Nightclubs and bars in Ho Chi Minh City

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    Catinat the lounge: first and only thai viet live band

    by ahjun Written Sep 23, 2013

    I recently came across this new thai viet live band disco at 26 ly tu trong just opposite vincom centre. At first I thought its another pr club but when I stepped into it I was amazed. It was an all new experience I have not seen in hcm city before. The live band was awesome. Thai band singers and beautiful vietnam prs greeted me and the dj music was great as well... so if you happen to be nearby do check them out. They just opened few days back I heard from the manager

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Alto Heli Bar (Bitexco Financial Tower): Cocktails in the sky!

    by SWFC_Fan Written Aug 4, 2013

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    The Alto Heli Bar is located on the 52nd floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City.

    We visited the bar during our visit to the Saigon Skydeck observation deck (on the 49th floor) in May 2013. Having spent some time admiring the panoramic views of the city and the Saigon River below us, and with sunset fast approaching, we decided that it would be nice to watch the sun go down while sipping on cocktails.

    As luck would have it, Alto Heli Bar operates a "Happy Hour" each evening between 5pm and 8pm where selected cocktails, beers, wines and spirits are half price. That means that cocktails go from being ridiculously overpriced to only moderately overpriced; it was too good an opportunity to miss!

    The bar wasn't very busy when we first arrived, so we settled down at a table by the window and studied the Happy Hour menu.

    There were 3 half price cocktails that we could choose from:

    "Saigon Skyline" (Johnnie Walker Platinum 18, Martini Rosso and Angostura Bitters);

    "Saigon Fizz" (Tanqueray No. Ten Gin, Crisp Mint, Lime Juice and Sparkling Wine); and

    "Citrus Tini" (Ciroc Vodka in a frozen cocktail glass with Cointreau and Flamed Orange Zest).

    The first two were priced at 145,000 VND (£4.80) each – down from their usual price of 290,000 VND (£9.60) each – while the Citrus Tini was slightly cheaper at 130,000 VND (£4.30), down from its usual price of 260,000 VND (£8.60).

    The half priced beers were Saigon Export (60,000 VND / £2 a bottle) and Peroni (75,000 VND / £2.50 a bottle). Even at these reduced prices, they were still several times more expensive than they would be at ground level.

    The half priced wines (M. Chapoutier "Marius" and Errazuriz Carmenere) were 90,000 VND (£3) a glass, while shots of whisky, gin and vodka were reduced to 80,000 VND (£2.65) each.

    All of the above prices were further subjected to a 10% tax and a 5% service charge.

    We had decided that cocktails were the most apt drink for watching the sun set, so I ordered a Saigon Fizz and Emma ordered a Citrus Tini. Both were well presented, albeit in fairly small glasses, and came with bowls of complimentary nibbles (salted almonds, popcorn, green and black olives and cloves of garlic).

    We sipped slowly on our refreshing cocktails as the sun descended below the horizon. It was an enjoyable way to end our visit to the Saigon Skydeck and Alto Heli Bar.

    The bar doesn't appear to have a dress code. I was wearing shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops, which seemed fine when we arrived, but when we left after darkness the arriving clientele were in much smarter attire.

    Watch the sun go down with Happy Hour cocktails on the 52nd floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower!

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    Blanchy's Tash: Best music in HCMC!

    by Phased_Reality Written Jan 16, 2013

    Blanchy's Tash is one of the few places in the city where you can hear something other than the typical commercial cheese that pretty much every other bar or club seems to insist on playing. They have DJ's there most nights of the week but the main nights are Friday and Saturday. They even have some big name DJ's on a fairly regular basis. Decor wise the place is pretty minimal with subdued lighting and lots of concrete which is cool. Their terrace bar is a nice place to hang out too if you fancy something a bit more 'open air' although it does get pretty hot up there! They've recently opened a new middle floor venue but at the moment they don't seem to be using it that often, hopefully they will make it a more regular location for their parties as when they have big names on the place can get a little bit too busy. Drinks prices are a little on the high side but given that it's probably one of the coolest places in you can kind of forgive them for charging a premium...

