Compiling a list of the best rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City is not as easy as one would at first think. This wonderful Southeast Asian city is a crazy mix of old and new, cheap and expensive, traditional and quirky. Many hotels and bars have taken to the rooftops to sell their wares. Of course a personal view of what makes a great rooftop bar is exactly that, personal. However, there is no doubting that if you want to get “high” in Ho Chi Minh City, there are no shortage of venues. Sipping cocktails as the sun goes down on one of the best cities in the world need not be beyond most people’s budget. Try a similar experience in London, Paris and New York and you’d be breaking the bank, here just about everyone can afford it. From modern glass towers to history laden French colonial buildings, Ho Chi Minh City offers a fantastic choice for rooftop bars and restaurants.
Go to Social Club Rooftop if you’re looking for a panoramic view of the sparkling Saigon skyline, top-notch cocktails and some of the hottest DJs in town. Social Club Rooftop, designed by the highly sought after Japanese design team Super Potato, mixes the feeling of a modern beach resort (the rooftop infinity pool is out of this world) with the kind of glamourous good looks you might find along the French Riviera. Saigon's hippest glitterati crowd is there every night to dance the night away under the stars. Don’t miss the party.
SOHY is the top choice for lovers of good design and excellent cocktails. Ultra-cool but also elegant and calming, this rooftop bar was designed by the Japanese design team Super Potato. SOHY looks like a “futuristic beach resort” with Saigon's hippest crowd to match. Grab a cocktail and a plate of Nha Trang oysters and settle back to enjoy one of the best bird's eye views in the city. Read more about SOHY Bar here.
Without doubt the coolest bar in town, Chill Skybar is incredibly popular with Saigon’s bright young things. The steakhouse here is legendary and the decor is just exquisite. Open air, superbly lit and with fantastic views, it is hard to imagine a better bar. Early evenings the music system treats your ears to gentle chill out sounds, but later on live DJs play hip-hop, EDM and house music. Read more about Chill Skybar here
Facing its older sibling, AB Tower’s Chill Skybar, Air 360 Sky Lounge is the newest addition to the Capella Entertainment family. The venue has a more adult vibe about it and a more laid back atmosphere, making it an ideal after hours hangout for white collar professionals. The view is outstanding and more panoramic than Chill’s, and the drinks are inventive and enjoyable. The multi-level setup ensures that you won’t easily get bored as you navigate from the sky deck to the bar area to the stylish lounge. A pool level is available for private parties.
Perched high above the Saigon traffic and chaos, Shri sits on top of the modern Centec Tower on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares. The location is just outside the very middle of the city, so therefore the views are spectacular. It is worth booking an outside table if the weather suits, you won’t be sorry. It sits slightly towards the higher end of price range as one would of course expect.
Glow is a modern rooftop bar that is getting mixed reviews, it has to be said. It’s the latest addition to Saigon’s burgeoning rooftop bar scene. The main complaint is the policy of placing reserved signs on tables that are not taken. If they refuse you a sofa, simply go online and book one. Apart from that, it’s a smart place with wooden decking, large glass screens, glowing objects and an excellent view. Good service staff make excellent cocktails as you listen to the chilled music.
If it’s history that you are looking for, the rooftop bar at the Rex Hotel was the venue of what became known as the five o’clock follies, during the Vietnam War. This was the place from where foreign journalists held their propaganda laden press conference. It’s a high end smart restaurant bar with terrific views of the very heart of the city. Live music and good service help to provide the unique ambience of this most famous of all rooftop bars.
An ideal place to meet up with friends and enjoy an evening cocktail whilst absorbing the breathtaking views of this wonderful city. The large outdoor area has both bar seating and table seating, the area is fringed with greenery and it all adds up to provide a wonderful ambience. Children are welcomed and the dress code is casual, this is a delightful bar. Click to read more about Level 23 Wine Bar.
This certainly takes the prize for the cheapest of all Saigon’s amazing rooftop bars. Right in the heart of the backpacker area, The View is a wonderful little garden bar on the roof of a hotel, where the beers start at less than one dollar. It is incredible value and a great place to sit as the heart of the city a mere kilometre away. It certainly deserves its place in any list of the top rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City.