Slate - The Bar

Slate - The Bar is the perfect HCMC meeting place for an after-work or pre-dinner drink. Slate takes its name from the dark grey tiles that cover the entire floor area. For night owls our resident DJ and live bands will have you and your friends rocking into the wee hours of the morning. Located on the 3rd floor of Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon.
 

Inside Slate - The Bar large windows allow for dynamic and lively assimilation with the nearby Saigon street life. A floor-to-ceiling bar shelf and semi-private sofa beds add to the uniqueness of Slate. The cool and modern design that merges black and silver colours with turquoise accents reflects the modern approach to this classic martini bar. Head over to Slate - The Bar at Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon and relax with a classic cocktail.

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Pasteur Street Brewing Co.

New Locations for American-Style Craft Brewing in Saigon

If you’re looking for craft beer in Saigon, Pasteur Street Brewing Co. is the place to go. Since 2015, beer lovers have been heading down a small hem off of Pasteur Street to enjoy the creative brews at the “Original” taproom at 144 Pasteur.

Now fans of the company have even more reason to celebrate. Pasteur Street Brewing Co. has expanded to include four taproom locations in Saigon and one in Hanoi.

If you love the location of the “Original” taproom but want to appreciate great beer in a larger space, go a little further down the same eye-catching alley as the “Original” but instead of taking the stairs on the left continue on and to your right you’ll find the “Hem” taproom. Since June 2017, the “Hem” has become the perfect place to go for a party or larger groups, or maybe just to enjoy the warm rooftop breeze while you sample Pasteur Street Brewing Co.’s excellent beer selection. The new expansive space boasts two floors, one of which is a rooftop, making it the perfect location for events, private parties, and tastings.

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The expansion has been so successful that as of December 2018, the brewer has grown even further to include two more taprooms in District 7 (67 Le Van Thiem) and District 2 (120 Xuan Thuy).

In addition, fans of the company should be aware of the “Ha Noi” taproom, which opened directly behind the historic St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi’s Old Quarter in July of 2017. The location spans two levels and includes an outdoor seating area.

Ambiance

Everyone is made to feel welcome at all locations. It’s easy to have a solo, after work drink; to kick back and enjoy a few pints with a group of friends or to host an excellent party. Just pick your taproom and the capable staff at Pasteur Street Brewing Co. will do the rest.

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Beers and Food

Beer aficionados can sample Pasteur Street Brewing Co.’s fine, American-style craft brews with fresh local Vietnamese ingredients at all locations. For a true craft beer, quality ingredients are key. The brewers at Pasteur Street Brewing Co. make sure of this by sourcing their hops from America, Australia and New Zealand. But what makes this beer truly special are the creative flavour additions. The brewers choose ingredients grown in Vietnam of the highest quality. One of Pasteur Street’s most popular beers is the Passion Fruit Wheat Ale, which is made with fresh passion fruit juice. Another customer favorite, the Jasmine IPA, is complemented with the addition of real jasmine flowers. Chocolate lovers should try the Imperial Chocolate Stout, which won the 2016 World Beer Cup.

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Each taproom features a selection of different beers on tap, so people can also get a taste of new flavours. There is always a balanced selection of light, heavy, dark, sour, and hoppy brews to ensure that there is a beer for every palate. The food is a comforting combination of Western pub food such as Nashville Hot Chicken and Vietnamese street food.

Contact:

The Original Taproom | 144 Pasteur Street, District 1, HCMC

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 4pm – 11pm & Friday – Sunday 11am – 11pm | Phone: +84 28 7300 7375

Hem Taproom | 144/3 Pasteur Street, District 1, HCMC

Opening hours: Daily 11am – 11pm | Phone: +84 28 7300 7375

Thao Dien Taproom | 120 Xuan Thuy, District 2, HCMC

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 4pm – 12am & Friday – Sunday 11am – 12am | Phone: +84 28 6273 0562

District 7 Taproom | 67 Le Van Thiem, District 7, HCMC

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 4pm – 11pm; Saturday – Sunday 11am – 12pm | Phone: +84 28 6278 8895

 

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GEM Lounge

With its sophisticated and relaxed setting located at the exquisite GEM Center, this modern lounge has something for everyone. From the decorations to the menu, all aspects of the GEM Lounge are centered around the creation of a warm and inviting ambience. Whether stopping by for a quick coffee on the way to work, for a lunch break, an afternoon tea or as a meetup spot after work, the GEM Lounge caters to all interests. The carefully crafted food, juices and drink options bring together a diverse group of seasonal favourites. Unwind from a day’s work, indulge in a delicious drink and relish in the live piano music from 7pm to 10pm everyday.

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East West Brewing Co.

The first thing you’ll notice entering East West Brewing Co. is the gleaming machinery towering overhead.

As the doors close behind you, shutting off the din of downtown District 1 and Ly Tu Trong street, your ears will be greeted with the cavernous acoustics of something like to a museum. The floor plan is open permitting a clear view of the Ho Chi Minh City brewer’s pièce de résistance: the mammoth gleaming tanks on two floors that make up the beer maker’s in-house brewery.

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Show, Don’t Tell

In response to why the brewhouse was built to be a public-facing operation, East West Brewing Co.’s founders explained that craft beer’s relative newness and novelty in Vietnam created an opportunity for them to present the drink in a more intimate way.

At the time of writing, East West remains the only place in Saigon where the city’s thirsty can drink a craft beer made on site. Brewery spokeswoman Mimi Truong said that explaining the broader motivation of craft beer—the process, the reasons behind making it and drinking it versus a Tiger or Heineken— is a bit like telling a story.

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Like all stories, it benefits from a visual aid.

Mimi used an analogy to explain. “Let’s say you’re eating street food outside. There’s some kind of relationship when you visually see them cooking and the hard work that goes into that process.”

