Breathtaking views require a vantage point and EON 51 Heli Bar on the 51st floor of the ultra-modern Bitexco Financial Tower is by far the highest spot in Saigon to sip on a cool drink and admire the cityscape.
Although not technically on the rooftop, EON 51 is more than twice the height of other rooftop bars in Saigon and offers endless views off to the curving horizon – it’s a seriously impressive vista that is matched by a sophisticated décor of modern lounge seats, sofas and plenty of bar stools. The whole bar is bathed in soft lighting so guests can fully appreciate the 360 degree views of Saigon as day gives way to night and the city lights begin to twinkle.
Frequented by a formally dressed after-work crowd, camera-happy tourists and hushed couples on a romantic date, EON 51 Heli Bar manages to create enough separate areas with low-lighting and a range of seating options so the bar retains a sophisticated vibe in which to enjoy a range of signature cocktails, as well as several pages of wines, spirits and some tasty mocktails. All drinks are served with complimentary bar snacks and there are smoking and non smoking sections from which you are free to choose.
Considering the Bitexco skydeck on the 50th charges 200,000 VND just for the view, a drink at EON 51 Heli Bar is well worth the price, with cocktails costing 210,000 VND ($10) and beers from 90,000 VND. Bear in mind they also have a happy hour deal where select cocktails and wines by the glass sell for 145,000 VND between 17:00 and 20:00. A particular favourite is the Saigon Fizz, a heady sparkling wine concoction with Tanqueray gin, mint and lime juice. For something a little more masculine, try the whisky-based Le Loi, with Johnnie Walker Platinum stirred with an Angostura-soaked sugar cube, a dash of soda and garnished with flamed orange zest.
Noticeable from anywhere in Saigon, this skyscraper is more than twice the height of other buildings in the city and the bar is easy to spot as the helipad that juts out of the building is on the same floor, hence the name EON 51 Heli Bar. You will spend the rest of your stay looking up at the towering structure thinking ‘I was there!’ If you want to experience a bird’s eye view of Saigon, this is the place.
EON 51 Heli Bar
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 02:00
- Address: 51st Floor, Bitexco Financial Tower, 2 Hai Trieu, Ho Chi Minh City
- Tel: +84 86 291 8751