3 Must-visit Bars in Ho Chi Minh City

 Drinks aficionados will delight in this Vietnamese city’s booming bar scene, where innovative cocktails thrive.

Photo: Anan Saigon

1. Anan Saigon

Since its debut in April 2017, Anan Saigon has been making waves by virtue of its innovative dishes by award-winning chef Peter Cuong Franklin, as well as its signature cocktails. Don’t leave without experiencing a post-dinner tipple at the rooftop bar, which overlooks the Bitexco Tower and the old downtown market. Top tipples here include its house signature cocktail, a modern Asian blend of dark rum, soy milk, pandan, and ginger.

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Photo: Layla – Eatery & Bar

2. Layla – Eatery & Bar

Housed in a colonial heritage building, this warehouse-style bar is both chic yet cozy. Come for its distinctly Mediterranean cuisine and stay for the polished cocktails, which will leave you craving for seconds. The laid-back ambience is elevated by its bustling surrounds, so grab a window seat if you can. A must-try is the refreshing Viking Funeral cocktail, crafted with Grey Goose vodka, peach liqueur, and freshly pressed passionfruit juice.

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Photo: Snuffbox

3. Snuffbox

Tucked away in a dilapidated and nondescript apartment complex, Snuffbox is a speakeasy like no other. Upon entering the door, you’ll find that the space pulsates with energy and activity, courtesy of live jazz performers and guest DJs. Make a beeline for head bartender Quynh and order from a well-crafted selection of classic and signature cocktails, including the Smoky-Milky, a heady concoction of Wild Turkey bourbon, Talisker 10, ginger, honey syrup, and lime juice.

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