Best and worst of Saigon’s night scene

12 Sep

BEST AND WORST OF SAIGON’S NIGHT SCENE  Ho Chi Minh City is estimated to have a greater population than New York City, so it should not be surprising then that it boasts dozens of nighttime venues that are trendy even by Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda’s standards.

I’ve sampled a number of the popular expat and local night spots during the past six weeks, including many of Lonely Planet’s top suggestions. Some are classy and some are just wild. Here are tastes of the best and the worst.

Yoko Bar – live music
Yoko is stylish, relaxing and comfortable. You can check out Yoko any night of the week and you’re guaranteed to stumble upon some great tunes. From classical to hard rock, this place has got it all. Oh, and the bar staff make sensational cocktails too! Try my favourite: Poison. Here is a taste of the very talented band that appears regularly on Friday nights.

Lush nightclub. One of the hottest night spots in Ho Chi Minh City.

Lush – nightclub
If you’re looking for the latest dance and r’nb hits, Lush is the place to be. You will shake it all night long on the dance floor and sometimes staff dance along too. This slick club also has a first class design, with floor-to-roof art, a second-tier dance floor and a huge bar (pictured right).

Apocolypse Now – nightclub
Warning: Do not go to Apocolypse “Apo” Now sober or before midnight. Apo is usually the first nightclub tourists experience, either because it’s the first venue listed in the Lonely Planet or they have heard of it’s reputation. It’s sleasy, greasy and definitely easy. However, it’s always a reliable option after midnight when many other venues shutdown.

My friend Rebecca and I on the dance floor at The Factory.

The Factory – nightclub
Unlike most nightclubs in Ho Chi Minh City, The Factory usually offers room to move on the dance floor. The DJs perform great sets too. The best thing about The Factory, however, is the quirky factory-like theme. Bar staff wear miners outfits, complete with hardhats and orange overalls, and the walls are lined with industrial fans. The only drawback on this venue are the pricey drinks.

Do you know a great venue to share with readers? Please comment in the box below (no sign-up required).

By Marissa Toohey

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