This Week in Saigon: Best Events 12 - 18 January

activities - Saigon/HCMC: Jan. 8, 2019


These events are the epicenter for gastronomic delight.

World’s Best Bar Series: Meet Luca Cinalli

Park Hyatt Saigon Restaurants and Bars, 2 Lam Son Square, D1 | Facebook 
10-12 January | Masterclass: 4:00pm-5:30pm; Meet: 7:00pm-12:00am | Mixology Master Class: VND990,000

The World’s Best Bars Series returns to the Park Hyatt Saigon with celebrity mixologist Luca Cinalli from London. Mr. Cinalli has opened two of the most renowned bars in London and brings his expertise to Saigon. During his stay, he will hold a mixology masterclass on 11 January, during which he will instruct cocktail enthusiasts to prepare three cocktails paired with tasty tapas. After that, Luca Cinalli will be working behind the bar, serving signature cocktails from a self-designed special menu. For those wishing to wow your friends with innovative drinks or those just wanting to see the foundations of great nightlife, this event is for you!

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Dine with Michelin Star Chef Michael Dyllong

Social Club Restaurant, 23rd-24th Floor | Hotel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection, 76-78 Nguyen Thi MInh Khai, D3
+84 28 3989 8888; | Facebook
17-18 January | 7:00pm | VND3,388,000

Join Hotel des Arts Saigon and Social Club Restaurant in welcoming 1 Michelin-starred chef Michael Dyllong from Germany. After winning the Vice World Champion of Young Chefs in 2011, Michael Dyllong continued to hone his skills and became recognized for his culinary prowess in his hometown of Dortmund, Germany where he is the head chef of the highly-acclaimed Restaurant Palmgarden. Guests will swoon over 6-course of award-worthy gourmet fare, paired with perfectly balanced wine selections. For the aspiring foodie in you, opt for the cooking class with him on 16 January at 10:00 a.m. For VND1,188,000, students will learn to prepare 4 dishes with wine pairings. The programme includes lunch. Call or email for reservations and further information.

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Concerts, dances, and performances of all kinds set to the backdrop of Saigon’s twinkling lights.

Cuong Vu Trio Live

Soul Live Project Complex, 216 Pasteur, D3

18 January | 5:30pm and 8:00pm | VND150,000 - VND600,000

Soul Live Project welcomes Grammy Award winning Vietnamese jazz trumpeter Cuong Vu for a night of contemporary jazz music. Before the concert, aspiring artists and students have the privilege of a 60-minute chat with Mr. Cuong Vu to hear stories and lessons from his journey. The professor and chair of jazz studies at the University of Washington wishes to inspire and enlighten the next generation of artistes. Following that, the Cuong Vu Trio featuring Stomu Takeishi on bass and Ted Poor on drums will perform a concert like no other in Saigon. Gather friends for a night of great music and company not to be missed.

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New Years Reception 2019: Dancing on the Roof

Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City, 33 Le Duan Street, D1
+84 91 955 8133 | | Facebook
12 January | 6:30pm - 11:00pm | VND2,200,000

The German Business Association is hosting their annual New Years Reception in partnership with SkyXX and Z Lounge. This black tie affair is a perfect networking opportunity for businesses and organizations in Saigon. Patrons will enjoy a red carpet reception with cocktails and canapes accompanied by a short classical music welcome by the Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra. Thereafter, a Gala Dinner will be served at Z lounge with fireworks, live jazz music, and surprise performances as entertainment during the buffet dinner. To end the night, get ready for a party at SkyXX complete with DJ, best dressed award, and an exquisite prize raffle.

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Resident Night at Bann Bar & Cuisine

Bann Bar & Cuisine, 6th-7th Floors, 71C Dong Khoi, D1
+84 9 0696 6893 | Facebook 
18 January | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | FREE

Saigon’s newest “secret” bar is at Bann Bar & Cuisine. Exit the hustle and bustle of Saigon’s business district on Dong Khoi, head past the spa, up the back elevator, climb some stairs, then finally enter the rustic artsy space of Bann Bar. A scrumptious cocktail by one of their skilled mixologists awaits as you enjoy views of Saigon’s city centre. What better time to visit than during the Resident DJ Night with Max Cleo? As the primer Vietnamese female underground DJ, Max Cleo is a force with her beats and deep house melodies that keep the party rocking. Come to see Max Cleo and stay beyond for the late night happy hour from 9pm-12am every day.

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New Years Art Reception

Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, 97A Pho Duc Chinh, D1
11 January | 7:00pm - 11:00pm | VND500,000

The Lotus Art Project presents this fundraising art exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City. The funds will go to support the efforts of the Rock Paper Scissors Children’s Fund which funds the creative and cognitive development of disadvantaged children in Vietnam. Guests will enjoy an exhibition of fine artwork, presentations, a cocktail reception, and a live musical performance by the No Jive Jazz Band. Entry is granted with a VND500,000 contribution at the door. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the rich culture of Saigon’s art scene while giving back to a deserving community.

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Activities that keep the arguments down and the fun times rolling for the whole gang.

Moonlit Cinema

Caipira Cachaça, 80/8 Nguyen Trai, D5
15 January | 6:30pm & 8:30pm | VND20,000

Every week on Tuesday and Thursday, Caipira Cachaça and The Common Room Project host Moonlit Cinema. Each night has a different theme, such as Anime, Directors, Actors, and Animation. This Tuesday, families with older kids can enjoy movies starring Will Smith - The Pursuit of Happyness at 6:30pm and Ali at 8:30pm. Here’s the best part - your VND20,000 ticket gets you a seat for both movies and free popcorn!

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Think Lab

Think in a Box Active Training Space, 116 Nguyen Van Thu, D1
12 January | 9:00am - 5:00pm | FREE

ThinkLab, the brain child of TechTrain, is the first of its kind in Vietnam, presenting a technology showcase for kids ages 6-14. Children and parents will get to experience hands-on cutting-edge technologies that interest even the youngest scientists, engineers, and programmers. Let your critical thinkers and problem solvers try their hands at robotics, augmented and virtual reality, 3D Printing, and Scratch video game programming. This event is sure to spark the interest of anyone with a passion for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) learning.

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