With a love for singing, dancing, good food, and great company, Filipinos are always ready to have a good time. This is evident in the many bars and clubs in Metro Manila, located everywhere from busy CBDs to hidden street corners. These places come alive especially at night, welcoming everyone who wants to party.
Of course, the definition of “party” is something different for everyone. Perhaps you’re looking for some live band performances, or maybe you want to jump around to techno beats. Whatever your jam, you can find a place in Metro Manila for your own brand of nightlife. Here are a few places you ought to check out.
Makati: saGuijo Cafe and Bar
saGuijo Cafe and Bar is located in Makati’s San Antonio Village, in the middle of Guijo Street—thus, the name. This unassuming cafe and bar is actually an old house, refinished and designed with yellow walls, murals, stickers, and warm lighting for a cozy atmosphere. Many a band has launched their careers at saGuijo, and even big-name groups have performed on their humble stage multiple times.
There’s almost always a performance at saGuijo, which means they’re almost always packed. If you’re interested in local art, you can also check out the gallery on the second floor. saGuijo regularly hosts exhibits on this space so check out their social media pages when there’s an opening.
Quezon City: Tomas Morato or Timog
These two busy streets in Quezon City have a bevy of restaurants and bars. From authentic Japanese food to greasy, juicy burgers, you can satisfy a lot of your food cravings in Tomas Morato and Timog. Then, once you’ve had a good meal, you can hop on to the bars that pump out the music from dusk till dawn. It’s a good idea to book a room in a nearby hotel like Go Hotel Timog, especially if you’re planning to go bar hopping and partying all night long.
Taguig: XYLO at the Palace
If you prefer modern beats and bright, flashing lights, you can go to XYLO at the Palace in BGC. Many of the Philippines’ most recognized DJs spin their music at XYLO, including Ace Ramos, Kat DJ, Marc Naval, Mars Miranda, and Martin Pulgar. Aside from the bass-pounding audio, there’s also an electric light show that’s sure to amp up the thrilling experience. Of course, if you grow hungry and thirsty from all the screaming and dancing, XYLO also serves tasty dishes and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Pasay: The Roadhouse
For those who love good booze and good food, with some old-school blues and rock ‘n roll, you can head on over to the Roadhouse Manila Bay. It’s easy to find this bar since it’s near MOA’s now-iconic ferris wheel and there are also Harley Davidsons proudly parked in front. They serve a lot of Filipino favorites like sisig and crispy pata, which are perfect for either a filling meal or pulutan for a round of drinks. Another bonus is the bar’s proximity to the bay, a perfect spot for winding down before you head home.
Pasig: The Reserve Liquor Lounge
If you love the 90s, from its grunge fashion to its hip and nostalgic music, then the Reserve Liquor Lounge is the place to be. They also play Top 40 hits, EDM, and house music, so those who love to party and dance will be right at home. What’s more, they have an extensive selection of drinks on offer. You can get whisky and scotch, cognac, martinis, liqueurs, rums, tequilas, and a bevy of cocktails. This place gets packed pretty quickly, especially during the weekends, so make sure to come early.
Paranaque: Aguirre Avenue
This long stretch of road in BF Homes has plenty of restaurants to satisfy your cravings. Be it Thai, Swiss, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, or fusion cuisine, or home-cooked Filipino food you’re craving, you can find a place in Aguirre Ave. There are also plenty of bars and clubs here, from kanto-style inuman with booming music to a good ol’ Irish pub. Take your pick and enjoy!
Work hard, party harder, so the saying goes. The vibrant nightlife scene in Metro Manila is proof that Pinoys take this saying to heart. So don’t be shy. Order a drink and some bar chow, and be prepared to sing and dance the night away!
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