Ho Chi Minh City’s entertainment industry is growing fast, though it’s still not a city for round-the-clock entertainment – most places close soon after midnight. But what’s available is quality fun.
There is a wide variety of pubs and bars, especially in the city center, and the number of discos and clubs with regular live music is booming.
Some of these are must-visits for newcomers, especially those traveling alone who may want to make new friends and meet local people.
Allez Boo offers a great dinner at a very reasonable price, making it one of the prime hangouts for backpackers. As a result, it has a reputation as an essential place for travellers to meet and share information.
Address: 197 Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1
Tel: +848 3837 2505
Breathtaking views require a vantage point and Alto Heli Bar on the 52nd floor of the ultra-modern Bitexco Financial Tower is by far the highest spot in Saigon to sip on a cool drink and admire the cityscape. Although not technically on the rooftop, Alto is more than twice the height of other rooftop bars in Saigon and offers endless views off to the curving horizon – it’s a seriously impressive vista that is matched by a sophisticated décor of modern lounge seats, sofas and plenty of bar stools. The whole bar is bathed in soft lighting so guests can fully appreciate the 360 degree views of Saigon as day gives way to night and the city lights begin to twinkle. Read More...
Arguably the largest nightclub in Vietnam, America Discotheque is popular with both locals and tourists. Every night house DJs spin electro and techno tunes in the main area. There is a separate karaoke room.
Location: An Duong Plaza, District 5
Tel: +848 3833 6688
This club and disco is probably the best known entertainment venue in Ho Chi Minh City. It is not big but it has all the essentials – dance floor, pool table, bar and sitting area.
Address: 2C Thi Sach Street, District 1
Tel: +84 8 825 6124
Café Latin is a popular venue among both expats and travelers. Stylish and comfortable, it has a huge TV which is used to screen a multitude of favourite sports events including Formula 1 and rugby and soccer matches.
Address: 19-21 Dong Du St
Experience a chance to sing and dance like your favorite stars or idols at Catwalk karaoke, l9ocated at International Tourist Club, inside New World Hotel Saigon. Karaoke is one of the favorite hobbies of many Asians and the Vietnamese are no exception. So give it a try and you might discovery a brand new hobby too!
Opening Hours: Nightly from 20:00 onwards
Location: New World Hotel Saigon on Le Lai Street, District 1
Tel: +84 (0) 8 3824 3760
Uber cool with a stunning view of downtown Saigon, Chill Skybar is one of the most popular nightspots in the city. This rooftop bar and clubs sits on the 25th floor of the New World Building and attracts a lively crowd who are dressed to impress and keen to party. There is a strictly enforced dress code at Chill Skybar so make a little effort if you plan to enjoy a cocktail up here and definitely don’t wear Birkenstocks or flip-flops. Read More...
There is no better way to experience Ho Chi Minh City than from a lofty rooftop with buildings and streaming cars spread out far beneath you. But some bars in Vietnam’s biggest city are now charging sky high prices to go with the sky high view. That’s why The View rooftop bar at Duc Vuong Hotel is such a great place for a drink: prices for a beer start from just 20,000 VND ($1 US), and the panorama from the ninth floor takes in the full cityscape of Ho Chi Minh for some great photographs. Located on the backpacker street of Bui Vien, The View rooftop bar is easy to find; it is housed atop one of the tallest buildings on the street. Read More...
This colorful bar/nightclub is a favourite with travelers. Good sounds, seating indoors and out, a pool table and live music later in the evening. The menu is mainly international with a few Asian dishes. It is in backpacker central.
Address: 187 De Tham Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Tel: +848 3836 9575
Part of the Dai Nam Hotel, Gossip Club is home to DJ Stanley, the former winner of the Heineken Thirst Competition, who plays techno and house tunes here nightly.
Location: 79 Tran Hung Dao, District 1
Tel: +848 3824 2602
Gambling is banned for Vietnamese citizens but it is open to all foreigners. If you feel like trying your luck, visit some of the casino facilities in HCMC. You will be amazing with the quality of games rooms and gaming machines available here including roulette, blackjack, slot and horseracing machines.
Opening Hours: Varies but usually from 11:00 till late
This perennial favourite, which is located in the New World Hotel Saigon, boasts a catwalk disco and cosy lounge and karaoke rooms.
Location: 76 Le Lai, District 1
Tel: +848 3824 3760
Lush Nightclub in Ho Chi Minh is a sleek and fashionable nightspot where the young and beautiful party the night away to different styles of music, depending on the evening. On Fridays and Sundays Lush is taken over by some of the best hip hop DJs in the city while Saturday night is the real highlight of the week with International funky house ensuring Lush is packed by a crowd of locals and foreigners. There is an amazing ladies night on Tuesday when the fairer sex drink fee until midnight and on Thursdays there is a buy one get one free deal on beers and mixed drinks that lasts until closing. Read More...
