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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Whiskey & Wares

What makes Whiskey & Wares special? The drinks are reasonably priced (but not excessively cheap); the atmosphere is comfortably casual yet also refined and stylish; and the service is friendly, attentive and laidback. And once you see the cozy, couch-filled upstairs lounge, you’ll see that it’s an ideal bar to visit with friends.

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Located just off of Bui Vien on the much more reserved (yet still busy) De Tham Street, Whiskey & Wares offers patrons quality drinks at great prices. True to its name, one side of the menu is filled with constantly rotating whiskey choices, which are organized by country of origin (brands from Japan, Ireland and the U.S. are only a few among the selection) rather than price. Derek Jay, who co-owns the bar with Wan Winters, said was an intentional choice. “We want people to try really good whiskeys they haven’t tried before. So the nice whiskeys are still affordable.” Cheers!

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If you’re not in the mood for whiskey, there’s plenty of other options. There’s an extensive list of local craft beers as well as a large selection of original and traditional cocktails with an Asian twist. If you have a weakness for whiskey sours, be sure to give their Tamarind Whiskey Sour a try. The most notable drink, however, has got to be the Saigon Whiskey Collins, a well-balanced mix of tac (Vietnamese kumquat), star anise, ginger and whiskey. Keep an eye on this list – each month a new cocktail will be added.

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Don’t just go to this bar for the drinks, though. Also stay tuned for the locally made art the owners continually showcase, the weekly live music, the soon-to-be-added food items (barbecue banh mis! Texas-Saigon beer chili!) and the rooftop patio that might be opening up in the near future. However, smokers accustomed to ashtrays indoors beware: while there’s a balcony and chairs out front, smoking is prohibited inside the bar itself.

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SOHY Bar & Restaurant

Saigoneers have a broad choice of rooftop bars, so another one has to be phenomenal to keep up with the rest. This is certainly the case for SOHY Bar & Restaurant, perched high above Vietnam’s glistening city on the 25th floor of the Centec Tower on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai. This restaurant and lounge has raised the bar for both the quality of service and the food and drinks.

Ambience

Perhaps the most striking feature of SOHY is its ultra-cool but also elegant and calming ambience. Designed by the Japanese design team Super Potato, the general concept for SOHY is “futuristic beach resort”. This idea is taken to fun and interesting places.

When you step out of the elevator, look to your left and see the floor-to-ceiling LED screen, which plays hip video clips like you’ve just stepped into a Los Angeles nightclub. Turn to your right, and you’ll be met by a beautiful and smiling hostess, waiting to help you find your seat.

Depending on where you want to go, you’ll be led to different parts of this two-storey entertainment emporium, which can comfortably seat 450 people. If you want an elegant dinner, go upstairs to the Star Dining Lounge, where you’ll enjoy a set menu with the chef’s choice specialities. It’s low-lit and romantic, and has the atmosphere of a fine-dining restaurant.

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If you’re more in the mood for a cigar and a brandy, check the zero-gravity cigar room that’s both futuristic and traditionally masculine—think glass-panelled walls mixed with exposed wood furnishing and leather sofas.

If a drink and tapas in the open air is more for you, head over to the sky lounge with covered seating and an outdoor terrace, all with a glorious view of District 1’s glittering skyline. On the very top of the bar is a champagne garden, reserved for special events and ideal for private parties or company get-togethers.

Food & Drinks

Don’t come here just for the amazing views and decor: the food and drinks are also top notch. At the Star Dining Room, it’s all about the set menu. For VND680,000, this four-course spread is a great deal when you compare it to the à la carte menu prices. For example, three raw Nha Trang oysters served with steeped onion oil, quail eggs and caviar (VND245,000++ à la carte); shrimp and black truffle wonton soup (VND250,000++ à la carte); marinated French duck breast with orange ginger sauce (VND670,000++ à la carte); and the coconut cheesecake for dessert (VND145,000++ à la carte). Eating here, I saved a cool VND630,000, before taxes, and enjoyed every bite of it. Do note, though, that the chefs change the menu daily to reflect what’s freshest.

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If you’d rather have a few plates to share at the Sky Lounge below, the menu has plenty of options for culinary sharing. Might I suggest the cold cuts and cheese board (VND385,000++) or even just the crispy spiced cashews (VND85,000++)?

SOHY’s drinks menu offers a great selection of champagne, seven varieties of wine, a wide selection of signature cocktails, and a good number of classic choices. The cocktails range from VND95,000 to VND300,000, although all the signature cocktails come in at VND220,000.

You’ll find pages upon pages of aperitifs, liqueurs, single malt scotch, cognac, Japanese whisky, blended malt, Irish whiskey, bourbon, rum, gin, tequila and vodka. Yeah, SOHY is serious about the drinks.

Thanks to the cigar lounge, the whisky options abound. Plus, you can pair that glass of Glenmorangie 25 (VND380,000++) with a hand-rolled cigar from the well-stocked humidor.

Who Should Go

The different levels and sections of SOHY guarantee that a wide variety of people can come for a good night.

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Have a client or want to network with the boys? Take them to the cigar lounge. Have an important date or you’re celebrating a birthday or anniversary? Head to the Star Dining Room for a candlelit dinner. If you’re looking for a good place to take friends on the weekends, the outdoor terrace is perfect, with lounge seating and energetic music playing late into the night. And if you just want a drink after work, sit down with a cocktail and watch the sun set between Saigon’s high rises.

What People Say

SOHY attracts a wealthy clientele, and the vast majority seems incredibly pleased. Of its six Google ratings, it scores a perfect 5 stars, and on TripAdvisor, it gets a 4.0 with 30 reviews. Some people complain about the prices of the drinks, but most feel that the ambience and level of service make up for this.

What City Pass Guide Says

While it’s not a place to frequent every night (unless your budget allows for it), SOHY is a great place to go when you want to feel fabulous in Saigon. Be sure to check its Facebook page, as SOHY regularly posts events and hosts a variety of themed functions. Also, check the promotions and time your visit to grab a deal.

Local Insight

SOHY has a variety of specials throughout the week, but perhaps the best one happens on Mondays and Tuesdays: if you check in to SOHY on your social media pages, you get free-flow signature cocktails!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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