Phu Nhuan is an extremely crowded district that is growing in popularity among expats. Despite bordering District 1, the entertainment center of Ho Chi Minh City, a few dining and drinking options have sprung up within Phu Nhuan so you don’t have to bother with the commute. Here are some of the best bars in the area.
Caribe Coffee & Pub is a café by day and an adventurous pirate ship/pub by night. The space is modeled to look like a pirate ship, with wooden interiors and all sorts of pirate-themed decor such as skulls and anchors. With good shisha (sometimes made from alcohol bottles), delicious cocktails and fun group games such as Uno, roulette, and cards, this is a fun spot to hang out after the sun sets over the horizon. Beer can be as low as VND$30,000 (USD$1.50) and cocktails are priced around VND$70,000 (USD$3.50), so we have a feeling you’ll stay a while and take advantage of the cheap prices. If by the end of the night, you find yourself swaying a little bit, it’s not the ship, it’s you.
Bar Cay Dan has been open for over 10 years in Ho Chi Minh City, and for a city where venues close down left and right, Bar Cay Dan can say it has succeeded. There are two floors — the ground floor is designed like a café/bar, and the upstairs a little more humble, like your ordinary restaurant. Bar Cay Dan is known for its open-mic nights where they let anyone get up on stage and sing their hearts out – and yes, we do mean anyone. So even if you can’t sing, we encourage you to go up and belt out a few classics. The older the song, the better, as the crowd is mostly composed of middle-aged men, rather than young ones.
Mot Hai Bar is a creative spin on an often used Vietnamese phrase: “mot, hai, ba, dzo!” This essentially translates to “1, 2, 3, drink!” and is something you will hear every night when you are out in a bar, club, or even restaurant. This joint is located on the ground floor of the Eastin Grand Hotel, and is a little bit more fancy than your average Ho Chi Minh City bar. Great for celebratory events, you can enjoy the creative menu of wines, cocktails, mocktails, and finger food with a fun bunch of people, starting (or ending) your night in style.
Gbeer Station is not only loved for its nice beer but also for its delicious food and good dance music. With indoor and outdoor seating, the venue is spacious — essential for when you go crazy as the DJs start spinning some awesome tracks. Gbeer Station is a popular spot for Phu Nhuan residents to end their night of party.
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