You gotta love this town, with all those hip and happening watering holes! You probably know most great Saigon bars and epic rooftop hangouts in the city, but more and more hot bars are popping up in Saigon. So let’s take you on a bar hop!

Bam Bam

Let’s start with the one we like best. This bar is close to tapas bar Octo and Sorae. On arrival it can be a bit confusing, since there’s no name on the outside wall. But inside it’s clear you have arrived at Bam Bam. This bar, named after one of the Flinstone characters, is hip and happening and the crowd is too. The drinks are not that spectacular, but sipping it while standing in an empty pool is! And kudus to this bar to have a music volume that’s loud, but not so loud it makes you tone deaf. Great to go with a group. (click on the address to find the bar in Google maps)

Bam Bam, 41-43 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1

Have a dip!     –📷  Bam Bam

Ice & Spice Bar

Above the very nice Landmark 81 mall, awaits a whole new experience; drinking your cocktail in hot and tropical Saigon, while wearing a winter coat. But you’ll need one, because its quite chilly in the Ice & Spice bar. The interior is out of this world; completely made of ice, with frosty walls and a freezing bar. Luckily, they’ll hand out cute and furry coats when you enter, so no need to order hot chocolate. Great for drinks before dinner.

Ice & Spice bar, 74 floor, Landmark 81, District 1

Furry friends at the Ice bar – 📷 Ice & Spice

More hot new bars: CLIQ Saigon

Close to one of our fav bars, Drinking & Healing, a new addition to this street popped up: CLIQ Saigon. Take the team after work and fall straight into Happy Hour here, which starts at 530 pm. The interior is super nice- we’re totally digging the beautiful bar which has enough space to hang with all your mates. Make sure to try the bar bites as well!

CLIQ Saigon, L3, 63 Ho Tung Mau, D1 

We know you’ll CLIQ with this bar!     –📷 CLIQ

Banana Mama

The last addition to our hot bars in Saigon list, is actually a rooftop bar. Banana Mama is perfect for afternoon drinks, after work drinks or pre-dinner drinks – any drinks actually! With it’s laid-back, chill vibe and irresistible cocktails, it’s easy to lounge the night away here. Happy hour starts at 5 pm, and in case you’ll get hungry, growling stomachs can be tamed with sliders from Marcel’s burger – who we of course know from Cafe Marcel. See you at Happy Hour!

Banana Mama, 102 ABC Cong Quynh – WMC Tower – 10th floor, District 1

Summer vibes all year long    📷 Banana Mama

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27/10 Nguyen Binh Khiem, D1
www.facebook.com/theatmsaigon

The fantastic ATM cocktail bar & kitchen is a great speakeasy bar, hidden behind a…you guessed right, ATM machine!

Take your friends to this original watering hole, which has an extensive cocktail menu, great food to match and a laid back atmosphere. A great place to catch up and if you’re lucky, a live band will play jazzy tunes throughout the night.

ABC, 102, Cong Quynh, D1
www.facebook.com/bananamamabar

Banana Mama is perfect for afternoon drinks, after work drinks or pre-dinner drinks – any drinks actually! With it’s laid-back, chill vibe and irresistible cocktails, it’s easy to lounge the night away here. Happy hour starts at 5 pm, and in case you’ll get hungry, growling stomachs can be tamed with sliders from Marcel’s burger – who we of course know from Cafe Marcel.

Great to start your night of partying here or to make a pre-drink stop before dinner!

Located on the top floor of the ABC building in District

138 Nam Ki Khoi Nghia St, D1
www.facebook.com/rabbitholebarhcm

Drinks are great, but drinks and some jazzy tunes are even better. So let’s jazz it up at the Rabbit hole! A cozy cocktail bar in Saigon with some seriously good jazz and equally irresistible cocktails. We love the intimate atmosphere and the 1950s vibe they got going on. It’s no wonder this charismatic cocktail bar ended up on our list of best bars in Saigon.

L2, 25 Ho Tung Mau, D1
www.drinkinghealing.com

With the mysterious name only adding to its allure, Drinking & Healing is a new addition to the collection of speakeasy bars in Ho Chi Minh City. Leaving the bustling streets of District 1 behind us, the dim lights and exposed brick wall immediately create the perfect atmosphere for after-work or late-night drinks. Select a cocktail from the menu or let the knowledgeable ‘healers’ behind the bar mix up a new drink for you- somehow they know exactly what you need!