    Dress Code: Smart casual, no flip flops or singlets.

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    Universal bar.: Great little bar with live music.

    by cachaseiro Written Nov 10, 2012

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    Universal bar is a relatively new bar in Saigon that has become one of my favorite hangouts.
    The main reason why i like it is that they have really good live music there on most nights.
    The musicians are a wide range of people from around the world but they usually put on a good evening there and i really like the place.
    It's not a big posh place, but a nice little hole in the wall bar with a lively scene.

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    Level 23 Bar (wine bar part): Second Highest Bar in Saigon (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 6, 2012

    This will be my tips on the Wine Bar part of the Level 23 bar.

    Level 23 Bar of the Sheraton Saigon Hotel is the second highest bar in Saigon (the highest is the Alti Helibar at the Bitexco Financial Tower at the 52nd floor, too bad I have no time to go there). Level 23 is located at the 23rd floor of the tall hotel. Sheraton Saigon is also owned by the Huge Conglomerate Saigon Tourist Company, whichs owns most of the hotels in District 1 like the sheraton, oscar, palace, kimdo, bong sen, etc).

    They have a separate Wine Bar Facing the City and a Night Spot with Live Band located inside (I have separate tips for it) but both offer the same set of menu, cocktails and snacks.

    The Wine Bar part of the Level 23 is the open air area with magnificent views of the Saigon Skyline. the bar is subdued and quiet, unlike the nearby nightspot which is loud. the prices of the drinks and meals here are through the roof!

    A bottle of Saigon beer will cost 90,000 VND, a bottle of Heineken at 105,000 VND, Cocktails start at 145,000 VND if a Mai Tai and goes up to 170,000 if a Tequila Sunrise and 190,000 VND for a Pina Colada.

    bar chow will start at 1500,000 VND an order and goes up to 800,000 VND.

    hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

    according to their website:

    Wine Bar: Outdoor rooftop bar is the perfect place to enjoy a pre- or post-dinner cocktail or beverage of choice while taking in the fresh air and sounds of the bustling city below.

    Dress Code: Smart Casual, no flip flops, shorts and tank tops allowed.

    from their website:

    WINE BAR:

    Outdoor rooftop bar is the perfect place to enjoy a pre- or post-dinner cocktail or beverage of choice while taking in the fresh air and sounds of the bustling city below.

    Cuisine: Light Fare

    Hours: 4:00 PM till late

    Setting: Rooftop and Airy Deck

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    Level 23 Bar (Night Spot Part): Second Highest Bar in Saigon (2)

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 6, 2012

    This will be my tips on the Night Spot Area of the Level 23 bar. The Night Spot Area of the Levl 23 Bar is the more popular setting as many tourist hang in there for the loud and lively music and some dancing.

    Level 23 Bar of the Sheraton Saigon Hotel is the second highest bar in Saigon (the highest is the Alti Helibar at the Bitexco Financial Tower at the 52nd floor, too bad I have no time to go there). Level 23 is located at the 23rd floor of the tall hotel. Sheraton Saigon is also owned by the Huge Conglomerate Saigon Tourist Company, whichs owns most of the hotels in District 1 like the sheraton, oscar, palace, kimdo, bong sen, etc).

    They have a separate Wine Bar Facing the City and a Night Spot with Live Band located inside (I have separate tips for it) but both offer the same set of menu, cocktails and snacks.

    The Night Spot Area of the Level 23 Bar is the louder version of the bar, it is located in the enclosed area of the bar ad inside are lounges and a dance floor and there is a canadian live band performing the latest RNB, Chill out, Pop, Rock, Lounge Music. They have the same menu and drinks like in the wine bar and the prices of the drinks and meals here are through the roof!

