“People really come here for Phuong, he’s quite a character,” says a close friend of his, “and for the cheap drinks.”
Drinks are indeed cheap, with beers going for VND25,000, spirits and mixers starting at VND40,000 and rising to just VND65,000, and all cocktails costing VND65,000. You can drink enough to forget where you live, and still have money for a cab home. If it all gets a bit much then ham and cheese toasties, providers of some often much needed sobering influence, are just VND25,000.
The space is small but is set for an expansion next month. Instead of chairs, Phuong has opted for sofas, “I want people to be relaxed when they come in here,” he says.
Throughout the week is a calmer atmosphere, while the weekends tend to be much busier, with live music thrown into the mix.
Puzzle Bar is located opposite the park on Quang An. As of yet they don’t have a formal address