Ong Cao, District 1 (Closed)

*Note: Ong Cao has closed down*

HO CHI MINH CITY | Ong Cao opened in January 2017 on popular Bui Vien, one of the most vibrant and popular streets for tourists in the city. Located at the relatively quiet end of the street, Ong Cao features 13 taps pouring locally brewed beers from the likes of Phat Rooster, Pasteur Street, Platinum, Heart of Darkness, East West and Te Te.

The venue is owned by Jeremy and May, a Vietnamese couple hailing from France, and the space is a reflection of this, with a bit of a Vietnamese cafe meets French bistro flavour about it. The building is light and airy, and features lots of wood and tiles, along with artwork from up and coming local street artists. The music, a blend of hip-hop and R&B suits the venue well, and isn’t too loud as to make the place unwelcoming.

The contains several nods to France with things like charcuterie, rillette and moules frites cooked in beer, along with free spiced nuts served with each beer, and goes well with the beers available. If you’re not sure which beer to order, the staff are happy to help guide you through what’s available, and you can order a tasting paddle of four beers to try a few things if you like. Keep an eye out for Ong Cao’s own beers too – Jeremy is a brewer himself and has plans to add some of this own beers to the taps in future months.

Ong Cao

240 Bùi Viện
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City

Telephone: +84 911 996 160
E-mail: n/a

Tue – Sun: 5:00pm to 11:15pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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