I should disclose at the start that Voodoo is my regular bar. I have been going there frequently for 18 months. I decided I should write a review after reading the reviews by TravelersAH and Addicted2Asia. While they both clearly enjoyed their visits to Voodoo, their descriptions might give people the wrong impression about what kind of establishment this is.
Voodoo is one of many similar expat bars, most of which are close together in a fairly small area of District 1 in Saigon. The business model is quite simple. Hire attractive, English-speaking girls to serve cold beer, other drinks and bar meals. The staff wear attractive, matching dresses (different for each day - "red" Friday is my favourite) and there are up to 20 staff working at any one time. So on slow days, or late at night (1 am is closing time), the staff can outnumber the customers!
Most of the staff work behind the long bar-counter, but two or three girls will be working outside the bar, serving drinks to customers at the few tables or in the darts area and going upstairs to the kitchen to bring down food orders. They work very hard and rarely have time to stop and talk.
However, the staff are not "hostesses" nor are they "assigned conversationalists". Customers are free to come in and have a drink or a meal or chat with their friends without any interaction with the staff other than ordering. However, the staff are more than happy to chat with customers and even happier if the customers offer to buy them a drink (they get a small commission on each drink), but there is no pressure or obligation to do so. The staff are free to stop talking with a customer if they don't like them and will walk away from someone who becomes rude or obnoxious.
Ms. Thoung, the manager, is there most nights and is always happy to say hello to a new customer or fix any problems.
When you pay the bill, tips are appreciated (10-15% is normal) and all the tips go into a giant brandy glass on the bar for distribution to all the staff at closing time.
So come to Voodoo, have a cold Tiger and chat to the girls, but be polite. The best expat bar in town.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.