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

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub
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90 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Highly recommend a stop here. Great atmosphere as well as staff. Plus the street life is super fun to observe and be a part of. Drinks are affordable and the music is good

Thank Allie C
South West Rocks, Australia
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sitting here at universal sports bar great saturday after noon talk and bartering been coming hear for two years good staff plenty sport on tv food good if in vietnam must rest spot

Thank peter c
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food to pig out on, cold cold beers unlike most others. Aussie owned. Great Vietnamese service with all the sports on. 🤙🏻🤙🏻

Thank Ryan T
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2017 via mobile

Just spend some time with my gf there and I saw the staff took the money in het pocket from a customer. Few hours later the table didn't want to pay because they pay already half a part I guess, and then the staff just start to throw bottles of beers on the motobike customers was driving on. Such a... More 

Thank Cédric B
Bristol, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

I ducked in to universal while it was lashing it down with rain outside. I had no intention to eat there that evening, but I asked about the happy hour deal and was told one of the options was a free Saigon beer with a main meal. I proceeded to order the beef nachos, which were lovely, and I drank... More 

Thank Maddeningloop123
Glastonbury, Connecticut
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23 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

While walking down Bui Vien, my wife and I ducked into the Universal to avoid a sudden downpour of rain. Hungry and damp, we ordered some food, thinking "with this many items on the menu, there's no way it could actually be good." We were pleasantly surprised that the Vietnamese dishes we tried (beef Pho and crispy omelette) tasted fresh... More 

Thank Shepps63
Anchorage, Alaska
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353 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

A hip bar that is more western/Australian themed than Asian. It was clean, had a friendly staff, and ample seating both inside and out. Pool table on the second floor, and seating overlooking the street as well. TV’s showing sports, mostly rugby. Happy Hour beers were 15k VND (~$0.75 USD) for the 400mL Saigon Green bottles. Prices goes up to... More 

Thank tazman1099
Nha Trang, Vietnam
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

OK venue with reasonable service and prices. Only major downside for me was that they have limited ability to show many sports. This resulted in NRL final getting two thirds of the way through and then being switched over to English Premier league.

Thank richmond2016
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

Great friendly staff, perfect location. If you are young or a party goer district 1 is surely the place to be! So much to see in this area, street food is great! The food in universal is great free wifi which is standard everywhere! Outside at night you may see a mouse or two and defo a few cockroaches haha!!

Thank domskiboo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

The guy outside trying to lure people in from the street offered 15,000 dong beers. We declined and went to the bar next door. After deciding to move (no good seats) back to universal, we were reluctantly greeted with a sarcastic comment about not going there first. We laughed it off. Bill times come and sure enough the beers were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$2 - $7
Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Television
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 90 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?