When it comes to Saigon's rooftop bars, you are spoilt for choice. As one of the most exciting cities in Asia, Saigon's high octane energy is hard to match. The best place to take in the city's hectic buzz and stunning views is at one of its countless rooftop bars. And whether it's for a quiet sunset drink or a raucous party till 3 am, Saigon has it all.
Check out our top 10 rooftop bars so your next tipple is one to truly remember!
Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar
Famed for being a favourite venue amongst Vietnam war correspondents, Saigon Saigon Rooftop bar is a historical gem. The furnishings, which are decked out with a black and white marble floor, wooden touches and sepia photographs, evoke memories of times gone by.
With the right drink, views over Saigon's opera house, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the people's committee will transport you to an old Saigon - before it became the sprawling concrete metropolis of today. Spacious surroundings offer tables for bigger groups, and the ambient lighting and Latin music create a seductive atmosphere that will make you want to stay around for hours.
Half price happy hour runs from 6 to 8 pm, and all drinks come with bites. Don't just stick around for drinks, though - Saigon Saigon also offers some of the best burgers and steaks in the city!
- Address: 19-23 Lam Son Square, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
- Contact: 028 382 34999 / Facebook
Glow Skybar Saigon
Since its opening in 2015, Glow Skybar in District 1 has been a massive hit in Saigon. There is a beach-style atmosphere with a slick black and white furnishing and a spacious dancefloor for you to let loose on. Famed for its circular style bar, you'll find your usual classic cocktails, as well as signatures exclusive to Glow Skybar, such as Xin Chao Vietnam, which combines Belvedere vodka, lemongrass, Vietnamese basil and lime for a classic hit.
Get down there between 5 and 8 pm to enjoy happy hour featuring 50% off beverages. After seeing in the sunset and Ho Chi Minh City's expansive views on the deck with a few cocktails, you may even stay till the DJs ramp up the fiesta!
- Address: 93 Nguyễn Du, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
- Contact: 093 887 4569 / Facebook
Shri Restaurant & Lounge
Shri Restaurant & Lounge is located atop of the Centec tower and offers dining, bar and lounge facilities for guests. As a multi-concept venue that's open during daytime hours, you can come here for multiple occasions - be it dinner parties, cocktails, or simply kicking it back at the whisky bar.
Inside, natural settings give the bar area a stylish and fresh feel, whilst dim neon lighting in the restaurant area offers itself to a more intimate setting, perfect for a romantic dinner.
The library room offers a quieter space to enjoy your drink - or a daytime retreat from Ho Chi Minh City's hustle and bustle. Outside, the vast balcony offers a range of seats and tables for you to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views across the Saigon skyline - which are some of the city's best.
- Address: 72 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường 6, Quận 3, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
- Contact: 02838279631 / Facebook
For a more budget-friendly option, head to The Lighthouse, which is in the heart of District 1. With its classy wooden interior and mellow energy, The Lighthouse is more low key than the likes of Skyxx or Chill Skybar, making it suitable for a quiet drink or date.
Alternatively, the relatively cheap drinks and music might also entice you to stay till closing time (5 am, Thursday to Saturday). Local and international DJs play a range of non-commercial electronic music, from deep house and techno to funky disco beats. Situated across two floors, you'll be able to get your dose of underground and indie vibes whilst enjoying the 360-degree panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City. And for the fairer sex, get down there on a Tuesday night for ladies night, where you'll enjoy free drinks all night to your heart's content.
- Address: 104 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Ho Chi Minh City
- Contact: 090 144 1955 / Facebook
Cafe Des Stagiares
Literally translated as “the cafe of trainees,” Le Café des Stagiaires works with the concept of hiring trainees who want to learn how to run a restaurant. Part of their job is to serve appetizing French and Belgian fare by Parisian Chef Milan Lam including Planchette, a cold cut platter with cheese, foie gras and liver paté, and mince as well as Steak Frites, Duck Confit Parmentier, French fries, burgers, croquetas and more.
Boasting a rooftop dotted with colourful flights and stunning views of the Saigon River and Landmark 81, Le Café des Stagiaires is also the first bar in Vietnam to serve Duvel Moortgat Brewery's portfolio, the iconic Belgian beer company. At night, the tables make way for a dance floor where you can groove to the live tunes by some of Vietnam's top local DJs.
- Address: 10 Street N.54, Thao Dien, District 2.
