As we wrote in our Ho Chi Minh City nightlife review, there are endless options for bars, nightclubs, coffee shops and lounges in Saigon. Hanging out, meeting with friends, relaxing or partying in those venues is a part of daily life for Vietnamese, expats and tourists alike.

Coffee shops are everywhere and they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. You will find both international chains like Starbucks and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and local ones like Highlands Coffee, Trung Nguyen and Phuc Long. You also have some more secret and artsy coffee shops that only a discerning eye can find. Tucked in the corner of an alley or inside a residential compound, you should definitely try them if you want to taste authentic Vietnamese coffee - many source their coffee from family farms in the central highlands. Read our selection: 5 Hidden Saigon Cafés You Never Knew Existed.

Coffee shops often double up as juice bars. With prices generally between VND 15,000 to VND 25,000 for a fresh, healthy juice pressed in front of you, you have no excuses for not kicking your habit of drinking coke/pepsi/7up. While you will find many of the fruits you are familiar with, you must try some more local flavors like the soursop, guava, ambarella, kumquat, custard-apple or sapodilla juices. Their exotic tastes will leave a memorable impression on your mind during your travels in Vietnam.

Once the sun sets, beer bars will start welcoming office workers, students and friends. Also called beer gardens, you could count over a 100 of them in Saigon. They are great meeting places for an after-hour drink with colleagues. Some are super luxurious with loud techno music, sexy hostess girls and strict door policies, while others are much more easygoing, consisting of a few tables in the open air. You could try one of Vietnam's local beers such as 333, Bia Saigon or Biere Larue. For more insights into Saigon’s beers, read our Top 10 Vietnamese Beers.

A more exclusive way to enjoy your evening with a classy drink is to visit one of Ho Chi Minh City's rooftop lounges. Almost inexistent 10 years ago, they have popped up like mushrooms as more high-rise buildings have emerged. Chill Skybar is the most famous of them, just 5 minutes away from most of the city's top attractions. You also have scores of bars, from expat drinking holes to neighborhood dive bars. Live music is available in many locations like Saigon Saigon in Caravelle Hotel, Decibel, Catwalk, The Log at the Gem Center, the Rooftop Garden at The Rex Hotel and more. Our listings below will give you many ideas of where to go for a great night out drinking.

Nightclubs in Saigon will please even the most demanding party-goers. Trendy venues will not look very different from the places you could go to in Europe or in the U.S. They will play the latest music, from mainstream hits in clubs likeLush to minimal techno in joints like The Observatory. Prices are generally low: A cocktail or a glass of wine rarely costs more than $10 US even in trendy venues. Most nightclubs will close around 3 a.m., but you can keep the party going until early morning in several after-hour drinking holes such as Go2 Bar in the backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao.

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Catwalk Club, Karaoke and Casino

Catwalk Club, Karaoke and Casino

Catwalk is one of the best entertainment venues in town. It combines karaoke rooms, a lounge, and proximity to the casino. Since 1995 the International Tourist Club (ITC) has been dishing out glamorous entertainment for Saigon’s VIP-minded inhabitants and visitors. Two decades have established its joint entertainment expanse (consisting of Chats Slots Gaming Center and Catwalk) as the area’s staples ...

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Chill Skybar

Chill Skybar

The original open-air rooftop club and bar in Ho Chi Minh City, Chill Skybar is a Saigon staple, attracting crowds of stylish socialites, businessmen, party-goers and tourists looking to let loose 26 stories above ground. Few have not heard about Chill Skybar. AB Tower’s crown jewel occupies the entire 26th floor, covering both an indoor lounge and an outdoor bar-and-party ...

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Air 360 Sky Lounge

Air 360 Sky Lounge

Not far across from its sister club, Chill SkyBar, the Air 360 Sky Lounge is the newest addition to the Capella Entertainment family. More adult and more business than Chill, Air 360 centers around a multi-level, lounge-like space with plenty of seating and a 360 degree view of the city. In a nutshell, Chill entertains, Air 360 helps unwind. Ambiance ...

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Atrium Lounge

Atrium Lounge

Step into this comfortable setting, unwind and escape from the sights and sounds of the city. Offering an innovative assortment of signature cocktails and upscale food, located in the heart of downtown, it’s an ideal spot to meet up with friends or co-workers after a long day of work.

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Liquid Sky Bar

Liquid Sky Bar

This is a chic venue where the ambience changes as the day draws on. By day a relaxing poolside environment provides a perfect space to kick back, by night the cocktails flow and the music and dancing begin. For special events internationally renown DJs fly in to raise things up a notch.

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The Long @ Times Square

The Long @ Times Square

The Long @ Times Square is a café and restaurant which is part of The Reverie Saigon. It is the ideal place for an after-hour drink in Central Ho Chi Minh City. Drawing inspiration from the timeless sidewalk cafes of France and Italy, The Long @ Times Square is the parlour of the city – a place for serendipitous encounters, refreshing ...

