The Best Live Music Venues in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Everyone loves saxophones | Courtesy of Sax N Art Jazz Club
Everyone loves saxophones | Courtesy of Sax N Art Jazz Club
Photo of Matthew Pike
Writer22 October 2017

Live bands seem to be going extinct, replaced by DJs twirling imaginary knobs and playlists of computer-generated music. But not everywhere. Here are the best venues in Ho Chi Minh City still providing space for talented musicians to strut their stuff.

Yoko Cafe

If you’re looking for a place that has both good music and a chill atmosphere, you can’t do much better than Yoko Cafe. They have live bands playing every night of the week, featuring rock, jazz and pop. This cafe is popular with both locals and expats alike because it’s a cool place to be, and if you’ve got some musical talent of your own, the band might even let you join them onstage.

Yoko Cafe, , District 3

Yoko Cafe | courtesy of Yoko Cafe

Yoko Cafe | Courtesy of Yoko Cafe

Carmen Bar

The entrance to this bar is one of the strangest you’ll ever pass through. It’s a tiny hobbit door, made of aged stones and bricks. It feels like a portal, which is fitting, because once you get inside, you feel like you’ve been transported into a Spanish club. The band plays flamenco and up-tempo versions of popular songs which are sure you get you out of your seat and dancing.

Carmen Bar Saigon, , District 1

Overture Cafe

For your dose of professionally trained musicians, wine and cigars, Overture is where to go. They feature music graduates and concert singers, with special shows on Saturday and Sunday. The venue is classy and so are the clientele, so you’ll feel right at home if you have impeccable tastes.

Overture Cafe, , District 3

Indika Saigon

Indika Saigon is probably the hippest addition to this city’s music scene, which is why it’s a popular hangout for artists and musicians. They have a wide variety of bands that play there—reggae, funk, rock, jazz, and others. The place has a really chill vibe, so you can relax and take your mind off things with good music.

Indika Saigon, ,

Sax N’ Art Jazz Club

Saxophones make everything better. It’s just a fact. At the Sax N’ Art Jazz Club, you get to enjoy modern jazz, traditional Vietnamese songs and American classics in a cool space awash with neon hues. If jazz isn’t normally your kind of music, this place will change your mind and your tastes.

Sax n Art Jazz Club, 28 Le Loi, District 1

Everyone loves saxophones | Courtesy of Sax N Art Jazz Club

Everyone loves saxophones | Courtesy of Sax N Art Jazz Club

Acoustic Bar

This popular spot has live music starting every night at 9pm, except Sunday. The music is usually a mixture of modern and classic rock, with other genres mixed in from time to time. The crowd is hip, the vibes are positive and the staff is friendly, so you really should check it out.

Acoustic Bar, , District 3

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