- Contact: 098 223 4793 / Facebook
Skyxx Garden & Lounge
Situated above the Deutsche Hause building in District 1, Skyxx has been wowing guests since 2018. The open-air rooftop terrace is an impressive 1500 m2, with a capacity for 1000 guests. The bar, which is surrounded by lounge sofas, seats and palm trees, takes centre stage with its well-lit and sleek design.
Where Skyxx comes into its own is when the music starts blasting. High-energy, thumping bass music starts in the early evening, attracting a party-loving crowd who revel into the early hours. Hype men and dancers will add some extra va-va-voom whilst you sip on Skyxx's typically strong cocktails and boogie the night away.
With a more upscale vibe than other rooftops, be sure to slip on a shirt or dress for this one.
- Address: 135 Hèm 135 Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh, Phường 22, Bình Thạnh, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
- Tel: 077 222 3939 / Facebook
Social Club Rooftop Bar
Perched on top of the Hotel Des Artes, the social club rooftop bar features a fully open-air bar and infinity rooftop pool - the highest in Ho Chi Minh City. Striking the right balance between chill and upbeat, the DJs tunes ensure this venue is great for winding down and revving up.
French-inspired craft cocktails offer you unique drinks inspired by French perfumes, such as Mon Paris (Absolut Raspberry, fresh lime, raspberries, and cinnamon syrup) and Black Opium (Glenlivet 12 yr, Martell VSOP, Chambord, and cold brew coffee).
With a relaxed dress code and unpretentious furnishing, the feel is more casual than other rooftop bars mentioned in this list.
- Address: MGallery Saigon, Floor 24, 76-78 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Quận 3, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
- Contact: 028 3989 8888 / Facebook
Brick and Barrel
A crowd favourite amongst expats and locals in Saigon - and for good reason. This spacious, casual and laidback rooftop bar located in the heart of District 1 is the perfect go-to for anyone looking to unwind with a beer after work, celebrate a momentous occasion with friends or a corporate team get together.
Serving up craft beer towers, mouthwatering burgers, lip-smacking bar snacks such as jalapeno poppers, cheesy fries and chunky onion rings as well as wood-fired pizza, there's something for everyone at Brick and Barrel. The space is perfectly designed for large groups and features huge timber tables, a stage with a microphone and large TVs interspersed throughout the space for sports fans looking to catch the game!
- Address: 114-152 Calmette, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Contact: 081 545 1496
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The Majestic - Breeze Sky Bar
One of the most iconic bars in Ho Chi Minh City, Breeze Sky Bar is located on the 5th floor of the Hotel Majestic Saigon, an old French colonial building, which will take you back to the days of Indochina. It was, after all, a favourite watering hole of Thomas Fowler, the cynical main character in The Quiet American, Graham Greene's acclaimed novel set in 1950s Old Saigon.
Its drinks evoke romantic notions of the past, with the 'Happy Saigon', one of its signature cocktails, dating back to the 1920s. Live Flamenco and Latin music pervades the nighttime air and is the perfect accompaniment to gaze out at the passing tankers and sunset glowing over the Saigon River. Unlike many rooftop bars, Breeze Sky Bar is open from morning to evening, making it a great location for brunch and daytime alfresco dining.
After your visit, stroll along nearby Nguyen Hue Walking Street, where you'll be flung back into the midst of modern Ho Chi Minh City, wondering if it was all a dream.
- Address: Hotel Majestic, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Quận 1, Đồng Khởi, 3 - 5 (Khach san
- Contact: 028 382 95514 / Facebook
Chill Sky Bar
Chill Skybar offers a stylish lounge bar that doubles up as a dining and nightclub destination. Situated on the 26th floor of the AB Tower in District 1, you'll be wowed as you ascend the steps to the rooftop terrace and take in the sweeping panoramic views for the first time.
Between 530 and 8 pm, there is also a happy hour when all cocktails, beers and long drinks are half-priced (starting at only 88,000 VND).
Downtempo music plays from dusk until 10 pm when more commercial, dance and hip hop music is played. And, unlike other rooftop bars, chill sky bar features a dance floor that becomes packed with Saigon's party-goers on the weekends.
- Address: AB Tower Saigon, 76A Le Lai. District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Contact: 093 882 2838 / Facebook
Whether it's to take in the evening view with a quiet one or to rage until 3 am, Saigon's rooftop bars have got you covered. And as lockdown eases, be sure you open the wallet up and treat yourself by getting to one of our top 10 rooftop bars recommendations.
Now your juices are flowing and you're ready to take in the views of the city while sipping on your choice of tipple, why not check out our guide to Saigon for more on the fantastic food and drink activities to do in this bustling city.
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