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Level 23 Wine Bar

Level 23 Wine Bar

Perched on the 23rd floor of Sheraton Saigon, Level 23 Wine Bar enjoys a comfortable spot among the popular rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City. Technically not a wine bar, they do however have a more than adequate wine cellar. Level 23 focuses more on its cocktails and spirits, which draw mainly foreign crowds and local Vietnamese women - ...

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Saigon's Lookout

Saigon's Lookout

Since its inception over a year ago, Saigon’s Lookout has quickly risen through the ranks, becoming known for its cocktails, nightlife and unique decoration - old-school classy colonial architecture meets modern chic decor. However, something wasn’t right. The fusion cuisine wasn’t catching on with locals, dish and drink prices being too high for the mainstream Saigonese crowd. The team got ...

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Klasik Coffee Roasters

Klasik Coffee Roasters

Klasik is Ho Chi Minh City’s friendly neighborhood roaster. Formerly The Cupping Room, the coffee and roasting house has been one of the city’s pioneers in the growing artisanal scene that is slowly overtaking Vietnam. The passionate Klasik team scouts high quality specialty coffee beans from around the world and roasts them locally in-house, serving guests fresh cups of aromatic, ...

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Lush Bar

Lush Bar

At the cutting edge of Saigon nightlife, Lush Saigon plays the hottest electronic music in Ho Chi Minh City to a crowd of locals and expats alike. The main attraction is Lush's buzzing interior, where stylish graphics harmonise with comfortable lounge seating. There are three distinct areas that cater to different customers' needs. Groove the night away in one of ...

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Catwalk Club, Karaoke and Casino

Catwalk Club, Karaoke and Casino

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The Lounge at New World Saigon Hotel

The Lounge at New World Saigon Hotel

The Lounge, located on the ground floor of the New World Saigon Hotel, is a popular venue for anyone looking for a relaxed and sophisticated bar to start off the night. Their cocktail list includes classic and modern drinks as well as a selection of international wines to complement their weekly wine tastings evenings. The Lounge's interior touches include gentle lighting, ...

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GEM Lounge

GEM Lounge

With its sophisticated and relaxed setting located at the exquisite GEM Center, this modern lounge has something for everyone. From the decorations to the menu, all aspects of the GEM Lounge are centered around the creation of a warm and inviting ambience. Whether stopping by for a quick coffee on the way to work, for a lunch break, an afternoon ...

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Atrium Lounge

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Whiskey & Wares

Whiskey & Wares

What makes Whiskey & Wares special? The drinks are reasonably priced (but not excessively cheap); the atmosphere is comfortably casual yet also refined and stylish; and the service is friendly, attentive and laidback. And once you see the cozy, couch-filled upstairs lounge, you’ll see that it’s an ideal bar to visit with friends. Located just off of Bui Vien on ...

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Vertical Sky Bar

Vertical Sky Bar

Since opening in November, Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel’s newest endeavor sports a chic and trendy design welcoming guests from near and far. Situated on the rooftop of the 4-star hotel in the heart of downtown, take in the sights and sounds of the city and riverview below.

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The Long @ Times Square

The Long @ Times Square

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Purple Jade

Purple Jade

Embrace the intimate and sophisticated nightlife experience in the center of the city at Purple Jade. This is the perfect place to catch up with friends, for business meetings or just simply to relax and enjoy great drinks. Not sure what to order from their extensive list of signature and classic libation? Then ask their bartender for an ice cold ...

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The White House Saigon

The White House Saigon

The White House is one of the newer bars in fashionable Thao Dien area of Saigon’s District 2. American owned, the bar and restaurant is based on a lighthearted look at the “real” White House, rather than taking itself too seriously. It works really well. Housed in a truly beautiful large villa, the three floors take on three different feels. ...

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Air 360 Sky Lounge

Air 360 Sky Lounge

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Liquid Sky Bar

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Level 23 Wine Bar

Level 23 Wine Bar

Perched on the 23rd floor of Sheraton Saigon, Level 23 Wine Bar enjoys a comfortable spot among the popular rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City. Technically not a wine bar, they do however have a more than adequate wine cellar. Level 23 focuses more on its cocktails and spirits, which draw mainly foreign crowds and local Vietnamese women - ...

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Chill Skybar

Chill Skybar

The original open-air rooftop club and bar in Ho Chi Minh City, Chill Skybar is a Saigon staple, attracting crowds of stylish socialites, businessmen, party-goers and tourists looking to let loose 26 stories above ground. Few have not heard about Chill Skybar. AB Tower’s crown jewel occupies the entire 26th floor, covering both an indoor lounge and an outdoor bar-and-party ...

