Saturday, 16 February 2013 06:21

The Last Call

Written by Courtney Larson
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If you’re looking for that elegant yet cozy cocktail bar to slip away from the chaos and roughness that is Saigon at just about any hour of the night, it’s time you get your patooties over to Last Call.


Artisanal cocktails, assorted flavours of high-end spirits - think the likes of ginseng and caramel-flavoured Grey Goose - and a range of crisp Champagnes are just a few things that give this classy after-hours bar the gift of eloquence amidst its stylish, chic décor, inviting outdoor terrace, and 1970s funky, Motown vibe. Better yet, be ready to pay moderately affordable prices for top quality drinks and atmosphere, or come during happy hour, every day from 6pm to 9pm for 30 percent to 50 percent off the entire menu.


Goose and More Goose

A friend and I sought to check out the late night groove on a Saturday night just before happy hour finished, which also happened to be the tail end of a private birthday party. Boy, did we feel like party crashers! But the blissful birthday girl and friendly staff warmly welcomed us through the quietly obscure stairwell that leads to the tastefully lively bar upstairs. We proceeded to take in the artsy ambience and order what the birthday girl was drinking, a Midnight Express Martini, equipped with Grey Goose, Kahlua, espresso, cacao and whipped cream. It was the perfect delectable kick to include on the menu to keep those eyes open when it starts getting real late. Our cocktails were first prepared by chilling our glasses with ice, pouring in the important mixed libations, and then adding finishing touches of real chocolate shavings on top. We were so impressed that we had to try more — for Top Shelf bar review purposes only, of course!



Last Call cocktails are categorized by sparkling, spicy, creamy, and sweet ‘n sour — pretty much all of my favourite varieties, so I had to try one from each. For sparkling, we tasted a Honolulu — Grey Goose, ginger, sparkling wine, lemon oil and bitters. Refreshing with slices of ginger thrown in, I preferred this over the Midnight Express Martini. However, the Pandora from the spicy selection was the drink that had me by the ball and chain. Made from Grey Goose, strawberries, basil and cracked black pepper it was sweet, tangy and exotic. I never thought my love for spicy food would transfer into spicy cocktails.


Thank you Last Call for providing cocktail creativity set in the perfect ambiance for that late night Saigon escape. 


The Last Call is at 59 Dong Du, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City.

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