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

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Sushi, Pizza & Pasta
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90 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good

Really is good, the bruschettas are great and have many cocktails. Only the people is not really as other places, not but service but is not similar other pubs. The local is good. Not cheap.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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208 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Really is good, the bruschettas are great and have many cocktails. Only the people is not really as other places, not but service but is not similar other pubs. The local is good. Not cheap.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The staff here are great (although they change with disturbing regularity...not sure what that is about...perhaps the management need to look at themselves)... The food is consistently good ...hearty pub food! My favourites.. the chips...fat & crisp the garlic bread...perfect amount of garlic the Bolognese...Yummy Right in the middle of the backpacker strip...never short of sights to see!

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Da Nang, Vietnam
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My first order, a plain Desperados beer, I nearly had to spell. When I ordered a glass of white wine, another staff didn't want to understand at all. My main course, chicken Kiev, was of average and acceptable quality. But first the kitchen did bring me another but a wrong chicken dish. The bill was 245.000 vnd. I give three... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

My one stop shop for great service, icy cold drinks, and the best Chicken Wings in Saigon bar none. Also the most relaxing place to watch the Rugby. Manager's not a bad bloke either. Sensational!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Chose universal after walking around ho chi Minh for few hours, for a quick snack, food was good and arrived quickly and staff were friendly, live music was great and tv's everywhere showing a variety of sport!

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Universal has a great atmosphere, and is an excellent place to watch some football or Rugby. However, the staff are not very friendly, and the food is way overpriced for the quality. It is your typical sports bar; much better to slam some beers than have a good meal. Its right in the heart of the backpackers area, and is... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Good food. Takes toooooooo long to come out. comes out in all different times. Staff are friendly but don't understand English very well and forget orders. Still waiting for one main to come out. After two of us have finished ours 10 minutes ago. Not good enough. Sort it out..

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New York, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

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
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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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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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Address: 90 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
Average Prices: USD 2 - 7
Cuisine: Sushi, Pizza & Pasta

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  • 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: Sushi, Pizza & Pasta

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