An Irish stalwart gets a makeover, a new name and a new lease on life as The Dublin Gate. By Brett Davis. Photos by Jonny Edbrooke.
Oddly enough, Saigon is not a city that is overburdened by Irish bars. This puts it somewhat at odds with pretty much every other city in the world.
However, what the city lacks in this department it now makes up for in quality. The Dublin Gate is the new flag bearer in this department and grew out of what was previously Bernie’s Irish Bar.
The venue has been refurbished from top to bottom, and makes the most of its two levels. In a sign of changing times for habituates of Saigon bars, and welcome news for non-smokers, the front bar is smoke free. At the rear on the ground floor, and separated by a sliding glass door, is a second bar for those who like to indulge their nicotine habit.
This second bar is also home to a pool table, dart boards and a large flat-screen television. The Dublin Gate also has the Sentanta satellite service so you can catch up on all the rugby action from around the world.
Upstairs there is a restaurant serving some Irish classics as well as a range of other western dishes. You can also see the chefs in action in the open kitchen. Sheathed in dark brick, it makes for a cosy and intimate dinner spot.
One of the most hotly contested parts of the day for any bar in town is the battle for happy hour customers. The Dublin Gate is entering the fray, offering patrons a 20 percent discount from 4pm tp 6pm every day. Of course, it wouldn’t be an Irish bar without a Guinness, and you can grab a pint for VND 140,000.
For those who like something a little stronger, there is a range of Irish and Scotch whisky blends and single malts to choose from.
The Dublin Gate is a welcome new addition to the city’s drinking scene, and looks set to be a crown favourite for a long time to come.