Carmen Bar

Restaurant 8 Ly Tu Trong, | District 1,, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015

05:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Restaurant
25.00 - 35.00 USD

Carmen Bar is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids No
Good for senior Senior No
Good for couple Couple No
Good for solo Solo No
Good for group Group No
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Carmen is a curious Saigon live music space. Flamenco - yes in Spanish - is performed by a mainly Vietnamese band. It's surprisingly well done too - at least until the usual set of schmaltz ballads (in English - think Air Supply), kicks in.

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Why Carmen Bar is special ?

Carmen is a curious Saigon live music space. Flamenco - yes in Spanish - is performed by a mainly Vietnamese band. It's surprisingly well done too - at least until the usual set of schmaltz ballads (in English - think Air Supply), kicks in. But schmaltz is all part of the Saigon experience so lap it up. The atmosphere is intimate. This is definitely not a sweaty live music venue. Drinks are on the expensive side for Saigon. Can be lots of fun and this is definitely a unique Saigon night out in a convenient downtown location nearby Lush.

Selling points

  • Great Latino experience in the heart of Vietnam
  • Super music band
  • Great Latin Music and great service
  • Love band every night
  • Interesting with the live music

Facilities

  • Noise level Loud
  • Budget Medium
  • Alcohol YES
  • Air condition NO
  • Had kid menu NO
  • Accept credit card YES
  • Serve breakfast NO
  • Serve halal NO
  • Serve vegeterian NO
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
186.98 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
16 places

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8 Ly Tu Trong, | District 1,, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • It really gets busy after 10pm but the crowd are pleasantly not rowdy
    Timming
  • Several different performers come on at different times with the band to play different styles of music.
    What to know
  • This is small bar with two levels, there is a small stage for the band on the ground floor.
    What to know
  • Singers are from all over the world, singing some of most popular music. This is great place for family, couples, birthday parties.
    Experience
  • The place is very smokey and the crowd was a little thick, so either of those things is a problem, not a place for you.
    Experience

Reviews

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Music, drink, all... The best

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Impressive singing by various singers, great live band, excellent environment! It's like a classic Spanish cabin!

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music is great, singers are vry funny

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Mixed drinks, at least the mojito and sangria not good. Pizza is ordered from Pizza Inn :-(

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Great latino songs, drink and ambience.

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I went with two friends who wanted to go. House band plays reasonable imitation covers of well known songs and as is commonplace in Vietnam, has a revolving roster of singers. I ordered a Corona (180,000 VND), which came with the mandatory wedge of lime. Except the lime wedge had been dipped in salt, the taste of which unfortunately I discovered after the wedge had been pushed into the bottle. I asked for a replacement beer - which caused the barman to become really loud and aggressive. The claim by the barman, was that's the way they served the beer at Carmens. Rather than just accept a mistake had been made, replace the beer, and keep the customer happy, they decided to keep ramping up the argument and make it ugly - with a view to squashing the customer to resignation. Who puts salt in beer? Never again. Not recommended. There are much better places to discover in Ho Chi Minh and which provide a more authentic and welcoming experience.

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I have been to Carmen twice and about to take 4 more friends who haven't been there before ! It's a great night out !! And for those of you who keep moaning about the price of beer! Try a London club !! It would make your nose bleed! You get at Carmen what you pay for !! A great night out!

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As a Latin I was curious about a Latin bar in Vietnam and my local friend highly recommended me this one. The bar is nice and the live music quite entertaining.It is quite expensive for Vietnamese standards (around USD 7 per beer) but maybe average for other countries prices.The music consists of 3 different acts which are way better than what I expected. The only thing is that they literally mix everything so they will be singing a song from Spain with a Mexican sombrero while moving like salsa (maybe this was the part which made my night actually). Also if you are a Spanish native speaker don't expect good pronunciation from the singers.I would probably go back to grab one beer and laugh with the mix again :)

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Very nice chill out bar with live music. Singers were entertaining and good quality. A little pricey for Saigon standard, in my opinion. Nevertheless, you cant give this places a pass... ^^

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Impressive singing by various singers, great live band, excellent environment! It's like a classic Spanish cabin!

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