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Universal (Sports Bar/Cafe/Restaurant/Live Music)

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90 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Super Bowl spot!

Came here at 6am to watch the Super Bowl and it was great. Lots of TVs and plenty of waiters ready to take orders. Only thing That would've made it better is bloody marys and drink specials.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
Chava Z
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New York, New York, United States
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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New York, New York, United States
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99 reviews 99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Came here at 6am to watch the Super Bowl and it was great. Lots of TVs and plenty of waiters ready to take orders. Only thing That would've made it better is bloody marys and drink specials.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Universal is the same as any western bar in this area, food is decent. The manager treats the staff like they are children or even animals, I don't know why the staff work there. I avoid this place because I'm sick of seeing his scornful face and listening to him being angry and yelling at staff and customers.

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Drammen Municipality, Norway
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

While walking the streets of Saigon one evening we did stop at the Universal Pub at 90 Bui Vien Street. The food was good and the beer and drinks reasonably priced and comparable to the rest of this area of Saigon. There was a wedding going on and that made the place a bit noisy and hard to enjoy the... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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263 reviews 263 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Spent our last night in Saigon here. Its located in the middle of Bui Vien street. Didn't care much of the sports aspect as there weren't anything live playing. However we sat facing the street & enjoyed cold beers watching the world go by. Live music that night was a plus. Service is attentive, friendly & quick. Simple decor but... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I only stopped in for Shisha this trip although my daughter & I had enjoyed some delicious food & drinks here in April of this year. Always has lots of people inside & I was lucky to score 1 small empty table out front on my way home. Shisha was only D220,000 - D80,000 less than I was charged at... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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403 reviews 403 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

it is located along Bui Vien street somewhere in the middle. You find Tv's featuring mostly sport. If you are sports fan and want some place where you can have some beers and watch EPL and all other sporting events than this is the place you should be. The deco is simple and nothing much but the staff's are friendly... More 

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Perth, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Well appointed bar in main drinking st of district 1. Lots of sports on tvs, live feeds of afl games. Good priced drinks and food. Live music on some nights. Older brother of the Orient Bar. Great place for a drink and some food.

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

An excellent place to go for a pint or to eat on Bui Vien (the main backpacker street in Ho Chi Minh). The bar managers are really friendly and the staff are very helpful. They also have a wide range of food from western classics to more oriental dishes so there's something for everyone.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

In an area where most sit around drinking cheap local beer on the sidewalk this bar offers comfortable seating, good value meals and great service. We went primarily to watch sport and ended up there most of the day.

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Stuttgart
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Came here once to try. The cheese was very smelly and the base just too oily but burned on the bottom side which one could clearly tast. Not worth the money.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 90 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 7
  • Cuisine: Pizza & Pasta

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