If you stay more than a few days in Saigon, you’ll quickly become accustomed to the city’s night-time. A soundtrack of unapologetically loud music, pumping from neon-lit bars and clubs until the small hours.
Ho Chi Minh City clubs are everywhere and there’s one for pretty much everyone, even if you think you’re not into going out. Read on to find the top spots.
The Extravagant One: Envy
Ever wondered what you would get if you combine the interior of a Parisian theatre, the lighting and music of an Asian megaclub, and the extravagance of a circus?
Enter Envy, without a doubt, one of the biggest players among the Ho Chi Minh City clubs.
Its mantra combines art, technology, textiles and theatre to create a luxurious and decadent club experience. Arrive when it opens and you will be treated to an artistic performance, something different every night – from burlesque to fire-breathing. Stay until the early hours and you can be waited on hand and foot in one of their VIP booths or get swept away on the hedonistic dancefloor. It might not be the cheapest night out but you are guaranteed to experience something special here.
Dress code: Very smart, glamorous
Price: If you want to secure a table you must buy a bottle.
- Prices for one bottle start from VND 3,400,000 ($145)
- Mixers start at VND 80,000 (Diet Coke, Coke…) $3.50
- All prices are subject to 15% tax and service charge
- Entrance tickets for special events are VND 350,000 – 500,000 which includes one long drink.
A luxury nightlife in Saigon, Envy club deals:
Tuesday Ladies night: Ladies get free flow of alcohol, whiskey, tequila, vodka or gin all night
Balloon Wednesdays: One free “special” balloon per person before 12am
Thursday Envy got swag: Hip Hop night with Hip hop show
Sunday Revolution: indoor EDM festival theme weekly
Opening hours: 10pm-3:30am every day
Address: 74-76 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Facebook: Envy Saigon
The Cool One: Lush
Lush has been renovated and expanded over the years to keep its fresh and modern, remaining a firm favorite of locals and expats alike for over a decade. The centered circular illuminated bar is one of the main features, often doubling as a stage for performers and dancers.
Prepare yourself to have to fight your way through it, mostly on weekends, when the dance floor gets pretty rammed. The music here is usually current R’n’B, hip hop and pop although there are special events and guest DJs every month.
Dress code: Casual
Price: Drinks are a little expensive, but their deals make it worth it.
- Entry is usually free except for one-off special events.
A reasonable nightlife in Saigon, Deals for Lush Club:
60,000 Sundays: Mixers and bottled beer for VND 60,000 or $2.50
Tuesday Ladies Night: Women drink for free until 12am
Latin Thursdays: Buy 1 Get 1 Free on cocktails and mojitos
Opening hours: 9pm-3am Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday
Address: 2 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Facebook: Lush Saigon
The Modern Golden Oldie: Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now has been a legend among Ho Chi Minh City clubs for expats and locals for over 25 years, so let’s just say that it knows what it’s doing. It has managed to maintain its street cred, remain en vogue and stay true to its original mantra of bringing great music to foreigners and locals.
Apocalypse Now has many layers: From the nautical vibes of the bar, to the neon-clad dance floor, to the palm trees and fairy lights in their bamboo-bordered garden. After 10pm the club comes alive and is pounding with techno and EDM until the early hours of the morning.
Dress code: Smart-casual
Price: Entry is usually free but can be upwards of VND 200,000 ($8.70) for special events.
- Cocktails, single mixers and beers all start at VND 120,000 ($5.20)
- Bottles of premium spirits are available from VND 2,300,000 ($100)
- All drinks prices are subject to 10% VAT and 5% Service charge.
An energetic nightlife in Saigon, deals in Apocalypse Now:
Happy hour is 8pm-11pm every day, and it consists of 50% off for cocktails and beer.
Buy a draft beer for VND 69,000 ($3) and draft bottles of Budweiser for VND 599,000 ($26)
Opening hours: 8pm-4am every day
Address: 2B Thi Sach, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Website: Apocalypse Saigon
The Versatile One: The Lighthouse
You can do it all at The Lighthouse: an after-work beer at the rooftop bar, catch up with friends over cocktails, or a full-blown night out until the sun comes up. They usually save the best of nightlife in Saigon for the weekend, when international and local DJs pump out underground dance music in front of the stunning view of a virtual backdrop of the Saigon skyline.
The club itself usually gets pretty busy, although it is a simple and dimly-lit space so doesn’t feel too overwhelming – even with the pounding soundtrack!
Dress-code: Smart, specifically no flip-flops!
Price: Entry to the bar before 10pm is usually free.
- Entry after 10pm includes club entry and so usually costs around VND 100,000 ($4)
- Special ticketed events are usually around VND 200,000 ($8.80)
A casual nightlife in Saigon, The Lighthouse deals:
Tuesday Ladies’ Night: free entry and drinks for ladies (VND 100,000 for men)
Every second Thursday: Spank club night with free entry
Opening hours: Open 5pm-5am Fridays and Saturdays and 5pm-2am every other night
Address: Floor 6, 104 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Facebook: The Lighthouse Saigon
The Gritty One: The Observatory
With one of the best sound systems in Saigon, The Observatory prides itself on introducing international and local DJs playing underground electro-techno music.
The club is at the top of a small building located in Cach Mang Thang Tam, not far from the Galaxy Cinema of Nguyen Du. It has no bells or whistles, no lavish decor or pretentious embellishments. The club is all about great music – although there is a much-needed large rooftop space, if the heady beats get a little too much. Indoors, the dark ambiance suits well with the techno-underground style. That’s what regulars love about it.
In the last few years, The Observatory has held several reopening parties, so better keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates. Their events, deals and opening hours are subject to frequent change.
Dress code: Casual, comfy, dance-proof
Price: Entrance fee is usually free before 11pm
- Beers start from around VND 50,000 ($2),
- cocktails from VND 130,000 ($5.70)
- Entrance fee after 11pm VND 150,000 ($6.50)
Deals: There are no specific daily deals but drinks are reasonably priced all week
Opening hours: 11am-2am Monday-Saturday; 11am-12am Sunday
Address: 85 Cach Mang Thang 8, Ward Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Facebook: The Observatory
The Cheaper One: Sahara
Sahara is by no means the only place to party down Bui Vien Street, District 1’s never-sleeping Walking Street, but it’s got a lot to offer. It is always busy, both outside on the street-side tables and chairs or inside in the strobe-lit bar area. DJs every night play a mix of current chart and EDM.
You’ll hear a remix of Ed Sheeran if you stick around here for more than an hour. The dance floor gets pretty busy from 10pm particularly at the weekends, with both young wealthy locals and travelers occupying the space. You might leave with your ears ringing, but you’re sure to have had fun.
Dress-code: Casual, although you could get as dressy as you want
Price: Entry is free, apart from on very rare occasions and one-off events.
- Beers start from around VND 35,000 ($1.50)
- Mixers from VND 80,000 ($3.50)
The backpacker nightlife in Saigon, Sahara Club deals:
Happy hour: from 4pm-7pm where you can get 3 beers for the price of 2
Opening hours: 9am-3am every day
Address: 111-113 Bui Vien street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Facebook: Sahara Club
Ho Chi Minh City is an exceptional stop to enjoy the Vietnamese nightlife, if you are looking for something more chill, you’ve got some options.
Whatever your taste and budget, try at least one of these legendary Ho Chi Minh City clubs. You’ll get to see what all the hype about nightlife in Saigon is.