors and ornamented hanging lamps made from beer bottles, Lagom Café is a quiet và cosy place for beer lovers to drink in serenity.

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5. Cơ Tê TapHouse – self-brewed chất lượng craft beer with plenty of tapas

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Electric IPA, Mellow Red, Serious IPA, So teo La Porter, Strange Brew Mead & White AleImage credit: cơ Tê TapHouse

Featuring a broad spectrum of tastes, Tê tê TapHouse is one of Saigon’s most trusted bars that offers signature tasty beer straight from its own brewery. 

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Tê kia TapHouse boasts a tranquil drinking space, complete with stylish decorations and plenty of seating spanning 2 levels.

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Some of the tasty beers you can try here include Tê Tê Cloudy Kolsch (VND120,000,~USD5.18), the house’s lightest and one of the most ordered options. Earthy, bitter, và marked with a rich body, Mellow Red (VND120,000,~USD5.18) is also worth quaffing.

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Philly Cheesesteak with a Tripppin’ TripppelImage credit: kia Tê TapHouse 

This beer house also dishes out a plethora of local snacks & fusion bites, such as burgers, banh mi, and chicken curry to serve with the beer.

There is a music band performing live over the weekend, making it worth checking out on a lazy weekend evening. 

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6. BRIX – bar with a walk-in wine cellar

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BRIX has breathed new life to the now-defunct colonial space in District 1 with an industrial-looking wine bar cum restaurant, featuring exposed brickwork walls & a pleasant dining space.

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Customers can explore its walk-in wine cellar to select from a wide range of wine, ranging from white to lớn red lớn rosé.

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For a fruity and fresh taste with a hint of citrusy acidity, go for a glass of Mussel cất cánh (VND170,000, ~USD7.33), best served with seafood dishes such as the spicy và semisweet Shrimp Spanish Style (VND310,000, ~USD13.38) or the lean and sweet Grilled Red Snapper (VND210,000, ~USD9.06).

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A glass of Yalumba Y Series (VND160,000, ~USD6.90), which smells like orange blossom và fresh ginger, marked with hints of honeysuckle and a silky texture, makes a great pairing with a chicken or prawn dish.

For desserts, the moist & bright-tasting Frozen Orange Liqueur Souffle (VND140,000, ~USD6.04) is a real show-stopper.

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While BRIX is quite small, it is tastefully designed for intimacy and comfort.

Address: 42 Pasteur, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho chi Minh CityOpening hours: 11AM-1AM, DailyTelephone: 028 3825 6300Website

7. Apt852 Bar – retro Hong Kong-inspired decor

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Boasting colorful neon signs and a drinking space steeped in a soft red color, Apt852 Bar is a must-visit spot for drinkers who are fans of old-school Hong Kong aesthetics và drinking culture.

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Aside from stunning interiors, Apt852 Bar also dishes out aesthetically pleasing cocktails. 

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The drinks menu is divided into 3 categories, including classics, signatures, & spirits.

Those who prefer their drinks less sugary but are not fans of straight liquor either can go for the complex and classic Whisky Sour (VND150,000, ~USD6.47), which is sour in taste but well-balanced with a strong cảnh báo of vanilla, oak, and caramel. 

Meanwhile, house creations such as the captivating Old Town Road (VND165,000, ~USD7.12), a combination of gin, apricot liqueur, orange bitter, and plum bitter, will engage all your senses. 

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8. Tamarind – Hidden Cocktail Bar – happy hour from 5PM to lớn 9PM

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Tamarind – Hidden Cocktail Bar serves a wide array of cocktail offerings, from shot bombs to negroni lớn old-fashioned cocktails. It’s also known for its friendly & skilled bartenders who can please even the most discerning drinkers.

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Traditionalists can sip on earthy-tasting and healthy classics such as the Bloody Mary (VND220,000,~USD9.49), a mix of vodka, tomato sauce, lime, and tobacco. 

