Finding the 5 best sports bars in Ho Chi Minh City was not an easy task as the options are almost endless. We visited as much as we could on one liver and deliver you below our top 5 picks.
You can watch in those pubs almost all the typical international sporting events. They are usually packed on big soccer nights when Premier League, Champion's' League or World Cup matches are screened. Other popular events include the Olympic Games, UFC Fighting, Australian Football (AFL), Basketball (NBA), American Football (NFL) and Hockey (NFL).
You should note that each nationality usually favors its own sports bar. Phatty's for instance is usually most popular with Australians.
Pacharan is a restaurant first, but it is popular for watching sports in Saigon as well, especially with the Iberic fans. Located directly opposite the Park Hyatt Hotel in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Pacharan Spanish restaurant is spread over four floors. Feast on dishes such as tender chorizo, marinated anchovies, chillied gambas, bean stew, parsley and garlic-sauteed baby mushrooms, white-wine clams and marinated pork skewers.
Or try authentic paella for a real taste of Spain while supporting La Roja. .
97 Hai Ba Trung, D1 HCMC
2) Papagayo Restaurant & Bar
This French Mediterranean restaurant serves pizza and onion soup, and a special discount on Tiger draught and Heineken just for the World Cup. Open for all matches until 3am.
18 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien, D2 HCMC
3) Red Bar
Red Bar is one of the most popular bar in the city and it is always a good choice when it comes to sport. Network or simply mix and mingle at Red Bar Saigon. The international menu is ever-changing, from fish and chips to chateaubriand.
The craziest thing about Red Bar? Its Happy Hour is the longest in HCMC and goes from 9am to 9pm every day! It’s also one of the only smoke-free bars in town. So, if you are Dutch or a non-smoker, Red bar is your home for watching sports in Saigon.
70-72 Ngo Duc Ke, D1 HCMC
4) Boomarang Bistro Saigon
If you are in District 7, don’t worry, you are not too far from the fun. In fact, there’s a fabulous bar in the Crescent named Boomarang where you can enjoy authentic Australian cuisine, and of course, shout your favourite football team’s name.
CR-2 3-4 107 Tôn Dật Tiên, PMH D7, HCMC
The premier hub for Aussie expats, Phatty's serves a selection of tempting Aussie burgers and BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) sandwiches, gourmet chicken fillets and succulent steaks. When a big event is on, Phatty’s does not hesitate to pull all-nighters.
46 Ton That Thiep, D1, HCMC
Further Suggestions for the best sports bars in Saigon:
- Chill Sky Bar, 26th & 27th Floor Rooftop, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai, D1 HCMC
- The Alps (German), 54 Pasteur, Ward Ben Nghe, D1, HCMC