The 5 Best Bars in Vung Tau, Vietnam

Vung Tau is Saigons nearest beach town
Vung Tau is Saigon's nearest beach town | © Greg Donohue / Flickr
Sam Roth

Vung Tau is Saigon’s nearest beach town and is often visited by both domestic and foreign tourists. The city is fringed by a white-sand coast and has an atmosphere to match. In a laid-back getaway from the concrete sea, these are our favorite watering holes.

1. Vung Tau Beach Club

Bar, British

Relaxed drinks by the beach | © Gary J. Wood / Flickr
© Gary J. Wood / Flickr

Open, airy, and on the beach. Vung Tau Beach Club is the place to go to sip on a cocktail and find the shade during a steaming hot day. This friendly bar serves up drinks from morning till night and is home to a diverse group of clientele. Sit by the bar, shoot pool with friends or take your drink down to one of the beachside umbrellas. If you’re up for it, rent a surfboard and hit the waves on Back Beach. This is one cheery joint where anything goes.

2. Black Pearl Bar

Bar, American

Home to the best live music in Vung Tau, the Black Pearl is where the party just wont stop. Drinks are certainly more expensive than most other joints, however the rambunctious atmosphere makes it all worthwhile. After eight, the show begins and 80’s and 90’s rock covers belt out. Eventually a nightclub vibe takes over and the house band hands the reigns to a DJ. Servers are friendly and helpful.

3. Gazebo Beach Front Lounge & Cafe

Bar, Seafood

Mojitos by the sea | © Michael Budde / Flickr
© Michael Budde / Flickr

Spectacular sunset views of the bay and one of the best DJs in town set Gazebo apart. This upscale lounge serves up great mojitos and is another nice place to relax with friends after a day at the beach. Dress to impress as this is one of the more trendy and modern joints around.

4. Cask Bar

Bar, American

Cask is one of the most popular spots in Vung Tau, run by an incredibly friendly couple who clearly take great pride in their pub. For years they’ve been serving up the best beer in town and are the only bar in the city that offers Saigon’s famed Pasteur Street IPA. A location on the main drag coupled with a relaxing second floor balcony make this one great spot to watch the sun melt away.

5. Down Under Bar

Bar, Australian

A great spot to shoot pool with friends | © Wilson Hui / Flickr
© Wilson Hui / Flickr

One of the friendlier spots in town, Down Under is the place to go to watch live sports. Drinks are not overly pricey and there’s some good pub grub as well as a pool table. Most often frequented by older Aussies and Kiwis who’ve settled in the area, it’s a welcome environment and a nice place for a pint. The outside seating area is a great spot to sit when the heat of the day has faded away.

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