Vietnam is essentially a one-two-punch. The bottom floor is a Vietnamese restaurant with incredible dishes like vermicelli rice noodle bowls, papaya salad, and lime chicken. Once you and your friends have finished passing around a bunch of huge plates, head upstairs to Bar Saigon. The second-floor space is essentially a tiki bar, with flaming punch bowls and mai tais in colorful glasses. Hitting both in one night is one of our favorite birthday party moves, but they’re also each great on their own.

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