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.