Saigon nightlife: the best bars and clubs

     

• Discover where the eclectic phối of socialites, tourists, expats and wealthy Vietnamese spend their nights out in Saigon.

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• For the musically inclined who loves live music.

• Find out where lớn go for a crazier atmosphere.

Ho chi Minh đô thị is Vietnam’s definitive party city, with hundreds of bars & clubs lớn choose from for a proper night out. However, the age-old quality vs quantity argument might not be necessary here as the city’s nightlife scene is quite possibly one of the most diverse in the region. Whether you’re into eardrum-crushing vinahouse music, fun nights with your friends at a dance club, a low-budget night out for some cheap Saigon beers or some good, dark underground techno, there is something for you here.

Welcome khổng lồ our guide lớn Saigon’s nightlife!

Backpacker Nightlife in Saigon

Backpackers usually stay và drink in the Pham dại dột Lao District, along Bui Vien Street. For Ho bỏ ra Minh nightlife and entertainment that is a buzzing, chaotic, sensory overload for friendly locals và travellers alike, this is where you want to lớn go.

A slightly subdued version of the infamous Khao San Road in Bangkok, you won’t find a lot of stylish places here. Vietnam alcohol prices in this area vary depending on where you’re drinking. The good thing is most of the establishments here are inexpensive and great for meeting new people.

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Bui Vien Street

Although popular with tourists, the Pham ngốc Lao area also masquerades as a slightly low-key red light district, with its countless hostess bars & massage parlours with “extra” services. Just take a walk down the street and if you see an increasing number of pretty ladies smiling at you as you walk, there’s a good chance you’re in “that area”.

One of the most popular (or unpopular) bars in the area is probably Go2 Bar; famous for staying mở cửa until morning. It is one of the few after-hours clubs in Saigon although its one-star rating on TripAdvisor might be an indicator that it may not necessarily be the safest option. T & R, a popular tavern along vị Quang Dau road is probably one of the best bars to check out. With an old-school American-styled interior, the ability to lớn play the type of music you like thanks khổng lồ its mở cửa keyboard option & a crowd that’s made up of regulars, it’s a great place to lớn make new friends even if you’re going solo. Alternatively, you can have a beer at The View in Duc Vuong Hotel, famous for being the most affordable rooftop bar around.

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The View

For LGBTQI+ folks, two of Saigon’s most famous gay-friendly bars, Republic and Thi Bar, are located right by the main strip on De Tham street. Republic is a reputable venue with weekly drag shows, though their cocktails are notoriously pricey; Thi Bar features live music nightly & is a consistently popular hangout spot for local Vietnamese LGBTQI+ people (mostly gay men). Further down the road, somewhat off the main drag but only a 5 minute walk further down De Tham street, the Tipsy Unicorn is a more laid-back, cozy gay bar popular with locals và expats.

Backpackers with style go to Whiskey & Wares on De Tham khổng lồ indulge in Saigon’s vibrant craft beer scene or some of the fancier liquors without leaving the area.

Generally speaking, there are three kinds of expats in Saigon: those who love the backpacker district, those who hate it và those who pretend they hate it but inevitably over up there every weekend. The second group will prefer more exclusive clubs và bars, which can also be popular with Viet Kieus (Vietnamese who’ve grown up abroad).

Where the Hipper Crowd Goes Out

Bam Bam only just officially opened in mid-August 2019, but the Bali vibes cocktail bar has been setting Saigon on fire for months during their soft opening. The central 360 degree bar is laid in the middle of a sunken pool & the rest of the space is dotted with lounge seating, beachy bar stools and tropical plants. Bam Bam brings all the pretty young things and instakids of Saigon out lớn play & has been a hot spot for some impressive International DJs. For those that want to proceed with partying a little harder, head upstairs to Commas for dance music và strict bottle service. A handy tip - Bam Bam & Commas are both super busy! We highly recommend reserving a table if you can.

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Bam Bam

The Observatory is back! like so many other indie clubs, bars và cafes in town, they’ve had problems lately in the course of Ho chi Minh City’s redevelopment campaign but have overcome the worst. The Observatory remains a venue that attracts a hip and music-conscious crowd. Both a rooftop bar và a nightclub, the new location at Cach với Thang 8 in District 1 is spacious và boasts an excellent sound system. They routinely host foreign guest DJs, as well as the recurring GenderFunk ball, which is one of Saigon’s biggest parties featuring a diverse lineup of DJs và legendary international drag performances. Be sure to lớn visit The Observatory later on in the night: the crowds only start khổng lồ arrive after midnight.