8/13 Duong So 49B, Thao Dien, D2
www.facebook.com/hemchill.d2

Inspired by buzzing, vibrant streets throughout Asia, Hem Chill is the latest place to hang out. Situated next to the river, this place is packed with colorful lights, food stalls and pop up bars. Grab the Asian street food of your choice, find yourself a table and enjoy the insta madness. Great for drinks and for bites as well.

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Coffee, internet and a laptop – the basics for any digital nomad. Luckily for us, the Saigon coffee scene is strong, very strong. And yes, we know the amazing regular spots for digital nomads in Ho Chi Minh City such as L’Usine, Dolphy Café and the Loop. But we’ve got a few more coming your way – read on to discover the best cafés in Saigon to work in.

Best cafés in Ho Chi Minh City for working in

The name might be the giveaway, but The Workshop is definitely on the list of best cafes in Saigon to work or study in. Whenever we walk into this hipster hotspot, we feel like we’re stepping into a New York City cafe. The impressive, open, colonial space with big windows (and lots of natural light!) creates the best atmosphere for focusing. Combine that with strong coffee and equally strong wifi – we’re not surprised that many professionals, students and digital nomads flock to this place.

Walking into the Bitexco tower together with the ‘regular’ office workers already gets you into that ‘deadline crushing’ vibe. And luckily for you, Nest by AIA is far from feeling like an actual office. The Scandinavian-meets-Japanese style furniture, the large windows, the long wooden bookcase with stepped seating – it all creates a truly perfect setting to work in. Even if you don’t have deadlines, just order a coffee and stare up at the swirling wooden nest. You’ll feel that creative energy flowing in no time!

Nest by AIA – we like you a latte!

The Coffee Connect definitely deserves a mentioning on the list of best places to work in Saigon. This cafe oozes productivity! A spacious area, friendly service, a hushed ambiance, long opening hours – and a very large collection of armchairs, pillows and sofas – what more would a digital nomad need?

Another seriously good cafe, filled with serious people working (and a serious number of plugs available – yay!), is our newly discovered The Running Bean. This spacious cafe with its chic-yet-boho interior is great for remote working in Ho Chi Minh City. An early start isn’t bad when you can order one of the to-die-for smoothie bowls together with your coffee. Let’s get cracking!

Work remotely in Saigon

At times cafés can create that home-away-from-home feeling. A smaller space, brick walls and comfortable chairs do the trick at Mori coffee. Soft jazzy tunes play in the background, while the friendly staff explain the different roasts and brewing options to those walking in. Get out your to-do list and set your laptop on the large wooden table at the back or settle into one of the comfortable sofa chairs.

You can’t but ‘A’Mori coffee

Another great cafe in Ho Chi Minh City to work in is M2C Cafe, with a mix of good coffee, food and trendy young people. With its name standing for Modern meets Culture, the interior is modern with a quirky classic twist. Don’t worry about being distracted – the neutral palette and the grey walls allow you to stay fully focused for the day.

In need of a little more air and space? The Deck is well known for its fine cocktails and dinners, but we’ve secretly been going a little earlier in the day. During the week, the mornings are quiet and the tranquility works like a charm for your focus. Order your coffee as you like it (from a double shot espresso to an actual French press), gaze over the Saigon river, and we’re sure your mailbox will be empty in no time.

Coffee & co-work, let’s get busy!

Yay – more great cafes for coffee & co-working

This café is easy to overlook as it is quite hidden, but oh so alluring. Facing the Saigon river in the Saigon Pearl neighborhood, Bosgauraus Coffee is the perfect spot to get some work done. And you get to enjoy great coffee and gaze at the Saigon river as a bonus. The interior is modern and clean, which gives the impression of working in an office, but in a good way. Bosgaurus Coffee, we like you a latte!

You would think Xuan Thuy Street in District 2 is turning into clubstreet- man this street is buuusy! When stepping inside The Coffee House though, you’ve entered a spacious peaceful haven. There’s more than enough space to find a good spot to get you going behind your laptop and to brew some inspiration. The Coffee House has many locations in Ho Chi Minh City, but the one on Xuan Thuy Street is definitely worth a top 10 listing.

This is another hidden gem and boy, do we like hidden gems. There’s nothing geeky about this café, on the contrary. Geek Hub is the perfect place to crush some of that workload and be comfy at the same time. The green plants and simple decoration sure help set the right atmosphere to get some work done and oh, the chairs, finally some good chairs!


