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

$$ - $$$
Bar, American, Pub
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90 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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226 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
4 restaurant reviews
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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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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 

Thank Andrew K
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Watered down expensive cocktails. Poor service (difficult to get the waitress' attention). Tasty carbonara but my partner had stir fried chicken with broccoli.... 3 pieces of broccoli and tasted microwaved. Both meals came out too quickly to be freshly cooked.

Thank alice r
Leeds, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Me and my partner visited here for our dinner one night! It's clean and the food was fresh and cooked well! The thing that lets it down is your really encouraged to sit out on the front which seems fine at first but it leaves you to then fend off every other Vietnamese scam artist trying to sell you their... More 

Thank 25Steph89
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Had so much fun here!! Stopped in as it was one of the only places that had a live band playing American music. Band was so much fun and even let me join in to play and sing. This place serves Huda!! My favorite beer in all of Vietnam and it was the cheapest on the menu. We stayed here... More 

Thank Ryan T
Darlington, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

Decent bar with live music most nights. Food is very good. Waitresses were pleasant and helpful. A good place to meet people and start your night out on bui Vien. People selling things were a bit of a nuisance but the staff moved them on.... An acoustic set was played most nights, the music was mainly revamped classics, which you... More 

Thank DaveMcCabe45
Hamburg, Germany
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45 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

I'm in VN quite regular (five times in six years) and the Universal remains my favourite western spot. Friendly staff, great food and supreme location. Live music nights are fun, too. I always drop in, either for a beer at night or for breakfast in the morning.

Thank andreoz

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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, American, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?