10 Rooftop Bars for the Best Views of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Sarah Lempa

Chicago, USA

Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon, as many still call it) is beautiful chaos at its finest: Vegas-like saturated neon lights, bánh mì sandwich carts on every block, and a mind-boggling amount of motorbikes actively forcing you to really look both ways before crossing the street. At street level, it’s occasionally dizzying. Take it to a rooftop bar for the same exhilarating energy, a futuristic-looking view, and a higher likelihood of snagging a killer cocktail. Elevator music never sounded so good. Here are ten spots to jumpstart your rooftop ventures in some of the best bars in Vietnam.

Air 360 Sky Lounge

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Air 360 Sky Lounge, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Credit: Air 360 Sky Lounge

Sophisticated, sleek, and stylish come together to form Air 360 Sky Lounge. But don’t be surprised if you encounter a wild party either. This list-topper hosts a different vibe depending on their calendar of events. This Vietnam bar is completely open air, so definitely check the weather before your visit. Neon accents bring a luminous allure, with super friendly service to boot.

Fancy level: $$$

Social Club at Hotel des Arts Saigon

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Social Club Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Credit: Social Club Saigon

Let’s cut to the chase: there’s an infinity pool here and you should probably drink a mojito next to it. In fact, it’s the highest one in the city. The Social Club is metropolitan sophistication at its finest, with ample areas to unwind and enjoy the skyline. The oasis-like vibes offer tranquility in the afternoon, only transforming after sunset with frequent live music and DJs.

Fancy level: $$$$

Eon Heli Bar at the Bitexco Financial Tower

Eon Heli Bar, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Credit: Eon Heli Bar.

With 68 stories and 262 meters of height, the Bitexco Financial Tower is one of the best things to do in Vietnam. The EON Heli Bar sits pretty on the 52nd floor and offers a café and restaurant for high altitude appetizers and more. Insider secret: it’s a great way to get the sweeping views without paying to access the observation area at the very top.

Fancy level: $$$$

The View Rooftop Bar

The View Rooftop Bar, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Credit: The View Rooftop Bar

Want all the scenic splendor of a rooftop without increased prices? Fear not, The View Rooftop is the best bang for your buck, even in Vietnam where prices are already lower in comparison. This casual spot is right above hectic Bui Vien Street, a frequented area for backpackers and the epicenter of crazy nightlife in Saigon.

Fancy level: $

Broma: Not a Bar

Broma: Not a Bar, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Credit: Broma

This rooftop has it all. From jazz to disco, there’s always a live performance or DJ at Broma. Contrary to the name, there’s a wide selection of beer and cocktails with a stellar view of the Bitexco Financial Tower. Be sure to catch happy hour starting at 4 pm for buy-one-get-one-free cocktails!

Fancy level: $$$

Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar

Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Credit: Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar

Why have one Saigon when you could have two? Saigon Saigon has both an elegant setting and interior, located in Hotel Caravelle and adjacent to the Opera House. The wooden chairs and tables give it a classic look, both comfortable and stylish at the same time.

Fancy level: $$$

Chill Skybar

Chill Skybar, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Credit: Chill Skybar

Chill Skybar’s name is a bit confusing, seeing as this rooftop bar more identifies with the club scene, eliminating any chance of being ‘chill’. We’ll let it slide though, because this panoramic view offering hotspot is everything you want for an energetic round—or three–when it’s happy hour. If you’re looking for a party, you’ll find it here.

Fancy level: $$$

Vertical Sky Bar

Vertical Sky Bar, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Credit: Vertical Sky Bar

Hotel bars are hot in Saigon and the Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel is no exception. Vertical Sky Bar is modern and simple and has a calmly placed pool that faces the Saigon River. Unfortunately, you can’t arrive in your swimsuit if you’re not a guest, but you can certainly order a signature cocktail and enjoy the ambience.

Fancy level: $$$

Glow Sky Bar

Glow Sky Bar, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Credit: Glow Sky Bar

If you’re looking for glamorous, glitzy, and bigger name performances, Glow Sky Bar should be on your radar. This regularly packed venue has hosted artists such as Gorgon City, Bakermat, Michael Calfan, and Klingande, to name a few. The illuminated, oval-shaped bar dishes out craft cocktails and offers tapas style menu items. Come for the snacks, stay for the nightlife.

Fancy level: $$$

OMG Rooftop

OMG Rooftop, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Credit: OMG Rooftop

With a view overlooking Ben Thanh Market, OMG Rooftop is a great place to observe the busy buzz from above. The bar features a colorful interior, perhaps enough so that you’ll find yourself saying ‘omg’ as a result of it. Ha ha—but really, this bar is a staple in the rooftop scene, and the food and drinks have kept it that way for good reason!

Fancy level: $$