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The best drinking spots in Saigon

A guide for the thirsty travellers

When it comes to the nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City, where all you’re looking for is a nice place to get a drink and have long, uninterrupted chats with a few close friends, there are a few great places to turn to. PARKROYAL Picks, your personal travel insider, has put together a short list of four bars in Saigon – some of which are swanky rooftop destinations you won’t want to miss out on – that are worth your time and penny.

1. Shri Rooftop Bar

Address: 23th floor Centec Tower, 72-74 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1
Phone number: +84 8 3827 9631
Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday 10:30am – 12:00pm 
Sunday 4:30pm – 12:00pm

The Shri Rooftop Bar & Restaurant at Centec Tower overlooks some of Ho Chi Minh’s top attractions such as the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Bitexco Building, as well as the Phu My Suspension Bridge over Saigon River. Not as noisy as other bars, Shri is fitted with modern decor, ample sofas, and a sleek-looking bar serving cocktails, beers, spirits, and wines. Plus, it looks like a five-star restaurant too.

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2. Chill Sky Bar

Address: 25th floor of AB Tower, 76 Lê Lai Street, District 1
Opening Hours:
5:30pm to 3:00am

Located on the top floor of the AB Tower, Chill Sky bar offers panoramic views of the vibrant city and beyond. In the early evening, it plays soft, soothing music, before its resident DJ livens things up with popular dance and hip-hop music from 10pm onwards. It‘s known as a pretty fashionable bar as it follows a strict dress code – shorts and slippers are absolutely not allowed. Although the drinks are quite expensive at about 20 USD for a cocktail, you can get drinks for half the price during happy hours from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

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3. EON 51 Heli Bar

Address: 51st floor, Bitexco Financial Tower, 2 Hai Trieu street, District 1
Phone number:
+84 8 6291 8751
Opening Hours:
10:00am to 2:00am

Just a few steps from Nguyen Hue walking street is Vietnam’s tallest nightlife spot, EON 51 Heli Bar. Located on the 51st floor of Bitexco Financial Tower, EON 51 Heli Bar features a cosmopolitan setting, live acoustic performances, talented DJs, and an extensive alcohol list that will make your night there an utterly unforgettable one.

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4. Fresh Beer in Pham Ngu Lao area

Address: Pham Ngu Lao street
Opening Hours:
5:00pm to midnight

It’s easy to find a cold beer in the backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao, where you can witness the hustle and bustle of the city at any time of the day. There, you’ll find many stalls that sell bia hoi, a type of non-branded beer contained in a large jar. While you're there, try the local beer, which often comes with a red or green label.

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