More quality các buổi tiệc nhỏ spots for lovers of underground music include The Lighthouse in District1. Boasting both a lounge space and a chillout area on their roof, they tend khổng lồ attract a more relaxed & less affluent crowd than higher-end places lượt thích Chill Skybar or Skyloft by Glow.

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The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is also the spot to kiểm tra out Saigon’s roster of extremely talented DJs playing with international acts with increasingly-popular events lượt thích Heart Beat, TripWire & HRBR.

Another newly established venue for those who really love underground electronic music is Arcan. Located in a residential zone on Binh Thanh District, the establishment features a restaurant and lounge called the ArcanStone that’s mở cửa during the day. The sound-proofed club on the second floor comes lớn life after dark with a generous array of music you will be hard pressed to lớn find anywhere else in Asia with genres such as psytrance, raggatek, drum&bass và many others. On Saturday Afternoons, they host a weekly poolside chillout day tiệc ngọt called Hazy Lemons, a great way to chill và laze away on a Saturday afternoon.

You have several bars and clubs where you will meet the same groups of people. The most popular are Broma in District 1, which also hosts the popular vitamin D after tiệc nhỏ that starts every Saturday and Sunday morning up to lớn mid-day; Saigon Outcast in District 2 is another eclectic venue which hosts a flurry of activities all year. Colloquially known as “Outcast”, it is a must-visit for anybody staying in the city longer than just a few days. They organise all kinds of events, have regular movie nights, open mic/DJ nights, farmers’ markets on the weekends, shows và live theatre… & a climbing wall! It takes about đôi mươi minutes by taxi to lớn get there from the thành phố centre.

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Saigon Outcast

If you’re looking for a similar atmosphere that’s more centrally located, go for Indika, central Saigon’s unofficial indie bar. It’s tucked away in a backyard off Nguyen Van Giai in District 1, but meandering through two restaurants to get there is half the fun. Reasonable prices and frequent live events make this the perfect place lớn start your night (but not to end it, as this bar closes at midnight). Their free flow of craft beer and rum punch for a mere VND 250,000 is available from 7:30 khổng lồ 10:30 p.m. On Friday nights. They also host Monday’s Got Talent, a recurring open mic event by Saigon Funny People. Check it out for a night of impressive local talent and more than a few jokes along the way.

Lastly, for craft beer lovers, Saigon’s thriving craft brew scene is no longer just an underground curiosity, with breweries lượt thích Pasteur Street Brewing & East West Brewing co at the helm. Here and in other craft breweries like Rogue Saigon Craft Beer, Heart of Darkness, BiaCraft, The Winking Seal & Belgo you’ll find a similar vibe khổng lồ the venues mentioned above.

For a tucked-away local gem that offers a variety of local craft and imported brews, a chất lượng spot in Binh Thanh district called Khoai is a popular watering hole for young locals và in-the-know expats. This bar is a self-described “Hungarian ruin bar” with eclectic decor and a chill neighborhood feel, worlds apart from the messy chaos of Bui Vien street.

Xem thêm: Khách Sạn Thảo Nguyên Đà Nẵng, Thao Nguyen Hotel Danang (Đà NẵNg)

The Best Places in Saigon for a Fancy Night Out

Rooftops are king in Saigon, & among the most renowned are Chill Skybar and Skyloft by Glow.

Chill Skybar is without a doubt the most exclusive rooftop bar in Saigon. On the 26th floor of the AB tower, it attracts an eclectic crowd of international business people, socialites, tourists, expats và wealthy Vietnamese. The view might be the best in the city, especially when the sun sets, which coincides with happy hour (88,000 VND++ for all kinds of drinks from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm).

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Chill Skybar

If you can afford it và dress appropriately (no flip flops or birkenstocks), it’s perfect for a classy drink or a date. The music gets louder on weekends after 11:00 p.m. Và you’ll see people khiêu vũ in the bar area until 2:00 a.m.

Note: Though Chill Skybar is expensive by Vietnam’s standards, a typical drink will cost you just above US$10.

Skyloft by Glow remains a firm and trusted favourite, particularly with the local expat crowd. The spacious mở cửa air rooftop, panoramic views of Saigon’s sexy thành phố skyline, expert bartenders who love to lớn put on a show, và great music are sure to make for a memorable night. As soon as you step out onto the rooftop you’ll be instantly transported - an exclusive manhattan rooftop bar meets luxe beach club in the Hamptons, and you’ve got Skyloft by Glow.

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Skyloft by Glow

Social Club Rooftop Bar on đứng đầu of the Hôtel des Arts Saigon is another rooftop bar in the upper-tier (no pun intended) of Saigon’s rooftop venues, not far from Turtle Lake in District 3. The music here tends lớn be more mainstream. Drink prices are not cheap, but their extensive craft cocktail menu is perfect for discerning drinkers. Gin lovers will be delighted to find an entire page on the thực đơn dedicated khổng lồ variations on a gin và tonic.

