Snuffbox Speakeasy, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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Snuffbox Speakeasy, Saigon

| 05 May 2016
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Snuffbox Speakeasy, Saigon
14 Tôn Thất Đạm St, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh City
+84 126 387 2603

Our rating
05 May 2016

Snuffbox serves classic cocktails and wine in Saigon’s definitive speakeasy lounge space. Hidden away from the city’s nightlife - but within easy reach of the city centre.

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Snuffbox is a cosy little speakeasy lounge serving quality cocktails and wine in a 1920s themed space. And yes, disco balls were around in the twenties - presumably under another name.

The feel is casual class - snuffboxers seem to like to dress up.

True to the speakeasy idea, Snuffbox is hidden away in a dark dilapidated 1950s apartment complex in the shadows of the intimidating bulk of the 1920s State Bank of Vietnam building - the Banque de l’Indochine in colonial times.

The haze of cigarette smoke may be taking the theme too far.

If you’re not familiar with the bar or this part of town, it may feel a little secluded and dangerous. Of course you won’t see any evidence of Snuffbox from outside, so ladies may be better travelling in groups - even if the threats are more imagined than real.

An excellent spot for a late night drink, Snuffbox hosts regular events including live jazz, guest DJs and themed parties.


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