Ho Chi Minh City offers drinkers a myriad of venues in which to enjoy a glass of your favourite drink. From trendy sky bars to seedy drinking dens, girly bars and beer gardens, the city has everything. The whole city is packed full with bars of every description. However for the most part its bar stool seating all the way. But where do you go for a drink in comfortable surroundings and comfortable seating? This is where the lounges come in.
In the heart of the business district in the city centre The Wine Embassy has a cozy lounge area on the first floor. The seating is comfortable and the wine is as good as it gets. Amazing nitrogen replacement machines mean that even the good stuff can be served by the glass. This popular lounge is a hit with the after office crowd.
Saigon’s Lookout in District 1 is a modern lounge bar set over three floors of a beautiful French colonial mansion. Unusual for Vietnam, this is a no smoking venue, on the inside anyway. The decor is stylish and beautifully appointed, and the venue serves good food and wine to a discerning clientele. This is the sort of place that you dress up to visit.
The lounge bars are slowly beginning to spread. People are getting a little fed up with bar stools and high tables all the time. A few more comfortable seats are a welcome addition to the nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City. Low tables and comfortable couches have never been the norm in hot countries. For some reason they seem to be forever associated with roaring fires.
For a city that has a large wine and cocktail drinking culture it is somewhat surprising, that it has taken so long. It does seem as though the idea is taking hold, however.