The only Irish bar in town, in fact probably the only real pub in town. Great grub, good atmosphere with a load of "interesting" locals. Live music most nights and Whiskey in the Jar, with Mike and Irish Vietnamese musicians, every Saturday.
One Note: the lonely planet still has a listing saying that there is a free shuttle bus from here to Mui Ne, this stopped 4 years ago.
With one night in Saigon what would you do...?
I went for a meal with 20 friends at
Few drinks on rooftop bar at the Rex Hotel
Massively enjoyed getting used to crossing the road where the scooters actually flow around you, it's like standing being moses in a river of scooters where they safely glide by, honest, a blind man could cross Saigons roads, the tip is move slowly and safely, try to run and chances are you'll be roadkill!
Few more drinks at just about any billiard bar where the happy beer girls will gladly make friends with/without th estrings attached! Just buy them a beer and relax, its fun, nothing else.
Finally a few more drinks sitting on the kerb with some local taxi/tooktook drivers and then off to bed about 4am. Peaceful lively friendly and lovely sum up this city for me.
I went here to meet up with a friend on my last night before catching a plane at 6 am. It was my first "nightclub" go outside of backpacker bars in Saigon. Kinda have to seek out these places since the rest of the city bars shut down after around 11pm. It wasn't hard to find though, as it's located in the higher-end Palace Hotel down town.
Even though it's a local scene, inside you'll find the same nightclub scene you get just about anywhere else in the world, cept they tend to treat you more like a VIP if you look like a high roller. I was pleasantly surprised to get the treatment in my jeans and sandals though :-)
Drinks aren't cheap... comparatively that is, since they go for about $3, same as here in the US. Good atmosphere, nice dance floor & plenty of techno. Girl:guy ratio's great, too... at least on a Sat nite!!!
After Ben Thanh market closes for the day, another round of business is just starting. The area around Ben Thanh market comes alive with the night market where you can still continue your quest for another 100 beaded bags, memorabilia or fake designer wear.
If you're plain tired of shopping, there are several hawker stalls open for the evening where you can rest your weary feet and have some delicious local food & local beer. Prices are displayed on the board outside the stalls so you can see that the meal will make another dent in your wallet (post shopping). Remember to bring some medication in case you get a bug in your tummy after eating hawker food
Dress Code: Anything goes but preferably light for the steamy nights
This place is a dive but is open late for all you all-night party animals. Things get real interesting here after 3 a.m. I have never seen any real trouble but have witnessed exPats who were totally out of their minds drunk so beware of drunken exPats because you never know what to expect! I have personally watched the sun come up and watched the early risers coming here for breakfast while I was still partying from the night before.
The girls are what you would expect to see this late (or early) so "buyer beware". I think most are skanks so I would not recommend finding your next girlfriend here...
Dress Code: anything goes
This place is different but definitely cool. I say it's strange because it's not really a dance club, not really a pub, not really a bar - it's like a combination of all of these to some extent. For example, they have a DJ but no discernible dance floor - rather, people just move to the music wherever they happen to be standing. The bar is in the center of the joint and you may get lucky to find a seat or two at the bar. There are two floors although I never ventured upstairs but from the main floor, the upstairs looks like there's some small tables and people standing about. There is also an outside fenced off patio area if you want to sit outside and chill and take a break from the crowd. The place is packed on the weekends and definitely standing room only. Lots of pretty ladies, expats and trendy locals. The music is decent and played at a level that yuo don't really have to scream to the person next to you to be heard. Check it out!
Dress Code: I would recommend club attire but you could pull off jeans and a T-shirt
I think this is the best club in HCMC. Their sound system is incredible and they always seem to be packed on the weekends (I never went on weeknights). The crowd is mixed with lots of pretty ladies and I think some are working girls but I have never really been propositioned so that's just a gut feel. If they are working girls, they are discreet and not pushy. I have always gone there with friends so I wasn't really "in the market" if you know what I mean.
I highly recommend you check this club out on a Friday but, keep in mind, they do close early - I think 12:30 or 1 the latest. Too bad because this is the type place you would like to stay open until 5. Really hopping club and great crowd watching. The dance floor isn't huge and gets packed but no-one seems to mind the crowd. Thumbs up!
Dress Code: Definitely club attire as this is a pretty trendy crowd. You could get in wearing jeans and T-shirts but probably feel a bit underdressed. Dress to impress!
This is the hippest bar/club in town, the closest thing we have to a real cub by western standards. Packed at the weekends with all sorts. Great DJ's keeping the place buzzing. Drinks are usual club prices.......pricey!
Little wine bar restaurant, pretty civilised compared to my regular haunts. Big selection of wines and excellent asian tapas menu, located on Dong Du with a couple of tables outside to watch the world go by.
We went to a "5-Star" Karaoke Bar after our arrival, the drinks are served in cans:-)
Nice place for people watching, you will see beautiful vietnamese ladies in their traditional "Au Yai", don't forget your ear plugs! Afterall, Karaoke is not for professional singers *hehe*
Try the famous 333 vietnamese beer!
For a bit of scrolling scenery try a dinner cruise aboard the floating restaurants anchored opposite the Majestic Hotel. Maxim's Dinner Theatre combines dining with traditional shows on its sizable stage.
Eden Bar is a nice place to hang out and relax. Furnishings are made from bamboo. The staff is nice and the owner is very friendly. They serve a variety of drinks and cocktails. There is also a restaurant on the second floor, featuring a wide selection of European and Asian dishes. Definitely a place worth checking out.
Gossip has one of the best sound systems Ive experienced. you'll be amazed when your whole body starts vibing to the bass with no distortion at all! its fantastic, just surreal. DJ has got to be one of the best around, his tempo and rhythm is superb. he builds adrenaline like a master craftsman. This place is packed to the brim on the weekends and Im surprised it manages a full crowd on the ground floor on weekdays as well. entrance is free and drinks are decently priced. crowd is undoubtedly the young and hip vietnamese dressed chic party. Supposedly opened by a singaporean. Superb place. 2 thumbs up.
Dress Code: Party Chic.
While I was here this was the most popular bar on Pham Ngu Lao. Crowded every night with a mixture of tourists and expats (but mainly "independant travellers".
It has a great atmosphere, good selection of beer and food and did not seem to be a pick up place for the local girls.
Dress Code: Definitely very informal
The best park of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) at night is that there are always something going on. If you want to party head to rear of 1st district where there are full of club. Or just experience a delicous cusine, go to 3rd district. The ultimate shopping center at night would be Le Van Sy street in 10th District, Nguyen Dinh Chieu St in 3rd district and my own favorite Cao Thang St in 5 th District. Unlike other city, SaiGon business are actually open mainly at night. That's when people actually have time for Shopping.
But my abosolute favorite thing to do in Sai Gon at night is stroll aroung the city on a Vespa. Just seeing exciting things around the city alone is amazing. You can't actually do that in day time cause it's too hot.
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