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Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery

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PRICE RANGE
$2 - $43
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Brew Pub, Bar, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Takeaway Available
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Updated 15/02/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 15/02/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Sponsored by: Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery

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"THIS IS ASIA'S BEST CRAFT BEER."
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2. Award winning craft beer!!!!
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"Best Beer in Asia! Amazing food and outstanding service to boot."
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent ale and really friendly welcome in this fine establishment - lived up to the hype easily - unfortunately leaving HCMC today but this will be first stop when we come back

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 16 February 2022

This is AMAZING BEER. So glad these guys survived the lockdowns of the past 2 years. Seriously gets better and better every time I come back. Beer is always amazing and they always have something new and awesome. As an example, they just did a...special beer for a kids charity (which is delicious). Food is always on point and they are always adding new things to their extensive menu. They’ve also just added a wine bar upstairs so once you’re full of beer head on upstairs for a quieter vibe and 40 bottles by the glass - more by the bottle. If I sound like a fanboy it’s because I am. Great work HOD team. Keep it up.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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SaigonStevo, Owner at Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2022

Hi Billybruntig. Thank You so much for your review. We're also super happy to have survived the lockdowns! Great to hear you are still a fan and we look forward to welcoming you back regularly. Thank you again. Cheers!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just had a night in HCMC, passing through, searched for craft beer bars and found Heart of Darkness, so pleased I did! Great selection of craft beers to choose from, surprised myself by liking the banana wheat ale! Good selection of foods, my fish tacos...were delicious, and the food I saw coming out for others all looked really good. One more thing, the playlist on the night I was in couldn’t have been better for an old rocker like me, not too loud, just right 🤘🏼🍺🤘🏼More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Happy to be challenged on this bold statement!. I haven’t found any others that do a range of novel beers and solid suite of core range (though I’m sorry, Kurtz’s Insane IPA isn’t one of them). The flights/paddles/tasters are VERY generous- best shared. Full range...of styles, tho no sour I can see today. Total awesomeness was the chilled towelettes to cool off on arrival! Excellent touch. Great merch, I have a few TShirts and a cap. Also I see anew offer - a TShirt where ALL of the funds go to Saigon kids in need- awesome!! ❤️ Great music ! And food that’s more western…. But u know, U arent going to compete with the locals on the Vietnamese front are u! My go-to destination in Saigon any day for craft beer and il wear their T-shirts wi price. To the negative reviews on price- hell, hops COST- feel free to drink lane lagers elsewhere 👏🏻👏🏻👍🤛More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 31 May 2022

The beers are phenomenal, but the food looks better on paper than it tastes. Without a doubt, the worst wings I've had in recent memory. No flavor, no seasoning, soggy coating not hot, fresh and crisp. Tasted like they were prepared yesterday. Bangkok fries sound...good on menu with various toppings, unfortunately in reality, many of the fries were plain without coating because the kitchen was skimpy on the toppings. Would not order food here again, only beer.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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SaigonStevo, Owner at Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2022

Thank you for your great review of the beer. But Wait. The wings. So we listened to your complaint. Ordered you an additional batch of wings (even though you literally picked the bones clean on the previous batch). You picked the bones clean on them...More

Reviewed 22 February 2022

Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery's taproom in Saigon's D1 is an absolute must-visit for beer fans living in or visiting Ho Chi Minh City. One of the largest ranges of fresh local craft beer on draft in the country, a food menu that has evolved...significantly over the years to pair well with the range of craft beer on tap, and a great vibe that sets the bar aside from many others in Saigon.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 22 February 2022

Kurtz's Insane is a worthy lifetime go-to if you're like me: the hoppier the happier. Food's great, the service is friendly and attentive, the aircon works really well.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 18 February 2022

Awesome place… both for dining in and ordering. Delicious food that can be washed down with the best selection and quality beer. Good for all occasions… always a fun crowd

Date of visit: February 2022
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SaigonStevo, Owner at Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2022

Hi Phil. Thank you so much for the great review ! Great to hear that you enjoyed everything. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you again for the review. Cheers!

