Ho Chi Minh nightlife, what you should know before visiting Vietnam
Saigon is a strange city with its endless energy, at daylight from the crowded street, at night from the bursting alley and bar. Whatever your idea of Ho Chi Minh’s perfect night out is, let’s look at our top activity list before deciding.
1. Reflections Restaurant – Caravelle Saigon
The award-winning team of Reflections, a fine dining restaurant with a cosmopolitan outlook, is dedicated to serving creative dishes from around the world for diners in the heart of Saigon.
The restaurant drafts a new menu of specials every two months, featuring the best seasonal products from all over the world.
Reflections gives an unmistakable nod to its Vietnamese root while taking inspiration from international cooking styles and techniques, using local, organically grown fruits and vegetables.
Enhanced by the warm, intuitive, 5-star service that the Caravelle is known for, Reflections is the best start you can have for the night of Saigon.
2. Sax N’ Art Jazz Club
Owned and operated by the fabulous Vietnamese Saxophone player Tran Manh Tuan, Sax N’ Art is one of the most famous Jazz club in Saigon, with the most celebrated musicians in Vietnam performing here as well as international guest artists.
Located on Le Loi street, the drinks are a little bit expensive, but it also pays for the music, which many customers feel justified.
There are bench seats and table seating, depending on your needs. Please note that this club only serves drinks, so a quick meal at Reflections is highly recommended before coming here.
Music starts at 9 PM but you better arrive early for better seatings.
3. Apocalypse Now
If you are more of a party-goer, Apocalypse Now – a legendary nightclub in District 1, will be a perfect fit for you.
This place always has a healthy mix of backpackers, expats, and Vietnamese women looking for a date.
With fully packed two-floor, Apocalypse Now may not be the most advanced clubs, but it can always provide lots of fun, with cheap drinks promotions, western pop tunes and plenty of space to dance or chill out with a few drinks and even play some pool.
4. Rooftop Saigon
If you’re looking for a more personal atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to talk to your partner, the Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar is the place for you.
The rooftop bar view looked continuously across the Saigon River, reinforcing its famous past with wooden fixtures, sepia photographs and a checked black and white marble floor.
Chairs on the right side of the bar are mostly arranged in pairs with a small table, fairy lights and plenty of foliage to keep your experience private and romantic ; larger tables for larger groups and good views of the stage are on the left side of the bar.
From 18:00 to 20:00 there is a daily happy hour when you buy draft beers and wine, you get one free and every night at the Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar there is an excellent live band performing 20:00 Latino style lounge music that adds a lively touch to dinner or a few drinks. This bar is a perfect way to end your night in Saigon.