Manila has been renowned for many years as a great venue for
nightlife of all different varieties. Below we guide you through
some of the major bars and nightlife areas to help you get around
and give you an idea of what is going on and when.
We aim to ensure that our reviews of the bars in Manila
inform you on when they are busy, the average prices you can
expect to pay, the ambience and type of clientele that they have
We focus more on the "better"
bars, which are suitable for anyone whether travelling alone or
with a family or partner, with only a sprinkling of information on
the infamous "girlie" bars
that can be found in Manila.
As the Philippines is generally quite Americanised please do
take note that it is extremely difficult to find some sporting
events, especially English Premier League Football (soccer to
some) being shown live in the bars around Manila. One bar Heckle &
Jeckle does tend to show either slightly delayed or live football,
yet it is the only one we could find in the whole of Manila.
Heckle & Jeckle (telephone - 890 6904) can be found on Jupiter
Street just off the end of P. Burgos.
Do call in advance to see what they are playing.
Alternatively nearly all hotels in Manila have very good
television channels that generally include Star Sports and ESPN.
These two do not normally carry English football though, but if
you select a hotel which has Thai TV Channel 7, then this channel
normally does show the live games, even though the commentary is
If you have any suggestions on bars which are not covered,
please do let us know.
Bars are featured in alphabetical order, but do make sure you
read all the way down as you will be quite surprised by one
outstanding promotion of 30 Pesos a beer !!
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Brewery - Opposite the Hard Rock
Cafe and TGI's in central Makati this small bar is an external
part of StreetLife reviewed below. It is its own microbrewery. The
bar is small yet comfortable, and prices are 77 Pesos for a beer.
Happy hour is a jug of beer for 165 Pesos from 11 am to 7 pm.
Conways : Located on the second
floor of the Makati Shangri-La, the bar was once one of the top
venues for the high rolling Manila crowd. Unfortunately it has
become a little aged and will soon be undergoing a much needed
renovation. The bar is open from 5pm to 2 am on Saturday and 11.30
am to 2 am the rest of the week. Happy hour runs from 3 pm to 9 pm
and is a 1 price deal. This means that you pay a flat price of 250
Pesos for either a beer or cocktail choice, and then
you simply continue to drink as much as you can for that one flat
price until happy hour is over, or possibly until you yourself are
finished which ever may come sooner ! The only stipulation here is
that if you choose the beer option you must stick to it, however
you are entitled to swap between the beers they offer. The
promotion includes all locally made beers, so the famous San
Miguel, and also Carlsberg and Budweiser which are now brewed
locally. The Cocktail promotion again allows you to switch between
cocktails and these include, Pina Colada, Long Island Ice Tea,
Marguerita, Mai Tai and one other). A live band (or two) plays at
the bar from 9pm to 1 am, with a solo singer operating from
6pm to 9pm. The bar is busiest after 10.30/11 pm but still
attracts quite a gathering of after work drinkers.
Danish Connection : Located on
Kalayan Avenue, this to be honest is more of a restaurant than a
bar. It is open from 9 am to 1 am but quietens down after dinner
around 10pm. The bar is a Viking style bar, which even has a small
Viking boat suspended from the ceiling which is used the
bars glass holder. The food is good, and the bar itself gets busy
with expat residents that are living in the area just after work
around 7pm. If you are in the area it is worth going to if only to
see Julie, one of the beautiful waitresses !
Giraffe : Located only steps
outside the main entrance of the Makati Shangri-La this popular
Manila bar is a favourite in Makati. The bar is very nicely
decorated in a modern yet tasteful chrome/steel theme, and
does not get busy until really after midnight. The bar opens
from 5 pm to 4 am Monday to Thursday and from 5 pm to 6 am on
Friday and Saturdays. They do have a Happy Hour promotion
which is again a once price deal of 240 Pesos nett for as much
beer (local brands) as you can drink or 50% discount off all other
drinks except beer, during the times from 5pm to 9 pm Monday to
Friday and from 8 pm to 11 pm on Saturdays. The bar is closed on
Sunday. Outside of Happy Hour a San Miguel will cost 120 Pesos and
a glass of house wine 220 Pesos. Great place to go, late but also
a wonderful place to go if you want a nice quiet and relaxing
drink after work as there are hardly any people early on.
