Siqar

Siqar is a relaxing lounge located no more than 5 minutes from Nguyen Hue Street.

Siqar Lounge Outside

 

Here you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer as well as cigars from their extensive selection of Cuban as well as Non-Cuban cigars.

Siqar Lounge Wine Beer

You may also bring your own. Open from breakfast til evening.

Siqar Bar Cubar Cigars

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Finewines in HCMC

When you go on the search of great wine, you need to find people with a passion for good wine pushing for better standards. You’ll find none better than Saigon stalwarts Finewines. For over 20 years this small shop has been serving walk-in and corporate clients with an unrivalled range of the best wines the world has to offer. The company now operates in both HCMC and Hanoi and continues to trailblaze the best wine available nationwide.

Brief History of Wine in Vietnam

From the restaurants of District 1 to the supermarkets throughout town, Saigon today is overflowing with fine wine from the world over. However, it may surprise you to know that top-quality wine used to be a rare find in Saigon. A mere 10 years ago you would be hard pushed to find a Bordeaux yet alone anything more exotic.

Vietnam, despite its colonial ties to France, never really adopted wine culture, preferring instead to stick to high-power rice wine… often adorned with some sort of fermenting animal or plant for ‘flavour’.

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While such beverages are still popular, especially outside of city centres, there is a trend among the young and old alike for better quality grape wine. Older customers flock to quality red wines for the antioxidant health qualities while the young are drawn to wine for the cultural cache good wine lends them.

A Passion for Good Wine

Finewines was born of a passion for the best and has been consistent in pushing for better wine across the board. From supermarkets to the best hotels in the country, Finewines is behind the best wine on offer. Caravelle, Sofitel, Hyatt, Sheraton and Marriott hotels are all long-standing customers, but the scope of their business is such that the firm supplies places you may shop in every day.

The company’s passion to see Vietnam transform into a place that truly values and cherishes the joys of a decent bottle of wine is the strongest in the market, and the team works tirelessly to improve wine selections wherever they can.

Globally Sourced Wines

Finewines’ sourcing team roves the globe for the best wines, and the shop now imports select wines from nine top wine-producing countries. The French wines on offer are particularly impressive given, for example, the five year wait the company had to endure just to buy a single bottle of Confuron-Cotetidot.

But their perseverance is your gift, and now, thanks to their dogged persistence the best France, and the world, has to offer is within your reach.

Fine wine in general is undoubtedly a luxury item, and the wares at Finewines are no exception. However, with bottles starting at around VND 200,000, it is possible to experience expertly sourced, immaculately stored wine on a relatively low budget. Those with a little more money in their pocket will probably enjoy the company’s bottles more, though, as they will have the opportunity to try the wide variety of vino available within VND 500,000-3,000,000.

The Best Brands and Varieties

Finewines excels on the back of its unbeatably strong portfolio of wines. The Bordeaux and Burgundy offerings in particular are phenomenal, with top regions represented throughout.

Of particular note are: Chateau Pavie, Angelus, Chet Mouton Rothschild and Belair Monange. In addition to these fine varieties, here are some others you can buy at Finewines.

Petrus

This beautiful Merlot has soft, velvety tannins and a singular flavour that includes hints of dark fruit, black olives, dark chocolate and rich earth. This is a wine that can be enjoyed whether it’s straight from the cask or aged 50 years. And you can get it here for VND 75,000,000.

Casanova Di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova

This playful wine has a lot of spice, balsamic notes and ripe fruit character. However, stay tuned for some readily perceptible walnut undertones as well. Expect a full to medium body and a compressed structure of ripe tannins and layers of fruit, all with a vibrant finish. Enjoy a bottle of this for VND 3,000,0000.

Chadwick

This Maipo Cabernet was harvested in Puente Alto in 1999. Only 480 cases were made in 2014, which is about half of the usual amount for a vineyard, so it’s understandable that this wine is highly coveted today. You can enjoy this wonderfully subtle, nuanced, floral and textured wine at Finewines for VND 7,097,000.

The shop is also an exclusive Vietnam retailer for right-bank Bordeaux trail blazers Jean-Pierre Moueix and for deluxe glassware brand Riedel. Along with Beringer and Errazuriz wines, there is nowhere else in the country selling these fine products. Now you know where to go!

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The shop is an exclusive Vietnam retailer for right-bank Bordeaux trail blazers Jean-Pierre Moueix and for deluxe glassware brand Riedel. Along with Beringer and Errazuriz wines, there is nowhere else in the country selling these fine products. Now you know where to go!

