Qui Bar, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
Ho Chi Minh City | nightlife guide

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Qui Bar, Saigon

| 18 Aug 2016
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Qui Bar, Saigon
22 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3828 8828
Lunch till 12.00 and 2AM on weekends

Our rating
18 Aug 2016

Qui’s the latest arrival into Saigon’s crowded cocktails and party scene - and it’s already made its mark. Flashy decor, serious drinks and pop dance tunes are dragging in big crowds of pretty locals and expats.

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Saigon’s newest pretty people palace is from the folks who created another successful upscale Saigon nightspot - Chill Skybar. Unlike Chill, which is a rooftop bar, Qui’s views are all indoors. And they’re in good supply.

It looks like lots of cash was thrown at this place with generous use of timber, a long bar, and some groovy geishaesque wall art.

Qui opened in mid-2016 and quickly carved out a place for itself, attracting crowds of shiny locals and expats during happy hour cocktails and for late night festivity. The “mixologists” - I still struggle with that word - seem to know what they’re doing and serve with a smile too - always nice.

Saigon’s cocktail prices are edging ever closer to those of other international cities, and places like Qui are leading the charge - but happy hour, which runs from 5.30 to 7.30 takes the pain away in all senses.

A DJ provides the contemporary pop dance tunes each night. Qui is also pushing its fusion kitchen and lounge offerings. We haven’t tried the food.

Smoking is still considered cool at Qui - which can get pretty unpleasant on busy nights and seems at odds with their foodie ambitions.

There are rows of books against the back wall if you have a sudden urge for something more cerebral. Most of the clientele are of the post-book generation and the books look to have been selected for their decorative, rather than literary value.


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