This was our go to place. It was across the street from our Hotel An An and was open at all hours of the night, which was good for us since jet lag was still wreaking havoc on our broken sleeping. One night at 4 a.m. while sitting out watching people go by on motorbikes, a little boy and his mother were out trying to sell gum and I was the target but the kid was so adorable, I could not refuse. Photos are below. We met many interested people here.
Dress Code: Wear whatever you want.
the Cage has been around a few months and is especially popular with young expats for it's lively music, great ambience, coziness, and dancing. It has drapes all-around, and side-seating with antique-looking chairs and couches. It's not really that large so once it gets crowded, there's not much of a dance floor so people dance at their tables. But the music is great.
However, it is expensive! Had a group with some vodka, ice, and mixers - a few of us popped-in 500,000 VND each - to cover just part of the bill before we left early.
Dance club in Ho Chi Minh City, playing a mix of hard dance and electro house, some really dirty tunes to get down to. Unlike most venues of this type, it's not full of hookers and over age expats just looking to pick up.
Good friendly crowd, not much of a dance floor to speak of as the central bar dominates a relatively small main room, though upstairs gives you far more space to get your boogey on if downstairs is too crowded and the plentiful staff mean you'll never wait long to get served.
Closest thing you'll find to a "western" club atmosphere in Saigon.
Tuesday nights Hip Hop, Wednesday nights buy one get one free.
Dress Code: None that I've noticed, I usually wear a shirt and cargo pants and skate shoes, but equally I've gotten in in shorts and t-shirt. Girls tend to be wearing attractive but not "I'm a hooker" slutty.
Pacharan is located in the heart of the city. Serving a variety of food, a large wine list and nice music accompanying all of this. The roof top bar is open until 2 am which is quite a difficult permission to get in Vietnam. The four storey building attarcts mainly foreigners but you will of course come across locals too. For a pleasant evening, try Pacharan.
Dress Code: Casual
Coffee Lounge is one of the Hippest Places in District 1, most of the crowd here are young, upscale Vietnamese in their early 20's and a smattering of tourists. The Bar has a lively scene where lounge and trance music are played. there is no entrance charge but the price for liquors and bar chow are on the expensive side (off course since this is a hotel) like Beer for 66,000 VND and spring rolls starting at 120,000 VND. You will meet a lot of Vietnamese Beauties here!
opens 6:00 pm to 12:00 am everyday.
Dress Code: Smart Casual, no Jeans or Flip Flops allowed
This bar is loaded with tourist having a good time downing beers and whiskey. The first floor of the bar has a good dance floor but then ground level has nice pool tables. The drinks are not too expensive and so its nice to grab something and hang out.
This place was opposite our hotel. So we started our day off at this place every morning with the little Vietnamese silver coffee pots, watching the comings and goings of the locals, kids on bikes off to school, vendors dragging around barrows full of vegetables, buses, motos etc.
It also came alive at night, though we were not there clubbing, we could hear the hum of the music most of the night, although it didn't bother us.
WHEN IN SAIGON MAKE SURE YOU GIVE THIS GREAT BAR A TRY,
THE GO2 BAR IS RIGHT IN THE HEART OF BACKPACKER CITY ON DE THAM STREET.
THIS PLACE GETS A FANTASTIC CROWD TO TAKE IN SOME GREAT SOUNDS AND THAT OTHER SPORT OF PEOPLE WATCHING..AND BEING SET ON A STREET CORNER MAKES THIS A TOP SPOT FOR DOING JUST THAT. THE WAITERS BRING THE DRINKS THICK AND FAST, AND WITH THE MUSIC PUMPING THIS MAKES FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT.
THE TABLES ON STREET LEVEL ARE MUCH SOUGHT AFTER WHEN YOUR NOT UPSTAIRS DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY IN THE NIGHTCLUB..
