The Best Cocktail Bars in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City Skyline | © tokeisan/Wikipedia Tiếng Việt
Ho Chi Minh City Skyline | © tokeisan/Wikipedia Tiếng Việt
Photo of Matthew Pike
Writer2 December 2017

Craft beer has been getting all the attention in Ho Chi Minh City recently, but cocktail lovers also have a vibrant scene of their own. The best of the best are a combination of established players and new bars looking to shake things up with unique flavors and decor. From hidden gems to places where socialites flock to be noticed, here are the cocktail bars you need to check out in this city.

The Alley Cocktail Bar & Kitchen

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Beer, Vietnamese, $$$
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The Alley
The Alley | © Matthew Pike
The Alley is a cozy bar hiding off Pasteur Street, down a narrow gap in the wall you might easily miss. As you pass through the curtain, you enter a classy world where cocktails have been designed with the flavors of the Mekong and the music adds a jazzy ambiance.

Qui Cuisine Mixology

Likely the busiest location on this list, Qui is a popular bar among the nightlife crowd, and you’ll be lucky to snag a table without a reservation. The bar is elegant and bright, with modern furnishings and a dose of funky colors. If you want to mingle among well-to-do socialites, here’s the place to be.

Qui Cuisine Mixology, 22 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, Hồ Chí Minh, 850000, Vietnam,

Qui | © Matthew Pike

Qui | © Matthew Pike

Monde Bar

Bar, French, European, $$$
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A short walk from the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the Monde Bar is the latest iteration in a family of bars which began 30 years ago in Tokyo. They pride themselves on their service—and their unique spherical ice cubes. They claim their trademarked ice cubes are slow-melting so your drink stays chilled without becoming diluted. Leave the madness of Saigon’s traffic behind, and enjoy world-class cocktails in a jazz-inspired lounge adorned with contemporary art.

Layla - Eatery & Bar

Bar, Contemporary, Pub Grub, Seafood, $$$
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Layla
Layla | © Matthew Pike

If chilled vibes and fantastic drinks are what you’re looking for after a long day of working or traveling, then sit yourself in Layla’s and enjoy their ever-changing artwork. Layla opened in 2016, and despite being new to the city, it already has a reputation as one of the best bars.

Urban Kitchen + Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Beer, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Urban’s kitchen is what brings most people in, but their cocktails are also some of the best in the city. The decor is subdued yet creative, and distinctly industrial. It’s the kind of place to have dinner and then enjoy some cocktails with your friends or colleagues. You may want to call ahead and make a reservation on weekends, though. It can get pretty busy.

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