The Snuffbox isn’t the kind of place you would expect to find anymore in Saigon. Actually, it’s not the kind of place you find very easily at all. You could walk past the bar’s entrance many times without ever realising what lies behind the unassuming stairs and door but once you enter you are into another world full of Saigon’s trendiest groups absorbed in lively chatter.
Hidden away on Tôn Thất Đạm street, Dist 1, close to the State Bank of Vietnam housed in a colonial building that was once used as the Banque de l’Indochine in the 1920’s, the Snuffbox is full of the unexpected, set within a dark apartment complex resembling to something straight out of the 1930s prohibition time. Once you cross the first hidden metal door you immediately become absorbed in a dreamy 1930s – 1950s atmosphere. Classy, vintage sofas are dotted here and there and glam items adorn the walls.
A mezzanine perfect for dating couples and a balcony enhance the relaxed vibes. Equally unexpected is the quality of the cocktails on offer, the mixologists certainly know their job! If you are a Bourbon-lover, we recommend trying the Boulevardier, a rich and intriguing drink created in Paris in 1927 by Harry McElhone for the writer Erskine Gwynne, founder of the French magazine ‘Boulevardier’.
The Snuffbox host bi-weekly jazz nights, inviting musicians to play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, there are also themed party nights as well as great playlists during the rest of the week. With superb drinks on offer in a relaxed and chic environment, this bar is the one for a great night out in Saigon. Try it out for your next date night, or for an evening with friends; the Snuffbox will surely impress them.