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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Chill Skybar

The original open-air rooftop club and bar in Ho Chi Minh City, Chill Skybar is a Saigon staple, attracting crowds of stylish socialites, businessmen, party-goers and tourists looking to let loose 26 storeys above ground.

Few have not heard about Chill Skybar. AB Tower’s crown jewel occupies the entire 26th floor, covering both an indoor lounge and an outdoor bar-and-party space.

Chill Skybar Saigon

Attracting big-name DJs, global artists (singers, dancers, mixologists) and brand ambassadors and with a constant flow of themed international events, Chill Skybar is relentlessly pumping out new reasons to visit its exclusive vantage point, at any time of night – from ladies nights to weekly SHOWSTOPPER events and hip-hop takeovers.

One of the most popular promotions at Chill is an exclusive offer to all female guests! Every Wednesday, check out Beauty & Essence. From 9.30 p.m. till late, all ladies can enjoy exclusive cocktail special offers for a night of high class drinking and dancing fun in the Saigon sky.

Party in the most seductive way, every Saturday at Soirée Champagne Shower and take advantage of the daily Panorama View Happy Hour from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., where you can enjoy delicious drinks and snacks, starting at just VND 88,000++.

In addition to superb promotions, Chill Skybar offers the very best in nightlife entertainment in Saigon. In particular, don’t miss the weekly Friday SHOWSTOPPER events - expect the unexpected with incredible ‘show stopping’ performances for the ultimate in nighttime enjoyment.

Ambiance

The main draw has always been – and will always be – Ho Chi Minh City’s million-light skyline, with the sail-shaped Bitexco Tower looming over and the outstanding views dominated by the twisting traffic and teeming life below.

AB Tower has a knack for shaping venues around distinctly chic concepts. Chill Skybar is somewhere between the 90s trance scene version of the future and a vodka commercial. Even the bathrooms can be mistaken for miniature clubs, with profuse LEDs and utopian architecture.

Chill Skybar Saigon

Music transitions from recorded chill-out music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to late night live DJs playing hip-hop, EDM and Top 40 commercial hits.

Service

With grand views and grandiose décor comes great [monetary] responsibility. It’s much easier to get the socially-attuned staff laughing along with you if you come with company and occupy a table, or if you arrive with ticket-in-hand, than if you simply want a peek at the skyline.

Bartenders themselves are selected for Chill, based on experience and panache alone and are highly trained to produce the very best beverages for every guest. Each expert bartender has at least four years of experience under their belt.

Chill Skybar Saigon

Service is prompt and professional, albeit somewhat cool when compared to something more low-key. But it’s what’s expected, the closer you get to space.

The high level of service at Chill Skybar continues even with the security staff, who are friendly, courteous and professional - always focused on the safety and well-being of each customer.

Experience

Your experience largely depends on the night’s event, crowd and what’s playing. Certain factors are constants however, and build the base experience, no matter what night you come. Namely, the cocktails and service. Since the latter has been covered, let’s dive into Chill Skybar’s primary motivation – mixology.

Signature house cocktails all snuggly fit into a “fusion” category. Which in Chill’s case would be predominantly Western spirits and ingredients mixed with traditional Vietnamese elements.

Chill Skybar Saigon

Western ingredients would include things like: classic spirits, rosemary, cardamom, thyme and pink peppercorn. Vietnamese ingredients would be along the lines of: lemongrass, ginger, mango and other tropical fruits.

If you desire, the skilled bartenders are also flexible enough for custom cocktails, if you have a recipe or flavour profile in mind.

Asian Temptation

Their signature cocktail, Asian Temptation, is one of the top choices at Chill Skybar. The creative combination of Vodka, Sake and Passion Fruit is sure to make you and your friends order a second round. This sexy signature cocktail is included as part of Chill Skybar’s Happy Hour.

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13th Street Daiquiri

Only available during Chill Skybar’s cocktail promotion “Shaken or Stirred - Artistry Mixology” from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the 13th Street Daiquiri is a delightfully designed cocktail for a refined palate. This beverage is known as a ‘trolley cocktail’, since it is quite literally created and served to you direct from a trolley by your own personal mixologist.

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Dining

For when partying works up your appetite, just head up the LED stairs to the fantastic Chill Dining on the 27th floor. With an emphasis on superb steak and seafood, choose from a modern a-la-carte menu, including the addition of 34 brand new, mouthwatering dishes.

Chill Skybar Saigon

Using premium ingredients from around the world, offerings such as Angustus Platinum Ribeye, Kagoshima “Kamichiku” Wagyu, and Chill Private Label Caviar by Kaviari are sure to delight your taste buds. Add in paired fine wines, premium spirits and champagne, plus the gorgeous backdrop of the stunning Saigon city views and you will have an exceptional culinary experience at Chill Dining.

What People Say

Reviews on TripAdvisor are mixed, but mostly fall between Very Good and Excellent. Near unanimous praise is given for the expansive view and drink reviews range from good to great. There are only a couple of complaints on the dress code (Chill Skybar allows shorts, but still no gym or sports shorts, tank tops, or flip flops. They do, however, lend shoes free of charge). Otherwise, people enjoy the vibe and the music at Chill Skybar. Some label it as their favourite nightspot in Ho Chi Minh City.

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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.

pasteur street brewing

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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Level 23 Wine Bar

Perched on the 23rd floor of Sheraton Saigon, Level 23 Wine Bar enjoys a comfortable spot among the popular rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City. Technically not a wine bar, Level 23 however has a more than adequate wine cellar.

View Level 23

You can catch the awesome Saigon sunset in a quiet, unpacked environment on weekday evenings. If the pinnacle of nightlife in Saigon for you is a great sunset view, a quite atmosphere and some smooth cocktails, then Level 23 should be on your must-visit checklist in Ho Chi Minh City.

Scenic view

The daytime view is quite a sight – the positioning of the bar ensures views of all the prettiest skyscrapers and a good chunk of the Saigon River, along with the many little colourful apartment blocks scattered everywhere. If you sit just right, the bar’s pillars should provide enough glare protection.

From 8 p.m. onwards, Tuesday to Sunday, Level 23 Nightspot opens its door to let the DJ music from the indoor lounge flow into the al fresco area. For those preferring a more sedate evening, Mondays are recommended.

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The Long @ Times Square

The Long @ Times Square is a café and restaurant which is part of The Reverie Saigon. It is the ideal place for an after-hour drink in Central Ho Chi Minh City.

The Long @ Time Square

Drawing inspiration from the timeless sidewalk cafes of France and Italy, The Long @ Times Square is the parlour of the city – a place for serendipitous encounters, refreshing breaks and casual rendezvous.

Cocktail at The Long @ Time Square

Lunches at The Long are always varied and enticing, with an east-meets-west menu of contemporary cooking, complemented by daily specials highlighting the finest seasonal produce. Healthy smoothies and bright tropical juices are mixed to taste, whilst enormous ice creams headline a mouth-watering dessert menu. Every afternoon, The Long invites patrons to take a break with a leisurely afternoon tea or Italian coffee, whilst evenings call for delicious aperitifs and pre-dinner drinks.

Food at The Long @ Time Square

The Long @ Times Square can be reached by walking from several famous Ho Chi Minh City attractions such as the Opera and Parkson Shopping Center.

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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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