Carmen Bar, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
Ho Chi Minh City | nightlife guide

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Carmen Bar, Saigon

| 22 Jan 2015

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

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Our rating
22 Jan 2015

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 - at least until the usual set of schmaltz ballads (in English - think Air Supply), kicks in. But schmaltz is all part of the Saigon experience so lap it up. The atmosphere is intimate. This is definitely not a sweaty live music venue. Drinks are on the expensive side for Saigon - in fact, the prices are high by international standards and astronomical in Vietnam. It's a bit hit and miss. Can be lots of fun and this is definitely a unique Saigon night out in a convenient downtown location nearby Lush. Carmen is probably Saigon's most meticulously engineered fire-trap.

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