Thursday , March 23 2023

Manila Nightlife Guide: Bars & Nightclubs

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and craziest spot for nightlife seekers. Partying never over since the city never sleeps! It wouldn’t be surprise when you see the people in Manila streets rushing to go their job while you are heading back to your hotel for sleep. Manila nightlife offers variety of fun especially for foreigners. Unlike Thailand, Manila still presenting foreigner-friendly nightlife features and relations. Let’s view nightlife in Manila with full details below.

Nightlife in Manila

Manila is the largest and the most crowded city in the Philippines. So, the nightlife doesn’t locate in one particular street or town. Since the city never sleeps, nightlife can be found every corner but let’s list the leading nightlife spots in Manila, Philippines.

Makati Nightlife

The most well-known hot nightlife spot in Manila where the most popular bars, night clubs and hotels are located. The city also well-developed and safe for foreigners. The Burgos Street (Bar street of Makati) also located here where you can find many restaurants, bars and clubs in one street. Hotels are usually on average but the quality is worth for money at Makati area. You can check affordable and cheap Hotels in Makati here.

Bars and Clubs in Malate

  • Strumm’s
  • Manila PubCrawl
  • Royal Club
  • The Curator
  • Salon de Ning
  • Finders Keepers MNL
  • Music 21 Plaza
  • Club SixtyNine
  • Bar Crawl PH
  • Ringside Bar
  • Palladium
  • The Void

Malate/Ermita Nightlife

Also called Ermita district of Manila, offers second class nightlife options where you can find college students and locals hanging out bars and clubs. Compare to Fort Bonifacio and Makati, Malate district less developed.

Homeless people that sleeping on the streets, beggars follows you obstinately, freelancer Pilipino massage girls’ yells, vendors that cheats always, Jeepneys and heavy traffic. Seven eleven almost every corner 🙂

Usually safe but still needs to be careful after midnight. Manila’s famous 2 Bars (L.A. CAFÉ and Exclusiv Club) are located here. The atmosphere more sincere and venues relatively cheaper than Makati. Hotels are cheaper but my recommendation to stay in Birch Tower to be exactly in the center, right in front of Robinson Mall and walking distance to L.A. CAFÉ.

Recommended to Read: LA CAFE Manila Ultimate Guide

Bars and Clubs in Malate

  • L.A Café
  • Exclusiv
  • FAB
  • Club ZZYZX

Fort Bonifacio Nightlife

Also called Bonifacio Global City in Taguig probably the most developed district in Manila. The city accommodates well-known companies and sectors but still has offers for luxury nightlife features for its rich class guests.

The most expensive nightlife experience in Manila but the service in return is also 5 stars. Once you are in The Fort, you may feel you are not in Manila but walking in New York streets. That is the reason the 5 star ultra-deluxe hotel chains are mostly located here.

 Bars and Clubs in Fort Bonifacio

  • Bank Bar
  • Seventh High
  • Nectar Nightclub
  • Prive
  • Rockstar KTV
  • Valkyrie
  • Revel
  • The Island
  • Early Night

Quezon City Nightlife

Unlike other hot nightlife spots, Quezon City still has nightlife options to offer for locals and visitors from abroad. Quezon City become popular recently in terms of nightlife since the foreigners bored of Makati, Malate and The Fort start searching untouched spots in Manila.

By taxi, depends on the traffic, it would take 1,5 to 2,5 hours to get there from Makati. If you also want to get rid of venues packed with foreigners, Quezon City nightlife may help you out with safe and cheap nightlife options. Let us warn you with your expectations. Since it’s not really a tourist spot, you may not find it worth but for me, its quite worth to experience. Hotels are also cheap and comfortable here compare to other tourist spots.

Bars and Clubs in Quezon City

  • Oblivion
  • Ka Freddie’s Music Bar & Restaurant
  • Cowboy Grill
  • Red Planet Quezon City
  • Vanity Club
  • Guilly’s Night Club
  • PS Bar & Billiard
  • Fred’s Revolucion Cubao X
  • Tago Jazz Café

Angeles City Nightlife

A town trying to emulate Walking street in Pattaya, Thailand. Also known as Pampanga. It’s basically a red-light district in Manila where you can find beautiful girls calls for a drink while you are walking on their so-called “walking street”.

