NileGuide Expert Says:
Best for Informal Gathering With Friends
10 Chu Manh Trinh
Ho Chi Minh,
City Center/ District 1
Mon-Sat; 11am-late; Sun; 1pm-late
NileGuide Expert tip:
The range of flavored sake is well worth checking out.
Bars this schizophrenic aren't normally so successful. French owner Albin Deforges has thrown a host of thematic nuances at the wall in an attempt to create something unique. Japanese Manga cartoons adorn the toilet walls, a games room features comfy sofas, acoustic guitars and Nintendo Wii, while a rooftop garden makes a surprise play for the most romantic al fresco drinking spot in this part of town. Remarkably it all comes together as an entirely convivial whole. While other watering holes veer wildly between swank and seedy with nothing much in between, this venue is at once classy and casual. Sake is a specialty here and a huge variety of exotically flavored bottles provide the perfect accompaniment to the Far Eastern/French fusion tapas on offer. Other highlights include dangerously addictive drinking games, an eclectic soundtrack and liberal opening hours that prevent any decent session from ending prematurely.