Saigon Nightlife Bars & Girls
One thing to note with Saigon nightlife venues is that they change names a lot. What was there last year may not be there now. I had a few favourites but they have long since shut down. The best areas for drinking are in the backpacker areas around Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien.
Expect a beer to costs around $1.50 there. For the latest tips on the best pubs, speak to some of the other backpackers. If you want to drink with the locals then go to any restaurant away from this area. You’ll be sitting at tiny tables on even tinier chairs at these places, so they might not suit the larger gentleman...
A popular club that has stood the test of time is Apocalypse Now; this is located near the backpacker area in District One. You’ll find a mixture of locals and westerners there, drinks are expensive and drugs are all around as are the prostitutes who work there or freelance there.
Chuc Mung Nam Moi is the Vietnamese New Year
Beer clubs are the favourite part of the Saigon nightlife for locals. A
beer club is basically like a pub with live music. The waitresses tend
to wear very short and revealing dresses, and they’ll try to use their
sexuality to sell you the most expensive beer. Drinks are expensive and
are consumed in large volumes, every table has a beer tower.
The beer clubs are also prone to the occasional raid by the police. I’ve experienced this and it was scary. The black uniformed police, who are rumored to be ruthless, marched inside. Everyone fell silent. The police walked around picking out people they did like the look of and started shouting things at them. I’m not sure what was being said but it was aggressive. A little while later everyone went home.
An unusual part of the Saigon nightlife is that some coffee shops double up as clubs. The DJ there is often an attractive young girl wearing clothes that leave little to the imagination. In fact, I’ve heard rumors that some of these venues even turn into strip clubs later in the night, although I’ve never come across it myself.
Some Noteworthy Bars in Saigon
The Saigon nightlife has a massive number of bars to choose from, and you'll definitely have the best time here if you spread your wings and visit lots of them. The recommendations below are mostly located on Bui Vien, but the streets surrounding it are also highly recommended. Here's a small selection of my favorites:
- The View Rooftop Bar - this bar is located on the 9th floor of my most recommended hotel (see below) and, as the name suggests, you get a great view of the city with reasonably priced drinks. Perfect to start your night.
- Miss Saigon Bar - a good option for a beer with a view because the second and third floors of the bar have open balconies overlooking all the hustle and bustle on Bui Vien. You'll find it opposite the Sahara Bar.
- Crazy Girls Bar - a decent hostess bar that has a good view point due to being located opposite some other hostess bars. It's good for people watching, and it's good for spotting a lady-friend for fun times!
- Seventeen Saloon - this one is a short motorbike taxi ride from Bui Vien but it is well worth the trip if you want to get away from the backpackers and listen to some live rock music.
- Apocalypse Now - a Saigon nightlife institution! It's actually a nightclub and it pulls a decent crowd. There are freelance prostitutes working here, but they come with risks. It's also a motorbike taxi ride away.
Saigon Girls & Dating Opportunities
Saigon girls are friendly and it’s easy to start up a conversation with them. Most are happy to practice their English and are eager for the attention of a westerner. The girls you meet after midnight and who are drinking glass after glass of beer are more likely to be up for casual encounters.
Friends have met girls this way and are still with them today. Others took them back to their hotel for a lusty night of pleasure.
If you want a serious relationship, most Vietnamese ladies are happy to leave their own country to live with their soul-mates. They are feminine and sweet and on:
My recommended Vietnam dating site
I don't recommend looking for a long-term girlfriend in the tourist areas of Vietnam anymore than I do in Thailand, because there's way too much risk that they are prostitutes.
Regular Saigon girls do mix with the local tourists here though, which is something that is unique about Vietnam. All in all, I think that it's a better move to look for someone either online, in shopping malls or via friends of friends if that's an option.
Saigon Escorts & Prostitution
Saigon escorts are easily located via an online search and there are many options to choose from. If you want Caucasian girls, they are available too, but the fees asked are way higher than for local escorts. Local Saigon escort prices are a little high, and you can find out more about that on my page about Vietnam escorts.
As well as the hostess girls that work in some of the bars, the Saigon nightlife is also full of freelance prostitutes. Some are more obvious than others.
careful if you’re picking up a girl to make sure that they want to come
back for sex or if they want to be paid for sex. Foreigners fall for
this time and time again. They were naïve enough to think that it was
all for fun until the girl starts getting aggressive and starts making a
If you meet the girl on or around Bui Vien then it's best to assume that she may well be a prostitute, so ask her if she likes you for free...