Birdy Bar, a Friendly Neighborhood Cocktail Bar

Hours: 15:00 - 3:00

Address: 80 Phạm Viết Chánh, phường 19, Bình Thạnh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This cocktail bar starts our new chapter into a section of our website dedicated to our favorite watering holes:

Address 80 Phạm Viết Chánh, Phường 19, Bình Thạnh  | Hours 15:00-3:00

This unique little cocktail bar is loaded with character, fine drinks and the entertaining hospitality of the host. With smiling bartenders, fresh ingredients, tucked away from the main thoroughfare, Birdy bar is above and beyond our favorite “friendly neighborhood bar”. It is a mainstay of Pham Viet Chanh, one of the city’s favorite up-and-coming hip neighborhoods.

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Birdy’s mixologists hard at work

Ken, the owner, came to Vietnam years ago, forming part of the ballooning Japanese expat population in those times. Ken  fell in love with the laid back lifestyle and old-school way of doing things in Vietnam. Furthermore he especially liked the small family-run brick and mortar shops selling common items to fulfill your daily household needs. This had become an expired commodity in his native Japan,  in lieu of big chain supermarkets. He and his wife work full time as interior designers, their office just a rocks-throw away from Birdy itself. If you catch Ken at Birdy itself, he’s like a bar fixture, always socializing with the crowd, drink in hand, loud, rambunctious and full of sensational stories that will make you laugh until you cry.

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calm before the storm

This tiny spot located on Phạm Viet Chánh, street on the edge of Binh Thanh, in what some consider the “new Japan town”, has an unbeatable ambiance, and a phenomenal selection of mixed drinks. The friendly staff handle the mixology tools expertly delivering amazing drinks every time. If one were to ask Ken what drinks they should get, he will enthusiastically declare two things: One is that a bar can be judged based on how good their Negroni is, followed by his guarantee that Birdy produces some of the best “sours” in town. The team at birdy produces their “sours” with the finest eggs, hailing from a secret farm, run by a fellow Japanese expat, and these eggs have been completely sterilized.

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You can judge a bar based on how good their Negroni is, followed by his guarantee that Birdy produces some of the best “sours” in town.

In the opinion of the author, one of the unique offerings which Birdy boasts of, that few others can boast of, is the arrival of the locally made “Belami↵” rum. A french-run distillery which uses local products, specifically a sugarcane base to make one of the tastiest Rums, produced in Asia. The Belami rum available at Birdy should be served on its own with ice, as a Belami sour, with a splash of soda, or mixed with orange juice.   Another one of our favorites is the French liquor, Pastis. HCMC is packed with an ever growing number of French expats, helping to propagate the ever popular Pastis through dozens of bars in the city. However Birdy hosts one of the best brands producing this Anis-based liqueur: the Henri Bourdin pastis. This is the smoothest Pastis we have ever had the pleasure of trying.

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From above

Some of our favorite drinks at Birdy are:

  1. Negroni – 150,000VND
  2. Gin Sour – 120,000VND
  3. Belami Rum drinks (ask for the usual drinks mixed with rum, like the screwdriver, however the rum is so full of flavour, our favorite was simply Belami with soda on the rocks and the Belami Sour.
  4. henri bourdin pastis –  130,000VND

This is a small part of their comprehensive menu, comprised of a huge variety of Shochu, Sake, Whiskey, Gin, Rum, Tequila and a few craft beers.

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rambunctious Ken

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Founder and editor behind Joel has lived and eaten in Saigon for the last 4.5 years and is dedicated to improve the local eating and drinking experience to anyone who stumbles upon his site.

October 18, 2018

By Joel Zorrilla

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