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Nightlife Ho Chi Minh, Saigon


22A Nguyen Thi Dieu, D3, Tel 08-933-0577
A John Lennon portrait hangs behind the small drumset – and Yoko Ono makes the business card logo – but inside this intimate, ‘70s-style bar it’s the new Vietnam here. Locals come for beer (35,000D; US$2.20) or cocktails and a smoke while indulging in the diverse selection of live music plays (Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Nirvana, jazz). Monday to Thursday, the sets are ‘unplugged’ with rotating singers, Friday to Sunday features full-on bands (mostly rock). No cover.


28 Le Loi St Tel 08-822-8472
Ever the crowd pleaser, the narrow Sax is a jazz-blues bar with a talented house band that plays from 9pm every night. A Saigon beer sets you back by 55,000D (US$3.45). No cover.


2 Ly Tu Trong St, at Dien Tien Hoang St Tel 0903-155-461
Undisputedly Saigon 2007’s premier club, the pavilion-topped Lush deserves mention for its novelty on their design. Once inside the main premise, all lights, seats and dancing place on the rather tight floor looks onto the action – the bar, with eight or more bartenders in halter-tops swaying to the themed music. The whole place is usually packed after 10pm. The food is decent but the main draw here is the drinks which at 35,000D (US$2.20) for a Tiger is far cheaper than most clubs around Saigon. No cover.


Caravelle Hotel, 19 Lam Son Square
The Caravelle’s rooftop iconic bar – Saigon Saigon is an excellent choice to chill out and have a drink while watching the sun set over the city and the changing colours of the city. With the spectacular panoramic view of the city, live entertainment and delicious food, there is not much more to ask for.


2187 De Tham St at Bui Vien St, Tel 08-836-9575
Located in the backpacker district, many come for an afternoon beer or to play pool. It costs slightly more than most traveler cafes in the area but it’s hard to resist this colorful corner with comfortable lounge seats and potted palm trees on the sidewalk.There’s live music upstairs after 10pm.


19-21 Dong Du St, a block west of Dong Khoi, midnight Tel 08-822-6363
Central bar is a sports bar offering exciting sports action with reasonably priced bar food (Vietnamese noodles, burgers).Match timings are posted outside and whether you are a soccer, rugby or cricket fan you will enjoy the atmosphere here.


Opera House, Lam Son Sq, on Dong Khoi St
If time is an indication of popularity, the Q Bar having been around since the 90’s certainly ranks high. It led the chic-bar charge of Saigon then and one of it’s trump factor no doubt was its location under the Opera House.

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