Hard Rock Cafe : Throughout
Asia, you can not really go wrong with the Hard Rock Cafe's. They
are always reliable, good and normally very busy. The Hard Rock
Cafe located in the heart of Makati is enormous. They have two
levels (the upper level only opens Friday and Saturday or for
special parties), a large stage area where the live band (s)
perform, a pool table, very large dining areas and they even
have one smoking bar and one entirely non smoking bar which are
completely separate from one another. The bar does not really get
busy until after 10pm, mainly we guess because of the outstanding
promotion at TGI's which is seconds away (read below). The Hard
Rock has three different pricing structures. They have Happy Hour
which is 50% off the house drinks, then they revert to regular
prices and then from 10:30 pm they move onto what they call bar
price which is actually more than the regular price. The prices
are very good with Happy Hour running from 12 noon to 7 pm where a
San Miguel will cost only 42 Pesos, then from 7 pm to 10:30 - 82
Pesos, and then from 10:30 onwards the same beer will cost 106
Pesos. They are open every day from 11 am to 2 am Sunday to
Thursday and from 11am to 3 am on Friday and Saturday. The live
band starts at 10:30 and finishes 30 minutes before closing.
Please note that they do charge a cover charge after 9 pm of 300
Pesos per person which includes two drinks.
JJ's : Located on Kalayan
Avenue, which is just off P. Burgos. This small bar is a welcome
relief from the chaos and hassle of P. Burgos Street. The bar
although small has a very relaxed feel, and has a regular
clientele of expats living in Manila. The bar is open from 12
until 2 am and a San Miguel beer (bottle) only costs 50 Pesos.
They have an outstanding range of beers in cans, which only cost
150 Pesos. These beers include among others, Boddingtons,
Newcastle Brown Ale and John Smiths. They also serve food which at
only 80 Pesos a plate is a real steal, with dishes (which are all
home made) such as cauliflower cheese, shepherds pie, and
apple crumble. The bar also has a pool table and a darts board.
Thankfully this is one of the only bars along and around P. Burgos
that where you do not get hassled to buy a ladies drink or such,
as the bar does not have any ladies who "work" for the bar. This
is a great place to come if you are in the area, for a quiet
Kipling's : Do you like Single
Malts ? Need a bar that has the finest cigars and the best
whiskies the world can offer ? If so then this is your bar.
Located at the Mandarin Oriental hotel the small bar specialises
in single malt whiskies and fine cigars. Kipling's is open from
10.30 am to 2 am. They have a selection of over 125 different
single malts, and and many fine cigars. Prices are quite high but
are good value when compared to other "fine drinking" bars, with a
glass of Balvenie 10 year old costing 330 Pesos (which is only 30
Pesos more than a glass of Black Label (not even a single malt) in
the Captains Bar, right next door) and the lovely Lagavullin 16
Year old ( a truly excellent whisky) 425 Pesos. One of their
rarest whiskies is a 40 Year old Bowmore of which there are only
around 350 bottles world wide, we do suggest you ask the price
before ordering this, as we forget how many 0's the price included
!! This unique bar is also able to tailor make cigar boxes and
cigar ring bands, with excellent results, so if you are in need of
a present or want simply to treat yourself, pop along but do try
and give them at least three days notice.
TGI's : 30 PESOS A BEER ALL
NIGHT LONG !!!!! No, actually we lie, it is actually 33.55 Pesos a
beer after tax and service, and this most amazing promotion last
all night and includes all locally brewed beer so as we mention
before, San Miguel, Carlsberg, Budweiser among others. TGI's is
right opposite the Hard Rock Cafe in the same building so it
literally takes seconds to go from one to the other. One enourmous
difference is that the bar and restaurant is very busy even from 7
pm onwards. The bar attracts a good mixture of local and expats
and has a nice lively ambience. The service is very very good and
typically friendly in an American way. TGI's is really more of a
restaurant with a very large dining area that overlooks the small
park area of Makati below. If you do not want to wait for a
table then try to get there around 8 or before. TGI's is open from
11am to 11:30 pm Sunday Thursday, and from 11am to 1:30 am on
Friday and Saturdays. Not wanting to upset the non beer drinkers,
TGI's also has an amazing promotion on house wine at only 99 Pesos
a glass !! They do not have a live band, but instead of playing
the regular and rather mundane "TGI" compilations they play their
one cd's which means that you do have some very good background
music. With prices like this you really cannot go wrong and this
is a great place to come for an after work drink.
Street Life - Wow, what a place.
