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

Ho Chi Minh City
nightlife guide

Introduction

Last updated 14 Mar 2017

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.

Saigon nightlife highlights

Variety: Bars and clubs from fancy to alternative - noisy to chatty to indie.
Late nights: Saigon parties till late. 
Live tunes: Small but spirited live music scene.
Rooftops: The city's now oversupplied with rooftops with views of the dense fast - changing cityscape.
Crafted beers: Saigon's craft beer scene may be new, but craft specialists are everywhere.
Hours of happiness: happy hour deals in even in the fanciest venues. Start early!
District 2: District 2 may be home to city's cashed-up expats, but it's also developing an interesting alternative nightlife scene of its own.

 

 

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.

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. The newest arrival, Glow is a great spot for a sunset cocktail - or a late night groove with the city's pretty people. 

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 boho 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 and spiked drinks. Stay out of trouble.

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Piu Piu Saigon

Newly opened in 2016, Piu Piu (formerly Pacharan) is an edgy music-focused bar and club across three floors. Hip hop’s been the theme during my two... Read more

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Piu Piu Saigon
97 Hai Ba Trung St, Ho Chi Minh City - opposite Park Hyatt

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The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

By night, The Old Compass Cafe (owned by the people behind this website), morphs into a cosy little wine bar with a small selection of wines by the... Read more

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The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon
3rd Floor 63/11 Pasteur St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (next to Liberty Citypoint Hotel)
+848 38232969

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Envy Nightclub, Saigon

Envy is Saigon’s big bold nightclub. The name tells you all you need to know about the target crowd. There’s a small army of black suited security... Read more

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Envy Nightclub, Saigon
74-76 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
 

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Smoke-free night out in Saigon

When it comes to smoking, Saigon is one of the most liberal cities in Asia. I guess that’s good if you’re a smoker. We prefer places that are... Read more

East West Brewery, Saigon

Vietnam’s first large-scale craft beer emporium - located behind Saigon’s Ben Thanh market. A radical shift from the cosy tap rooms around town,... Read more

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East West Brewery, Saigon
181 - 185 Lý Tự Trọng St, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh City
+84 91 306 07 28
 

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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. Read more

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Acoustic Cafe, Saigon
6 E1, Ngô Thời Nhiệm, Dist. 3, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3930 2239
 

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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... Read more

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Apocalypse Now, Saigon
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. Read more

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Beer Street Saigon
Bui Vien St west of De Tham St
 

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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. Read more

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Blue Gecko Bar, Saigon
31 Lý Tự Trọng St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3823 0324
 

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Broma Bar, Saigon

Broma’s a cosy rooftop bar in downtown Saigon up a dark narrow staircase. It’s closer to the ground than most Saigon rooftops - and the crowd and... Read more

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Broma Bar, Saigon
41 Nguyễn Huệ, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - corner of Ngo Duc Ke St
(+84 8) 3823 6838

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Cargo Bar, Saigon

SADLY, CARGO HAS CLOSED PERMANENTLY. THE OLD WAREHOUSE IS BEING DEMOLISHED FOR MORE APARTMENTS. Cargo in District 4 is Saigon's best live music... Read more

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Cargo Bar, Saigon
7 Nguyễn Tất Thành, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 

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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 -... Read more

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Carmen Bar, Saigon
8 Ly Tu Trong, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+ 848 83829 7699
 

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Chill Sky Bar, Saigon

Chill Skybar was the first Saigon rooftop bar to set its sights on Saigon’s new rich. There are quite a few new players these days. But Chill is... Read more

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Chill Sky Bar, Saigon
26 & 27th level, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai St. District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+(84-8) 38 272 372
 

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Cork and Bottle, Saigon

Cork and Bottle’s a comfortable little wine bar in downtown Saigon. It’s hidden away, but very accessible. Read more

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Cork and Bottle, Saigon
7 Thai Van Lung St, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3822 0007

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Dublin Gate Irish Pub, Saigon

The Dublin Gate is a friendly little Irish Pub and traveller’s hang-out in downtown Saigon. Owned by Irish-Australian aviation engineer Bernie, and... Read more

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Dublin Gate Irish Pub, Saigon
19 Thai Van Lung St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
(+84) 8 6656 1103
 