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14 Tran Ngoc Dien, D2
www.facebook.com/leflaneurcafesaigon

This café in the heart of Thao Dien is cooosy! Yes, you can get coffee at more places than you’ll find ATM’s in this city, but none of them have yummy pastry like Le Flaneur. Try the lemon meringue. We especially love to sit inside when it’s raining cats & dogs outside, or cuddle up at the aircon when it’s blazing hot. Boy, what’s new these days?

16 Thu Khoa Huan Str, D1
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Give it up for another hot new lounge bar in Ho Chi Minh is No Vacancy. Inspired by London neighborhood Soho, No Vacancy has the same laid-back, chill vibe that we are looking for in a speakeasy bar. The crowd is ditto chill and the drinks are more than good. This and the Afro-trap/Latino style music are the perfect ingredients to lounge the night away…

59 Dong Du, Ben Nghe, D1
www.facebook.com/sakecentralsaigon

The world is your oyster! Take your friends or loved one to Sake Central Saigon. Why? They combine two things we love- Sake, no further explanation needed, and oysters. What a golden combo! And there’s more. The ambiance in this place is just amazing. Dimly lit, great taste in interior and excellent service. Sake Central Saigon is rightfully a great new addition to Ho Chi Minh’s Sake Bars. Just one word: tanoshinde!

93 Nguyen Du, D1
www.facebook.com/hydesaigon

When stepping into Hyde, this second venue on our list of best bars in Saigon, you will need a minute to look around and grasp all that is going on – the futuristic feel, the neon lighting on the wall and the centerpiece bar. But the decor is not the only reason why you should visit this bar. The signature cocktails are stunning and are served with a story, tempting you to order them all.

Yes we hear you – it’s that time again to discover the hot new bars in Ho Chi Minh! Saigon has many great drinking dens to go to, from Chin Chin to Alley 50 to The D. And new ones are popping up every month. So we did some snoopin’ around and set up an epic pub crawl for you to check them all out. The jazzy bars, the hidden bars, we have them all. Our advice? Combine it with a nice dinner at one of these hot new places to eat in Ho Chi Minh. This way you have seen the latest and will last longer!

Best cocktail bars in Ho Chi Minh City

With the mysterious name only adding to its allure, Drinking & Healing is a new addition to the collection of speakeasy bars in Ho Chi Minh City. Leaving the bustling streets of District 1 behind us, the dim lights and exposed brick wall immediately create the perfect atmosphere for after-work or late-night drinks. Select a cocktail from the menu or let the knowledgeable ‘healers’ behind the bar mix up a new drink for you- somehow they know exactly what you need!

Drinking & healing is all we need this weekend. Photo credit: The Bureau

When stepping into Hydethis second venue on our list of best bars in Saigon, you will need a minute to look around and grasp all that is going on – the futuristic feel, the neon lighting on the wall and the centerpiece bar. But the decor is not the only reason why you should visit this bar. The signature cocktails are stunning and are served with a story, tempting you to order them all.

Another hot new lounge bar in Ho Chi Minh is No Vacancy. Inspired by London neighborhood Soho, No Vacancy has the same laid-back, chill vibe. This and the Afro-trap/Latino style music are the perfect ingredients to lounge the night away…

Great Jazz bars in Ho Chi Minh to find your tune

Drinks are great, but drinks and some jazzy tunes are even better. So let’s jazz it up at the Rabbit hole! A cozy cocktail bar in Saigon with some seriously good music and equally irresistible cocktails. We love the intimate atmosphere and the 1950s vibe they got going on. It’s no wonder this charismatic cocktail bar ended up on our list of best bars in Saigon.

Everyone loves a hidden bar. You wouldn’t expect to find a bar tucked away behind an ATM in this dark alley, but there it is, another hidden gem in Saigon to add to your list! ATM has an extensive cocktail menu, great food to match and a laid back atmosphere. A great place to catch up with friends and if you’re lucky, a live band will play jazzy tunes throughout the night.

The ATM bar where you will bring your money instead of collecting it 

Let’s hit the Sake bar

The world is your oyster! At Sake Central Saigon, they combine two things we love- Sake, no further explanation needed, and oysters. What a golden combo! And there’s more. The ambiance in this place is just amazing. Dimly lit, great taste in interior and excellent service. Just one word: tanoshinde!

Sake all the way

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