A relaxing drink in Ho Chi Minh City is a true delight. Bars and pubs are plentiful with a choice of secret cafes, intimate lounges and ultra-luxury rooftop scenes. Whether it is loud and lively or quiet and cosy, there is a bar scene to easily satisfy every drinker. Plus, a few bars feature live music that run late in the evening to help attract the highest number of clientele. A tour of the best night spots is easily organized via a local Vietnam travel agent.
Here are a few of the best bars and pubs in Ho Chi Minh City:
Indika Saigon is a highly sociable and relaxed place with plenty of live music and events. It has a great blend of locals and travellers that are looking to enjoy the city’s nightlife, and has a comfortable indoor and outdoor area.
Layla Eatery and Bar
The Layla Eatery and Bar is housed in a late colonial era building with well priced beers, wine and cocktails. It is well located downtown and gives travellers a great place to get together and enjoy amazing tapas and drinks.
Chill Sky Bar
Chill Sky Bar was one of the first rooftop bars that attracted the rich, although there a quite a few these places now. It is located at the AB Tower on the 27th floor and gives perfect views of Ho Chi Minh City which are certain to make it a worthwhile stop for travellers. There is a great selection of wines and cocktails with prices that are fairly acceptable for this type of venue.
The Acoustic Cafe has a great atmosphere and packed with local musicians and singers performing mostly western music.
Blue Gecko Bar
The Blue Gecko Bar is one of the original sports bars with its friendly staff, well priced drinks, a bar snack menu, five large screens, a dart board and a pool table.
Broma Bar is a charming rooftop place with a refreshingly down to earth atmosphere and crowd. It isn’t the tallest of rooftop bars, but still gives great views across the city in the evening. The selection of cocktails and beers is quite interesting. Broma has the occasional special event with live tunes that can get quite crowded.
Dublin Gate Irish Pub
The Dublin Gate Irish Pub is a friendly place for travellers wishing to hang out in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. It is also a sport bar and attracts plenty of customers for major sports events like Rugby League and AFL. Regular live music is available on many evenings, while a hearty serving of pub-style food is sold here.
Malt Craft Beer Bar
Great for tasting the local craft beer, the Malt Craft Beer Bar is a conversation-friendly place that is smoke-free, relaxed and friendly. Craft beers include Te Te, Phat Rooster and Fuzzy Logic, while wines, spirits and regular beers are available. Plus, there is a pleasing menu of traditional pub food.
Snuffbox Speakeasy serves classic wine and cocktails and a space styled with 1920s décor. It is relatively hidden from the main city nightlife scene, but still easily reached from the city centre.