Nestled in narrow alleys or old apartment buildings, the unexpected location of these bars adds to their magnetic attraction from elegant design to alluring cocktails. Below are our recommendations for the best hidden bars in Saigon.
Located in a small alley on Pasteur Street in the bustling city centre, Small Vacancy bar breathes a young, creative and rather private air. Space of the bar is uniquely designed with the trendy yet cozy blue tones in both two floors. Each corner has its own style with decorative paintings and meaningful quotes about the dreams of youth. At Small Vacancy, girls can meet up after work, enjoy delicious dishes beautifully presented like 5-star hotels and sip a Margarita cocktail prepared from homemade syrup. The taste of every cocktail is always sent with the bartender’s affection, which will drift out the concerns of a day from this peaceful alley.
Address: 178 / 4B Pasteur, District 1, HCMC
Opening hours: 11AM – 1AM
Q Bar Saigon
Saigonese from the 1970s – 1980s still remember the famous Q Bar that had been there for over 20 years. Deep in the basement of the City Theater, Q Bar was always in the memories of connoisseurs of Saigon. It came so much as a regret when the bar was closed. However, early 2018, Q Bar suddenly returned, modestly located in a narrow, quiet street in Thao Dien Ward, with a more spacious and luxurious space. In the evenings during the week, you can relax while savoring the distinctive cocktails. On weekends, Q Bar often hosts bands and DJs that will bring a more lively atmosphere. The best thing is, the owner couple will always warmly welcome you with their gracious heart.
Address: 9A Ngo Quang Huy, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 5PM – 2AM
Located in the basement of Ngon 138, a famous restaurant just minutes from the Reunification Palace, Rabbit Cave Bar opens a spacious zone with warm golden lights, intermingled dark and light pieces. All exude a mysterious and tempting tone. Soft music rhythms gave it a more romantic ambience In Rabbit Hole, the young bartenders either gladly agree to request of guests or juggle to create fusioned and unique drinks that suit each person’s style.
Address: 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 6PM – 2AM
The ATM Bar & Kitchen
Being The Alley’s younger brother, The ATM bar creates a completely different impression from the deep orange tones and artistically arranged paintings of the one in Pasteur street. Located in a small alley on Nguyen Binh Khiem street, The ATM radiates elegance and sophistication behind a grand wooden door. Here, guests will relish not only tasty and gorgeous drinks but also zest in Western cuisine. On selected evenings, acoustic performances and gentle saxophone soloes will make ATM the perfect place for a night out.
Address: 27/10 Nguyen Binh Khiem St, District 1, HCMC
Opening hours: 5PM- 12AM
On the day-and-night busy street of Mac Thi Buoi, no one would imagine that behind the silent red painted door could be a vigorous bar bathed in Thai style. Stepping up the narrow wooden steps, you will find yourself entering the lively world filled with light and music of Racha Room. With a convenient central location right next to Nguyen Hue St and 600 meters from Saigon Centre Shopping Mall, Racha Room is the preferred location for a cozy dinner and unique flavorful cocktails.
Address: 12 – 14 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 11:30AM – 12AM (4PM – 12AM on Sat, Sun)
The Corked Tales Bar
Located in CJ building on Le Thanh Ton street, The Corked Tales’s flair lies in its design inspired by a mysterious forest. Besides the luxurious space and warm lighting, the highlights of this bar are its 6 refreshing cocktails. Their recipes feature six elements – Water, Fire, Air, Earth, Wood and Metal, mixed by the young, talented and enthusiastic bartenders of The Corked Tales.
Address: M floor, 6 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 10AM – 1AM