“If we didn’t show the general public upfront what craft beer was about, then the understanding wouldn’t be there”, Head Brewer Sean Thommen said. “That’s the biggest challenge that we have as a country that doesn’t really have a craft beer culture behind it.”

“We could just be brewing the beer elsewhere and using the location as a taproom”, Mimi said. But “to actually have it laid down in front of you ... it introduces the concept of real brewers brewing real quality beer. It creates this relationship that’s more personal.”

“It’s one thing to tell you, it’s another to show you”, Mimi said.

How It’s Made

The untrained eye might get lost in the chromy gleam of the open brewery. The four tanks at the top are seated on another five polished 1,500 litre tanks at the ground floor.

It’s like looking at the engine of a car: the industrial beauty is enhanced by the mystery of how the Rube Goldberg machine-like invention works.

East West Brewing Co. offers tours of its brewery to learn more about how they make the beers.

During the tour, you might learn that the brewery is not just a two-storey machine, but also contains a third at the very top. It’s here that the recipe begins, crushing the grain in preparation for the mash.

From there, the malt moves to the second “hot” floor where the ingredients are combined with boiling water and cooked to specification. Then the liquid is moved to the kettle and boiled. This is where one of the most important steps for perfecting flavour happens: adding the hops.

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Unfinished beers leaving the second floor are sent to the bottom to cool and condition in the 1,500 litre tanks standing at attention adjacent to the dining room floor. Depending on the style of beer, the unfinished brew could be in fermentation for a long time—the malty, pronounced Independence Stout calls for a resting period of a month and a half—or a short one, like the Summer Hefeweizen, which is ready for kegging and bottling in just over two weeks.

The brewery is built in levels like this to have gravity do the work of moving the tremendous liquid volumes from the top to the ground floor where the beers enter the fermentation stage, the last step in becoming drinkable, finished brews.

Changing Tastes

As Saigon’s beer lovers are getting to know East West Brewing Co., the brewer is also getting to know it’s audience and it’s shifting preferences better.

For example, when the microbrewery opened a year ago, the top seller was the Saigon Rosé. The light, fruity raspberry wheat beer was a popular first foray into craft beer for the local drinkers, a crowd typically doused with light lagers like Tiger and 333 at other places.

Then, “in just six months the palette changed so quickly”, Mimi said.

Nowadays, the brewery is now equally known and renowned for the Summer Hefeweizen, a citrusy, zesty take on the classic German wheat ale recipe, as well as their Far East IPA, and its flagship East West Pale Ale, a polished, hoppy beer that acts as ”a nice bridge” out of the land of industrial scale lagers, Mimi said.

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The beer that carries the brewery’s name is an abridged reimagining of the company’s story. The East West Pale Ale combines hops from the US with hops in New Zealand. Similarly, East West Brewing Co. is the lovechild of a marriage between craft beer—a western convention—to a vision formulated by a US-raised Vietnamese entrepreneur Loc Truong and Sean Thommen, a US native leading the brewing operation.

“If they can come in and see it, smell it … they can understand why it’s not just a product”, Thommen said. “We have to show them that it’s … an experience, there’s a science behind it.”

Most importantly, he added “it’s fun.”

Your meal prep routine will forgive you if you head to East West Brewing Co. for lunch. With a wide selection of Saigon & San Diego based dishes ranging from VND50,000 to VND175,000+, your wallet won’t likely mind either. Choose from a menu that includes appetizers like the Lotus Root Palm Heart Salad or Steak Watercress Salad and a main course, like the Spicy Garlic Tiger Prawn Tacos, California Burrito, or Teriyaki Salmon.

Come back on Saturday and Sunday morning for brunch. For VND750,000+, you can indulge in the brewery’s Kegs N’ Eggs Weekend Brunch package, which includes free flow craft beer as well as creme brulee french toast, california eggs benedict, and carne asada steak tacos.

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Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar

Looking for a place to share a craft beer or cocktail created by award-winning bartenders? Sharing food platters with friends while soaking up the view of the sunset on the city’s ever-changing skyline? Or sitting in an open-air table or breezy verandah with live Latin American music in a carnival atmosphere? Then Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar is the place for you.

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Located on the 10th floor of Caravelle Hotel, Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar combines the pleasure of a stunning view with a menu of gourmet sliders, seafood sharing platters and delicious bar bites, which all work together to create a memorable day for you and your loved ones.

A Strong Heritage

Opened in 1959, Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar has drawn people from all over the world and played a prominent role as a haven for wartime journalists in the 1960s. An establishment steeped in history, the heritage wall along the staircase leading to the entrance highlights pivotal moments in Caravelle’s history.

This rich history also influences the names of the dishes, which pay homage to Saigon Saigon’s colourful past such as “Correspondents’ Flavours of Vietnam” and “Night of the 29th Sliders”.

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A Place for Music

Six days a week, dance and music come alive as Living Cuba takes the stage, dishing out Latin beats. And on Mondays, Bad Neighbour plays their signature jazz and reggae tunes. The music starts at 9:00 p.m. daily with complimentary salsa classes every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

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Events and Promotions

If you like to dance, keep in mind that Celebrate Carnival @ Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar, a monthly dance party, also takes place at Saigon Saigon. Shake away the stress to Latin American beats and hit the dancefloor while enjoying the complimentary Caipirinha available as you walk in the door. The party starts at 9:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month.

Local Insight

From 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., enjoy 50 percent off your drink bill during Saigon Saigon’s happy hour special.

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Atrium Lounge

Step into this comfortable setting, unwind and escape from the sights and sounds of the city. Offering an innovative assortment of signature cocktails and upscale food, located in the heart of downtown, it’s an ideal spot to meet up with friends or co-workers after a long day of work.

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