Must-see nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City

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    Saigon Coffee Roastery

    A short stroll from Pham Ngu Lao, this micro-roastery has well-trained baristas and the house blend has a pleasing acidity and flavour. It's a tiny space.

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    A D2 institution for arabica beanheads, with a prime spot for your morning macchiato or mocha. They also sell green-tea creations, smoothies and juices.

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    Secure a window seat and catch the sun going down from this snappy 52nd-floor vantage point over town.

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    Take Your Fancy

    Located in a decaying colonial mansion smack in the middle of a busy intersection, this small, kitschy cafe provides an interesting look into what these…

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    La Fenetre Soleil

    Making the most of the bones of a French-colonial building, this shabby-chic upstairs hang-out has exposed brickwork and beams, chandeliers, frilly…

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    Chill Skybar

    The most upmarket of HCMC's sky bars – it's very popular with local high rollers working their way through a bottle of Hennessy cognac or Johnnie Walker…

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    Apocalypse Now

    ‘Apo’ has been around since 1991 and remains one of the must-visit clubs in town. It's a sprawling place with a big dance floor and a courtyard, and its…

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    Vespa Sofar

    This cool Vespa and Mod-themed cafe-bar combo is a short walk from Pham Ngu Lao. Look forward to good coffee, juice and smoothies, well-priced cocktails,…

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    Le Pub

    The name says it all – British pub meets French cafe-bar – and the pomegranate-coloured result, ranging over three floors, is a hit. An extensive beer…

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    Air 360 Sky Lounge

    Happy hour runs from 5pm to 8pm at this modern sky bar – perfect to make the most of sunset and secure a good discount on the pricey drinks menu. Pâtés,…

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    Excellent craft-beer bar across the river in District 2. Expect locally brewed beers with irreverent names, plus the best of hoppy, distinctive imported…

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    Buddha Bar & Grill

    Popular expat bar across in District 2 that offers live music most Friday nights from 9pm. Check Buddha Bar's Facebook page to see what's on. Live sports…

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    From the sinuous curve of the hardwood bar to the smoothly arranged bottles on the shelves, soft chill-out rhythms, funky caramel leather furniture and…

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    OMG is a decent rooftop bar near Ben Thanh Market that's less pretentious than some other sky bars around town. Beers/cocktails cost from 90,000/160,000d…

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    Once you’re done chatting in the garden bars, move to the central bar for serious people-watching and arse-shaking. The decor is very manga, with cool…

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    Not as elevated as other rooftop bars around town, but less pretentious and a whole lot easier on the wallet. It's still a good escape to look down on the…

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    Game On

    Friendly sports bar that schedules an entire planet's worth of live events across any given week. An essential detour if you're familiar with sporting…

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    2 Lam Son Martini Bar

    A chic blend of wood, glass and steel, the Park Hyatt’s ground-floor cocktail bar is a super-stylish meeting ground for Saigon's makers and shakers, with…

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    M Bar

    On the 8th floor of the Majestic Hotel, this is a great spot for a sundowner, with panoramic views of the river and a certain colonial-era cachet.

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    This sports bar is renowned for its convivial atmosphere, good grub and big screens. English soccer, rugby and Australian Rules Football are all screened…