The best nightlife experiences in Manila showcase the city's love for music and fun. The capital city of the Philippines is huge metropolis that hosts venues for just about every type of night owl, from lively nightclubs for dancers to live music bars for concert-goers.
There are even pub crawls for those looking to hit up some of the city's long-standing bars and pubs, where they can enjoy a wide range of drinks and catch the latest sports events all night long. Check out our list of the most popular nightspots in Manila – there’s indeed something for everyone after dark in Manila.
Black Market Manila is a trendy club that caters mostly to a cool crowd looking for something beyond DJs playing top 40 pop hits. A warehouse-style club with an industrial concept that plays an edgier underground music, the place sees a good mix of locals, expats, and tourists all looking to have a good time. Music depends on the night, but you might hear anything from drum & bass to dubstep to hip hop. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Wednesday–Saturday from 10pm to 4am (closed on Sunday–Tuesday)
- Location: 2723 Sabio St, Makati, 1233 Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)2 403 5019
Live Music Bars
Filipinos musicians are famous all around the main tourist destinations of Southeast Asia and beyond. It seems that the talent for singing or to playing a music instrument is in the blood of the inhabitant of the entire country. There are live music bars aplenty in Manila, and you should easily find a bar dedicated to your favourite style of music.
Craft Rock & Grill and Handlebar specialise in rock music, while Tago Jazz Cafe attracts world music and jazz aficionados, 12 Monkey’s Music Hall & Pub and Tomato Kick are into indie and acoustic, and Strumm’s Makati is the right venue if you like retro music.
Red Light Districts
Manila has 3 main red light districts housing go-go and striptease bars as well as naughty massage parlours. These spots are P Burgos Street in Makati, EDSA Entertainment Complex in Pasay, and the slightly less exuberant districts of Malate and Ermita on Manila Bay. Naturally, they are far from family friendly and can be a little shockingly overt.
Strumm’s Makati is one of the best places to go in Manila for fans of live music. The different bands performing here mostly cover pop, soul, R&B and rock from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
You can tell straight away that the musicians are not only skilled, but they really enjoy what they do and are great entertainers. Drink-wise, Strumm’s Makati serves all the usual suspects for that type of establishment, including potent cocktails, as well as pub food.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 7pm to 2am (closed on Sundays)
- Location: 110 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (2) 895 4636
City of Dreams Manila
City of Dreams Manila is 6.2-hectare complex that houses 3 hotels (Crown Towers Manila, Nobu Hotel Manila and Hyatt Hotel) and a casino, as well as plenty of bars, lounges, KTV rooms ,and nightclubs. You can also find the DreamPlay theme park and The Shops at The Boulevard Mall within this massive complex.
- Opening Hours: 24/7
- Location: Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)2 800 8080
The Manila PubCrawl has been around since 2012, offering you an exciting bar-hopping trip through Manila after dark. For a modest fee, an enthusiastic local team will take you in small groups to the 5 most popular pubs and bars of a predetermined district. Different routes are available, including Makati, Bonifacio Global City and more. You’ll obviously have a drink, meet people, discover cool venues and have fun, feeling like a local.
- Location: Makati Ave, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)916 426 1514
Karaoke bars and lounges
Many Filipinos are skilled musicians, talented singers and they usually enjoy spending the evening around a drink while singing along with their favourite tunes. Therefore, KTV or karaoke boxes can be found all around the city.