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Apocalypse Now, Ho Chi Minh City

posted Jul 10, 2012, 8:36 PM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 10, 2012, 8:36 PM ]

First of all, they don't allow pictures inside, I managed to get 2 stolen shots inside before being reminded not to shoot pictures again by the burly security guards.

This is the number one bar cum lounge for foreigners and locals and you would know since there will be a long taxi line in the street going to the Apocalypse Now. They only have a cover charge of 150,000 VND on Saturday Nights with a free beer but the rest of the week, there is no cover charge.

8:00pm until 12:00-2:00am 7 days a week

They have an extensive menu that offers both vietnamese and western foods and bar chor and an assortment of local and international beers and the average cost of a local brewed beer like saigon beer at 65,000 VND or San Miguel Beer at 72,000 VND and cocktails like the tequila sunrise starts at 90,000 VND. There are many gorgeous local vietnamese girls inside and many foreigners all dancing away at the small dance floor inside while the others just play pool at the pool table or eat the the dining area separated only by a souvenir stall from the main dance floor. Some of the girls were escort service according to the waiters. The music is a combination of House, Trance, Lounge, hip Hop, RNB, Rock and more.

Dress Code: smart casual, they don't allow entry for people wearing tank tops, flip flops, shorts, cargo shorts, ripped shirts.

Updated Jun 12, 2012
Address: 2D Thi Sach, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City
Phone: +84 8 825 6124

Source Miker

Rex Hotel Rooftop Beer Garden, Ho Chi Minh City

posted Jul 10, 2012, 8:34 PM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 10, 2012, 8:34 PM ]

I had to visit this rooftop bar because of the history of the place. I had read various journalistic pieces from the 50`s, 60`s and 70`s about anyone who was anyone taking cocktails at the Rex rooftop bar. What I didnt recall was reading about the elephant statues and the fact that there was really no view from sitting at a table, you almost had to climb on the wall to see the city below while sipping a Tiger.
I think I should have visited this bar before I went to Saigon Saigon at the Caravelle as it was bound to suffer in comparison.

Dress Code: It is a hotel but they appeared not to be too fussy, it was late April and 37degrees but shorts were frowned upon
Written Sep 15, 2006

Source: www.rexhotelvietnam.com

Q Bar, Ho Chi Minh City

posted Jul 10, 2012, 8:32 PM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 10, 2012, 8:32 PM ]

Q Bar is one of Saigon's upscale bars, located on the side of the opera house, just in front of the Caravel Hotel. The layout is interesting with many odd little corridors and nooks, not to mention artsy decor. It used to be one of the trendiest night spots in Siagon. According to local rumor, the original owner lost his business liscence . Now it's just a place for guests of the Caravel to have over priced drinks. However, it's worth a visit. The Opera House is one of the city's fine examples of French Architecture.

Dress Code: You can wear anything in most places.

Updated Sep 29, 2002
Source Jason Bisson

Underground Bar and Grill, Ho Chi Minh City

posted Jul 10, 2012, 8:32 PM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 10, 2012, 8:32 PM ]

Underground Bar and Grill is one of the most popular hangouts among expats. Not only do they provide a full bar, but good food too! A great place to socialize, watch your favorite sporting events, or play a game of pool or darts.

Dress Code: You can wear anything in most places, but you might want to dress a little better than the typical backpacker for this place.

Updated Sep 9, 2002
Source Jason Bisson

Carmen Bar, Ho Chi Minh City

posted Jul 10, 2012, 8:30 PM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 10, 2012, 8:30 PM ]

Carmen Bar is one of the more unique night spots in Saigon. For starters, it looks a bit like a log cabin both inside and out. You enter through a small doorway that makes you feel a little like a hobbit. Once your inside, it opens up to candle-lit tables and a coverband strumming popular western tunes. The music is mostly easy listening, so look elsewhere if you're looking for a loud and raucous evening.

Dress Code: Carmen Bar is popular with a lot of Saigon's well-to-do Vietnamese. Generally, locals wear dress pants and a button up shirt even in the most seemingly casual situations. So, it's probably a good idea to wear something nice-casual to Carmen Bar. Don't go in backpacker attire unless you want to stick out like a sore thumb.

Written Feb 5, 2003
Address: 8 Ly Tu Trong, District 1

Phone: 829-7699
Source Jason Bisson

Vasco's, Ho Chi Minh City

posted Jul 10, 2012, 8:27 PM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 10, 2012, 8:27 PM ]

Vascos is a place to meet vibrant creative people at any time. It not only has great food and drink, but is a pumping music scene, with famous saigon bands and djs playing weekly. Whatever you are looking for in a bar, Vascos has.

Dress Code: There are no real dress codes. its the kind of place where everything is accepted, dress how you want to be seen

Updated Jan 11, 2011
Address: Hai Ba Trung street

Paloma Cafe, Ho Chi Minh City

posted Jul 10, 2012, 8:25 PM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 10, 2012, 8:25 PM ]

This nice stylish cafe was just by the "Cool" restaurant where I had dinner, so I went in for a drink. It's got a nice relaxed ambiance, soft music, a good place for an early drink and a pleasant conversation. Many westerners and young "modern" vietnamese.

Written Oct 14, 2003
Address: 26 Dong Khoi

Source Joaquin

Paradise Cafe, Ho Chi Minh City

posted Jul 10, 2012, 8:23 PM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 10, 2012, 8:24 PM ]

It's a nice place for those who wanna have a cup of coffee at night on weekend,the asmosphere is quiet and lovely.

U can both sip ur coffee and listen to the 80's music played professionally.It's really nice,the melody is harmonious and soft ,u also can ask them to sing the song u like,all is unplugged so it make a good felling when u go there.
The music is played in the evening from 8-10:30 pm

It's occupied under the REX Hotel so behind the cafe's is a shop where souvenirs is sold so u can go round and take a look,but it's quite expensive i can claim that.

Dress Code: U can wear anything u wanna at least it's neat and clean

Source Dan Ngoc

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