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

Ho Chi Minh City
nightlife guide

Introduction

Last updated 29 Jan 2016

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

* Plenty of variety from fancy to alternative - noisy to chatty.
* Unlike Hanoi, the party goes late.
* Small but spirited live music scene.
* Rooftop bars in abundance with views of the dense changing cityscape.
* Generous happy hour deals in even in the fanciest venues. Start early!

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 3827 2878

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Blanchy's Tash Bar, Saigon

The locals and expats might struggle with the name but that hasn't stopped Blanchy's Tash from becoming one of the most popular nightspots in the... Read more

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Blanchy's Tash Bar, Saigon
95 Hai Ba Trung, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 909028293

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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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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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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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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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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... Read more

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Allez Boo Bar, Saigon
187 Ð Pham Ngu Lao St, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+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... 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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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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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... Read more

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

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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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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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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... Read more

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La Habana Tapas and Bar, Saigon
6 Cao Ba Quat Dist. 1 Ho Chi Minh City
+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... Read more

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Last Call, Saigon
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... 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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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... Read more

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M.O.B. Beer Club, Saigon
152 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+(848) 73077779

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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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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. Read more

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OMG rooftop, Saigon
Tan Hai Long Hotel rooftop, 15 -19 Nguyen An Ninh , District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
(+84) 93 720 02 22

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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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What's On At Villa Hue

*Tonight* Hype Night with New Fame and DJ Skulz {Last One Before USA Tour}

Piu Piu

97 Hai Bà Trưng, Bến Nghé, Hồ Chí Minh | Map
Tue Feb 21 till Wed Feb 22, 2017
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Candles night - acoustic band & smooth jazz

Yoko cafe

22A Nguyen Thi Dieu, P6, Q3 | Map
Wed Feb 22, 2017
9PM
Gerrard Evans performances are getting more and close to the place where he plans to live... Read more

Free Food Wednesday - Kung Fu Wrap

Saigon Outcast

188/1 Nguyen Van Huong. Thao Dien, D2 | Map
Wed Feb 22, 2017
8PM
[Tiếng Việt bên dưới] This week, Outcast kitchen will gladly offer 1 FREE serving of Tofu... Read more

Stand-Up Comedy w/ William Childress (US)

Game On Saigon

115 Ho Tung Mau St, Ben Nghe Ward, Dist 1 | Map
Wed Feb 22, 2017
8PM
For those of you out there who dream of comedic greatness — and there are many — then you... Read more