If you’re visiting the Philippines hoping to see what the party and nightlife scene has in store, then Manila will not disappoint. Whether it’s the holidays or summer vacation, we give you 20 of the best bars in Manila and more:
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Known for their tagline “3 floors of fun”, this New-York inspired restaurant and bar is owned by Marco and Joey Viray (creators of a local beer brand “Joe’s Craft Brew”).
Officially opened for business this year, Nokal or “North of Kalayaan” offers cocktails by some of Manila’s top bartenders, unique music, and a vast variety of local beers.
A must-order is their Kampai Highball (P300) which has Suntory Kukobin Whisky, soda, and optional flavors. Or you can opt for their American Pie (P300) which has whiskey, apple & cinnamon, lemon and soda.
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If you see friends on Instagram posting a purple LED light sign, it’s most likely from Poliliya. A bar that takes their concept off of Filipino enchantment and supernatural spirits is what gives off a warm ambiance once guests walk through their doors.
Home of Engkanto Brewery, Poliliya is always full and sometimes the customers even start to pool up outside, so make sure to get there as early as possible or reserve two weeks in advance.
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Who needs to go to Costa Rica when Costa Rica can be brought to Manila? Pura Vida Manila is a Reggae bar that stays true to the Costa Rican nightlife with its funky beats and an open dance floor.
Guests are bound to let loose and are sure to release their inner salsa dancer, and when tired, they can rest easy at the terrace while sipping on Pura Vida’s best selling cocktail: Healthy Rasta.
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Z hostel showcases a great view of Makati City and hip beats that’ll give you the courage to dance with that special someone. In order to enter, you’ll need to purchase a bracelet from a hotel receptionist on the first floor.
Z hostel is usually full of backpackers who are all really friendly and eager to start a conversation. For people who are interested in meeting new friends from different walks on life then this is one roof deck you’ll need to check out.
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The Apartment would be best described as your local hipster hangout. Ever wondered what it would feel like to enter a house party? This would be the closest to partying in an “apartment” as you’d get.
The space comes with a living room where events happen every night, a bedroom where you can actually lie down and drink with your friends, an attic with a bar, a roof deck, and a dining area.
Jazz and Hip Hop nights are usually a popular theme that party goers love to attend on the weekends.
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Breakfast doesn’t always have to be eaten in the morning! B.A.D Late Night Breakfast Bar was made to satisfy the desire for breakfast food after a wild night of partying.
Not only do they specialize in breakfast dishes, but this bar can also actually be your squad’s main drinking destination when you need a casual hangout with friends after completing a hectic work schedule.
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Known for their Huge Caramel Beer (P799), Rue Bourbon isn’t just for men who know their drinks. This bar & restaurant also caters to women like to try everything from mojitos, unique-named shooters, to even their plain good ol’ beer.
This place is perfect for people who love small cozy settings and wooden interior that’ll give guests a feel of what it would be like to drink at an Irish pub.
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Tipsy Pig serves tasty yet unique dishes that pair great with your go-to drink for the night. Their menu’s bestseller includes an extensive list of signature brews such as Emily’s Garden, RJ Mint Spritzer, Kung Fu Pandan and Dirty’s Salted Caramel Martini listed at P950 each.
If you’re feeling hungry, you can order the crowd favorites Vinyard Pizza (P490) and Kesong Puti Pasta (P365).
The venue gives off a laid-back ambiance which is probably why both the younger and older generations seem to make this their first choice for their Friday night happenings.
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This bar is the mecca of arcades and drinks. Located in Uptown Parade BGC, Versus Barcade lets guests dine and drink while playing a variety of old-school arcade games such as Mario Kart, Pac Man, Street Fighter, and even Dig Dug! As if that wasn’t fun enough, you can take on their The Pokemon Challenge!
Loud music is blasted throughout the bar to announce that you’ll be taking on the challenge, so don’t be surprised if all eyes are on you.
Basically, you need to down six shots in a certain period of time with no water in between shots. If you finish them all within the agreed terms, then you get to walk away with a Versus Barcade shirt and the pride of knowing you’ve completed the challenge.
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A favorite watering hole for old and new souls, Ocean’s Telephone Company is perfect for underground bar seekers.
The bar gives off an “exclusive without excluding anyone” vibe to customers as they walk through their door. Ocean’s Telephone Company is the perfect spot for VIP businessmen and for young professionals looking to relax after a stressful day at work.
Getting here is an open secret, you simply have to walk up to the second floor of Frank & Dean and turn left. There you’ll find a vintage red telephone box (Instagram-worthy spot) which will lead you to that glorious entrance you seek.
