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
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
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
Ho Chi Minh City clubbers flock here to listen to a variety of beats, from electro to hip-hop to Latin and classic. Lush features sleek and stylish decor and is popular with locals and expats alike.
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
The Rooftop Garden is on top of the famous Rex Hotel, a historic place going back to the 1950s. These days it is a popular place for relaxing with good cool drinks, enjoying the view over the city.
Address: 141 Nguyen Hue St, District 1
Tel: +848 3829 2185
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.
Location: 7 Lam Son Square, District 1
Tel: +848 3829 9976
This smart-casual bar is in a five-star hotel and is a pleasant place to go for a good evening out admiring the sunset and enjoying people-watching. Read More...
Location: 10th Floor of the Caravelle Hotel at 19 Lam So Square, in the heart of District 1.
Tel: +848 3823 4999
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
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