Discover the vibrant nightlife in Manila in 6 essential stops
Seeing as Manila is one of the largest and most vibrant cities in South East Asia, it should be no surprise to hear that the nightlife in Manila has garnered a lot of fame. While the city has much to offer during the day, it is Manila’s nightlife where you will see the lively energy of the Filipino people at play. Whether you are looking to dance the night away at a giant nightclub, or sip on a few San Miguels at a more laid back lounge bar, Manila has it all.
To truly appreciate the extent of Manila’s unique nightlife, check out these 6 essential stops:
Makati sits in the center of Manila and is one of the main districts you will need to hit to appreciate the extravagance of Manila’s nightlife as this is one of the wealthier parts of the city. Expect to pay for your experience as drinks here are a little pricier than other areas. The good news is your return on investment will be well worth it as Makati is loaded with massive nightclubs such as the Fort which can hold thousands of fun loving party goers.
It sounds similar to Makati so don’t get confused but Malati is another great area to hit to experience the nightlife. Malati is situated closer to the seaside. While Malati is known for its bohemian atmosphere, it’s also great area to hit for nightclubs and the best part is that it is much more affordable than Makati. Bed bar is a good place to start if you want to grab some cheap drinks and listen to live music. For a good place to dance, you can’t miss out Che’lu Bar.
3/ Quezon City
Quezon city forms part of the greater metro Manila and is a fantastic place to hit if you really want to immerse yourself in the local culture. The nightlife is centered around Tandang Sora District where you will find a younger crowd as the area is located close to a number or local universities. It’s a great place to hear local music, people watch, grab a few beers and stumble into a bunch of different and unique local bars and clubs.
4/ Eastwood City
As implied by the name, Eastwood is situated on the eastern part of the city right near Marikina River. Eastwood City has been promoting itself as the “Paris of the Philippines” and when you see the line of bars and cafes that run along the river, you will understand why. Eastwood is a little far out from the center, but the drinks are much more affordable and you will rarely have a bad night as the area is packed with party loving locals.
5/ Resorts World Manila
Situated in Newport City, Resorts World Manila is a one stop shop for everything that falls under the entertainment category. Aside from the world class casino, Resorts World Manila offers great shopping, amazing food, a theater which features world class shows, and of course, some of the very best clubs in the city.
6/ Rooftop bars
A great place to wind down with a nice cocktail is to find a rooftop bar. One of the things that makes Manila standout from its South East Asian counterparts is the sheer range of rooftop bars. Some of the very best include Sky High Bar in Pasig, the View Deck in Makati as well as the Nest in Alabang.
Enjoying the nightlife in Manila is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Filipino culture. If you have had a night out in Manila and have some stories to share, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.