ALL IN ALL THIS IS A FANTASTIC PLACE TO COME GRAB A SEAT ORDER A FEW DRINKS AND WATCH SAIGON WALK PAST YOU..
YOU WILL FIND THAT ONE DRINK LEADS TO ANOTHER..AND ANOTHER..AND ANOTHER....
Dress Code: VERY CASUAL..
At a glance, the club looks ok (very cleverly designed with light-up floor with built-in TVs as u enter)...After about 30 mins, I realized all the music they played has the same beat that kinda puts u off dancing (not to mention every second person on the dance-floor was either a waiter or security guard).
I went on a Saturday night with a few people and found it pretty quiet for a Saturday night and the ratio of the club's waiter & security guards to the guests were like 5:1.
If you enjoy a bit of flirting, they actually have girls who will sit/dance/chat with u; however, I heard that their rates/hr is more on the steep end - not to mention the overpriced drinks (more than Apocalypse).
The club seems to attract a lot of expats, Vietnamese-Chinese and a couple of westerners. But ultimately, if u like good music and better drinks for a lesser price, this club is NOT for you.
Dress Code: Casual- Make sure u have closed shoes on. NO SLIPPERS/THONGS (FLIP-FLOPS) ALLOWED - 3 guys on the same night were kicked out for this.
No5 has now reopened at 43 Mac Dinh Chi, Hienz kept the name for obviouse reasons and the fact that this is the 5th bar he has opened here.
It's bigger and classier than the old one and has kept it's atmopshere. Great place for sports, beer, darts and getting in with the golf scene.
When you go out for a night walk, make sure you have room for street food. They are one of the tastiest food I've even eaten. Try everything that you dont feel disgusted by. SOme stuff like snakes blood, I would not touch even, but other "cooked" stuff, I try and it was very tasty
One heck of a club in saigon. Amazing architecture and design when you get inside. The main room, trance music, features nothing but bottle service. Many of the rich locals party at this club. Great service, amazing dance floor and sound system. Words cannot describe it. Go see for yourself. I've been to club palace, liquid, and mgm as well. Volcano would be my favorite and MGM is a close 2nd. Both close at midnight which kind of sucks. Palace at the time did keep going until later.
Dress Code: no shorts and no t-shirt. dress to impress.
When Benh Thanh Market closes at 6:30 pm, the side streets beside it then opens as a night markets. Pho Mua Sam Night Market is the real name of the Night Market, others might think that this is Benh Thanh Night Market. As in other night markets in Asia, they offer just about any other goods available in Ben Thanh but with an added bonus of a Hawker's Center Being Set up and offer lots of choices whether vietnamese or other asian foods at very cheap prices! It is open from 6:30 pm up to 12:00 am everyday.
for the prices, I would suggest that you do your shopping at daytime since night markets tend to jack up their prices by 10-20% than daytime rates even if you haggle (hey, they have to pay for the electricity and the stalls!) but have fun at the Hawker Center Food for Culinary Food Tripping at budget prices!
Dress Code: Come as you may!
They always make you feel welcome here. Staff are very friendly. Good place to be. Free shots everytime you visit, free garlic bread. Play pool, connect four or just chat. Gets noisier after about 10pm. Food is tasty and cheap. Pho is 22,000 dong (15,000 dong to the dollar). This has been one of our favourite places and is consistantly a good place to be.
Dress Code: No dress code
We heard about that place and checked it out one night. I have to say that I am really used to loud music. I used to take picture from rock concerts, just in front of the speakers. So trust me when I say, that Gossip is VERY LOUD! The icecubes in our glass were jumping up and down with the bass. We had to leave after one drink, because we couldn't stand it. Otherwise, it is a nice, rather large club. The staff is really doing everything to please you: opening the door, helping with the chair, pouring your drink, giving you fire for your cigarette. Really nice.
Dress Code: It's a night club. People are dressed very nicely. As a tourist you can show up in Jeans. Nobody minds.
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