So staring into half-full pints is getting boring? Well the makers of the Saigon Pub Crawl board game have a different idea for you. It’s a drinking game, but — get this — it’s fun enough to play sober! But you probably won’t.
Vietnam is full of little clubs, bars and secret spots that always spike my curiosity. What sort of awesome fun and adventurous activities take place behind these doors?
Set outdoors down Ngo 264, Au Co and close to the Tay Ho end of the Red River, Eden is the latest events venue to grace the capital, but this time in a garden space with a marquis, a stage, a BBQ area and onehelluva sound system.
Words by Karen Hewell, Derek Milroy and Ed Weinberg. Photo by Yves Schiepek
Scott and Binh’s is one of those restaurants that people travel to for the food. Set in the Bizu Boutique Hotel’s Phu My Hung location (15-17 Cao Trieu Phat, Q7), the 20-minute drive from Ho Chi Minh City’s centre is well worth it for American comfort food they specialise in, especially if you need to take a breather from Asian cuisine.
CONTEMPORARY WINE BAR
13 Ngo Duc Ke, Q1, Tel: (08) 3824 7827
A two-storey, contemporary-designed wine bar serving 30 wines by the glass, all at reasonable prices. Has an excellent food menu to complement the old and new world wines.
CAFÉ / LOUNGE BAR
71-75 Hai Ba Trung, Q1, Tel: (08) 3824 8468
This iconic upmarket downtown bar is known for its cocktails and wine list. It serves a range of international and Vietnamese dishes to be enjoyed in its richly decorated interior. Regular DJ nights.
Landmark Building, 5B Ton Duc Thang, Q1, Tel: (08) 3822 9698
A sophisticated yet down-to-earth cocktail bar and restaurant with subtle lighting and one of the best spirit selections in town. Serves creative, Japanese and German-influenced cuisine to supplement the drinks.
EXPAT & SPORTS BAR
R2-24 Hung Gia 3, Bui Bang Doan, Q7, Tel: (08) 5410 3900
The first bar established in Saigon South, great food, great music and loads of laughs. Has regular live music nights, theme nights and a variety of live sports events to please everybody. Big screens and outdoor seating add to the mix, with BBQs available for parties and events.
DANISH / INTERNATIONAL
5B Nguyen Sieu, Q1, Tel: (08) 3827 4738
Named after the Danish artist Storm P, this long-running bar is the home of Saigon’s Scandinavian community thanks to its laid-back atmosphere and excellent food menu. A good place to watch the live sports.