Reviewed 15 February 2022 via mobile

What a great place. Phenomenal beer, surprisingly good tacos and excellent service with very good ambiance. Overall greatMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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SaigonStevo, Owner at Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2022

Hi Rkigervaron. Thank you for the great review! So happy to hear you enjoyed the beers and food. It's been a challenging couple of years for F&B and we really appreciate you taking the time to write a review for us. Hope to see you...More

Reviewed 3 February 2022

Disclaimer: I'm not usually a beer drinker, so read into this what you will. HoD delivers on bad*ss music (good to hear some gnarly guitar and vocals after bulk autotuned offerings), friendly staff and a warm welcome. The menu looked great although I didn't try...it - meaty, but also sensitive to the gluten intolerant, and vegans. Nice! I was super impressed with the massive range, the detailed tasting notes and that they've developed a special brew, profits going to support local kids. Nice! You can sample in their small tasting size glass - perfect if you're not into sinking pints. Although they have those too. The three I tried were great, although I can't imagine an Aussie bloke getting excited at tropical fruity flavours ... However plenty of more manly offerings. I was delighted to find HoD beer at Propaganda, happy days - a real treat after a long hot walk.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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SaigonStevo, Owner at Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2022

Hi Victoria. Thank You so much for the great review. Really happy to hear you enjoyed everything. Next time try the food too - we think it's pretty good :-) Hope to see you again soon. Cheers!!!

Reviewed 13 January 2021

Unbelievably, this place is even better than last time I came. In the months I've been away from Saigon, they have SERIOUSLY upped their food game. Ribs, Burgers and Steaks (Tomahawk no less!) are all delicious and seriously on point. Come as a group and...don't miss out on "The Meat Sweats". Enough food for 6-8 hungry people. Beers are amazing as per usual and they even have some - surprisingly delicious - new cocktails made with their beers. Get here now - it never disappoints!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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SaigonStevo, Owner at Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2021

Hi Billy. Thank You for the awesome review. Glad you enjoyed the new menu - we love the Tomahawk steaks and the BBQ Share places too! Great to hear you're still enjoying the beers too. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks again and...More

Reviewed 10 December 2020

I have been to HCMC several times. Not once did I forget to visit Heart of Darkness. A wide selection of their own craft beer, and frankly, something for everybody. The broad selection of food is a good match for their very excellent craft beer.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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SaigonStevo, Owner at Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2021

Hi WanderingOzman. Thank You so much for the great review. We are honoured that you make it in to see us on each of your visits and we hope you continue to do so. We will be here with a smile and a COLD. CRAFT....More

Reviewed 28 June 2020 via mobile

I have been here several times, they keeps maintain a good quality beer, good service with friendly staffs, I would recommend the place to my friends

Date of visit: June 2020
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HOD_DarkArmy, Marketing at Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2020

Hi Son P, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an amazing review! We look forward to your friends and you again for a COLD. CRAFT. BEER! CHEERS!

Reviewed 27 June 2020

Associates should approach n recommended: drink and food for new comer about your signature (this is the way to up selling ?)

Date of visit: June 2020
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HOD_DarkArmy, Marketing at Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2020

Hi Khoa, Thank you for your feedback and review, we hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 29 April 2020 via mobile

Wow this is a great place with great atmosphere and amazing craft beers great staff with great food and music. Also if you get a chance pick up one of there T shirts with amazing art work can not recommend enough 👍🇻🇳

Date of visit: April 2020
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HOD_DarkArmy, Marketing at Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2020

Hi Merfyn, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! We look forward to seeing you again for a COLD. CRAFT. BEER! Cheers!

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minkoi
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Response from Shekhar A | Reviewed this property |
No idea about happy hour. If you find about it, please do share!
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Response from johnpW7086XE | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Yes, we have a selection of spirits with a range of tonic waters and soft drinks to mix with them. Best wishes, John
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Response from johnpW7086XE | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hi Adam, sorry, we don't have any gluten free beers.
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Yes, Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5