HO CHI MINH CITY | Ho Chi Minh City is a place that’s embraced craft beer in recent years, with the Vietnamese city seeing an explosion in the number of craft breweries in town.
Despite the relative infancy of the craft beer scene in the city, the brewing of beer in Vietnam goes back to the 1890s, when it was introduced by the French. Historically it’s been light lagers that have been the beer of choice in this country, with “Bia Hoi” brewed daily and sold for less than 50c a glass across the country.
At first it was expats who were the main audience for craft beer in Ho Chi Minh City, but these days its not uncommon to go to craft beer venues which contain more locals than foreigners. Commercial lagers might still be the most popular beer in town, but the taste for craft beer is expanding fast, and its not uncommon to find at least one locally brewed craft beer available at places which aren’t even craft beer venues.
Here’s my Ho Chi Minh City Craft Beer Guide, containing some of the best craft beer spots in the city. It’s been updated as of July 2022, to reflect closures and new openings. Listings are in alphabetical order.
BiaCraft Artisan Ales
BiaCraft Artisan Ales opened in August 2015 and quickly built a reputation as one of the best spots in Ho Chi Minh City for craft beer. On the taps you’ll find 60 local beers and ciders, plus more in the fridges. Regular tap takeovers means there’s always something new and interesting to try. They’ve got a few locations around town these days, but the Lê Ngô Cát is still my favourite.
Broma: Not A Bar
Broma: Not A Bar is, despite the name, very much a bar that occupies a central rooftop in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1. Craft beer drinkers will be happy at the 30 or so varieties of beer available across Broma’s taps and bottle list
Deme Brewing is a Vietnamese microbrewery, hidden down an unassuming residential side street in District 5. The brewery is fun and modern, inspired by Vietnamese street culture and street art. Visit for the brewery’s own brews, plus a few guest brews in the fridges.
East West Brewing Co.
One of my favourite breweries in Ho Chi Minh City is East West Brewing Co. I visited when it first opened in early 2017, and today it’s better than ever. The beers here cover a range of different styles, and there’s an extensive barrel ageing program well worth looking at.
Heart Of Darkness Craft Brewery
Heart Of Darkness is a brewery and brewpub in Ho Chi Minh City that produces a varied selection of core range and seasonal beers for lovers of good beer to enjoy. Their IPAs are particularly worth trying, and are some of the best in town.
Pasteur Street Brewing Company
Pasteur Street Brewing Company is probably the most famous of Vietnam’s craft breweries, with multiple locations across town. All offer the brewery’s reliable core range, rotating seasonal brews, and tasty American/Vietnamese pub food. I’ve visited the original location, Thao Dien tap room, and Le Thanh Ton taproom, and they’re all great
Quan Ut Ut
Quán Ụt Ụt is an American BBQ and craft beer venue that serves a variety of low and slow BBQ dishes with a focus on pork. It’s owned by the team behind Bia Craft, so you know that they take their beer seriously.
Rogue Saigon is a somewhat hidden craft beer bar on Pasteur Street that rewards those who find it with 16 rotating taps of local craft beers across three levels. All of Ho Chi Minh City’s main breweries are represented on the taps, and there’s always something new to try.
Saigon Outcast has developed a reputation as one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most exciting bars since opening in 2012. Owned by the same team behind Rogue Saigon, the craft beer list is a solid selection of brews from the city’s craft breweries.
Winking Seal Beer Co.
Winking Seal Beer Co. is located on Dang Thi Nhu, in the heart of District 1 and just a short walk from the Dang Thi Nhu roundabout and future central metro station. On the taps you’ll find eight of Winking Seal’s own beers, along with a few guest beers.
If you’re interested in where to eat in Ho Chi Minh City, make sure you check out my Ho Chi Minh City Food Guide. Also make sure you check out my Beer City Guides list for more ideas on where to find great beer in some of the world’s best cities.