And yes, their street also called “walking street” but in Pampanga. Anyway, its also crowded with foreigners and everything designed for foreigners attention. Relatively expensive and not really worth. Those who are looking for quick action without any effort may prefer Pampanga nightlife. Just be careful and don’t forget bargain all the time. For safe and central hotel options, Check Out Here.

Bars and Clubs in Angeles City

  • After Dark
  • After School
  • Agasya
  • Angelwitch
  • Atlantis
  • Aura
  • Viking Bar
  • Red Bar
  • Lollipop
  • Aqua Beach Club
  • Midnight Rodeo
  • The Living Room
  • Midnight Rock Bar
  • Tao
  • Club Vibe


Manila is a great nightlife option in Asia right after Thailand. There are many options according to your budgets for hanging out and variety of options in terms of fun.

The listed bars and clubs are not the all but the ones I can remember. The real list may not fit in this article since there are hundreds of bars and clubs in Manila that open till morning.

Filipino Proverb: “Its more fun in the Philippines” 


  • Some bars and dance clubs may turn into a money trap and dangerous for foreigners. Especially those “dance bar” promoters on the streets that following you should be ignored immediately.
  • Those people selling drugs such as “Viagra” or other pills for performance may have dangerous effect with you. those pills are not original and important from China. If you need such pills,  buy them from pharmacies.

Finding Filipina Lady in Manila

Manila Nightlife would be perfect with a beautiful Filipina lady if you are lucky to see one. If you don’t want to risk, you can check out this website to find one before you go. Don’t worry, its not fake website and most of the users are women looking for foreigners to meet or marry. Good luck and please comment below your Manila nightlife experience to guide also others.


  1. good write up man, definiitely a ton of fun to be had in this city, the fort is the best for clubs

  2. Can anyone advise the names of hotels very close to the nightlife area,Walking distance? Davao.
    Many thanks in advance

  3. Also mall of Asia is good spot for hanging out if you want to meet with locals. There are many bars along with sea side in front of mall of Asia. People walking around and it’s quite crowded as well. Definitely recommend.

  4. ZZYZX is good although the security check to get in is seriously stringent. but it is safe in there (probably because of that) and it is free to get in. The beer in there is disgusting so better stick to a brand that you know and that means bottled Budweiser at about 200 PHP a bottle. Can’t complain really though seeing as it dont cost anything to get in and is open all night.

    Aother couple of places of note are on Pedro Gil. Tambayan hotel has a terrace bar that is ideal for taking a date (speaking from experience). Its classy and nice. Then there is a place behind the Birch Tower called Bellagio Square which has a few bars and a disco. Seating outside and is pretty good value for money and the bars become a pick up joint later at night.

    In Makati on Burgos there is a so called sports bar called Cheers which is pretty good and has a happy hour (half priced drinks) every day until 8pm. In terms of picking up a girl in there, its possible but also is a ladyboy hangout as well if that is what you are into – or wanna try.

    Around the corner from there on Polaris is a less known sports bar called Handlebar, which does actually show sports on TV. Not a pickup joint as such but probably can score in the evenings when regular locals are there especially if you are in a group. Not the place for a solo on the hunt.

    Cheapest hotel in Makati is still the Citadel Inn at 1700 PHP a night. It is quite hard to find a booking site that has this hotel listed but its the ideal place – right next door to Cheers bar and no checks are made taking visitors in. I have banged a few in this hotel. Another one nearby as well is called Dragonlink suites (also known as Soho suites), which more like an apartment block and visitors are able to get in hassle free.

    • ZZYZX club is just scammer. ı was there 1 month ago with one of my friend. we have ordered 8 beers bucket. They told us no space in bucket and they just served 6 pcs. Waiter told me I will bring once you finished the bucket. I said ok. After we finished beers I asked for my remaining 2 beers. He bring and once we are ready to leave and ask for bill, they charged me 10 beers. I tried to explain even with the waiter who served us but they said no I have to pay 10 beers. I got really mad and securities come over me. I called manager but manager did not even come to me. I just paid since I dont want any trouble next to my visitor. I never go this place again. They are true scammers. Never recommend also.

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