Ho Chi Minh City has just welcomed a new brewery, Heart of Darkness. The brewery currently produces 12 types of craft beer including a golden ale, a pale ale, an IPA, a wheat beer and a pilsner.
Ho Chi Minh City’s flourishing craft beer craze has a new entrant — Rogue. Owner Linh Nguyen opened the bar in August this year as a sister bar to his alternative event venture, Saigon Outcast.
If you fancy going for a beer and a game of billiards, on the far side of town, then head on down to Heyday Beer Club.
Boasting a 16-tap Vietnamese craft ale selection and a daily rotating menu of tapas and small plates, Standing Bar is what it says: standing room only, on the first floor at least.
Located in Long Bien District, less than 10 minutes’ drive from Hoan Kiem, La Bodega is open from Friday to Sunday evening. Enjoy a wood-fired pizza, salad and handmade fresh pasta in a green, peaceful garden.
East West Brewing Co. is about to launch Vietnam’s first American-style craft brewery restaurant on Ly Tu Trong in District 1. Slated to open by the end of the year, the brewery aims to craft quality beer that everyone can enjoy paired with Asian and Western-style comfort food.
Corto is the closest West Lake is going to get to a beach bar. An outdoor venue with lakeside lounge chairs, it’s great for some after work chill and adorable dates. Cocktails are on the cheap side, with a basil cucumber gimlet going for only VND65,000, and pizza and tarts cost from VND60,000 to VND150,000.
New nightclub Envy has opened in District 1. Billed as a theatrical nightclub, Envy aspires to be a hotspot showcasing a collaboration of outstanding musical talents along with world-class art and fashion shows, all in one space.
To find Indika: House of Curiosities, you must keep your eyes peeled for the logo at the street entrance and follow the winding path down past the restaurants and cafés. You are then greeted by a spacious courtyard decorated with green outdoor furniture and a constant rhythmic bass line coming from the music.