What makes a “good” bar? It’s the drinks, the bartenders, the food, the music, but most of all, it’s the vibe. If you’re in dire need of a change from going to your usual bars just for drinks, this is your calling to travel around the world – virtually, of course, with these 4 recommendations from Vietcetera.
Dram Bar – European retro
Dram comes from the Greek word “drachma”, a word coined by the Scots to talk about a glass of whisky. Designed in Australian retro style, Dram gives you cozy and classic vibe through drinks such as Old Fashioned or Whisky Sour.
Dram Bar offers a special menu just for the ladies every Tuesday with interesting names such as Hi-Mai, Girl Is On Fire or PS Dram Loves You. Their monthly menu is also frequently spiced up with new creations from the bartenders.
Happy Hour: Daily 50% discount for Dram classic cocktail from 18:00 - 20:00
Address: 2 Đặng Hữu Phổ, Thảo Điền ward, District 2
Opening hours: 18:00 – 00:00
Nhau Nhau – back to the 60s in Saigon
Gather and “nhậu” (drink together) at Nhau Nhau amongst their 60s Saigon aesthetic, the golden age of rock here, hence the dark décor and wood-framed Vietnamese rock albums.
Nhau Nhau has a good selection of food from Vietnamese staples to Japanese, Spanish, American and Thai options. Besides whiskey and tropical cocktails, they also serve craft beer, rice wine and sake.
Address: 89 Tôn Thất Đạm, Bến Nghé ward, District 1
Opening hours: 17:00 – 00:00
The Racha Room – quick trip to Thailand
The Racha Room - Pan-Asian cocktails
The Racha Room was born with the desire to bring a new breeze in Asian cuisine in general and Thai in particular. The word ‘Racha’ in Thai also means ‘for the king’, which means that the shop will bring memorable experiences to you.
The cocktails have been created with the same ethos in mind: a combination of local Vietnamese spices, seasonal fruits and vegetables. The restaurant’s culinary menu expresses a variety of Southeast Asian hawker market cuisine.
If you like Thai and Pan-Asian food but are averse to spice, this is the choice for you. Some signature dishes include pan-fried Australian beef dumplings with sesame sauce, red duck curry and tamarind glazed pork ribs.
Currently, The Racha Room is having a 20% discount for lunch at The Racha Room D2 (from April 12 to April 26). Choose from either great value set lunch menus or a la carte menu.
Racha Room Thảo Điền
Address: 107 Xuân Thủy, Thảo Điền ward, district 2
Opening hours: 11:30 – 14:30 and 17:00 – 00:00
Racha Room district 1
Address: 12-14 Mạc Thị Bưởi, Bến Nghé ward, district 1
Opening hours: 17:00 – 00:00
The Long Time Square – classic Italy
The Long Time Square was conceived right in the heart of busy Saigon with inspirations drawn straight from tranquil Italian streets.
The Long has their interior concept mixed between green and yellow - the tropical forest colors, which bring a fresh natural vibe to the heart of the city. Known for its 48-meter bar from Đồng Khởi to Nguyễn Huệ, and Italian-inspired drinks such as Caipitropical or Saigon Lover, The Long Time Square is the place to be if you’re in the mood for some Italian-ness and live English music, or just to chat with travelers and expats (which is the dominating crowd here).
For special occasions, the bar hosts music events and special bartender guest shifts which attract both local and international guests.
Address: 22-36 Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, district 1
Opening hours: 10:00 – 00:00