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Social Club Rooftop Bar

They also have a rooftop pool (for hotel guest use only) và for the thrill-seekers, a “sky bridge” with a transparent walkway that connects to lớn the neighboring Shri restaurant (for a rooftop dining experience) and SOHY Sky Lounge.

Now, what about the ground-floor venues in Saigon? Qui is one of the most trendy places khổng lồ spend your money in style. Its assets: good music, often paired with little dance interludes by professional dancers, và a great location in Saigon’s endlessly entertaining “Little Tokyo”. You can expect a typical variety of standard cocktails, và proper dress is required.

Other options are the classics Xu Bar & the recently-reopened Blanchy’s Lounge, one next khổng lồ the other and centrally located on Hai tía Trung street. They won’t be too crowded during the week, but on Fridays and Saturdays you can expect a full house và a lively atmosphere. The music is generally more mainstream, but Xu especially has some great drinks khổng lồ offer.

Last but not least, Envy Club caters lớn both Vietnamese and foreign guests, and is probably the most spectacular các buổi party spot in town with its Las Vegas-style bling-bling decor & eye-popping acrobatic performances.

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Envy Club

I Just Wanna Dance All Night Long In Saigon

Lush is probably the city’s most famous nightclub among foreigners. It is known lớn be a good pick-up place for both girls and guys. In particular, Lush’s ladies’ night every Tuesday is one of Saigon’s best events for single people. Don’t even think about sipping on a không tính tiền ladies’ drink here though – they have quite a strict policy!

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Lush

The infamous Apocalypse Now, often referred lớn as the oldest nightclub in Saigon, attracts a diverse crowd of late-night revellers, expats, tourists, và – be warned – many freelance sex workers. The music includes popular hits from the past đôi mươi years. The average priced drink thực đơn makes it a cheap option for late-night buổi tiệc nhỏ people; however, lớn avoid disappointment, we suggest that it’s best to stick lớn ordering beer here.

Live Music in Saigon

The best options to listen khổng lồ live music are located inside or next to lớn 5-star hotels. The recommended venues are Catwalk near New World hotel and Maxim’s. You also have rock clubs like Seventeen Saloon, và Hard Rock Café attached lớn the Kumho Asiana Plaza.

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Hard Rock Café

If you want to lớn listen to local bands, there are some alternative venues as well such as Fang, Snuffbox, MZ Club, RockFanClub & Yoko. Acoustic Bar is also worth checking out, but they’ve recently changed their focus to cater khổng lồ a more mainstream audience.

Vietnamese Nightclubs In Saigon

Ho đưa ra Minh City’s Vietnamese nightlife scene is huge, yet attracts few foreigners. In District 1 alone, there are at least 15 popular nightclubs, 30 karaoke bars, và twice as many beer bars. If you dare to venture out lớn other districts, you will easily discover hundreds more.

These clubs can be great for meeting Vietnamese people. The atmosphere is usually crazier than in more Western clubs. The way they operate is quite different than other venues as well.

Typically, you will be ushered inside by the bouncers as if you were royalty (or promptly shooed away if it’s a “Vietnamese only” club). They will make space for you lớn stand at a table and summon a waiter to bring you a menu. Naturally, they expect a generous tip for their services.

Most likely, you will have to lớn buy at least one bottle of alcohol as they don’t typically sell drinks by the glass.

For this reason, it is best to come with a small group. The bouncers & waiters might offer you the company of ladies/hostesses who will expect some tips as well. They may also offer you an expensive fruit platter—a staple for any Vietnamese night out.

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Beer Club Saigon

Venues lượt thích 030 Club, 212 Club or FOX beer lounge tend to lớn get pretty wild, with many locals playing drinking games & clinking their glasses in loud chants of một, hai, ba, YO!

If you are looking for more “tame” Vietnamese clubs, you can try places lượt thích Republic Club or Canalis, both located in District 1.

Note: As you are most likely lớn be the only foreigner inside, it is possible that you won’t be allowed entry.

Beer bars and beer gardens are another craze in Vietnam. You would need a spare liver khổng lồ try all of them. Vuvuzela Beer bars (several locations), a concept most similar to lớn Hooters in the States, are probably the most famous và popular in the city. You could also kiểm tra out Kingdom in District 1 và Poc Poc Beer Garden in District 3. All of them have very loud music. For a quieter spot lớn enjoy a beer, there’s always sports bars such as Phatty’s Pub.

As the Saigon nightlife scene is always rapidly changing, we invite you to lớn leave comments on this page to mô tả your favourite spots with us, too!


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