Saigon is not known as Vietnam’s party town for nothing. The southern hub is generously laden with venues in which to get your groove on. Music snobs probably won’t feel at home in most of the clubs in town – commercial chart music and ear-splitting house tunes rule the roost in this part of Southeast Asia. Thankfully, however, there are several credible deviations from the humdrum norm.
Some of the best nights in Saigon are put on by the dOSe team. These guys have been staging some of the best (nay, only) underground parties in the city for several years. They’ve attracted international artists such as N’Dea Davenport of Brand New Heavies fame as well as respected DJs from around the globe. Venues tend to be moveable feasts so check the listings of local expat magazines such as The Word and Asia Life for details on forthcoming events.
Other excellent events to look out for include ones promoted by The Beats Saigon and Everyone’s a DJ.
There’s plenty to choose from if it is just conventional party kicks you are after. The grand doyen of city nightspots is Apocalypse Now, which blends cheesy with sleazy and just about manages to pull it off. Also popular is Lush, which makes up for its inexplicable lack of a proper dancefloor by pulling in the occasional credible name.