    A bottle of Saigon beer will cost 90,000 VND, a bottle of Heineken at 105,000 VND, Cocktails start at 145,000 VND if a Mai Tai and goes up to 170,000 if a Tequila Sunrise and 190,000 VND for a Pina Colada.

    bar chow will start at 1500,000 VND an order and goes up to 800,000 VND.

    there is no cover charge!

    hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

    Cuisine: Light Fare

    Hours: 7:00 pm till late

    Setting: Stand Up Cocktail and Lounge Areas

    Dress Code: Smart Casual, no flip flops, shorts and tank tops allowed.

    from their website:

    Nightspot: Our nightspot is the first and only International Live Band club in town offering a sleek and stylish atmosphere where you can dance the night away and enjoy wonderful cocktails and drinks.

    Cuisine: Light Fare

    Hours: 7:00 pm till late

    Setting: Stand Up Cocktail and Lounge Areas

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    Assorted Saigon River Cruise: Saigon River Dinner Cruise

    by machomikemd Written Jul 3, 2012

    One of the most popular Nightlife things to do in Saigon for tourists is to go on a two hour Dinner Cruise along the historic Saigon River with a wide variety of River Cruise Boats and Companies Available, from the budget to the Expensive. The assorted Tour Bouts are of different built and sizes like the traditional indo china junk ships to the most modern and sleek cruising boats. the dinner cruise can have set meals (either local vietnamese food or international or a combination of both) or a grand buffet with several cooking stations located at points around the boats. some even offer unlimited open bar as options. saigon river tours usually start at 6:00 pm up to 10:00 pm, depending on the tour company and the package includes the hotel pick up and drop offs at the Touristy Bach Dang Pier along District 1 in the Saigon River.

    Prices of the Dinner Cruise range from $ 20 to 100, depending on the tour companies, buffet lunch or set meals and if you have open bar options.

    some of the tour companies include:

    Bonsai Dinner Cruise- www.bonsaicruise.com.vn/
    +84 (8) 3910 5560
    +84 (8) 3910 5095

    Indochina Junk-www.indochinajunk.com.vn/

    Tel: 08 3895 7438 – 35471651 – 0989 679 802 Fax:(+84)38487551-35471652

    or you can just book a saigon dinner cruise from your local travel agency here at Saigon or from Saigon Tourist (the largest tour operator in vietnam)

    Dress Code: casual, there is no dress code.

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    Bars and Lounges and Nitespots in Saigon: Sai gon By Night (2)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 13, 2012

    All Around Sai Gon!: "Sai gon By Night (1)" Ho Chi Minh City Nightlife Tip by machomikemd



    part two of my Saigon Nightlife tips with more pictures around Saigon Nightlife

    Saigon again became a hotspot when it was opened to tourism in the 1990's and bars abd lounges grew like mushrooms, favorite places for night owls include Apocalypse Now(see my tips) , Rex Hotel Penthouse Bar (see my tips), Saigon Saigon bar, Level 23 at Sheraton (see my tips), Coffee Lounge and a lot more, mostly concentrated in District 1. for the backpackers, Pham Ngu Lao is known for cheap drinks and for looking at no frills drinking and eating, try the Bia Hoi, these are stalls set up at night and offer cheap beers and bar chow and these places serve other food, though local vendors come by hawking peanuts, rice cakes, and other snacks. for those just wanting to lounge around and relax, Highlands Coffee Houses dot the City (a Rival of Starbucks) and they also offer free Wi-Fi and on a revisit in 2012, Gloria Jeans is now available plus Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has now arrived in Siagon.

    Dress Code: : If on the Bia Hoi's or at Pham Ngu Lao, none, but for the bars like apocalypse now or Blue Gecko or Level 23 at the Sheraton, smart casual.

