Bet you didn’t know that Vietnam is a rising start in the craft beer scene did you? We didn’t either until we had the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in Saigon and sampled as many local brews as we could. The Saigon beer scene rivals that of any city in the US, and they are just getting started!
Expats from all over the world have relocated to this large, metropolitan city to experiment with local flavors like passion fruit, dragon fruit, and beetroot. You’ll find some beers are quite similar to what you’d find at home, while others are unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. Tasting rooms are large, modern, lively, and full of foreigners and locals alike. Many also serve delectable bar snacks and have lively rooftop patios, perfect for an afternoon of beer sampling.
We’ve compiled a list of the most popular breweries in Saigon including our favorite brews for our fellow craft beer lovers.
Best Breweries in Saigon
Heart of Darkness
This is a classic, hipster, American-style brewery. Exposed brick walls and dark lighting give it the industrial feeling that many breweries strive for these days. Offering a wide selection of beer taps behind the bar and some scrumptious bar snacks, you won’t even realize that you’re still in SE Asia! The Mexican Lager is light and refreshing, perfect after a day of exploring Saigon in the hot sun.
This lively brewery has plenty of seating to accommodate everyone without feeling overly crowded. The windows are plastic that can be rolled up when the weather is sunny or pulled down if a sudden thunderstorm hits. The waitstaff are friendly, helpful, and are clearly lovers of their artisan ales. They’re happy to give you a few small tastes to help you decide on a pint.
Offering their own brews as well as a wide selection from other local and foreign breweries, they have something to satisfy everyone. You can’t go wrong with any one of their IPA’s, they have several that are hoppy and delicious.
Pasteur Street Brewing
While the tasting room at Pasteur Street Brewing is small and rather barren, their beer is some of the best the city has to offer. With interesting combinations like Jasmine IPA, Passion Fruit Wheat Ale, and Spice Island Saison, you’ll experience some unique flavors that you don’t normally find in a beer. Get the taster so you can try the most interesting 6 before settling on a pint of your favorite.
Winking Seal Beer Co.
Not only does Winking Seal Beer Co. have the most adorable logo, they also have really tasty beer and bar snack offerings. The Mekong Mashup Summer Ale was by far our favorite – it’s light and refreshing and has a nice, smooth flavor. The Dragon Fruit Pale Ale is another nice summery beer and the Bohemian Bastard IPA is sure to please any hoppy beer fans.
Head to the rooftop patio where they have a nice seating area with beer taps and a waitstaff so you don’t have to keep going downstairs for refills. Be sure to order the chips and chow chow (jackfruit salsa). They are homemade and to-die-for.
Ruộng Pub & Hub
Ruộng Pub & Hub is an open air bar that is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon enjoying a cold brew. They have a laid back, casual vibe and it’s impossible not to enjoy the setting. They also have a large projector screen and plenty of tables to accommodate large crowds during popular televised sporting events.
The beer is creative and unique, although may not please every palette. Their “Blood” Wheat Ale is flavored with Vietnamese beetroot and is refreshing on a hot day, as is the Blonde Ale. But the Ginger Pale Ale has an overpowering ginger flavor and would be difficult to drink an entire pint. They have other interesting flavors including an Herbal Ale and a Whiskey Beer.
East West Brewing Company
The head brewer at East West Brewing is Sean Thommen who began brewing in Portland, Oregon – otherwise known as the “Craft Beer Capital of the World”. Their beers are pretty standard and what you’d expect from a craft brewery. They have a Summer Hefeweizen, a Pale Ale, an IPA, a Dark, a Blonde, a Stout, and a Coffee Vanilla Porter. But the real star of the line-up is the Saigon Rose, a light, crisp, fruit forward, day-drinking kind of beer.
The East West Brewing space is huge! With a large interior seating area as well as a beautiful rooftop space. The decor is modern, the ceilings are high, and it’s bright, lively, and bustling with activity. They offer craft beer, a large wine selection, cocktails, and a huge food menu. They also have a Kegs N’ Eggs Sunday brunch from 11:00am until 3:00pm where the buffet will run you 500 VND/person and you can add free flow beer for an additional 350 VND/person.
Belgo, The Belgian Brewery
If you’re a fan of Belgian beers, Belgo most certainly won’t disappoint! The space is really nice – it’s large with high ceilings and has an industrial feeling with exposed brick walls and metal banisters on the stairs. There are plenty of seating areas upstairs, downstairs, and outside to accommodate crowds.
