Photo by Bao Zoan

If you haven’t dared step foot in the Park Hyatt for fear of being immediately relieved of all your hard-earned cash, fear not. The hotel’s Martini Bar, officially called 2 Lam Son, has a 51 percent off happy hour on all drinks between 5pm and 8pm, every day of the week.

 

The special extends to some of the most finely crafted cocktails in the city, so you don’t have to be a high-roller to enjoy something as well put together as what they’re calling the ‘Behind the Success’.

 

This drink is not on the menu, so it’s a ‘by special request only’, but is an aromatic adventure featuring thyme, lemon and cinnamon, surrounding a black tea infused with bergamot essence, juniper berries and mixed with Botanist Gin.

 

It’s made by the team behind the bar of Lung, Long and Nguyen, and we highly recommend asking for one on your next big date or to impress that hard-to-please client.

Photo by Bao Zoan 

Photo by Bao Zoan

Stalwart

 

Far from being exclusive or stuffy, the Martini Bar has been a stalwart of the inner city after-work drinks crowd for years. It’s a mix of local and international guests, who come to enjoy the street-level people-watching along Hai Ba Trung, and to either relax in a private table setting or be more social around the bar. From Wednesday to Saturday there are DJs from 9.30pm until late and on Thursdays the first drink is free for ladies after 9pm.

 

If you’re into the classics the 2 Lam Son Mojito (VND320,000) is a winner, as is the Lonely Star (VND300,000) which is a refreshing but not too sweet gin-based drink featuring a homemade mix of blueberry and ginger.

Photo by Bao Zoan 

Put a Smile on Your Face

 

The décor is sophisticated and comfortable, featuring lots of timber with splashes of color and intimate lighting for when the mood takes you. The drinks list is extensive, as are the number of international wines on offer. The staff are there to put a smile on your face, and the ones we met were more than happy to give some local advice on how to make the most of your time in town.

 

Also, it’s worth noting that if you’re reading this on your birthday, you should get down there immediately, because on your special day you can drink for free all night! Just bring some ID and celebrate in style. Why not? It only happens once a year!

 

2 Lam Son (Martini Bar) is at 2 Lam Son Square, Q1, HCMC. The main entrance is on Hai Ba Trung. Starting from May, Japanese DJ Take will spin tunes every Friday from 9.30pm

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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