Glow Skybar, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
Ho Chi Minh City | nightlife guide

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Glow Skybar, Saigon

| 18 Jun 2015


Glow Skybar, Saigon
93 Nguyen du | District 1, Rooftop of President Place, Ho Chi Minh City
5.30pm till late

Our rating
18 Jun 2015

Glow Skybar is the latest entrant to Saigon’s crowded rooftop bar scene. The views are special, the space is cool. Perfect for a sunset cocktail.

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Saigon’s skybar situation is reaching saturation point - they’re everywhere. So the people behind Glow Skybar had their work cut out for them launching in such a crowded space. But they got lots of things right and it seems to be paying off.

Rooftop bars are all about the view - and Glow’s is special. If you’re interested in Saigon’s history, you’ll have a view across the treetops to the former Presidential Palace. Even closer is the French colonial era city courthouse. It may look a tad shabby, but this is one of Saigon’s most striking remaining pieces of colonial architecture.

Then there’s the city’s fast changing skyline and its incredible density - it all makes for interesting viewing at the end of a day of exploration. And the skies are likely to add to the spectacle.

Head up at 5.30 in time for sunset - and happy hour, which runs till 8.

Glow’s feel is a little more welcoming and relaxed than some of the city’s other skybars. Staff seem allowed to smile and the security thing is also handled with more discretion.

The space has been put together well too. It isn’t too big - nor is it too small. It feels comfortable with 50 or 200.

Glow’s a great spot for an early evening quiet drink and a chat. Later in the evening, especially on weekends, the DJ fires up, Saigon’s young pretty things come out to play and Glow’s vibe becomes more like a club. It’s one of the Saigon’s busiest nightspots right now. And if it rains, there’s a full-blown nightclub downstairs too.

Rusty Compass reviews are always independent. We show you the stuff we think you should know about. That’s it. We paid our way at Glow over several visits. Think we might have had a soda and lemon on the day we photographed the place. No inducement, financial or otherwise was received to write this listing.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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