Chill Skybar Saigon is one of the most popular nightspots in Ho Chi Minh City. Located in District 1, this rooftop bar and clubs sits on the 25th floor of AB Tower and attracts a lively crowd who are dressed to impress and keen to party. There is a strictly enforced dress code here, so make a little effort if you plan to enjoy a cocktail up here (and definitely don’t wear Birkenstocks or flip-flops).
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The walk to the outside bar has a real wow factor about it, especially as you descend the few steps that lead to the terrace and take in the sweeping panorama for the first time. The bar uses lots of neon lighting that feels totally modern, and then far below you can see the hustle of the city.
The bar opens at 17:30, just about an hour or so before sunset, and plays down tempo, chill out music through dusk, before livening things up around 22:00 when the DJ spins popular hip hop and dance music. Unlike other cocktail bars in Saigon, there is a dance floor inside Chill Skybar which becomes packed with the elites and fashion-forwards on weekends.
It must be said that drinks here are very expensive. A cocktail costs close to US$20 and are well mixed, but no better than you will receive at other rooftop bars for half the price. There is however an excellent happy hour from 17:30 to 20:00 when all cocktails, long drinks and beers, and some wines and snacks are half price. The cocktail menu is a rather limited collection of classics, some of which have signature twists, such as the mojito, made with sugar syrup instead of brown sugar and a splash of champagne instead of soda.
Owing to its popularity, you are advised to call ahead and make a reservation if you would like to take a seat while you enjoy the view. Otherwise there is standing room only at the bar or seating inside the club. Chill Skybar Saigon is popular with tourists who come for the great views, cool vibe, and to take photographs to share their experience.
Some of the staff don’t seem to appreciate this fact and will tell customers where they can and can’t take pictures, where they can and can’t stand, all of which detracts from the experience and feels a little like being back at school. Still, for people who love a good view while they dance to the latest hip hop tracks, Chill Skybar is unbeatable.
Chill Skybar Saigon
- Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday & Sunday 17:30 - 02:00, Friday & Saturday 17:30 - 04:00
- Address: AB Tower Saigon, 76A Le Lai. District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Tel: +84 86 253 8888