The beers are brewed in classic Belgian style. They have an Amber, a Blond, a Witbier, a Dark Ale, a Saison, and a few other other specialities. They’ll give you small samples if you’d like or you can get the sampler of 4. They also offer unique beer cocktails that are definitely worth trying.
Other Craft Beers in Saigon
Rooster Beers focuses on straightforward, easy to drink craft beers. No fruity flavors here. The Saigon Blonde and IPA are their most popular beers, and they are indeed easy to drink. Rooster Beers has an informal tasting room and restaurant tucked just off of Bui Vien Street called The Chicken Coop where you can try all 6 craft brews.
Lạc Brewing Company
If you enjoy the IPA-obsessed beer culture of the Pacific NW then make sure you check out Lạc Brewing Company. Their beer selection includes the Summer Session IPA, Devils’ Lake Double IPA, and a Mango IPA. Lạc’s tasting room is in District 7 and a bit of a trek from District 1, but worth it if you’re a true beer connoisseur.
Tê Tê Craft Beer
The Tê Tê White Ale is a Belgian style beer that is light and refreshing – perfect for a hot day in Saigon. Head out to Saigon Outcast in District 2 to sip on one in their funky outdoor space or if you prefer to stay in District 1 you can find it at Broma Not a Bar.
You’ll find Fuzzy Logic’s flagship beer, the Fuzzy Logic Pale Ale, widely available around Saigon and easily recognizable by the bright orange can and contemplating monkey logo. It’s got a great balance of citrus flavor and American hops.
Mekong Brewing Company
Mekong Brewing Company is yet another Saigon brewery that focuses on a single flagship beer – the Blue Elephant IPA. It’s a solid choice for an IPA, and as an added bonus they donate a part of their sales to save Elephants and Rhinos through the World Wildlife Fund. Your best bet for finding the Blue Elephant IPA is at BiaCraft or Rogue Saigon.
Platinum Beers was the first commercial microbrewery to open in Vietnam and paved the way for the craft beer movement. Their Platinum Pale Ale was released in June of 2014 and the Golden Ale followed about a year later. You’ll find Platinum beers available at several bars around Saigon. One great place to try it is at the Ben Thanh Street Food market which also has live music on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm.
If beer isn’t your cup of… um, beer, then how about an ice cold glass of cider? Saigon Cider is the first cider brewed and bottled in Vietnam. If you don’t mind spice then try the Apple & Lam Dong Chili Cider!
Craft Beer Bars in Saigon
Not only does Rogue Saigon have a plethora of tasty craft beers on tap, they also have a nice rooftop space where they often have live music. They host plenty of events and specials throughout the week including daily happy hour (from 5:00 – 7:00pm) and ladies night on Thursdays.
So much more than a bar, Saigon Outcast is an outdoor event space in District 2 that hosts live music, flea markets, movie nights, and other fun events. You’ll also find an outdoor rock climbing wall, a skateboard half pipe, shipping containers covered in graffiti, and, of course, several local craft beers on tap.
Tucked underneath the Sunrise Central Hotel, just a couple blocks north of Ben Thanh market, you’ll find Urban Basement. If you have trouble deciding which beer to start with then order the “beer paddle” – a sampler of 4 beers for 200,000 VND. It’s a great way to start getting acquainted with the local brews.
With darts, shuffleboard, and a dozen craft beers on tap, Malt has all the makings of an American style gastropub. Stop by between 2:00pm and 7:00pm for happy hour discounts on food, beer, wine, and cocktails.
Ong Cau Craft Beer Bar
If you happen to find yourself in the madness of Bui Vien Street and thirsting for a craft beer, pop into Ong Cau. They serve up most of Saigon’s best microbrews at reasonable prices. And their second floor patio gives you a great vantage point to watch the chaos unfold on the street below.
Saigon Craft Bar & Grill
Saigon Craft is located in the heart of Phu My Hung in District 7. They have a great patio and plenty of beers on tap along with good Western-style food. It’s out of the way unless you have other reasons to visit District 7 , but you can pair it with a trip to the Lạc Brewing Company taproom which is right down the street.
Have you been to Saigon? Do you have a favorite craft beer or watering hole? Let us know about it in the comments below!
Where to Stay in Saigon
Most visitors will choose to stay in District 1, but you can also find some great accommodation in District 3 and District 4. Here are a few of our favorite spots around town:
Want more info? Check out our favorite travel guides and books about Vietnam!
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