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Yes Please isn’t just known for Erwan Heussaff’s quirky cocktail list but comes out as the perfect spot for that Instagram-worthy “night-life” shot.
The bar houses luxurious velvet couches, bright neon lights, and graffiti art placed in every corner. Some of Yes Please’s best selling cocktails include Girl Scout Colada (P380), Froyay (P350), and Sour Patch Spritz (P390).
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If you’re looking for a place with great art installments, drinks, and food, then Big Bad Wolf is your match made in heaven. This artsy resto-bar is perfect for night owls who enjoy a chill environment or drinks by a quiet outdoor sidewalk.
For eco-friendly citizens, Big Bad Wolf believes in the “no plastic” rule as they serve their drinks with metal straws and use ingredients from local sources.
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Tap Station is a beer enthusiast’s playground. With a popular demand for craft ale, this bar definitely takes on the challenge.
This establishment serves your selection in a mug from their wide range of local and imported beer flavors offered at a reasonable price compared to other bars in Burgos Circle.
Tap Station also greets customers with a warm welcome and can carefully walk you through their selection, based on your mood, your preferred taste and tolerance.
Sip on these crowd favorites: Manila Hipster (Dalandan flavor), Kriek Fruit Ale (fruity beer), Oktoberfest (similar to Red Horse), Delirium (similar to Cerveza Negra), Procrastination (similar to San Mig Light).
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There’s something rewarding about finding a bar that’s hidden in plain sight. Finders Keepers is tucked away in an old warehouse turned future trap house right along Chino Roces Avenue.
If you want a break from the head banging ambiance of BlackMarket (a club beside it), just open the “secret” door beside the club entrance and make your way to the bar.
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The best place to get bottomless wine would be at Dr. Wine. They have an extensive selection of wines by the glass, wines by the bottles, and sparkling wines. It is known to the public as the best wine bar in Metro Manila.
The price ranges from P190 to P390 per glass and per bottle the price range would go from P390 to P49,000. Happy hour is from 5 PM to 7 PM where you can avail their unlimited red and white wines for P550.
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Two words. Jellyfish Bar. Yeah, you heard it right. Antidote is the only bar in Makati that has a unique glass aquarium filled with led lights and live jellyfish.
The bar is situated on the roof deck floor of the Five Star I’M Hotel. The name “Antidote” comes from a medicine that is taken to counteract a certain toxin.
As you step outside you’ll be greeted by a huge three-level deck filled with local millennials and young foreigners casually sipping on their preferred cocktail for the night. The drinks are about P380 to P2,000 depending on your choice of ladies drink or bottle.
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Beach clubs don’t always have to be an hour away. The Coconut Club expresses their love for the islands by creating a Tropical Paradise within the city.
Located in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, this new spot is the exact definition of bean bags and Pina Coladas.
This small yet striking establishment includes colorful interior, a disco ball, and a pole for the brave souls who decide to whip up some dance moves after a couple of shots. Who needs to get a taste of the ocean when The Coconut Club has all of that to offer and more.
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The Filipino drinking culture has never looked so good! Alamat was designed especially for foreigners and backpackers to indulge in the most loved traditional drinks and dishes of the Philippines.
The main inspiration for the food is tribal and ancestral Filipino dishes, most of which are taken from the pre-colonial times.
This Filipino pub even holds monthly “Alamat Sessions” wherein they invite well-known local artists to perform live. Don’t forget to try their best-selling De Puta Madre, Keywheat, and Single Speed brews.
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When clubbing meets luxury, Revel goes above and beyond. Exclusively intricate is the best word to describe how the bar has been put together for the public. Most VIP, high-end rollers, and celebrities can all be found inside this club.
The place offers extensive range of first-class champagnes, whiskey, vodkas, tequilas, rums, and specialty cocktails. If you’re interested in going to clubs but want a lighter version of Xylo (what was once named Valkyrie), then this is the right set-up for you and your friends.
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Where do retired party animals head out for a good night? It’s at a “secret” spot called Bank Bar located behind a 7-Eleven convenience store.
As guests walk through the hidden passageway it gives a quest-like feel to entering this establishment. It is a charming distinct take on lounges and bars, with patrons even labeling it a speakeasy, due to its calm and collected vibe.
If you’re looking for a strong drink that’ll last you the night, then Due Diligence (the strongest drink on the menu) is your best bet. Ladies can try the Queen’s Park Swizzle, a drink that consists of mint, lime, grapefruit, muscovado syrup. The cost of alcoholic drinks starts at P350 per glass.
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