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

Ho Chi Minh City
nightlife guide

Introduction

Last updated 16 Nov 2011

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.

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.

Acoustic Cafe, Saigon

Vietnamese cover bands playing mainly Western music. Packs the young Saigonese and a handful of foreigners in every night. Don’t expect to score a...
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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 newly opened cool spot right at the heart of...
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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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Broma Bar, Saigon

Broma's a small cosy new 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

Recently opened Cargo is Saigon's best live music and DJ event space. Located in a portside French colonial era warehouse, Cargo's 3 minutes from...
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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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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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Le Rendezvous de Saigon, wine bar

Le Rendezvous de Saigon is a casual, intimate, French owned wine bar in Saigon's restaurant district, with a great selection of wines including well...
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Le Rendezvous de Saigon, wine bar
A: 9A Ngo Van Nam St. Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +848 6291 0396
W: www.lerendezvousdesaigon.com
PRICE: $$$
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Lush Nightclub, Saigon

Popular with Saigon’s upwardly mobile young things and expats along for the ride. The cool, modern, decor could place it anywhere in the world as...
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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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Martini Bar, Park Hyatt Hotel, Saigon

It was only recently that Martini was one of Saigon's most happening bars. But the opening of lots of new groovy venues and some of the highest...
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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 very popular bar. Live music and DJs appear on Wednesdays and weekends. The rooftop is a good...
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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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Rock Fan Club, Saigon

This place has the feel of a classic underground rock venue. Mainly heavy tunes (punctuated by the odd ballad) blast through a thick haze of...
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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 here watching the firefights and tracers across the the Saigon River while they downed their gins....
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Saigon Saigon Bar, Caravelle Hotel, Saigon
A: Rooftop, Caravelle Hotel, Lam Son Square, Ho Chi Minh City
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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

Contemporary design rooftop bar / restaurant space with great views across the city. Popular with locals and expats. Mid to high pricing.
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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's a newcomer to Saigon's nightlife scene serving both the party urge and the city's growing hunger for cultural and art spaces.
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The Observatory, Saigon
A: Cnr of Le Lai St and Ton That Tung St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +84 8 3925 9415
W: www.theobservatory-hcmc.com/
PRICE: $$
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Vino Bar, Saigon

Vino is a small, simple, wine bar in an outdoor space from an Australian couple who know their food and wine. Jim and Kylie, have made Saigon their...
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Vino Bar, Saigon
A: The Square, 74/17 Hai Ba Trung St, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +848 6299 1315
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Xu Bar, Saigon

Xu Bar is now one of Saigon's most popular bars. It's been transformed by the opening up of this little strip of downtown Ha Ba Trung St. A once...
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Xu Bar, Saigon
A: 71 - 75 Hai Ba Trung St, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +848 38248468
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Yoko Bar, Saigon

Named after Yoko Ono, Yoko Bar is a pioneering live music venue in Saigon. Located in District 3 about 10 minutes by cab from downtown, there are...
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Yoko Bar, Saigon
A: 22A Nguyen Thi Dieu, Dist. 3 Ho Chi Minh City
T: +(84-8) 3933 0577
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