Bring on the booze and shake the stress away! The capital city is not only teeming with a youthful workforce and after-hours traffic, it’s also a fertile ground for the partyphiles.
The ways to spend the night here are as vast and varied as the entire population. Each city in the metro has a unique personality that caters to various preferences. You’ll find them all in Manila, but you gotta know where to look.
Your Guide to Manila’s Nightlife
Nightlife in Manila is often clustered together. Often just a short ride away from the airport, hotels, malls, and major roads, this means you don’t have to go too far. You’ll also find that each city has its own nightlife personality. Which city do you belong to?
Makati City and Taguig City are central business districts where much of the workforce is concentrated. In Makati, you can find the superclubs and the classy pubs. Just pass along Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue, and Pasong Tamo to see what you like.
Meanwhile, the budding nightlife scene in Taguig can be found in Bonifacio Global City (BGC). Though nightlife in Makati and Taguig can get quite pricey, these two cities are great places to enjoy the upscale clubbing experience. Most of the crowd here is composed of young professionals unwinding after a stressful week at work.
Manila City nightlife is a rather old-fashioned destination to go to, reminiscent of the glory days of the capital city. From Remedios Circle going towards Nakpil Road, there is a cultural mix of modern and traditional Filipino lifestyle. Malate, Ermita, and Baclaran are known for cheaper pubs and bars, as well as adult entertainment. As such, majority of the crowds consist of older local and foreign men. You can also go for a relaxing stroll and visit the bars near Roxas Boulevard, Escolta, and Intramuros.
Quezon City is where you can enjoy a more laid-back atmosphere away from the capital city and the business districts. Entire streets in certain parts of the city are lined up with a combo of restaurants, bars, and pubs.
QC is the place to run into local celebrities, because this is where the country’s major television stations are. You can also find students from the nearby universities enjoying the night with their friends. Notable go-to places for nightlife are Tomas Morato and Eastwood.
Pasay City and Parañaque City are popular for the many high-end resort-hotels with casinos where you can try your luck at. Being nearest to the international airport, you can find massive malls here where you can dine at fancy restaurants, watch concerts and plays, and try the Filipinos’ favorite pastime–shopping!
Manila’s Nightlife Choices
Are you the low-key pub drinker or the chronic party-goer? Do you rock out in alternative music or get loose in trance tunes? Or would you rather be the one behind the microphone? Manila nightlife caters to your fancy:
1. Music Bars
This is where you can watch live performances from local bands. Younger crowds often hang out in hip bars featuring indie bands, where vintage items and art galleries go hand in hand. Sometimes, there is also “spoken word” poetry in selected restaurants or house basements. By nature, of course, the locations of these places are not disclosed unless you do deeper research about the community.
Quezon City is the place to find these hipster joints. Meanwhile, the older crowd, ranging from young professionals to businessmen, often hangs out in music bars within the central business districts such as Makati and Taguig. You’ll find a variety of genres here, such as jazz, reggae, rock, and indie.
- Tago Jazz Cafe, Quezon City
- saGuijo Café + Bar, Makati City
- 70s Bistro, Quezon City
- Black Kings Bar x Cafe, Quezon City
- 19 East Bar and Grill, Parañaque City
Karaoke singing is a must-try in the Philippines. As such, KTV Bars are found anywhere in the city where students, young professionals, and families usually celebrate or unwind. This is not to scare people who are tone deaf. A good KTV night simply involves letting go of inhibitions by belting it out into the microphone!
- Red Box Karaoke
- Music 21 Plaza Family KTV and Restaurant
- Music Platinum Family KTV and Restaurant
- CenterStage Family KTV and Restobar
- Good Times Family KTV
- 121 Bar and Grille
3. Food Parks
One of the trending ways to enjoy the night in the city is the night markets and food parks! They offer an alternative dining experience from the malls and restaurants, and are particularly popular among the youth.
Often held outdoors in large tents, these food bazaars, night markets, and food parks are found along eat streets, in parking lots, and empty lots next to buildings. They feature a variety of stalls of different food choices. In night markets, you’ll often find cheap grilled street food and other local delicacies. In food parks, you’ll find more expensive and fancy choices of drinks and Instagrammable desserts.
- StrEat Maginhawa Food Park, Quezon City
- The Yard at Xavierville, Quezon City
- Baga Manila, Muntinlupa City
- Mercato Centrale, Taguig City
- Gastro Park Kapitolyo, Pasig City
- Buendia Food by the Court, Makati City
A growing form of entertainment in the Philippines is in the gaming industry.
In fact, an entire highway that leads to amusement and gaming centers are being constructed from right outside the airport! You can find various resort-hotels with casinos on the ground floor in Pasay and Parañaque. The crowd is usually composed of families and businesspeople leisurely trying their luck at slot machines, card games, and table games.
- Resorts World Manila, Pasay City
- City of Dreams Manila, Paranaque City
- Solaire Resort & Casino, Paranaque City
- Midas Hotel and Casino, Pasay City
5. Sports Bars
Sports bars are the sports enthusiasts’ dugout. It’s the ultimate place to convene around great food, cold beer, and wide-screen TVs playing live sports footage.
Because basketball and boxing are particularly popular in the Philippines, you might want to brush up on your knowledge about Manny Pacquiao and Gilas Pilipinas. But you can find other team sports fans here, too!
- Heckle and Jeckle, Makati City
- Toshie’s Sports Bar, Manila City
- Handlebar Bar and Grill, Makati City
6. Dance Clubs
Partying in the Manila won’t be complete with exclusive access to dance floors, the best DJs, and sophisticated club vibes.
There is a handful of clubs in the business districts of Makati and Taguig. Be sure to dress to impress because you’ll find the hottest ladies and gentlemen in this Manila nightlife scene!
- Valkyrie, Taguig City
- Prive Luxury Club, Taguig City
- The Pool Club at the Palace, Taguig City
- Black Market / Finders Keepers, Makati City
- Prime Upscale Club, Quezon City
Now that you know where to go, your best night in the Philippines may happen in just a few days from today or a few blocks away!