The nightlife in Manila is among the most vibrant and exciting
in Southeast Asia, with the requisite dose of sleaze of course.
You''ll find everything from bar strips to strip bars and everything
in between on a night out in Manila. One thing is for sure: it will
be a memorable experience!
Morato Avenue in Quezon City is a good place to start. Have
dinner at one of the many restaurants before hitting a local bar or
comedy club. The Hard Rock Café in the heart of the Malate district
is always a good bet and with two levels, pool tables, and a stage,
guaranteeing a really good night out.
Head to the Pasay City and Makati region to visit upscale girlie
bars, or for a really good variety of nightlife, the Malate
district of Manila where everything from bars, nightclubs and
discos to karaoke clubs, gay clubs and lounges can be found. Most
bars in Manila close around 2am, but some will stay open later.
Looking for live music? Head to 70s Bistro in Quezon City, while
the Hobbit House in Malate features live musicians performing in a
very Tolkien-esque club. Or what could be more fun than partaking
in a little karaoke? One of the favourite pastimes for Filipinos,
there are numerous karaoke bars peppered throughout the city for
travellers, tourists and just those passing through to enjoy a
drink and a sing-along.
Eastwood City at Quezon City features a great selection of
clubs, bars, cocktail lounges and discos to choose from, while
Quezon Avenue''s strip is brightly lit up after dark where all the
bars and clubs are conveniently ordered in a neat little row, and
bustles with party goers, expats, tourists and ladies of the night.
The Greenbelt region is another good place to head for a great
choice of bars and clubs where revellers looking to dance the night
away will have no problem finding a club to suit their taste.
Remember, the legal drinking age in the Philippines is 18.
Those looking for a more cultured night out can see a
performance by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra or the
Philippine Chamber Choir, which perform at the Cultural Centre of
the Philippines or at the open-air Rizal Park Amphitheatre.
The Manila has several theatre companies, including the
Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA), Tanghalang
Philipino, and Repertory Philippines. You can also see performances
by the Ballet Philippines, the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk
Dance Company, and the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group.