Packing a powerful punch, the floral-tasting & bittersweet Absinthe Drip (VND180,000, ~USD7.77) makes an ideal choice for a Friday night. 

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Remember to check in the venue during happy hour from 5PM-9PM to get 50% discount off all drinks.

Aside from low-hanging chandeliers và vintage photos that make it look lượt thích a retro new york speakeasy, Tamarind also has large and open windows overlooking the streets. 

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9. Renkon – Izakaya-inspired bar

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Inspired by izakaya, a type of casual snack bar in Japan, Renkon specializes in authentic Japanese drinks và food. Decked out with wide windows và lighting, this place is bright and airy, & easy khổng lồ find.

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Maki rolls, nigiri, and sashimiImage credit: RenkonSince Renkon also serves Japanese food, you can warm your belly with some tangy & flavorful sushi & sashimi.

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After stuffing your stomach with traditional Japanese treats, move to the bar for some Japanese-style cocktails.

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What sets Renkon’s Japanese cocktails apart is that the ice cubes used for the drinks are made from filtered water that is heated up to 40°C before being frozen, hand-cut, and stirred with a spoon so that they take more time to melt, thus better retaining the flavors of the drinks. 

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For a malty and citrusy drink brimming with strong notes of black cherry, vanilla, & oak, order the Akashi trắng Oak (VND180,000, ~USD7.77).

Drinkers looking for a strong fusion of classic and contemporary flavors can go for the bright và bitter Clear Negroni (VND220,000, ~USD9.49), which consists of Fernet Hunter, gin, và dry vermouth.

Address: 74/10a Hai tía Trung, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho đưa ra Minh CityOpening hours: Mon-Sat, 5PM-12PMTelephone: 0283 939 0011

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10. Qilin Cocktail Bar – ornamented with red lanterns 

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Tiny and homey, Qilin Cocktail Bar boasts trendy decorations with a festive touch with hanging red lanterns, vintage pinups, & muted lighting. 

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The bar also ticks with Saigonese drinkers thanks to its knowledgeable and humorous staff who perform impressive bar tricks và chat freely with customers about anything cocktail-related.

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Fans of classic cocktails can give Margarita (VND158,000,~USD6.82) a shot – this drink tastes salty, bitter, sour, và savory at the same time.

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The bar’s signature cocktail – Qilin The Art (VND178,000,~USD7.68), is also worth checking out. Packed with the bitterness of vermouth, the cocktail is balanced by the sweet aroma of caramel & vanilla, marked with a lingering chamomile taste.

11. MA Espresso và Bar – serves both coffee & cocktails 

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MA Espresso và Bar is one of the few bars in town that specializes in both coffee and cocktails. 

Brighten up your morning with a bittersweet cup of cold brew latte (VND45,000,~USD1.94).

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For a vibrant night out with your friends, gulp down the innovative espresso-flavored Dark Red Macchiato (VND70,000,~USD3.02), or the light-tasting & refreshing Watermelon Fizz (VND65,000,~USD2.80). 

BUDS, a combination of coffee bianco, pineapple, & syrupImage credit: MA Espresso và Bar

You’ll also find scrumptious & eye-catching food here, from sandwiches to lớn Vietnamese-Japanese fusion food entrees, that make a filling brunch.

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Drinks & food aside, MA Espresso & Bar boasts a unique drinking space decked out in solid orange và grey colors, looking warm và edgy at the same time.

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The curved shapes & metal texture that trang điểm the furniture địa chỉ a futuristic touch to lớn the space, giving it a modern spa-like feel.

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12. LABAR – innovative bespoke cocktails

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There are plenty of cocktail bars in town, but LABAR is unfailingly on the đứng đầu of every adventurous drinker’s menu when it comes to lớn trying bespoke cocktails. 

The skilled bartenders here can whip up cocktails that look lượt thích drinkable artwork & taste just exactly how you order them. Simply let them know what flavors và kinds of alcohol you usually like, & they will concoct something for you. 

