VietNamNet Bridge – Live music in HCM City is never far away. Whether you are looking for relaxing background melody or a rip roaring rock session, Vietnam’s largest city has a place for you. And here are the best live music bars in the city.
The Acoustic Bar is the venue of choice for Vietnam’s up and coming rock musicians. This is the place where legends never die and you can hear amazing renditions of – amongst others – Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and John Lennon. But it’s not limited to the classics; the international roster of musicians is free to rock on with anthems from any era.
The place itself is part bar, part cafe, with plenty of sofas for chilling with a coffee in the early evening and standing room for when it heats up at night – there is no food served at The Acoustic Bar though so be sure to fill up beforehand.
This place is packed practically every night with a pleasant mix of Vietnamese and foreigners so if you only have one night for live music in HCM City, it should be The Acoustic Bar. You’ll have no trouble finding the bar, just look out for an artistically upturned VW Beetle to guide the way.
Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00 (live music from 21:00, except on Sunday)
Address: 6E1 Ngo Thoi Nhiem Street, District 3
Sax n’ Art Jazz Club
Dark and smoky, this live jazz bar is unique in Ho Chi Minh City – somewhere to listen to contemporary jazz with subtle Vietnamese influences thanks to the talented owner who plays several traditional instruments on stage.
Sax n‘ Art is more expensive than most bars in the city, but that is the price you must pay to listen to Vietnam’s best jazz band in a compact and personal space.
The house band weaves between jazz standards and into some more avant-garde compositions, and many touring musicians have been known to frequent the club owned by Vietnam’s foremost jazz saxophone player.
Opening Hours: 19:00 – 24:00 (live music from 21:00)
Address: 28 Le Loi, District 1
Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe is a bar that needs no introduction – creative cocktails, huge portions of tex-mex favourites, memorabilia on the walls and a kick ass live band to entertain you after dinner.
It’s a formula that has won plaudits from New York to New Deli and keeps tourists returning again and again.
The live bands at Hard Rock Cafe in Saigon are technically excellent and play a varied and middle-of-the-road selection of rock ballads and a few anthems to get people out of their chairs and singing along.
Hard Rock Cafe HCM City is tourist and family-friendly with a bar menu of Western classics that could quell the hunger of a wildebeest. Particular favourites include the intimidating barbeque rack of ribs and their legendary burgers.
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00 – 24:00, Weekends 11:00 – 02:00 (Live music from 21:00)
Address: 39 Le Duan Street, District 1
A short moto-taxi out from HCM City’s tourist centre, Yoko Bar plays host to an assortment of bands playing rock and acoustic jazz pop in a smallish bar with a unique ‘lived in’ style.
This is a true live music bar so there are bands playing every night of the week with a regular crowd of Ho Chi Minh City scenesters and expats.
Expect to hear some classic rock tunes along with some singer/songwriter type songs – and if the feeling grabs you, you are free to go up and sing with the band! There are plenty of comfy sofas and a small upstairs space with a great view of the performers.
Opening Hours: 19:00 – 24:00 (Live music from 21:00)
Address: 22A Nguyen Thi Dieu Street, District 3
Seventeen Saloon Saigon is a Western Saloon themed bar and one of the best live music bars, hosting two different bands every day.
In the bar upstairs you can listen to a Filipino band playing Western songs and some Vietnamese on request, while downstairs in the main area a rock, heavy metal band is rocking the stage.
Seventeen Saloon is a nice place to spend some hours after a long day in the city if you love rock music, guitar shredding and loud sing-a-longs.
Opening Hours: 19:00 – 02:00 (live music from 21:00)
Address: 103A Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1