Situated at the corner of Mac Thi Buoi and Phan Van Dat, on the location once occupied by Seoul House, Soi & Meo Taproom is a hangout opened just after Tet. To explain the name Soi & Meo (wolf and cat), Quynh, the bar manager, says: “It’s inspired by America, where animals are used to name their bars.”

 

When it comes to design, Soi & Meo mixes simplicity with refinement: high glass windows, smoky blue painted walls highlighted with pictures of wolves and cats, and wooden stools and chairs. While the ground floor is equipped with a big bar counter, the kitchen is located on the floor above. The balcony with its wrought-iron railings is an option for those who don’t like air-conditioning. It is full of light and possesses a good view of the street below.

 

Everything On Tap

 

Beer on tap is not new in Ho Chi Minh City, yet wine on tap is still rare. Soi & Meo take it one step further. Everything, including tea and coffee, is on tap here.

 

“To be able to serve wine and champagne on tap, we had to import tap wine equipment from overseas,” says Quynh. The Wineemotion dispensers come from Italy.

 

Wine on tap starts at VND95,000 for a small glass of white and VND75,000 for a red, and the bar will let you try from a selection of eight wines for free. Traditionalists can buy wine by the bottle, as Soi & Meo also stocks a good range of Old and New World wine priced from VND540,000.

 

Guests can find their favourite local brewed beers including Pasteur Street, Fuzzy Logic, Lac and Heart of Darkness at Soi & Meo. Prices for all are VND95,000 per 330ml glass, except the Fuzzy Logic Pale Ale which goes for VND75,000.

 

The Deals

 

Soi & Meo’s menu tends towards snacks and plates to share, including cheese (VND75,000 for 50g of Parmigiano reggiano), salami, skewers (VND140,000 for prawn and bacon), oysters (from VND150,000 for six pieces) and much more to go with their selection of wine and beer. Which means that hanging out at Soi & Meo after work can be great fun, especially since the bar is running a daily programme of four glasses of wine, four oysters and four types of cheese or salami for only VND200,000.

 

Another deal that you should try is the set lunch. For VND90,000, you have two options of starter (salad or soup), seven options for the main course, ranging from beef and pork to red snapper, and ‘detox’ water.

 

People have different reasons for choosing their favourite venues — good food and drink is one, another is the chance to experience something new, such as tea or wine on tap. Either way, Soi & Meo Taproom has you covered.

 

Soi & Meo Taproom is at 33 Mac Thi Buoi, Q1, HCMC. For more info and promotions, visit facebook.com/cat.wolf.Saigon/

 


Photos by Vu Ha Kim Vy

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