A selection of the best bars and nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City
nightlife guide

Introduction

Last updated 23 Jan 2015

Saigon’s manic energy by day gives hints at the city’s energy levels after the sun goes down. The streets may quieten down a little but Saigon keeps charging along till the early hours. There’s plenty to do after dinner whether you’re looking for a quiet drink in a cool space, some live music, a dance, some serious clubbing or an all night bender.

One of the best things about a night out in Saigon is that most venues are very close by so moving between them is easy. You can try lots of places.

The last couple of years have seen a transformation in the city for lovers of live music. Cargo in District 4 has put on some excellent shows. Right downtown Saigon Ranger is another interesting live music venue worth checking out.

Saigon even seems to have become an outpost for hipster culture. You'll find this particular mutation of the breed at venues like Broma, The Observatory and Saigon Outcast. They all take their music very seriously and put on some great shows as well.

Rooftop bars are another Saigon nightlife phenomenon. Chill Sky Bar is the most extravagant. OMG's view is a little closer to earth and benefits from that. Broma has been expanding its rooftop. On the 3rd level of a colonial era building it's dwarfed beneath Bitexco tower but has plenty of atmosphere.

If you end up in the backpacker district (around Pham Ngu Lao St), where Saigon's all-night party establishments are located, be warned of seediness as well as the prevalence of petty crime. There have also been reports of some nasty bar fights. Stay out of trouble.

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Acoustic Cafe, Saigon

Acoustic Cafe in Saigon's District 3 packs in young locals each night for a live music lineup of western pop cover singers.
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Acoustic Cafe, Saigon
A: 6 E1, Ngô Thời Nhiệm, Dist. 3, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +848 3930 2239
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Allez Boo Bar, Saigon

One of the most popular backpacker spots in town - right in the heart of the backpacker district. By day it's a chilled cafe serving a mix of...
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Allez Boo Bar, Saigon
A: 187 Ð Pham Ngu Lao St, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +848 3837 2505
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Apocalypse Now, Saigon

Saigon’s long surviving warehouse of sin has seen more than its share of apocalyptic hangovers. Two decades of evolution from a tiny hole in the...
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Apocalypse Now, Saigon
A: 2C Thi Sach, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
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Beer Street Saigon

Beer St is a strip of Bui Vien St in Saigon's backpacker district devoted to the consumption of the amber fluid.
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Beer Street Saigon
A: Bui Vien St west of De Tham St
PRICE: $
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Blanchy's Tash Bar, Saigon

The locals and expats might be struggling with the name but that’s not keeping them away from this cool spot right at the heart of Saigon’s district...
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Blanchy\'s Tash Bar, Saigon
A: 95 Hai Ba Trung, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +84 909028293
PRICE: $$$$
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Blue Gecko Bar, Saigon

Blue Gecko is a Saigon institution and the city’s oldest sports bar - dating back to 1997.
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Blue Gecko Bar, Saigon
A: 31 Lý Tự Trọng St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +84 8 3824 3483
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Broma Bar, Saigon

Broma's a small cosy bar over two floors in downtown Saigon up a rickety staircase. It's tag line "not a bar" marks it out as something a little...
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Broma Bar, Saigon
A: 41 Nguyễn Huệ, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - corner of Ngo Duc Ke St
T: (+84 8) 3823 6838
W: www.facebook.com/bromabar
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Cargo Bar, Saigon

Cargo in District 4 is Saigon's best live music venue. There are gigs most weekends and occasionally on weeknights too. Check the schedule.
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Cargo Bar, Saigon
A: 7 Nguyễn Tất Thành, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
W: www.facebook.com/cargosaigon
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Carmen Bar, Saigon

Carmen is a curious Saigon live music space. Flamenco - yes in Spanish - is performed by a mainly Vietnamese band. It's surprisingly well done too -...
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Carmen Bar, Saigon
A: 8 Ly Tu Trong, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: + 848 83829 7699
PRICE: $$$
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Chill Sky Bar, Saigon

It doesn’t take long to work out the crowd that Chill Sky Bar is targeting. Bentleys and Beemers deliver their owners to be met by a welcoming party...
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Chill Sky Bar, Saigon
A: 26 & 27th level, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai St. District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +(84-8) 38 272 372
W: www.chillsaigon.com
PRICE: $$$$
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Crazy Buffalo Bar, Saigon

It's hard to miss the Crazy Buffalo with its bright lights and an enormous blazing buffalo. Another mega-complex of drinking and dancing in the...
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Crazy Buffalo Bar, Saigon
A: Cnr De Tham and Bui Vien St, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
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Game On Sports Bar, Saigon

Game On’s a popular Aussie-owned sports bar in downtown Saigon.
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Game On Sports Bar, Saigon
A: 115 Ho Tung Mau street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
T: +84 8 6251 9898
W: www.gameonsaigon.com/
PRICE: $$$
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Go2 Bar, Saigon

A huge complex that packs the backpackers in every night and seems to keep the party going till sunrise. Good place to chill by day. Once...
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Go2 Bar, Saigon
A: Cnr De Tham and Bui Vien St, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
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La Fenetre Soleil, Saigon

La Fenetre Soleil is a cool cafe by day that morphs into an alternative music venue most weekends. The feel changes from night to night with DJs and...
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La Fenetre Soleil, Saigon
A: 44 Lý Tự Trọng, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: (+84 8) 3824 5994
PRICE: $$$
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La Habana Tapas and Bar, Saigon