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Shin Coffee

Shin Coffee

Stop by Shin Coffee and appreciate the amazing aroma of speciality brew. Experience authentic flavours of quality coffee beans from Vietnam and around the world, including Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, all roasted at the shop and brewed by the method of your choice.  

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Cay Da Café

Cay Da Café

Cay Da Café is the ideal location for a quiet meeting or kick back with friends and enjoy a relaxing coffee, specialty tea as well as herbal tea and smoothies. You can choose from the freshest bakery, patisserie, sandwiches, pies and imported deli items. We also offer a mouthwatering array of homemade ice creams and freshly made cakes and pastries.

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Fanny Ice Cream

Fanny Ice Cream

Frenchman Jean Narc Bruno trained at the world famous Le Notre Paris school of ice cream. More than 20 years ago he met Italian frozen dessert maker Gerard Taurin and together they successfully launched their product in Vietnam. They realised that Vietnamese fruit was perfectly suited to making high-class ice cream. As for the product, Fanny ice creams are all ...

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Mojo Café on Dong Khoi

Mojo Café on Dong Khoi

Mojo Café is nestled under and owned by the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers. It sits on Dong Khoi and has an impressive frontage that can be opened fully when weather permits. The Sheraton Hotel in turn is managed by the Starwood Hotels & Resorts who have a portfolio of 1300 hotels around the world. They are able to draw on ...

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Maxim’s Club

Maxim’s Club

As an important part of downtown Saigon since 1925, Maxim’s Club has been known as THE entertainment venue for the business and social elites since last century. Dance the night away to live music on the expansive dancefloor or try one of their 10 exquisite cocktails. The second floor Vintage Lounge and Fine Dining Restaurant make a strong design statement.

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Häagen - Dazs Cafe

Häagen - Dazs Cafe

Choose from a plethora of indulgent flavours in chic and stylishly designed spaces to achieve the ultimate ice cream experience in Ho Chi Minh City.

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MZ Club

MZ Club

Spend an evening soaking up the electric atmosphere in one of the best live music venues in Ho Chi Minh City, MZ Club. The talented Vietnamese singers are well versed in popular music and will definitely keep you coming back to this chic Saigon night spot. For a more casual experience, hang out in MZ Club's coffee shop downstairs or ...

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Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now, or colloquially, Apo, is a Saigon nightlife institution. As one of the oldest nightclubs in town, Apo dates back to American soldiers stationed in Saigon. For almost 20 years Apo has been pumping out the jams that everyone wants to shake their money maker to. You can dance the night away on two floors that play a mix ...

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Siqar

Siqar

Siqar is a relaxing lounge located no more than 5 minutes from Nguyen Hue Street.   Here you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer as well as cigars from their extensive selection of Cuban as well as Non-Cuban cigars. You may also bring your own. Open from breakfast til evening.

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L'Usine

L'Usine

A hip, warm space creatively designed down to the last detail, L'usine plates Western favourites accompany your espresso. As a retail space, cafe and gallery in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, L'usine brings together emerging Vietnamese talent with established foreign designers to offer an eclectic gastronomic experience. Inspire yourself and enjoy refined cafe atmosphere done artfully. L'usine is ...

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Boudoir Lounge

Boudoir Lounge

Boudoir is the perfect setting for light lunch, luscious desserts or evening bouchees. Less of a bar and more of an experience, Boudoir Lounge offers some of the best wines and cocktails in HCMC. Savour liquid delights in a sophisticated and stylish atmosphere. Located on the lobby floor of the Sofitel Hotel, Boudoir Lounge is close to some of the ...

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The Saigon Cigar Club

The Saigon Cigar Club

Located on the Lounge Level of Sorae Restaurant on floor 24 of the AB Tower in Saigon, The Saigon Cigar Club features a full-fledged member club, a beautiful, one of a kind, 400-cigar table humidor, and a well maintained selection of cigars and accessories.  Founded by two friends with a passion for cigars, the lounge is a personal hobby that is open ...

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Wine Embassy

Wine Embassy

One gets a sense that wine is king in this chic centrally located bar. The sommelier can help you choose a bottle of wine from a selection of 120 or purchase a Wine Card and grab a glass at the automated Enomatic wine dispenser.

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Phatty's

Phatty's

The premier hub in HCMC for Aussie expats, Phatty's serves burgers and pints, and broadcasts the latest rugby matches. With a bar menu focused on Western classics, the large venue sees a fair crowd most nights and features a dedicated darts corner for anyone looking for a game or two. Catch every live Australian sporting event at Phatty's and revel ...

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Slate - The Bar

Slate - The Bar

Slate - The Bar is the perfect HCMC meeting place for an after-work or pre-dinner drink. Slate takes its name from the dark grey tiles that cover the entire floor area. For night owls our resident DJ and live bands will have you and your friends rocking into the wee hours of the morning. Located on the 3rd floor of ...