Exclusive Wine Dinners

Aside from their fabulously well-stocked shop and off-tray service the company shines in its on-tray pursuits. Through corporate partners, Finewines runs the best wine dinners in the city, with the absolute best wines served expertly to select, exclusive parties.

With headcounts of no more than 30 people at luxury venues such as the Caravelle Hotel, the best wines they have to offer are served with the perfect food to ensure an unforgettable and blissfully indulgent evening.

Similarly, for weddings and special events, the company offers a pairing service, allowing you to rest assured that your event will rise to occasion with perfectly suited wine and food combinations courtesy of the knowledgeable and endlessly helpful expert staff.

Also in their events services package is an exquisite decorating and accessorising service, in which they strive to ensure that your wine service sings with class and style at your event.

Professional Service

The small yet highly motivated team of shopkeepers, sourcing experts, sales workers and representatives pride themselves on their excellent customer service and within a few minutes of visiting their flagship store on Hai Ba Trung you will see why. Welcoming, informative and driven by a clear love of the wine they sell, the team makes the shipping process a breeze.

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As their representative at Hai Ba Trung, Ms Huong Tran says, “We pride ourselves on many things but none more than this: our wine is fine and our team is professional.”

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Saigon Social Club Rooftop Bar - Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Chill and Chic: Hôtel des Arts Saigon Social Club Rooftop Bar

On the top floor of one of the chicest buildings in SaigonHotel des Arts, MGallery Collectionyou’ll find the ultra-chill Social Club Rooftop Bar. With a fully stocked cocktail bar that serves a number of its own ingeniously-crafted signature cocktails, a lounge area, and a swimming pool for guests that includes a poolside bar and DJ booth, the Hôtel des Arts Saigon Social Club Rooftop Bar is one of the best places to view dazzling sunsets over the majestic city of Saigon.

the bar

For those seeking that perfect social media photo-op in Vietnam, the rooftop pool is the highest infinity pool in the entire city, however it is only open to hotel guests (or customers buying an afternoon package), so it might be worth checking in to the hotel to satisfy the Instagram girl/guy in you.

World Class DJs Spin Magic into the Saigon Nightlife Scene

The DJs keep the vibe afloat with beats that are soothing and mercifully unobtrusive, so that you can actually hold a conversation, especially if you’re there before things start to turn up at around 10 pm. The general atmosphere of Social Club Rooftop Bar hits that sweet spot between lively and tranquil, all depending on the energy you bring!

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Conveniently located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 near the Saigon Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral, Social Club is also the perfect place for an afterwork drink. The rooftop bar has a daily happy hour from 17:00 pm to 20:00 pm and the menu includes eight enticing signature cocktails for those interested in the art of mixology.

Craft Cocktails to Channel Your Inner French-Chic

The theme of the cocktail menu gets revamped yearly. This year the theme offers cocktails modeled after iconic, French perfumes. Fragrant drinks on the rooftop like the Mon Paris (a delicious mix of Absolut Raspberry, fresh lime, raspberries, and cinnamon syrup) and the invigorating Black Opium (Glenlivet 12 yr, Martell VSOP, Chambord, and cold brew coffee!) will ignite your senses and put a little swagger in your step.

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The Social Club Rooftop Bar also throws monthly poolside parties, inviting world-renowned DJ’s (such as Leeroy Thornhill of the famed 90s group Prodigy) to spin while stylish patrons dance the night away. If you’re lucky enough to join its community, you can take part in some of Hôtel des Arts Saigon’s invite-only special events.

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Social Club Rooftop Bar: Fun For All in Saigon

The Hôtel des Arts Saigon Social Club Rooftop Bar prides itself on providing an atmosphere that anyone can enjoy. There’s a come-as-you-are vibe where everyone feels welcome and equally attended to with top service from convivial staff. The resulting atmosphere is one of a light-hearted community of Saigon’s trend-setters, expats and world travellers, relaxing in style with spectacular views of glittering Saigon on display.

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Drinking & Healing

The chic and refreshing Drinking & Healing Cocktail Bar is one of Saigon’s youngest contenders in the growing craft cocktail & mixology bar and lounge sector. In a rising sea of competition, this bar seems self-aware for its age, bringing a unique spin on weeknight drinks. And so far, it’s gotten many things right.

Drinking & Healing Cocktail Bar

The Ambiance at Drinking & Healing Cocktail Bar

Located in a 150-year-old colonial-style building just a short walk from the iconic Bitexco Tower in District 1, Drinking & Healing is a noteworthy addition to Saigon’s thriving craft cocktail scene . This intelligently designed venue combines elegance and urban with an air of relaxation that is unique in this thundering metropolis.

