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“Great place to people watch and spend New Years Day afternoon!”

Universal (Sports Bar/Cafe/Restaurant/Live Music)
Ranked #433 of 3,578 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: $2 - $7
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

Spent 4 hours here this afternoon sat on the roadside tables just watching the world go by!

Great music, well priced beer and spot on service

If you manage to get a roadside seat in the early afternoon you can sit and people watch all day - just remember to take your "no thanks" face out with you for the street vendors!!!

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Universal bar is an oasis on Bui Vien street.

I've been going there for over a year now, before and after the recent renovations. The atmosphere is great, the food is great, the live bands are great, prices are sane and there are two brand new league class pool tables. You can keep up with all your sports needs without the place having that lame sports bar feel. Great location, very comfortable and a good healthy mix of clients.

What is the best thing about Universal? The staff, they are all sweethearts, pleasant, welcoming and will take great care of you. It's Bui Vien without the Bui Vien harassment. Definitely worth many visits. Come for dinner, enjoy the bands and stick around for a few drinks. Dance, play, watch the crowd, whatever you are into.

Great place to make new friends.

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Reviewed December 22, 2012

Probably one of the best bars in Saigon. Its a great match of prices, food, drinks, music and sport. You can have a private party there or just come with a company of friends or even by yourself. Live music every night, good drinks and amazing food available late night. Staff is super friendly as well. Great place to watch ur fav sport events, listen to music and just enjoy urself.

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2  Thank Marina_Mira
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

If you find yourself in the backpacker area of Saigon and want an honestly priced beer, decent food and a friendly, unpretentious atmosphere then this is the place to head.

If you also want good live music, to watch sports or play a game of pool on probably the best table in the city then you shouldn't really be heading anywhere else. Add to this friendly and attentive staff and a constant stream of people passing through and Universal Bar really is a great place to spend an evening or two. I can see why a good number of people make this their regular haunt!

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1  Thank PedroSaigon
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

This is a great spot to relax in a nice environment with cheap prices and a good vibe. The food is really good and the staff are friendly! The place has recently been renovated so everything is clean and well kept. Be sure to check out the live music and watch the biggest sporting events!

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1  Thank Lisajh90
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