Happy Hours are an essential component to making it through daily life in any city. We have had our fair share of experience when it comes to a two-for-one pint, or the beauty of walking into a bar and finding that a mouthwatering burger is magnificently paired with a drink of choice for a discounted price. We decided to compile a list of some of the best new happy hours for those that are new to Ho Chi Minh City, and for those that know all about the standby specials at Saigon fixtures Dailo’s Kitchen and Bar, and Bar 5. Enjoy… in moderation. Photo by Vinh Dao.
Chanh Bistro Rooftop Saigon
Everyday 2pm – 6:30pm, buy one get one free on house wine by–the-glass, cocktails and standard spirits with mixer. Also get a free draft Tiger beer with any burger.
Chanh Bistro Rooftop offers the perfect location for a late lunch or a sunset gathering with friends or colleagues. Located on floor 6, 43-45 Ho Tung Mau, in the shade of the Bitexco Financial Tower and opposite the Sky Deck entrance, the bar has indoor and outdoor seating that offers impressive views of the river below from two separate terraces.
Known for the casual, romantic nature of their rooftop, they offer an array of Western and international dishes, with a stand-out stewed lamb shank and vegetable tian served with creamy potato gratin that’s a must-try. They also offer some interesting options for vegetarians, including a cheesy spinach ravioli. The drinks are reasonably priced for such a central location, with house wines starting from 90k and cocktails from 120k. Give their Grey Martini or the Viet Espresso Martini a try if you’re after something special.
Everyday 3pm-6pm buy one get one free (Tiger draft, absolute, Jim Beam, Gordon’s, Bacardi, Jose Cuervo).
Located next door to Number 5 Bar on Pasteur, Jake’s BBQ brings some classic Americana to Saigon, and if you’re looking for good food, cold beer and friendly atmosphere then come on over. This is the place for you. Some locals swear he does the best burger in town, a title once held by the bar’s previous incarnation, Mogambo’s. But whatever your opinion, a 30% discount on all appetizers daily between 3pm and 6pm, this is a place to stop off for a bite to eat, as well as a cheap beer.
As well as free, freshly made popcorn to compliment your drink, the signature cheese fries combined with homemade, in-house cured, cherry and oak smoked bacon is a sure-fire winner for all who like to chow down on a bit of pork. Jake’s is not really a sports bar, but shows all major sporting events from around the world and has over 30 different channels to choose from. The selection of music is just as broad, with an emphasis on American Rock & Roll and classic Country & Western. A great place for kicking back with a cold brew and munching on some great appetizers.
Everyday from open (2pm on Weekdays, 12pm on weekends) until 7pm.
Discounted prices on local craft beers, domestic beer bottles, cocktails, mixed drinks and wines. 10% off all bar bites.
Malt is a cosy, non-smoking bar located at 46-48 Mac Thi Buoi, downtown Saigon, which offers a selection of entertainment including darts and the city’s only shuffleboard. The bar has a fine selection of craft beers on tap as well as signature cocktails and an impressive collection of single malt whiskies. They serve excellent food, including home style favourites, such as their garlic parmesan garlic truffle fries, Reuben sandwich and many more bites to keep you full and happy all night.
Malt’s unpretentious vibe and casual atmosphere will have you feeling at home. It’s a perfect place to meet up with friends after work to wash away those Monday to Friday blues or spend a lazy weekend afternoon catching up. Malt is also available to host all your special events from work parties, birthdays and team get togethers. Their special events are quickly becoming the talk of the town with a chili cook-off, shuffle board/darts tournaments, live music and quiz nights bringing people together for lots of laughs, good food and of course good beer!
The Racha Room
Mon – Sat: 5pm – 8pm 50% off alcoholic drinks by the glass. It’s not applicable to: Wine by bottle, spirits by bottle, Pasteur Street beer, Special cocktail of the month.
Racha meaning “Royal” in Thai language, is located at 12-14 Mac Thi Buoi in D1. They are known for their delicious Thai accented Pan-Asian cuisine, with a focus on premium quality ingredients and served to share with friends. Apart from being well known for the cuisine, The Racha Room has recently introduced a specially curated cocktail list from mixologist Greg Jacob, using a combination of modern and classic techniques such as barrel ageing and smoke infusions.
When Greg is doing his stuff, expect to see the unexpected with his personal twist on some of the classics. Try his specialities, like a Vermouth barrel-aged Negroni, or a spicy ‘Hot n Stormy’ which plays on the ubiquitous Dark n Stormy, with chili, kumquat and local sugar cane juice.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try the experimental and cutting edge concoctions like ‘The Dragon Fist’ – a wasabi infused Gin cucumber cocktail, or perhaps one of the favourites with the ladies: ‘The Concubine’, where vodka meets lychee and elderflower. Whichever appeals, The Racha Rooms shows us what the future of Asian inspired eating and drinking looks like.
Windy City Diner
4-7pm Tues-Sun all craft draft beers are only 40k each. All you can drink Tiger draft for just 120k.
Located at 88 Street 23, behind Lottemart in D7, Windy City Diner brings a touch of Chi-Town to one of the outer districts of Saigon. Serving Chicago-style comfort food in a casual neighbourhood setting, this is a place for those craving nice chili dogs, an Italian ice, or just to wrap themselves into a comfortable food-hug of familiarity. As well as pouring some of the cheapest craft beer in town, WCD offers the hungry some hard-to-beat meaty promotions on different days of the week.
Sunday evenings from 4pm till 9pm is one huge sausage fest with hot dogs for just 40k and a choice of Polish or Italian sausages for just 60k, served fresh off the patio grill. Wash your meat mouthfuls down with a glass of shandy, just 30k all day Sunday. Wednesdays are for reggae vibes and buffalo wings. Made with real Frank’s Hot Sauce and served with a choice of blue cheese or ranch dressing, the buffalo wings are just 10k (minimum order 6), and with reggae riddims playing in the background they wash down well with a glass of craft beer.