Khoai: a simple ruin bar

Opened in April 2019, Khoai is tucked between street food and shops on Thao Dien’s Quoc Huong street. It has quickly become a favorite among locals and international expats. They serve an extensive menu of reasonably-priced regional and craft beers made in Vietnam, including bottles of Hue’s Huda, Pasteur Street’s Jasmine IPA and Tê Tê on draft, Bia Hoi (fresh beer) and many more, as well as Western and Hanoi-style Vietnamese dinner and snacks. There is no happy hour, but it’s not needed given their pricing (menu photos below).

The staff is very friendly. Food is made fresh and can take a while. A great music playlist at a reasonable volume. Comfortable seating and well-planned “ruin bar” decor with string lights and salvaged items make a great atmosphere. There’s no AC as most of the bar is open-air, but several fans are mostly effective. Dog-friendly.

They also have a location in the Binh Thanh District.

Khoai is a simple ruin bar that serves regional and craft beer (bottled and draught) made throughout Vietnam

Khoai is a simple ruin bar that serves regional and craft beer (bottled and draught) made throughout Vietnam

Khoai’s location in Thao Dien’s District 2

Khoai’s location in Thao Dien’s District 2

String lights at salvage decor at Khoai ruin bar

String lights at salvage decor at Khoai ruin bar

Happy Hour:
None. Though prices are great and Bia Hoi is buy-2 get-one-free at 44k

Online:
https://www.facebook.com/nongtraikhoai

https://www.instagram.com/khoai_a_simple_ruin_bar

Serves:
Dinner, snacks, craft beer, regional beer, wine, cider and juice (menu images below)

Hours:
Monday— 17:00 - midnight
Tuesday— 17:00 - midnight
Wednesday— 17:00 - midnight
Thursday— 17:00 - midnight
Friday— 17:00 - midnight
Saturday— 17:00 - midnight
Sunday— 17:00 - midnight

Address:
Khoai a simple ruin bar
85 Quoc Huong
Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam

 

Khoai ruin bar menu images taken in (May 2019)

Evita Bar

An expat favorite, Evita Bar has comfortable couch seating alongside tables which wrap around a full bar. They serve Western lunch and dinner with European and American menu items and there’s a daily happy hour.

The staff is friendly (if not particularly attentive) and the atmosphere is very cozy and nice. Pop music at a reasonable volume plays as Baseball and other sports on (muted) TVs are broadcast around the bar. Two pool tables. There’s no AC as the front area has an open ceiling, but fans are effective and keep it cool. Cute resident dog will hang out if there are table scraps given. Hours listed as midnight, but kitchen stays open until 1 am.

There is a music jam session every first Friday night and large band plays every first Sunday night (no cover).

Entrance to Evita Bar

Entrance to Evita Bar

Evita Bar has an open ceiling and pool table in the front area

Evita Bar has an open ceiling and pool table in the front area

Cozy seating and a pool table in the back of Evita Bar

Cozy seating and a pool table in the back of Evita Bar

Happy Hour:
15:00 - 19:00 everyday
Tiger draft 30k/45k (sm/lg), Heineken draft 35k/50k, Wine by glass 70k, Soda 20k

Online:
https://www.facebook.com/EvitaBistronomie

Serves:
Lunch, dinner, snacks and full bar (menu images below)

Hours:
Monday— 10:00 - midnight
Tuesday— 10:00 - midnight
Wednesday— 10:00 - midnight
Thursday— 10:00 - midnight
Friday— 10:00 - midnight
Saturday— 10:00 - midnight
Sunday— 10:00 - midnight

Address:
Evita Bar
230 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng
Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam

 

Evita Bar menu images taken in (May 2019)

Cafe Van Hoa

Opened in late 2018, this inviting covered outdoor cafe has friendly staff and serves delicious coffee drinks and smoothies at good prices.

Cheerful decor and live trees and plants make it a nice shady spot to sit and enjoy house-roasted coffee drinks and smoothies during the day and beer and light snacks at night (maximum two beers). Just outside the cafe are street vendors selling pastries and other foods, which patrons are welcome to bring inside to enjoy with their drink. Dog-friendly.

Cafe Van Hoa in Thao Dien

Cafe Van Hoa in Thao Dien

Ca phe sua da (iced Vietnamese coffee) at Van Hoa

Ca phe sua da (iced Vietnamese coffee) at Van Hoa

Address:
Cafe Văn Hóa
53, đường Quốc Hương
Thảo Điền, Quận 2
Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam

Hours:
Monday— 07:00 - 20:00
Tuesday— 07:00 - 20:00
Wednesday— 07:00 - 20:00
Thursday— 07:00 - 20:00
Friday— 07:00 - 20:00
Saturday— 07:00 - 20:00
Sunday— 07:00 - 20:00