This list of the 10 best nightlife in Manila introduces both specific venues and generic nightlife types in the capital city of the Philippines. Manila is huge metropolis which hosts venues for every type of night owl, from lively nightclubs for dancers to live music bars for concert-goers, there’s indeed something for everyone after dark in Manila.
Check out the most popular nightspots in Manila, and make the most of your holiday by day and night in the “Queen city of the Pacific” as the city was nicknamed in a documentary film from 1938.
Established in 2013, Black Market is an underground nightclub located in Warehouse 5 on Sabio Street’s corner with Don Chino Roces Avenue. Blending an enthusiastic crowd of locals, expats and tourists, Black Market is a lively place that stands out from the rest because of the original music played each night. The music style – Hip Hop, Techno, Bass, Beats, Dub and more – may change one night to the other, but the underground spirit lasts: you won’t hear here commercial hits.
- Opening Hours: 22:00 – 04:00
- Location: Warehouse 5 on Sabio Street corner with Don Chino Roces Avenue
- Tel: +63 978 294 162 / +63 2403 5019
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 and Handlebar specialise in Rock music, while Tago and B-Side attract World Music and Jazz aficionados, 12 Monkeys and Tomato Kick are into Indie and Acoustic, and Strumm’s (read below) is the right venue if you like Oldies/Retro music.
Valkyrie is the favourite nightclub at The Palace, an entertainment complex which houses stylish day, night and lounge clubs, as well as restaurants. With room for over 2,000 guests, Valkyrie is the largest nightclub in Manila. It features two floors, the upper one overlooking the other. Electronic Dance Music is played here by international DJs such as Danny Avila, Martin Garrix, Passion Pit and many others who tour the world from one scene to the next.
- Opening Hours: 22:00 – 04:00
- Location: 9th Avenue corner 36th Street
- Tel: +63 917 680 8888
Manila has three main red light districts housing go-go and striptease bars as well as naughty massage parlours. These spots, similar to Thailand’s Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy in Bangkok or Walking Street in Pattaya, 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.
Part of the City of Dreams Manila complex (read below) located in Tambo District, Chaos is a modern lounge club and discotheque equipped with top-notch light and sound systems, hydraulic DJ booth, KTV sky boxes and much, much more. House and international DJs, including celebrities such as Nicole Scherzinger or Young Gunz, set the fire on Chaos’ dance floor, making this nightclub one of the most popular in Manila.
- Opening Hours: 22:00 – 06:00
- Location: Upper ground floor of the City Of Dreams Manila complex
- Tel: +63 917 886 3678
Strumm’s is the best place to go in Manila if you like good 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 serves all the usual suspects for that type of establishment, including potent cocktails, as well as food.
- Opening Hours: 19:00 – 02:00
- Location: 110 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati
- Tel: +63 2 895 4636 and +63 2 890 1054
Hooch is just the right venue to spend a tranquil evening around a drink with friends. This quaint pub serves quality food and drink, including local craft beers and international brews, as well as classic cocktails, signature beverages and molecular drink. Prices are pretty steep, yet on par with the chic décor and steampunk atmosphere. Hooch is unobtrusively rocked by a DJ.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 03:00
- Location: At V Corporate Center on Leviste Street, Makati
- Tel: +63 915 751 1226
City of Dreams Manila is huge complex that houses three hotels – Crown Towers Manila, Nobu Hotel Manila and Hyatt Hotel – a casino and a vast assortment of bars, lounges, family-friendly attractions, KTV rooms and nightclubs, including the famous Chaos (read above). Like a village in Manila Metropolis, you can find everything that you need here without going out.
- Opening Hours: Always open
- Location: On Roxas Boulevard in Tambo District
- Tel: +63 2 800 8080
Opened in October 2012, Manila PubCrawl offers 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 five 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. Just call them to organise your Manila bar-hopping night!
- Tel: +63 916 426 1514
A top 10 Manila nightlife page would not be complete without Karaoke bars and lounges. As mentioned previously, 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 (the name for Karaoke particularly used in China, Taiwan, Cambodia and the Philippines) or Karaoke Boxes can be found all around the city.