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Start with the light-bodied, grassy-flavored, và sweet Saigon Sensation (VND220,000, ~USD9.49). Go for the classic 80’s New York Sour (VND195,000, ~USD8.41), which is known for its nice balance of citrusy sourness and the sweetness of sugar syrup.

L’ Lộc – Sweet và Sour, a concoction of Gin Bosford, beefeater, bubble gum, watermelon, and limeImage credit: LABAR

If you’re not sure what you want, order a bespoke cocktail that is customized to lớn your preferences, which ranges from VND250,000-VND290,000 (~USD10.79-USD12.51) per shot. 

This trendy spot also has an extensive range of mains và tapas khổng lồ pair with your drinks, ranging from fried tofu with beef stew (VND120,000, ~USD5.18) to ice cream (VND60,000,~USD2.59/scoop).

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13. Snuffbox – sophisticated speakeasy with regular DJs

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A casual and hip speakeasy hidden inside a run-down apartment building, Snuffbox is a hot spot for no-frills music performances where local DJs and bands showcase their gigs.

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The bar is small and intimate, letting the audience be less than a meter away from the performers. In addition to its vibrant music offerings, Snuffbox is also famed for its wide range of cocktails & beer. 

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For a fiery starter, try the bright và crisp Bikens Gin (VND100,000, ~USD4.30), with gingery spiciness and flowery notes.

Order a punchy shot of Margarita (VND130,000, ~USD5.61) if you’re keen lớn enjoy a whole gamut of tastes in one drink, such as the sourness of tequila, sweetness of agave, & salted lime.

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14. The Gin House – a go-to place for gin lovers

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As the name suggests, The Gin House specializes in different concoctions of gin, a spirit that bursts with strong notes of juniper berry.

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For a refreshing & spicy with a chalky mouthfeel, try The Gin House’s signature cocktail Havana Cobbler (VND255,000, ~USD11).

For something that’s fizzy, nutty, and with a creamy texture, try the Black Pearl (VND250,000, ~USD10.79), which is flavored with coffee, hazelnut, soda, dry gin, và orange.

Compact, intimate, và always pulsating with riveting music, The Gin House is hands down every wine-lover’s go-to leisure spot to drink & chill.

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The place can be jam-packed after 6PM, so book a table in advance if you visit in groups.

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15. Manfolk – bar with a men’s fashion store

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Manfolk is one of the rare places in HCMC that combines F&B & fashion in one single establishment. It has a small retail space dedicated to lớn suits, blazers, chemises, ties, and shoes.

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The urbane, timeless charm of the space with earth-tone furniture makes it an ideal place khổng lồ meet with your business partners over a cocktail or a cup of coffee. In case you want some fresh air, move to the balcony for seats with views over the cityscape.

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Great interiors aside, the place serves up postcard-worthy and innovative cocktails as well as coffee.

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While you’re here in the morning, order a cup of creamy & foamy Latte (VND70,000, ~USD3.02) khổng lồ go with a sumptuous dish of Carbonara Spaghetti (VND110,000,~USD4.75) for an energizing breakfast.

Pump “King”Image adapted from: ManfolkWhen the sun goes down, come back for a glass of Pump “King” (VND220,000,~USD9.49), boasting a powerful set of whiskey & chocolate bitters for a warm and complex flavour.

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Bars & pubs in Saigon

Ho chi Minh đô thị is Vietnam’s epicenter for nightlife entertainment và drinking culture. It is packed with stylish beer bars perched on the rooftops of downtown shophouses with views over the city, as well as quaint pubs hidden in stylish valleys that cater khổng lồ discerning drinkers. 

Out of the plethora of choices, the above-mentioned bars & pubs in Saigon are a few gems that have gained rave reviews from local drinkers. From aesthetically entertaining cocktails to enjoyable classics, they offer great treats for tipsy drinkers of all kinds.

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