Since a cheap night out sends tingles down my spine usually associated with things not spoken about in polite company, I felt obliged to plug one of my favorite new Saigon drinking spots: Le Pub.
One of the more attractive bars in HCMC’s backpacker district — dig that blood red paint job on the storefront patio — Le Pub also boasts a great drink special calendar:
- Monday: $1 tequila
- Tuesday: $1 vodka with mixer
- Wednesday: $1 gin & tonic
- Thursday: $2 cocktails
I’ve yet to sample the M-W specials, but $2 cocktail Thursdays are worth frequenting. Le Pub’s cocktails, regularly priced at VND 60,000 (about $4), are mixed with good hootch and include staid concoctions, as well as a few house specials, like Le Pub Lemonade (Bourban, triple sec, and lemon juice).
For beer lovers, there’s good news and bad news: Le pub offers hard-to-find brews like Kilkenny, Chimay, Stella Artois and more, but they cost VND 80,000 (about $5). A can of Guinness Stout runs a staggering 110,000 VND ($6.75).
And attention vegetarians! Two of Le Pub’s managers are strict vegetarians, so non-meat dishes are prepared with care (see the list of precautions, curiously posted, near the bathroom). Halal food is also available.