Located in the same building as TGI's and the Hard Rock this very
unusual bar and restaurant (S) is set out similar to an indoor
Singapore Hawker food centre. It only has two entrances and one
exit with security so tight is it is almost annoying. The whole
environment is enclosed and decorated as a small village with many
different restaurants available for you to choose from, ranging
from Japanese to Moglian to Ribs, basically they have almost every
food imaginable. But this is a review of bars and they do have a
bar and also a stage where two different bands perform nightly
from 9pm on weekdays and from 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturdays.
They have a minimum consumption policy after 5pm which is 150
Pesos per person Sunday to Thursday and 300 Pesos per person on
Fridays and Saturdays. The whole concept works by you being given
a "Passport" when you enter through what we call the "Military
Zone" (which is really just the security), and the each time you
order from any of the restaurants or bars, then your bill is
charged to this card which you pay when you leave.
Definitely worth a visit when in Manila.
Manila has two main areas when it comes to the famous "girlie
bar" scene, namely P. Burgos in Makati and the other in the
International Centre, just off Roxas Boulevard. As we are a
family orientated site we do not go into too much detail, instead
we just give you an idea of where and the average prices with very
brief reviews of some of the bars in each area.
WARNING : We do advise you to
remove and items of jewelery before coming to these bars, such as
necklaces or such like. Basically, anything you do not want to
loose leave it in your hotel safe. The chances of something
happening are slim but they do happen, as one of our own team
members can attest to, and with so much distraction you may not
notice until it is too late.
Please understand we are in no way promoting or supporting this
type of industry, instead we are just giving you an idea of how
things work so you as a traveller are not left guessing.
Now that you have an idea of the prices in some of the best
bars in Manila, shown above such as Giraffe and Hard Rock Cafe you
will be quite surprised by the prices within the P. Burgos stretch
Generally the bars start to get busy from around 10 onwards
except for the weekend which starts a little earlier. The bars
themselves are open from late afternoon with the majority of girls
arriving around 6/7 pm and later.
A ladies drink will on average cost you a whopping 250 - 300
Pesos, so do be aware that your bill can easily add up. Some of
the bars are more aggressive than others, and the majority offers
some form of dancing. As for the "fine" (again we do not run into
details but we hope you understand what we mean) this can be one
of two things, but the best thing to do is ask. Generally it is
free if you buy a set number of ladies drinks for one lady
(normally 10) or could be just a payment of 2,500 / 3,000 Pesos -
and for anyone that has been to Bangkok in answer to your question
NO, we are not joking, it really is that much.
Some bars offer you to play games such as falling blocks or
others, but do ask what you pay for loosing, as most of the time
it can mean a ladies drink for the number of players you were
against. Quite an expensive game if you have a lot of players as
one bar tried to do to one of our members, without explaining the
Bananas - Has been described as
more 'sleazy' than other bars but some people regard this as more
fun. The ladies are more scantily clad and are not overly
aggressive for the drinks. Good choice.
Cuddles - Small intimate bar
with a great interior decor.
Dimples - nice bar, with highly
trained ladies that are experts in getting more and more drinks.
The bar is one of the most popular along P. Burgos, and one of our
favourites. We recommend trying to arrive a little early here so
that you can get a seat on the sofa, which most people seem to
enjoy. Very Good choice but watch the drinks.
Ivory - professional set up with
and large bar with some very attractive ladies, who are not overly
aggressive on the drink side. Has a rather business like feel to
it rather than warm and intimate.
Jools - very classy
establishment that should be visited for anyone who is into the P.
Burgos scene. They have a show that commences at around 9pm and is
very professional. They have a show charge of 120 Pesos which you
have to either pay or leave.
Magambo - This particular bar
has a relatively bad reputation for some reason. The ladies are
very well endowed if that is the right term. Good to go to, but
watch out for the 'games' as mentioned above.
Papillon : Very nicely "dressed"
ladies, same prices above and not overly aggressive for drinks.
Very Good choice.
Wild West West - popular bar
with residents of Manila (Makati area) where the girls are not
overly aggressive towards drinks but seem more concerned to you
having an good time. At this bar make sure you ask about the BJ
drink. We will say no more but it is the best drink you will not
have. Very good choice.
Located opposite the Heritage Hotel this is a small collection
of large bars such as the famous Firehouse and others. The beers
cost 90 Pesos and a ladies drink 175 Pesos, the "fine" is 900
Pesos which is an enormous difference from P. Burgos (reviewed
above). Having said this the bars are much rougher and more basic
than P. Burgos, and are similar in style to the Bangkok girlie
bars. They are very popular with foreigners and can be a lot of
fun not to forget cheaper than other alternatives.
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