Ho Chi Minh is one of the largest and dynamic cities in Vietnam. Nightlife in Ho Chi Minh is different depend where you are in the city. Downtown in District 1, rooftop bars, high rolling casinos and smooth jazz bands are the choice forms of nightlife entertainment in Saigon. But move a few kilmoetres west into District 3 and the backpacker street of Pham Ngu Lao, with its boisterous street bars, cheap eats, and good time vibe, is certainly the place to be when night falls.
Whatever your idea of the perfect night out in Ho Chi Minh, read on to discover our 10 best rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh city.
1. Saigon Rooftop Bar
Address: 19 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 3:00
Opened in 1959, Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar is an iconic landmark in Ho Chi Minh City as the setting for daily war correspondents briefing during the Vietnam War. The bar is set on the ninth floor of the Caravelle Sai Gon, featuring fairy lights, wooden furnishing, plenty of foliage for a cozy ambiance, and views of Lam Son Square.
Daily happy hour promos at Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar are between 16:00 and 19:00 where you can enjoy 50% off your total bill. All drinks are also served with a selection of snacks such as nuts, dried fruits, and shrimp.
2. Chill Sky Bar Sai Gon
Address: AB Tower Sai Gon, 76A Le Lai District1, Ho Chi Minh city.
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday & Sunday: 17: 30 – 02:00; Friday & Saturday: 17: 30 – 04:00.
Chill Sky Bar sits on the 25th floor of Saigon’s AB Tower, attracting affluent locals and expats looking to party in style. The music policy here comprises of chill-out tunes in the early evenings before its resident DJ livens things with popular dance and hip-hop music from 22:00 onwards. Due to its upmarket ambience, it must be said that drinks here are very expensive but happy hour promos from 17:30 to 20:00 offer all cocktails, long drinks, beers, selected wines, and snacks at half price. There’s also a strictly enforced dress code at Chill Sky Bar make sure you dress the part, don’t wear the flip- flops.
3. Level 23 Wine Bar at Sheraton Saigon Hotel
Address: Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, 88 Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: Daily 12:00 – Late
The classy Level 23 Wine Bar at Sheraton Sai Gon Hotel & Towers is catered to a more sophisticated clientele, offering an alfresco terrace setting that overlooks Ho Chi Minh City and its surroundings. Aside from an extensive collection of international wines at VND 120,000 onwards, the rooftop bar also serves beers, whiskeys, champagnes, and signature cocktails all night long. You can also pair your drinks with some light snacks such as spring rolls, beef satay, nachos, and chicken samosas.
4. EON Heli Bar at Bitexco Financial Tower
Address: Level 52, Bitexco Financial Tower, 2 Hai Trieu, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: Daily 10:30 – 01:00
EON Heli Bar, located on the 52nd floor of the ultra-modern Bitexco Financial Tower, is by far the highest spot in Saigon to sip on a cool drink and admire the cityscape.
It’s a seriously impressive vista that is matched by a sophisticated décor of modern lounge seats, sofas and plenty of bar stools. The entire bar is bathed in soft lighting so guests can fully appreciate the 360 degree views of Saigon as day gives way to night and the city lights begin to twinkle.
Noticeable from anywhere in Ho Chi Minh City, the Bitexco Financial Tower is more than twice the height of other buildings in the city and the bar is easy to spot as the helipad that juts out of the building is on the same floor, hence the name EON Heli Bar. You will spend the rest of your stay looking up at the towering structure thinking ‘I was there!’ If you want to experience a bird’s eye view of Saigon, this is the place for you.
5. Glow Skybar Saigon
Address: 93 Nguyen Du, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 17:00 – 02:00, Friday & Saturday 17:00 – 03:00
Glow Skybar Saigon, set within District 1, boasts a beach club atmosphere with expansive views of the city’s modern and colonial architecture. Attracting well-dressed expats and locals looking to dance to deep and tropical house tunes, this rooftop bar is fitted with plenty of tropical trees, black-and-white furnishing, spacious dancefloor, and a fully-stocked bar on the main deck.
Happy hour promos are between 17:00 and 20:00, where you can enjoy 50% off on beers, mixed drinks, wines by the glass, and signature cocktails.
6. Broma Not A Bar
Address: 41 Nguyen Hue, Ben Nghe, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday & Sunday: 17:00 – 02:00, Friday & Saturday 05:00 – 04:00
Broma Not A Bar Saigon occupies the fourth floor of old French colonial building in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1. Accessible via a rickety stairway, this grungy-style bar regularly hosts live music performances and themed dance parties with resident DJs playing minimal, deep house and techno music until 02:00. Drinks-wise, Broma serves signature cocktails, wines, and more than 30 types of beer from Belgium, Germany, Spain, and Mexico. Meanwhile, bar snacks here comprise of Asian and western favorites such as wood-fired oven pizzas, spring rolls, and chips.
7. Dinner Cruise down the Saigon river
For a romantic night in Ho Chi Minh, there is nothing better than taking a leisurely cruise down the Saigon River. For a romantic night in Ho Chi Minh, there is nothing better than taking a leisurely cruise down the Saigon River.
The Bonsai Dinner Cruise combines a slow river journey aboard a beautiful wooden barge with a sumptuous feast of western and Vietnamese favorites. Along with dinner and the views of the HO Chi Minh City at night, there is a live jazz performance onboard and a traditional Vietnamese dance to enjoy.
8. Beer on Pham Ngu Lao
The street drinking scene along Pham Ngu Lao in District 3 of Ho Chi Minh is legendary. It is the backpacker hub of the city and welcomes a mix of foreigners and local Vietnamese who mix freely and chat the night away, drinking cheap beers on small plastic stools all along the street. There are many cheap restaurants here too and several nightclubs if you want to hit the dance floor later in the night.
Several of the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh have casinos within so you can hit the roulette table, play some mah-jong or get lucky on the slot machines.
Two of the biggest casinos in Saigon are located in the Caravelle Hotel and Sheraton Sai Gon hotel and towers Casinos in Ho Chi Minh City are not on the scale of Las Vegas and some games, such as hold ‘em poker, are available on a computer screen only, but having a flutter is still an enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
10. Ben Thanh Night Market
Ben Thanh Market runs a central role in Ho Chi Minh from early morning until late at night. Although busiest during the day, night time brings many food vendors onto the streets serving a wide variety of seafood, as well as many fashion stalls and souvenir type stalls.
The night market is set up alongside the market on Phan Boi Chau Street and becomes a pedestrian zone from 19:00 until 24:00 so you can browse at your leisure. Be aware that prices start very high here and bargaining is a necessity.
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