Barfly: QD Bar & Lounge

I’m sorry, Qing, but I think I have a new favourite wine bar!
On a night that involved a raucous dinner at 3T (or Quan Nuong – the BBQ place above Temple Club) feasting on bbq-your-own beef with 5 spice, marinated squid, still kicking prawns, wild boar(!) with lemongrass and chilli and much much more, we also checked out new wine bar QD.
From a loud and local venue to one that’s stylish and serene, entering QD Bar & Lounge post-bbq fun provided something of a shock to our overseas visitors. And to us Saigon residents, first glance at QD’s interior suggested the stylish Saigon bar stakes have definitely been upped. There are floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking out onto Ton That Thiep’s trees, a display of backlit green glass winebottles behind the bar, velvet lounges, floorboards and moody lighting. Apparently the bar is owned by a famous Vietnamese pop star named Quang Dung.
In case you’re wondering about the prices – there are wines (from here, there and everywhere) by the glass from around 100,000 to 180,000 dong (that’s about US$6 to $10) and bottles from around 500,000 to 1,000,000 dong (about US$30 to $60). It’s definitely the kind of place you’d want to go on a Saigon date night (which gives me an idea for a future post….!).
*NB: Actually I still love Qing (red and white striped walled winey bolthole on Pasteur) – both bars offer distinctly different atmospheres with Qing cute, cosy and chatty; QD dark, mysterious and sophisticated…
QD Bar & Lounge, 138 Ton That Dam, D1, Saigon
Qing, 110 Pasteur, D1, Saigon

5 Responses

  1. Vivian July 17, 2009 / 9:31 pm

    Looks like such a great place!! I remember “BBQ your own meat” in Korea, it was so nice and fun… and cheap! I really miss that. I haven’t been to Vietnam yet, but reading your blog really makes me want to go. Soon!

  2. kristine July 19, 2009 / 7:31 pm

    i love that top photo – the green is super col. reminds me of a place i used to go to in jakarta.

  3. jen laceda July 19, 2009 / 10:06 pm

    Ooh, Saigon date night! Can we expect a series out of this? 🙂

  4. A Girl in Asia July 21, 2009 / 6:26 am

    Maybe a series – not sure yet – but definitely a one-off! Will have to start planning where to go…!

  5. mycookinghut September 30, 2009 / 9:20 pm

    Stumbled upon your blog and really love it! 🙂

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