As you enter the bar, you are transported into a carefully-crafted downtempo vibe. Brick walls lead you past cast-iron shelves and dangling bike chains to a wide-space full of dark furniture and flickering tea lights. The music selection is also intentional: the sounds of Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, A Tribe Called Quest and other legendary names in 90s hip hop make a bold statement to the main demographic it seeks to serve–– hip can be classy too.

Drinking & Healing Cocktail Bar

The wonderfully lit bar is great for solo parties or pairs. Couples on romantic date nights can find candle-lit seating throughout, and there are also a handful of tables for 3-5 people. Larger groups can occupy two couch seating areas, perfect for birthdays or cocktail gatherings. Another noteworthy feature is the series of small, intimate balconies with room for two or three people, each with a stunning view of the nearby Bitexco tower.

The modern minimalist approach to furnishing and decor eliminates distractions from the main thirst-quenching event: a massive, glowing craft cocktail mixology baradorned with hundreds of gleaming bottles. Bartenders and Mixologists in handmade leather aprons work their magic beneath large low-lit halogen bulbs. Whenever a signature mixology masterpiece or classic cocktail is ready to be served, it is placed on one of two spotlit platforms designed to make every drink look like a still from a television advert.

Food and Drink Menu at Drinking & Healing

The drink menu is spirited, to say the least at Drinking & Healing. They’ve got cocktail concoctions, bottles, and glasses of everything from Gin and Vodka to Whiskey and Wine.

With glasses ranging from around VND180,000 to over a million VND, the cocktails accommodate a range of budgets and tastes. Better yet, on the highly popular ‘Healing Days’ (Monday and Tuesday) the bar offers a sweet deal—VND 99,000 per hi-ball tumbler on four original whiskey cocktails! One go-to cocktail is the High Ball Sour Healing special. This smooth, bubbly Jim Beam cocktail is sweetened with sous-vide jackfruit and topped with egg foam and aromatic bitters, giving it an almost cream soda-esque taste.

Drinking & Healing Cocktail Bar

For whiskey connoisseurs in Saigon, there are a whopping 70 plus options of Scotch, Canadian, American, Japanese, and Irish whiskey selections to choose from.

People looking for something a bit lighter will be impressed by the gin and tonic spread. Served in your choice of a larger-than-life Copa de Balon or hi-ball tumbler, there are thirteen variations of this classic cocktail with flavour pairings of grapefruit and lemon to rosemary and green apple.

Add another 40 options of rum, vodka, gin, tequila, absinthe or cognac and 22 selections of wine from around the globe to the mix, and it's easy to see how Drinking & Healing can hold its liquor.

Drinking & Healing Cocktail Bar

Where the cocktail bar truly stands out is in the signature craft cocktail offerings, which showcase the mixology prowess of Drinking & Healing’s star mixologists. The cascading signature menu gives patrons a sense of adventure with options for taste profile, spirit, fruit, herbal and nut notes to choose from. Considering everything from the high-quality ingredients to one-of-a-kind presentation—these signature craft mixology cocktails are undeniably top-notch.

Burgers, Salads and International Food Options at Drinking & Healing Bar

The Burgers are prime beef real-estate in this mixology monopoly. A towering triple-patty Foie Gras burger and its distant cousin, the classic American double cheeseburger, are easily on par with other gourmet burgers in town. Luckily there’s no shortage of craft cocktails to wash them down.

Check Drinking & Healing’s Facebook page to find out about their new burgers, which will be coming out for Christmas and New Year!

Drinking & Healing Cocktail Bar

If you’re not drooling yet, there’s also a small but impressive menu of food pairings. Animal fries (potato wedges smothered in cream cheese and jalapenos) or crisp truffle fries dusted in parmesan cheese, prawn Ceviche, fried chicken wings, baked buttons mushrooms, and other snacks are some of the cocktail pairings available.

What People Say About Drinking & Healing

People on Trip Advisor are pleasantly surprised by Drinking and Healing bar and lounge. With 67 percent Excellent and 33 percent Very Good ratings, the cocktail bar has zero negative reviews! Patrons all seem to be pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere, menu, and overall dining and drinking experience. Clearly, Drinking and Healing is on its way to becoming a favourite craft cocktail and mixology spot for the local and foreign business class.

