Xu Bar and Lounge

Searching for a high-class, stylish restaurant and bar in the heart of HCMC? Look no further than Xu, which features Vietnamese cuisine made with quality local produce. Their ground floor lounge offers contemporary cocktails and tried-and-true standards. Check out their extensive selection of appetisers and quality wine list. 

One of the few places in Ho Chi Minh City to make the crossover between cafe culture and bar atmosphere, Xu has a cool, contemporary design, an intelligent set lunch menu and a laid back atmosphere. Sample their international food menu and unwind in their cosy lounge setting, the perfect place to get your evening started. Located in the centre of Saigon, it is walking distance from the popular expat bar Blanchy's Tash.

Note that the dress code is smart casual; leave your sandals and singlets back at your Saigon hotel!

Xu Bar is one of our favourite party places in the city: Saigon Nightlife - The Best Bars and Clubs.

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Carmen

Like its namesake opera, this Ho Chi Minh City bar is a hit. Built on a flamboyant foundation of Flamenco music, it stands out from the crowd not only for its enchanting Latin sounds, but also for its moody and dim interior replete with candle-lit beer keg tables. Whether you come to Carmen to drink or dance, your night out in Saigon just got a lot more interesting.

Flamenco music in HCMC? Yes! Carmen delivers Flamenco music played by a (mostly) Vietnamese band. The venue features a lovely intimate interior that somewhat resembles a wine cellar. The exterior stone wall gives the joint a faint European feel. Carmen is the perfect quiet bar for travellers looking to unwind after a busy day spent dealing with all the sights and sounds of Saigon.

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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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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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The Lounge at New World Saigon Hotel

The Lounge, located on the ground floor of the New World Saigon Hotel, is a popular venue for anyone looking for a relaxed and sophisticated bar to start off the night. Their cocktail list includes classic and modern drinks as well as a selection of international wines to complement their weekly wine tastings evenings.

The Lounge's interior touches include gentle lighting, a relaxed atmosphere and an extensive drinks menu. Settle into a comfortable night with a signature cocktail, beer or glass of imported wine or visit earlier in the afternoon for a one of kind afternoon tea selection.

New World Saigon Hotel also provides an app free of charge that allows guests to browse thousands of international papers and magazines - perfect for reading at The Lounge or in any of the hotel's other facilities.

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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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