Vietnam’s intimate, clubby lounge
Legendary comedian George Burns once defined happiness as "a good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman – or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” If you’re the type with money to burn or at least want to look like it, Churchill's Whisky Bar could be your happy place within the confines of Ho Tram Resort Casino Vietnam. Named after Winston Churchill, arguably the world’s most iconic cigar aficionado, the bar offers an elegant, intimate space for resort guests.
Located on the ground floor of the resort’s Tower Building and opposite Ginger Vietnamese Restaurant, Churchill's Cigar Bar is a spacious, art deco-inspired space. It has seating for 90, but feels very intimate as areas are cleverly sectioned off using architectural elements — there’s a marble wraparound horseshoe bar surrounded by bar stools and small tables for two, comfortable armchairs placed in groupings near the baby grand piano, plus a separate VIP room with a large oval table as well as plush leather armchairs. The high ceilings paired with the gold and dark wood color scheme exude a worldly sophistication, but you can still catch the latest scores on the four modest-sized televisions in the bar area.
There’s a live jazz singer accompanied by pianist on weekend evenings and an upbeat jazz soundtrack at other times. All in all, it’s an ideal spot to find a quiet corner, kick back with a drink and light up some finely rolled happiness.
It’s said that Winston Churchill’s infatuation with cigars really began with a 1895 visit to Cuba, and you’ll find Cubans featured prominently on the cigar menu: Cohiba, Montecristo and Churchill’s personal favorite, Romeo Y Julieta, are all there, as well as Dominicans and finely rolled cigars within the Davidoff line.
The wine and spirits list is extensive, including Armagnac (and a vintage 1959 Chateau de Laubade), Japanese whiskey and single malts like Glenmorangie Pride and Highland Park 40 Year Old. The menu also recommends spirit pairings as enhancers to the ample cigar selection.
In addition to grappa, cordials, beer and wine, the cocktail menu rotates regularly and features eight classics, some with an Asian twist like the passion caipirinha with rum, Cointreau, sugar and fresh passion fruit juice. If you don’t see what you’re after, the bartenders encourage you to order off-menu. Tip: It’s worth it to ask what the specials are, as they change often. When we visited, the Churchill’s offered a free cocktail or glass of sparkling wine with a cigar purchase.