Dark and sexy, amber orbs cascading from the ceiling.
When it comes to Ho Chi Minh City’s nightlife, there’s only one place on everyone’s lips, and it’s 2 Lam Son. This upscale martini bar located on the lobby level of Park Hyatt Saigon is everyone’s go-to for swish vibes, trendy crowds and of course, state-of-the-art mixology.
Walking from the Park Hyatt lobby through the carved wooden doors, you’ll feel that you’ve definitely arrived to one of the city’s most sophisticated haunts. 2 Lam Son is dark and sexy, illuminated only by glowing tabletops and amber orbs cascading from the ceiling. Intimate private booths are available as well as long tables and lounge space for larger groups. It’s a popular gathering place among the well-heeled and well-dressed throughout the city. It’s typical to see snazzy business types coming in for meetings or after-work drinks, or pre-game gatherings before hitting the clubs.
As expected from the city’s most cutting-edge cocktail bar, the mixology at 2 Lam Son is top-notch delicious. The signature cocktails highlight fruits and flora that are native to Vietnam. At 2 Lam Son, you know that any cocktail you try is one that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Guests can immerse themselves in local flavors with delectable cocktails featuring ingredients like rambutan, lotus flower, bitter melon and tamarind. Of course it wouldn’t be a martini bar without some fabulous martinis. 2 Lam Son makes it hard to choose just one, with flavors like lemongrass, ginger and coconut.
Our cocktail recommendations:
The Prickly One
Does it get any more Southeast Asian tropical than the fuzzy red rambutan? This exotic fruit is definitely the star of this must-try concoction featuring housemade rambutan syrup, muddled rambutan and an entire rambutan frozen in a large ice cube. Add gin and a splash of lime juice, and you’ve got a cocktail that’s incredibly refreshing and not too sweet.
Kho Qua Negroni
Anyone who loves a good negroni will immediately be drawn to the Kho Qua Negroni. Kho Qua is the bitter melon that’s featured often in Vietnamese dishes. Turns out it’s the perfect accompaniment to the classic dry gin cocktail. The Kho Qua Negroni is made with Beefeater gin, sweet light vermouth and bitter melon liqueur. As one would expected, the flavor is light and floral, while maintaining the dry flavor profile of a negroni.
Vietnamese Flower Tea
The most exotic creation on 2 Lam Son’s signature cocktail list is without a doubt the Vietnamese Flower Tea. It’s served piping hot in a ceramic teapot featuring a Hennessy VSOP tea infusion, green lotus tea, artichoke tea, dried jasmine flower and a touch of honey. The cognac tea infusion is soaked for 24 hours, releasing a complex blend of earthy flavors and aromas. The result is sexy, unique and mysterious, the perfect representation of the bar itself.
The bar also serves sophisticated bites such as Crispy Prawns in Kataifi and Italian cheese boards. The Chili Lemongrass Fried Chicken Wings are the clear winner though if you want to stick to local Vietnamese flavors, just like the the drinks.
Going to 2 Lam Son is a must for anyone who loves highly inventive cocktails and a well-designed bar. For the best mixology in Ho Chi Minh City, 2 Lam Son at Park Hyatt Saigon is at the top of the list.