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    All Around Sai Gon!: Sai gon By Night (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 13, 2012

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    this will be a two part pictures with more pictures around Saigon Nightlife

    Saigon again became a hotspot when it was opened to tourism in the 1990's and bars abd lounges grew like mushrooms, favorite places for night owls include Apocalypse Now(see my tips) , Rex Hotel Penthouse Bar (see my tips), Saigon Saigon bar, Level 23 at Sheraton (see my tips), Coffee Lounge and a lot more, mostly concentrated in District 1. for the backpackers, Pham Ngu Lao is known for cheap drinks and for looking at no frills drinking and eating, try the Bia Hoi, these are stalls set up at night and offer cheap beers and bar chow and these places serve other food, though local vendors come by hawking peanuts, rice cakes, and other snacks. for those just wanting to lounge around and relax, Highlands Coffee Houses dot the City (a Rival of Starbucks) and they also offer free Wi-Fi and on a revisit in 2012, Gloria Jeans is now available plus Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has now arrived in Siagon.

    Dress Code: If on the Bia Hoi's or at Pham Ngu Lao, none, but for the bars like apocalypse now or Blue Gecko or Level 23 at the Sheraton, smart casual.

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    Sheridans: Irish bar

    by Ramonq Updated Apr 14, 2012

    Saigon can be hot and sticky and your thirst level goes up a decibel or two. Nice to know there is a cool and dark pub where you can enjoy some Irish getaway. It's dark, cluttered, plenty of oak wood with low ceiling that takes you back to Celtic sensibilities. Expats like to come here and meet up. Occasionally, they have live jazz music. Shame there's no Guiness on tap. Yet!!

    Dress Code: As you are.

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    Biu Vien Street: Pham Ngu Lau district

    by Ramonq Updated Apr 11, 2012

    Known as the backpackers corner, Pham Ngu Lau district is HCM City's version of Bangkok's fabled Khao San Rd ghetto. Here is where mainly budget travellers hang out, with many cheap hotels and convenient travel agents. And where there are backpackers, there are plenty of pubs. Most are along Biu Vien Street and they range from big entertainment complex to small hole-in-the wall watering holes.

    Dress Code: Backpacker costume.

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    Bui Vien: Plastic chair and a beer

    by deeper_blue Written Feb 25, 2012

    The budget backpackers favourite past-time is to drink a Saigon beer on a plastic chair right next to bustling traffic. Sounds dicey but it's very popular and the beer is very cheap. Try the street food while you are at it.

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    Sax´n Art jazz club.: Brilliant jazz club in central Saigon.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 20, 2011

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    Sax´n art is owned by saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan, who is one of the best known jazz musicians in Vietnam and you have live music there every night, most with saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan playing himself with various guest musicians from both Vietnam and around the world.
    The place has a really good vibe and this is a place for people who really care about the music and wants to meet other people who like jazz.
    There is no entrance fee to the place, but the drinks are not cheap by Saigon standards, but for a westerner this should still be ok.
    There are plenty of young vietnemse there though as you have a growing number of young vietnamese who are succesful in business and for the ones who belong to the intellectual enviroment too, this is surely a bit of a hangout from what i have noticed.
    I really like the place and always try to pass by there every time i am in Saigon.

    Dress Code: Even if it´s one of the more expensive places to drink in Saigon, the dresscode is very relaxed.

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    Crazy Buffalo Saigon: Prime Location in District 1

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 11, 2011

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    You can't miss this place ..its lights are the brightest...with the blazing red buffalo. This has got to be the best spot to sit at a sidewalk table ( and there are many) to watch the excitement of Saigon. We enjoyed a cold Tiger beer here in the last hours before we head to head to the airport to begin our trek home.

    The food is pretty good here too!

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    Go2 Bar: Located in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker’s area

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    The Go2 Bar is a very popular nightspot for both tourists and locals located in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker’s area. This bar has 2 levels with the bottom level playing mainly rock tunes and upstairs playing dance, pop, hip hop and rnb tunes. The 2nd floor is the nightclub and therefore the drinks are slightly more expensive than downstairs. This bar is one of the few bars that stays open late. Normally until about 4:00-5:00am.

    Open: 9:00am until 4:00-5:00am

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