Sipping a cup of coffee while enjoying catchy live music is a great experience in the city at night. Let’s check out some awesome places which draw the attention of locals and foreign tourists. Each venue plays distinct genres, from heavy rock, improvised jazz, to soothing acoustic songs, for your perfect night.
Yoko Cafe is a famed live music performing spot to both locals and foreign visitors. Opened in 2002, it was named after a famous Japanese female artist Yoko Ono. The concert frequently starts after 19:00 pm with various rock, pop, ballad, indie and jazz. Back in the day, the legendary Little Wings band successfully performed the song "Regret" here, appealing to many generations. Moreover, the café makes a reputation for the energetic rock band Ly Le Quyen. It also gives birth to young talents who are musically gifted. So, coming to Yoko, you will have a chance to enjoy new pieces of music (mainly in English) by unique voices.
Yoko Cafe, 22A Nguyen Thi Dieu Street, Ward 6, District 3.
Opening hours (Monday - Sunday): 8:00 - 24:00.
Located right in the city center, Rock Fan Club makes mosh pits a good place to get hurt. You will be crowded round by bands and hard supporters with diverse performances from Hard Rock to Metal, Metal Core to Power Metal, Grindcore to Nu Metal, Punk Rock to Death Metal. Each has its own features and unique way of performing. Beverages are quite good and the service is highly rated as well.
Rock Fan Club, 25C Tu Xuong Street, Ward 7, District 3.
Opening hours (Monday – Sunday): 19:00 – 23:30.
Sax N' Art Jazz Club is located on Le Loi street, just a short walk from Ben Thanh market. This is a familiar site for those who are addicted to jazz music, especially those hooked on the romantic saxophone of Tran Manh Tuan. If you're lucky, you could see him, his daughter An Tran, and some foreign artists from New York and Tokyo together on a stage. Their menu includes a mixture of cocktails, beers, and wines. Sax N' Art Jazz Club opens daily at 18:00, and the show officially starts at 21:00. Its cozy space and professional staff definitely meet all your expectations.
Sax N’ Art Jazz Club, Le Loi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
Opening hours (Monday - Sunday): 18:00 – 24:00.
Since 2002, Cafe Hi-End has always attracted many stereo (audiophile) fans. The café has a nostalgic vibe, reminding people of its owner Hong Thanh Phong - A veteran member of VNAV Community Forum. All the posters and pictures of Marilyn Monroe hanging on the wall were bought by himself during his trips to the United States.
“All the posters and pictures of Marilyn Monroe hanging on the wall were bought by himself during his trips to the United States.”
Cafe Hi-end used to be the stage in which artists of the soft music genre chose to release their latest album, and performed well-produced compositions.
Cafe Hi-end, Nguyen Van Thu Street, Da Kao Ward, District 1.
Opening hours (Monday – Sunday): 7:00 – 22:30.
Vung Oi Mo Ra Cafe is popular among classical lovers, and amazes them with prime menu and soothing music performances. All the decorative furniture like a black and white television, tables and chairs, radio, even light bulbs are antique. Every night, they offer acoustic stages performed by both professional and amateur artists. On the weekends, Vung Oi Mo Ra Cafe is extremely crowded with locals and foreign tourists. With the high-quality lighting and sound system, golden voices still resonate the whole auditorium, delivering excellent live shows to audiences.
Vung Oi Mo Ra Cafe, 1st floor, 61, Tran Quoc Thao Street, Ward 7, District 3.
Opening hours (Monday - Sunday): 9:00 – 23:00.
A hidden gem for rock ballad admirers! A heavy rock vibe permeates among the seating to instruments on the stage. The sound system is well-qualified, plus the soloists and bands are talented and needless to say, really put effort into their live performances. When night falls, Acoustic Bar is a great location to enjoy the rustic acoustic songs based on soft chilling guitar and lastly, the owner’s passion – heavy rock.
Acoustic Bar, 6E1, Alley 6 Ngo Thoi Nhiem Street, Ward 7, District 3.
Opening hours (Monday - Sunday): 19:30 – 23:00.
Cho Gao Bar is the brainchild of writer Ha Thanh Phuc. The music, spirit and ambiance here are imbued with national identity. Each item, color and pattern on the wall are familiar art products with the imprints of traditional culture such as “tuong co” masks, unicorn heads, piggy banks,...
Cho Gao Bar is also among the top famous and homey spaces of the city where listeners could indulge in beautiful love songs sung by many young singers pursuing indie music.
Cho Gao Bar 192 Ly Tu Trong Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1.
Opening hours (Monday - Sunday): 18:00 – 02:00 the following day.
Listed as one of the famous live music pubs in the heart of the city, Fang Pub is worth adding to your bucket list. Though the interior pub is quite modest, the vibrant and catchy live music will make you extremely excited. In daily shows, singers will take turns singing diverse genres of music such as rock, jazz, EDM and even soft chilling acoustic melodies. The performance starts at 21:00 and lasts for about 4 to 5 hours. Both Vietnamese and English records are performed.
Fang Pub, 13 Ho Xuan Huong Street, Ward 6, District 3.
Opening hours (Monday - Sunday): 18:00 – 24:00.