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Xu Bar and Lounge

Xu Bar and Lounge

Searching for a high-class, stylish restaurant and bar in the heart of HCMC? Look no further than Xu, which features Vietnamese cuisine made with quality local produce. Their ground floor lounge offers contemporary cocktails and tried-and-true standards. Check out their extensive selection of appetisers and quality wine list.  One of the few places in Ho Chi Minh City to make ...

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La Fenetre Soleil

La Fenetre Soleil

For the best in Vietnamese-Japanese fusion food, La Fenetre Soleil is the place in Saigon. A daytime hangout for Ho Chi Minh City hipsters, the café metamorphasises into a nightclub in the evening, and offers salsa dance nights and live jazz bands. Located on the second floor of an old warehouse building on Ly Tu Trong, Le Fenetre Soleil is ...

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Rooftop Garden Bar

Rooftop Garden Bar

Rooftop Garden Bar in Rex Hotel Saigon overlooks the heart of the city and evokes memories of times gone by, harking back to the days of the “Five O’Clock Follies”. Nowadays the bar is a great place to kick back and enjoy some live music or a cocktail at sunset.

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Broma: Not a Bar

Broma: Not a Bar

Broma Not A Bar provides a comfortable lounge atmosphere and is especially renowned for its beautiful rooftop views and it’s music themed parties. Offering more than 30 beer varieties, Broma also serves one-of-a-kind signature cocktails. Broma is a popular bar on weekends with expats and it is similar with the Observatory. It will attract similar DJs playing minimal, deep house ...

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Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Coffee

With four central locations in District 1, this iconic coffee shop aims to bring it’s coffee specialty to Ho Chi Minh City. Order from a wide range of coffees, Frappuccino®, teas, or juices and watch their trained baristas expertly craft your drink. Each store has freshly baked pastries and handmade sandwiches. Last but not least, choose from a wide selection ...

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Cafe RuNam

Cafe RuNam

Set up in an opulent setting where east meets west, Cafê RuNam offers a wide selection of premium drinks and dishes for the discerning palate. Cafê RuNam has cosy lounges and a garden terrace to give respite to the hustle of Saigon. Check out their bistro at 202 Pasteur in District 3 as well.

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Highlands Coffee

Highlands Coffee

The most successful Vietnamese coffee chain, Highlands Coffee started by packaging out special roasts and grounds before launching their own series of Saigon cafes. Now serving high end blends, lattes and other Western favourites, Highlands is a comfortable spot to get your morning caffeine fix or spend the afternoon nestled with a book and a cup of tea. Around HCMC ...

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

One of the beverage mainstays of America, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, has come to HCMC. Sip Western style coffee and tea in a modern setting. The selection of iced and piping hot caffeine boosts is completed by baked goods to fill your morning meal or afternoon snack gap. The air conditioning, comfortable seats and free WiFi alone will ...

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Saigon Nightlife: The Best Bars and Clubs

Saigon Nightlife: The Best Bars and Clubs

Backpacker Nightlife in Saigon: Backpackers usually stay and drink in the Pham Ngu Lao district area, along Bui Vien street. Similar to Khao San Road in Bangkok, you will not find a lot of stylish places but they are inexpensive and great for meeting new people. Though popular with tourists, Pham Ngu Lao area can be considered as a red light district as you will see it has countless hostess b...

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Top Venues For Live Music in Saigon

Top Venues For Live Music in Saigon

Whether you’re a DJ junkie, a clubbing fiend or a lover of live music, Saigon after-hours is a maze of musical possibility. As a city that never sleeps, Vietnam’s commercial centre and one of Southeast Asia’s top backpacker hotspots, it’s no wonder that Ho Chi Minh City is home to such a diverse number of top music venues and artsy people. There is no excuse for stayin...

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Top four bubble tea shops in Saigon

Top four bubble tea shops in Saigon

Whether it is sunny or rainy, hot or cold, or you’re busy or laid-back, young or old, it is always a good idea to refresh yourself with a cup of pearl milk tea, also known as bubble tea. Pearl milk tea is a tea-based drink invented in Taiwan – a delicious mixture of tea, milk, chewy tapioca balls (the ‘pearls’) and/or fruit jelly. Below are our hand-picked bubble tea sho...

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Top Bars to Watch Sports in Saigon

Top Bars to Watch Sports in Saigon

Sports bars in Saigon can be found in all districts. Events like Formula 1, Champions League games, the World Cup, the Olympic Games, NBA finals, the Baseball World Series and more draw large crowds of fans, and Ho Chi Minh City has developed a great infrastructure of afterhours joints to cater to those crowds. If you are a new expat in Saigon, watching sports in bars is one of the best ways to...

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