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Game On Sports Bar, Saigon

Game On’s a popular Aussie-owned sports bar in downtown Saigon. Read more

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Game On Sports Bar, Saigon
115 Ho Tung Mau street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
+84 8 6251 9898

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Glow Skybar, Saigon

Glow Skybar is the latest entrant to Saigon’s crowded rooftop bar scene. The views are special, the space is cool. Perfect for a sunset cocktail. Read more

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Glow Skybar, Saigon
93 Nguyen du | District 1, Rooftop of President Place, Ho Chi Minh City
+849388745659

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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... Read more

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Go2 Bar, Saigon
Cnr De Tham and Bui Vien St, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
 

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Indika Saigon

Alternative bar space on Saigon’s fringe of live music and events. Good mixed crowd of young expats and locals. Indoor and outdoor areas. About 10... Read more

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Indika Saigon
43 Nguyễn Văn Giai, Đakao, District 1
 

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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... Read more

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La Fenetre Soleil, Saigon
44 Lý Tự Trọng, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
(+84 8) 3824 5994
 

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Layla Eatery and Bar, Saigon

Hidden upstairs in the heart of Saigon, in a classic late colonial era building. Layla's a good spot for a downtown drink. Cocktails, wine and... Read more

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Layla Eatery and Bar, Saigon
2nd floor, 63 Đông Du, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 8 3827 2279
 

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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... Read more

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Lush Nightclub, Saigon
2 Ly Tu Trong, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+(84-8) 3824 2496

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Malt Craft Beer Bar, Saigon

A little craft beer oasis in downtown Saigon. Great for tasting the city’s rich craft beer offerings in a friendly, smoke-free space, where... Read more

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Malt Craft Beer Bar, Saigon
46 – 48 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+849 1848 4763
 

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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... Read more

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Martini Bar, Park Hyatt Hotel, Saigon
2 Lam Son Square, Dist. 1 Ho Chi Minh City
+84 8 3824 1234
 

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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,... Read more

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Pasteur Street Brewing Company, Saigon
144 Pasteur, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 838 239 562
 

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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. Read more

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Phatty's Sports Bar, Saigon
46-48 Ton That Thiep Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 8 3821 0796

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Qui Bar, Saigon

Qui’s the latest arrival into Saigon’s crowded cocktails and party scene - and it’s already made its mark. Flashy decor, serious drinks and pop... Read more

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Qui Bar, Saigon
22 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3828 8828
 

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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. Read more

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Rock Fan Club, Saigon
25C Tu Xuong, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 8 6290 7489
 

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Rogue Craft Beer, Saigon

Rogue is a hidden craft beer space in downtown Saigon with a great rooftop, looking across the dark colonial era hulk of the State Bank of Vietnam.... Read more

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Rogue Craft Beer, Saigon
13 Pasteur St, Ho Chi Minh, Quận 1, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 90 236 57 80
 

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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... Read more

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Saigon Outcast
188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+8490 236 57 80

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What's On At Villa Hue

Sao La - Ngu Cho Nó Bay (23/3 - 11/4)

Galerie Quynh

151/3 Dong Khoi Street, District 1 | Map
Thu Mar 23 till Thu Apr 06, 2017
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR ENGLISH VERSION OF THIS TEXT NGUCHONOBAY – Giám tuyển bởi Sao La... Read more

Free Food Wednesday - Chicken Soup & Garlic Bread

Saigon Outcast

188/1 Nguyen Van Huong. Thao Dien, D2 | Map
Wed Mar 29, 2017
8PM
[Tiếng Việt bên dưới] Free Food Wednesday is back to Saigon Outcast this week with Chicken... Read more

Indika Acoustic Session 38 - Funky Open Mic Edition

Indika Saigon

43 Nguyễn Văn Giai, phường Đakao, Quận 1 | Map
Wed Mar 29, 2017
8PM
Welcome to the Indika Acoustic Session ! concept: An evening of live music featuring... Read more

Jam Session - La KINH

Rogue Saigon

13 Pasteur (floor 2) | Map
Wed Mar 29, 2017
9PM
Come gather in our chilled vibes to enjoy a live show in which the talented performers are... Read more