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

Ho Chi Minh City
nightlife guide

Introduction

| 14 Mar 2017
Last updated 14 Mar 2017

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. We list the best.
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.

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 the city keeps charging along till the early hours.

Like the dining scene, some of Saigon's nightlife has headed out to the District 2 area.

The craft beer craze has taken hold in a big way too.

There’s plenty to do after dinner, whether you’re looking for a quiet drink in a cool space, some live music, a dance, 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.

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

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.

Finally, if you've ready this far, we should mention that we have a lovely little wine and event space in downtown Saigon - The Old Compass Cafe. It's a very cool spot. We'd love to see you.

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Lush Nightclub, Saigon

Lush is popular with Saigon’s upwardly mobile young folk and expats who enjoy their company. The cool, modern, decor could place... Read more

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Lush Nightclub, Saigon
2 Ly Tu Trong, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84918630742

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Pasteur Street Brewing Company, Saigon

American craft brewing arrived in Saigon in the form of the Pasteur Street Brewing Company back in 2015. And these guys quickly... 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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The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

Wine, craft beers and simple tasty local food in an old Saigon design space - right in the heart of the city. Hidden down an... Read more

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The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon
3rd Floor 63/11 Pasteur St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (in the alley next to Liberty Citypoint Hotel)
+84 28 38232969

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New bars in Saigon - our picks

Saigon's nightlife scene is changing fast. This is our latest update on new places to grab a drink in the city. It's handpicked,... Read more

La Fenetre Soleil, Saigon

LA FENETRE SOLEIL HAS CLOSED PERMANENTLY. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES GUYS! 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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Heart of Darkness Brewery, Saigon

The guys from Heart of Darkness run one of Saigon’s most popular craft beer operations. Their tap room’s a buzzing space of... Read more

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Heart of Darkness Brewery, Saigon
31D Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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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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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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Carmen Bar, Saigon

Carmen is a curious Saigon live music space. Flamenco - yes in Spanish - is performed by a mainly Vietnamese band. It's... 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... 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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Craft beer - Saigon's craft beer scene

If you love your craft beer, you’ll feel right at home in Saigon. Vietnam is the largest beer drinking nation in South East Asia... Read more
Craft beer - Saigon's craft beer scene
Mostly District 1 - one in District 3

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... 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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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... 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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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... 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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Indika Saigon

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

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Indika Saigon
43 Nguyễn Văn Giai, Đakao, District 1

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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.... 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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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... 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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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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Piu Piu Saigon

Piu Piu is an edgy music-focused bar and club that recently (September 2018) relocated to a new home on Saigon's Dong Khoi St.... Read more

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Piu Piu Saigon
23 Dong Khoi St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - just up from the river

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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... 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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Saigon Outcast

Saigon Outcast is a little haven of indie creative energy in the heart of Saigon’s conservative expat enclave. Located in... 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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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... Read more

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Saigon Saigon Bar, Caravelle Hotel, Saigon
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... Read more

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Sax N' Art Jazz Club, Saigon
28 Le Loi St, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+(84.8) 8228472

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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... Read more

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Shri Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, Saigon
Level 23, Centec Tower, 72-74 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, Dist. 3, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3827 9631

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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... Read more

Snuffbox Speakeasy, Saigon

Snuffbox serves classic cocktails and wine in Saigon’s definitive speakeasy lounge space. Hidden away from the city’s nightlife... Read more

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Snuffbox Speakeasy, Saigon
14 Tôn Thất Đạm St, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh City
+84 126 387 2603

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Social Club Saigon Bar

Social Club Saigon is perched on the rooftop of the MGallery Hotel des Arts about 5 mins by cab from the city centre. The feel... Read more

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Social Club Saigon Bar
Level 23 and 24, 76 - 78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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The Alley Cocktail Bar, Saigon

Cosy little cocktail bar hidden down an alley in the heart of Saigon - on Pasteur St. Read more

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The Alley Cocktail Bar, Saigon
Down the alley 63/1 Pasteur Street, District 1. Ho Chi Minh City

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