Best Wine Bars in Saigon
While the popularity of craft breweries seems to have taken Saigon by storm, there are quite a few wine bars throughout town sharing the spotlight. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite wine bars in Ho Chi Minh City, each of them unique in their own right.
BEST WINE BARS AND LOUNGES IN SAIGON
Hotel des Arts Saigon
The lavish Saigon Social Club Rooftop Bar and Lounge at Hotel des Arts Saigon not only offers one of Saigon’s most beautiful rooftop views, but the wine selection is delightful as well. The boutique hotel’s international wine list suits its classy atmosphere quite well, which is why it’s become such a popular hotspot for expats and tourists alike. The luxe hotel hosts a weekly wine and cheese event, also known as The Delicatessen. Every Wednesday evening, guests can enjoy a buffet of top notch charcuterie, imported cheeses from France, Spain and Italy and free flow wine from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Even better: a jazz bar sets the tone for the night. Sign me up!
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Just steps away from Ben Thanh Market lies this quaint and welcoming wine bar. Guests can enjoy a few glasses of wine atop the open terrace, which overlooks the hem below, one of the more delightful aspects of living in Saigon. The location can’t be beat as it’s centrally located and nestled away from one of the city’s most visited and historical landmarks.The wine options are plentiful and affordable and patrons can also order French cuisine from Cocotte restaurant, located downstairs.
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Level 23 Wine Bar
Located on the rooftop of Saigon’s Sheraton Hotel sits this lovely alfresco wine bar. First time visitors can expect a stunning panoramic view of Ho Chi Minh City, a major draw for most. The menu consists of both wine and lavish cocktails, both excellent choices for watching a glowing Saigon sunset. Despite the name, this bar is also known for its cocktails and talented DJs. The atmosphere bridges the gap between skybar and wine bar.
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Cork & Bottle Wine & Grill
This cosy wine bar recently moved up from its previous location at 7 Thái Văn Lung to 30 Thái Văn Lung. Just off the Japanese restaurant stretch between Le Thanh Ton and Ly Tu Trong, the location is central and convenient. One of the original wine bar concepts in town, with an impressive selection of expertly curated wines by the bottle or glass, Cork & Bottle is sure to please even the most discerning oenophile. Don’t miss the bar’s selection of French tartines, cheese plates and cold cuts.
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Tucked away within District 1 lies Brix, by far the coziest wine bar in town. The wine selection is not only impressive, but the ambient atmosphere is certainly refreshing among the hustle and bustle of Pasteur Street. Brix offers 15 different types of wine, including some from New Zealand’s Marlborough region, Bordeaux and South Africa’s Western Cape. Brix is an ideal spot for post-work glasses of vino; there’s a “buy one, get one” daily special from 3 to 7 PM. If you stop by, don’t go with a full belly - the cheese selections are not to be missed, including sheep’s milk pecorino, Cathedral cheddar and rich, Italian gorgonzola.
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Park Hyatt Saigon’s Cellar Door
Boasting one of the best wine lists in town, this wine bar in Ho Chi Minh City also provides top-notch service. The elegant bistro uses the Coravin Wine Preservation System, allowing guests to sip on as much wine as they’d like without removing the cork. The state-of-the-art apparatus preserves the quality and longevity of the wine, which is ideal for the Cellar Door’s Vin à la Ficelle policy. For those who are unaware, Vin à la Ficelle means customers only pay for what they drink - so ideal!
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RESTAURANTS WITH EXCELLENT WINE SELECTIONS IN SAIGON
This Binh Thanh-based Japanese wine bar is a top choice for vino enthusiasts as it hosts an extensive wine selections catering to varying preferences. The staff will be able to help guests pair their wine choices with their meal; the menu is a mixture of Japanese dishes and Western fare. It’s a cozy spot perfect for a date night or a relaxed evening with a few friends.
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Known as one of the top, casual dining French restaurants in town, The Mach House is a lovely getaway in District 1. While the food menu is impressive, the international wine list is ideal for anyone wanting to sip on some vino while nibbling on their pick of small plates. The prices of the wines vary; there are 150 labels to choose from. One of the more attractive qualities of this French bistro is the fact that the wines are affordable without conceding the quality. The atmosphere is quiet and intimate, so get a babysitter if you were otherwise planning on bringing the family.
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This charming, French-inspired wine bar in Ho Chi Minh City is definitely one of the most beautiful spots in all of Saigon. Not only is it located in an old opium manufacture space, but the fact that it’s seemingly hidden despite its central location makes it incredibly alluring. The wine list is outstanding; guests have the option to purchase by the glass, bottle or carafe. The restaurant also comes equipped with an enomatic wine dispenser, designed to eliminate waste while also improving guests’ experience as the preservation system ensures their wine will be fresh. This wine bar is a perfect option for brunch, after work chats or a romantic date night.
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