Location: 2 Ly Tu Trong, District 1
Tel: +848 3824 249
M Bar on the 8th floor of the Majestic Hotel Saigon boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the Saigon River. A Flamenco band plays here every night from 21:00.
Location: 1 Dong Khoi, District 1
Tel: +848 3829 5517
Park Lounge is part of the Park Hyatt Hotel and is a great place to go if you like jazz, which is performed there nightly from 20:00 onwards. Also features local and international musicians regularly. Smart dress required.
Location: 2 Lam Son Square, District 1
Tel: +848 3824 1234
Q Bar, which has been one of the leading bars in Saigon since the 1990s, is a stylish hangout for sophisticated locals and expats. The drinks list caters to just about every taste.
Address: 7 Cong Truong Lam Son St, on the ground floor of the Opera House.
Tel: +848 3823 3479
A drink at the rooftop bar of the Rex Hotel is a rite of passage while visiting Ho Chi Minh. It is one of the lowest rooftop bars in the city at only five storeys high, but far from hindering the view the modest height is actually one of the Rex Hotel’s redeeming features. Laid out on the streets below are several of Vietnam’s most beautiful and cherished period buildings, including the Saigon Opera House and People’s Committee Hall – two of the finest examples of French colonial architecture – and the relatively short distance between the bar and the sights of old world Ho Chi Minh makes the scene more inclusive. This is one of the best places in the city to relax with a cool cocktail in hand as day turns to night and the beep and screech of scooters can be faintly heard on the breeze. Read More...
Home to the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet, Symphony Orchestra and Opera, the modern and stylish Opera House features a sophisticated light and sound system. It has regular performances and occasional shows by international classical artists as well as dance, music and acrobatic performances. Read More...
Location: 7 Lam Son Square, District 1
Tel: +848 3829 9976
Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar on the ninth floor of the Caravelle Hotel will be forever immortalised for its role in the Vietnam War as the location of the daily war correspondents briefing, and it was the professions’ watering hole of choice all through the decade long conflict. In those days – before the construction of the much taller Sheraton Hotel nearby – the view from the rooftop bar looked uninterruptedly across the Saigon River so the journalists had a clean view of the fighting as they relaxed with a few beers and shared war stories. Read More...
Location: 10th Floor of the Caravelle Hotel at 19 Lam So Square, in the heart of District 1.
With a slogan of “where the elites gather for a glamourous evening”, Sin Lounge is aiming for a certain kind of clientele and currently it is very successful at attracting a young and moneyed group who come to see and be seen with a cocktail in hand and a strut in their step. The decor is ornate and decadent with lots of drapes and plush lounge chairs spread out like thrones, and plenty of criminally pretty girls sitting on them who would like to be queen. Sin Lounge in Ho Chi Minh is located on the ground floor of The Lancaster Building condominium on Le Thanh Ton, close to the Japanese quarter of District 1 in Ho Chi Minh. Read More...
This disco is a recent arrival in the city, with a lively, fun atmosphere, giving visitors the opportunity to mingle with the locals. It can hold 300 people and has good lighting and sound systems.
Address: 5-15 Ho Huan Nghiep St, District 1
Tel: +848 825 7783
Another new addition to the night beat of Ho Chi Minh City, Sparkle in the city centre on three floors with plenty of glass is earning its name as a place to go for after-work drinks and great music late into the night.
Location: 38 Dong Du, Dist. 1
Tel: +848 3822 1414
Metallic Bar has a house band specialising in heavy rock such as songs by Metallica and Guns N’ Roses. There is also a deejay who plays dance and hip hop.
Address: 41 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, District 3.
Tel: +848 3930 3154
This place is a must for jazz lovers. Tran Manh Tuan, the talented front man of the house band, is a well known saxophonist from Hanoi. The club also welcomes musicians who want to jam with the band.
Address: 28 Le Loi St, District 1
Tel: +848 3822 8472
Underground Bar is one of the busiest places in Ho Chi Minh City, right in the middle of Dong Khoi, next to Lucky Plaza. It has an extensive drinks menu and good food too.
Address: 69 Dong Khoi, District 1
Tel: +848 3829 9079
Velvet is popular with hip Vietnamese youngsters and expatriates. Wednesday night is ladies’ night where every female customer gets free cocktails all night long.
Location: 26 Ho Huan Nghiep, Dist. 1
Tel: +848 3822 2262
A new addition to the Ho Chi Minh City nightclub scene with a difference is Volar featuring hip-hop beats by local musicians.
Location: 52 Nguyen Trai, Dist. 1
Tel: +848 919 111 615
Small but stylish bar offering live music.
Location: 22A Nguyen Thi Dieu, Dist. 3
Tel: +848 3933 0577