If you’re a city slicker, then it doesn’t get much more ‘urban’ than drinking draught beer in a former shipping container. That’s exactly what Container Pub is, a remodeled, refurbished and cleaned up container that’s just opened as a café-cum-bar in District 2. It also doesn’t get much more ‘An Phu’; immediately behind the expat-heavy Vista apartment complex, jutting up against the car park.

So no pool-view then, but plenty to make up for it. And I’m predicting a suburban hit. Drinking here, particularly in the small roadside beer garden, or on the container rooftop, feels like something westerners are used to, and definitely something authentic in the area. Message to Buddha Bar — yes, you’re in Thao Dien, but look out, you’re about to feel like a hike. Fan Club — whatever, you’re way too expensive.


Cheap and Cheerful



Open for just a week when I discovered it, it’s already doing a great trade in morning coffee and of course cheap draught beer. A Heineken will set you back a lofty VND30,000, while a Tiger shouldn’t stretch too many educational budgets at VND25,000.


I asked manager My what brought the place about, and turns out her uncle is chief distributor for a major beer label. I guess when you’re that kind of guy, you get pretty good at spotting opportunities, and you probably know a few people, too. Also working in its favour is the cost. At VND50 million a container, the set-up sounds cheap, a fraction of what bricks and mortar might be. This means this place will quickly pay for itself.


When I went there it wasn’t quiet. It’s a container, it’s never going to be quiet, but there were plenty of people. At this stage the expats were in short supply, but this will change for sure. One couple who were there were Sanjhit and Wesley from France. “We like it,” started Sanjhit, “it’s cool. It’s a container, man! We saw it the other day and it’s something we’ve seen all over Europe, so we had to come. That was on Friday, today is Tuesday, and it’s our third visit already!”


The food also makes this watering hole worth a third visit, because it’s deliciously cheap and cheerful. And even though it’s not what this column is about, at VND45,000, the seafood spaghetti will be getting some serious patronage from this underpaid writer.


Nice to meet you Container Pub, welcome to the neighbourhood! — Jon Aspin


The Container Pub is on the corner of Street 13 and An Phu, Q2, just behind The Vista

Jon Aspin

Over the last 10 years, staff editor Jon Aspin has been producing ‘sparkling’ copy for everyone from mega rich beer companies and consumer electronics giants to local caravan dealers and Swedish Phd students. Born in the North East of England but raised in Australia, Jon has now worked on three continents, and remains curious about the others. Arriving in Vietnam 'on sabbatical' sometime during 2013, Jon soon got appointed ‘captain’ on a movie about a war and has tried not to look back since.

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1 comment

  • Comment Link Coralie Coralie Feb 19, 2018

    This place looks amazing- a must see when we visit.

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