This friendly little tapas bar is also a popular live music venue - usually featuring Filipino bands. Solid tapas menu, sangria and cocktails give...
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La Habana Tapas and Bar, Saigon
A: 6 Cao Ba Quat Dist. 1 Ho Chi Minh City
T: +848 3829 5180
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Last Call, Saigon

Last Call has taken over from where Amber Room was previously located opposite the Sheraton Hotel. It's a cosy lounge style bar that, as the name...
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Last Call, Saigon
A: 59 Dong Du Street, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
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Lush Nightclub, Saigon

Lush is popular with Saigon’s upwardly mobile young things and expats along for the ride. The cool, modern, decor could place it anywhere in the...
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Lush Nightclub, Saigon
A: 2 Ly Tu Trong, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +(84-8) 3824 2496
W: www.lush.vn
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M.O.B. Beer Club, Saigon

Beer Clubs have taken off in a big way with Saigon’s young partygoers and M.O.B., located directly opposite the Reunification Palace, is one of the...
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M.O.B. Beer Club, Saigon
A: 152 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +(848) 73077779
W: mobgroup.vn/beerclub.html
PRICE: $$$
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Martini Bar, Park Hyatt Hotel, Saigon

Martini Bar at Saigon's Park Hyatt is now known as 2 Lam Son. It's a classy spot for a quality cocktail or a glass of wine - but the price premium...
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Martini Bar, Park Hyatt Hotel, Saigon
A: 2 Lam Son Square, Dist. 1 Ho Chi Minh City
T: +84 8 3824 1234
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OMG rooftop, Saigon

OMG is another Saigon rooftop bar and a great spot to view the city skyline over a beer, cocktail or glass of wine.
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OMG rooftop, Saigon
A: Tan Hai Long Hotel rooftop, 15 -19 Nguyen An Ninh , District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: (+84) 93 720 02 22
W: https://www.facebook.com/pages/OMG/556719167735687
PRICE: $$$
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Pacharan Tapas and Bar, Saigon

The city’s most popular Spanish restaurant is also a popular bar. Live music and DJs appear on Wednesdays and weekends.The feel is usually latin but...
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Pacharan Tapas and Bar, Saigon
A: 97 D Hai Ba Trung | Dong Khoi Area, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +8483825 6924
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Pasteur Street Brewing Company, Saigon

American craft brewing has arrived in Saigon in the form of the Pasteur Street Brewing Company. It’s making a big noise from a small, well-hidden,...
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Pasteur Street Brewing Company, Saigon
A: 144 Pasteur, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +84 838 239 562
W: www.pasteurstreet.com/
PRICE: $$$
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Phatty's Sports Bar, Saigon

Phatty's Bar and Grill is an outpost of Australian sports and hospitality in the heart of Saigon.
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Phatty\'s Sports Bar, Saigon
A: 46-48 Ton That Thiep Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
T: +84 8 3821 0796
W: www.phattysbar.com
PRICE: $$
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Rock Fan Club, Saigon

Rock Fan Club is the centre of heavy rock covers in Saigon and draws a crowd of heavy smoking, light drinking young rockers.
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Rock Fan Club, Saigon
A: 25C Tu Xuong, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
T: +84 8 6290 7489
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Saigon Outcast

Saigon Outcast is a little haven of indie creative energy in the heart of Saigon’s conservative expat enclave. Located in Disrict 2, around 20...
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Saigon Outcast
A: 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
T: +8490 236 57 80
W: www.facebook.com/SaigonOucast
PRICE: $$
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Saigon Ranger

Saigon Ranger's a happening new alternative live music and art space / bar right downtown.
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Saigon Ranger
A: 5/7 Nguyễn Siêu Street . District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
T: +84 8 7300 0559
W: https://www.facebook.com/saigonranger
PRICE: $$$
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Saigon Saigon Bar, Caravelle Hotel, Saigon

During the Vietnam War, correspondents would sit at the Caravelle Hotel rooftop bar watching firefights and tracers across the the Saigon River...
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Saigon Saigon Bar, Caravelle Hotel, Saigon
A: Rooftop, Caravelle Hotel, Lam Son Square, Ho Chi Minh City
PRICE: $$$$
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Sax N' Art Jazz Club, Saigon

Sax N' Art is Saigon's only jazz club.  Its owner, Tran Manh Tuan, was the first Vietnamese musician to receive a scholarship to Berklee College of...
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Sax N\' Art Jazz Club, Saigon
A: 28 Le Loi St, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
T: +(84.8) 8228472
W: www.saxnart.com
PRICE: $$$
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Shri Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, Saigon

Shri is a contemporary design rooftop bar and restaurant with great views across the city. It's a good late-afternoon happy hour option.
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Shri Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, Saigon
A: Level 23, Centec Tower, 72-74 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, Dist. 3, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +848 3827 9631
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The Observatory, Saigon

The Observatory is a thriving underground DJ space with a devoted fan base of young expats, tourists and a smaller band of locals. In late 2014, it...
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The Observatory, Saigon
A: 5 Nguyen Tat Thanh St, Disrict 4, Ho Chi Minh City
W: www.theobservatory-hcmc.com/
PRICE: $$
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