Top 5 Bars in SaigonDecember 08, 2023
Ho Chi Minh City, or simply Saigon, is known as the city that never sleeps. One of the factors that contribute to the “sleepless activities” are all the vibrant cool bars where the city dwellers, especially the youngsters, love to hang out with their friends and date after a hard working day, enjoy a nice sip of tasty cocktails, chatting the night away.
There are countless bars to choose from, each with its own unique atmosphere and clientele. Whether you're looking for a trendy rooftop bar, a lively sports bar, or a cozy cocktail lounge, Saigon has something for everyone. The real question is, do you have enough energy to visit all the places ???? Below is a list of 5 awesome bars for you to check out, and if you book our Bia & Bites tour, you’ll get to experience one of them:
1/ Banana Mama (https://maps.app.goo.gl/eJSPWVybHvkhH8S17):
Funny name ✅, Rooftop view ✅, Tasty drinks ✅, Fun vibe ✅.
Tucked in at the tail end of the bustling tourist area on Pham Ngu Lao, Banana Mama is far away from all the noise of the backpacker party area while giving you a great view of the city, especially during sunset hours.
With a nice comfy lounge area and chill tropical beach vibe, Banana Mama would be an ideal option for relaxing hours, catching up with your friends over their signature cocktails or craft beer, or even having a romantic date. But don’t let that chill vibe fool you as when the night goes on and the DJ starts to play, the place turns into a hot spot where you can get groovy and even let out your fancy dance moves.
2/ Nong Trai Khoai (https://maps.app.goo.gl/BfNU2dutmjzCLZ8e7):
A Vietnamese Ruin bar, isn’t it weird. And what is a ruin bar you ask? Ruin bars or ruin pubs are bars that were former abandoned buildings, and are an integral part of Budapest’s (Hungary) nightlife. And what does Budapest have to do with Saigon? The owner is a Vietnamese who used to live in Budapest and loves the ruin bars there, thus he brought this unique concept back to Saigon.
While the building is not abandoned, the decorations and architecture are very interesting to say the least as it looks like someone just threw random things at the wall and see what sticks, literally, and guess what: All of them! With a massive selection of beers, a diverse cocktails menu, and a lot of tasty food, Nong Trai Khoai will cater to your every taste and cravings. The best part? It is located on Pham Viet Chanh, along a long stretch of bars, which is perfect for bar hopping!
3/ Le Cafe Des Stagiaires (https://maps.app.goo.gl/w4fzAo49ZSGmWDyKA):
For this Euro-style bar/restaurant, you will have to travel to district 2, Thao Dien area, home of the Saigon expats. With a rooftop, you will get one of the best panoramic views overlooking the Saigon river and Landmark 81, the tallest building in Vietnam. And you definitely shouldn’t miss checking the place out during sunset hours, because you will get the most beautiful sunset in the city when the light casts its reflection right on the water.
Below the rooftop is a cool European interior living room style bar & restaurant, where you can enjoy everything from tasty fusion cuisine, to a nice selection of craft beers, cocktails and wines. If you happen to be there on a weekend, you’ll get to enjoy a vibrant night with live DJs spinning eclectic tracks with the cool expat residents. And while you’re in the neighborhood, don’t forget to check out other nice spots of Thao Dien.
4/ Steersman Brewery & Restaurant (https://maps.app.goo.gl/qCtgjbLTog55hyWD9):
Craft beer has actually existed in Saigon since the mid 2000s, starting with the Czech-Bavarian beers and took a leap in the mid 2010s with other style and flavors such as Pale Ale, IPA, Wheat ale, Stout…Nowadays, there are easily over 10 breweries in the city and Steersman is one of those you cannot miss if you’re into craft beer.
Located in district 1, neighboring Binh Thanh district and close to the Jade Emperor temple, with a large open garden, Steersman gives you a great space to unwind and chill after a long day. Apart from their award-winning craft beer, their hard-sodas are the must try. With different exotic flavors like mango, guava or mixed tropical fruits, their hard-sodas are smooth and very refreshing, and pair those with their East-west fusion dishes and tapas, you will definitely have a unique tasting experience. In addition, if you feel competitive, you can definitely challenge your friends to a game of pool at the pool table!
Whether you want to start your epic night out or just have a chill evening, Steersman is definitely the place for you.
5/ Acoustic Bar (https://maps.app.goo.gl/SKNGkcEBDXp4dAUk8):
Located in a small alley in district 3 is one of the most popular live music bars in Saigon. Even though the place is not too fancy or spacious, it’s definitely a very young, vibrant and lively hangout spot. Although the place serves good drinks, Acoustic bar has always been known for its live music scene and is the go-to place in the city when someone wants to enjoy a good live music night.
The bar offers a good mix with both local and international artists. 100% guaranteed you cannot sit still with the energetic band and their bombastic playlist, from top covered hits to kick-ass originals. One quick tip: the place gets crowded quickly so you might want to get there early to have a good seat in the house.
If music is food for the soul, Acoustic bar must be the kitchen that serves the top food with an unrivaled atmosphere.