What City Pass Guide Says About Drinking & Healing

Drinking & Healing is ideal for an office worker looking for a great after-work drinking hole or locals or foreigners looking for a laid-back yet hip and elegant place to decompress from the hustle and bustle. The vision of the owners is communicated so clearly through the entire consumer experience from door to drink and beyond. Expert mixology inspired cocktails crafted with excellent precision and presentation, plus a laid-back urban vibe makes Drinking & Healing a mixology powerhouse that speaks to a promising future for high-quality craft cocktails in Saigon.

 

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The White House Saigon

The White House is one of the newer bars in fashionable Thao Dien area of Saigon’s District 2. American owned, the bar and restaurant is based on a lighthearted look at the “real” White House, rather than taking itself too seriously. It works really well. Housed in a truly beautiful large villa, the three floors take on three different feels. The ground floor is a nice bar, with various types of seating and a pool table. One floor up is all soft seating and a cosy ambience, perfect for meetings and the top floor is home to probably the best pool and darts space in the city.

This place has already become a firm favourite with many of the local expat community in the area and word is spreading quickly. No less than three pool teams will operating out of here next season. The bar has a good kitchen supplying hungry regulars with meals and bar snacks. 

The garden area is well used and the recent addition of a large canopy has proved a hit, whether people wish to shelter from the rain or the sunshine. There is a small gazebo overlooking the swimming pool and this area has proved a winner for pool parties and special occasions. It really is a great space in which to hold parties. The owners are experienced at putting everything in place to enable people to relax and have fun.

For the drinks, the White House has recently installed a cold room and is serving no less than eight craft beers, from some of the city’s new craft breweries. Other bottled beers, a good wine selection and a fully stocked top shelf provide just about all you need to get an evening off to a good start. This is a great addition to the rapidly developing District 2 area.

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Air 360 Sky Lounge

Not far across from its sister club, Chill SkyBar, the Air 360 Sky Lounge is the newest addition to the Capella Entertainment family. More adult and more business than Chill, Air 360 centers around a multi-level, lounge-like space with plenty of seating and a 360 degree view of the city. In a nutshell, Chill entertains, Air 360 helps unwind.

Ambiance

The venue is split into roughly four levels, starting from the Sky Pool, where guests can reserve a private event space with a swimming pool. The Sky Deck and indoor area sit on the next level, offering an outdoor bar similar to Chill’s but with a bit more space to sit and lounge around. The Sky Gallery is the walkway between the upper level and the Sky Deck. Finally, the upper level offers a higher vantage and a more private space for intimate groups to chat. The Sky Pool runs “Dining by the Pool” from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with modern Vietnamese cuisine that focuses on fresh seafood, meat and vegetables.

Air 360 Skybar

Not as crowded or noisy as its sister venue, those who prefer Chill’s indoor area and generally an environment suitable for after-work mingling will enjoy Air 360’s multi-level options. Those who prefer indoor area will find a classy, quiet lounge to dine and wine in. The crowd consists of professionals, more mature couples, artists and creatives, and more; a more adult audience in general.

Air 360 Skybar Saigon

Service

Service can be expected to be on par with Chill, albeit more accommodating for those who simply want a drink and a view, and not an all-night bottle session. There is little pressure to purchase anything and staff is smiley and accommodating.

Air 360 Skybar

Drinks

Like its sister venue, Air 360 features a number of custom cocktails that incorporate elements of Vietnam with Western spirit practices. During our time we tried three signatures, recommended by the head bartender:

Air 360 Skybar HCMC Drink

White Night

Gin, cucumber, ginger, sugar, lime and port wine make up the White Night, one of Air 360’s infusions of Western and Eastern ingredients. The gin and cucumber make for a fresh, cooling palate, and the lime and port make for sour-sweetish element that give this drink an added kick. Gin lovers will be pleased.

Chocolate Martini

There is no vermouth, vodka or gin in this martini – but as this is Vietnam, regular naming conventions may not apply. Instead, you get a nice mix of dark rum, cacao liqueur and a chocolate liqueur, resulting in a Black Russian of sorts, a bit creamy and sweet.

Sexy Bar

A tropical blend, fruit juice lovers will find this up their alley with its well-masked alcohol. Rum, mango juice, orange juice, coconut, vanilla syrup and lime juice create a more-sweet-than-sour blend that goes down easy. It may be too sweet for some, but those who like fruity cocktails will enjoy the Sexy Bar.

What Can Be Improved

The signature drinks are more on the sweet and sour end. Those who prefer old fashioned, less-saccharine options will not find as many choices.

What People Say

With a little over 20 reviews at the time of writing, Air 360 Sky Lounge has a solid four bubble rating, with many people praising the experience, atmosphere and service. The 360 degree view seems to be a consistent favorite.

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