We all need a drink once in a while whether it’s for a good reason or bad! Good thing, there are tons of bars and lounges around the metro so Manila nightlife does not disappoint.
However, not all of them offer a combination of quality drinks, well-crafted interiors, and the right vibe for whatever mood you’re in. So, we’ll help you filter out the noise to find the best bars in the city.
In no particular order, we’ve rounded up the late-night spots you should definitely hit up!
1. Dulo MNL
Address: 4992 P. Guanzon Street, Poblacion, Makati City
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At the end of P. Guanzon street in Poblacion, Makati is where you’ll find Dulo MNL, hence the name. It’s a true aesthetic cafe-slash-art hub that transforms into a bar at night with its dimly lit open space layout, filled with mismatched chairs and industrial accents that’s perfect for creative minds to meet. Try their Sake Sour for an Oriental twist on a classic drink, the Canvas which is a gin-based cocktail infused with seasonal herbs and topped with Cointreau foam, or the Jagerita if you’re feeling a bit adventurous. Dulo MNL is one of the best Manila night spots to visit!
Address: 8486 Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City
Photos from NoKal
You don’t need to hop on a plane to party the New York style! Just in Kalayaan Avenue, you can already take a quick trip to New York by exploring the three Big Apple-themed floors of NoKal. Have your first drink at the subway-tiled and diner-inspired first floor then head up to the neon-lit speakeasy lounge to continue your deep conversations, and finally climb up to the beer garden-esque third floor for shots you’ll be needing when you toast to friendship, promotion, and maybe a few bad decisions.
3. Versus Barcade
Address: Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
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Versus Barcade is changing the Manila Nightlife scene! The bar gives a unique dining and drinking experience as the first bar + arcade in the Philippines. Its designated game room has all the basic arcade games—pinball machines, racing games, fighting games, even shuffleboard. This is a perfect after-work hangout spot to destress and have a fun night!
Address: 2F Lokal Hostel, Ebro Street, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
Photos from Tortuga
If you’re craving something tropical, Tortuga is the best place to be! Once a Katipunan native who calls the college crowd, Tortuga is now all grown up and graduated to a more mature scene finding its new home in Poblacion. It’s like a tropical destination in the middle of the bustling district, with island vibes plus food and cocktails that are affordable. With their island-inspired interiors, you’ll definitely feel like you’re on a beach holiday. Every corner is very Instagrammable!
Address: 5658 Jacobo Street, Corner Don Pedro, Makati City
Photos from Polilya
A veteran in the Manila nightlife scene, Polilya still makes it on this list because it remains to be a hotspot for good food and made-even-better curated drinks. Because of its popularity, Polilya tends to get crowded especially on a weekend. Its exquisite interior gives a lot of feelings to its visitors— the chandelier made of bottles fits right into the stylish but fun vibe, the couches are so comfortable that you’d be tempted to take a nap on, and the tropical decor can’t help but put you at ease. Still, there’s something edgy about this place, and behind the bar, a neon purple light catches everyone’s attention as it will put you into a bit of (life) crisis asking you “Have you figured out what you want yet?” But if what you’re looking for is a well-crafted drink then the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
6. Alegria Cozinha Moderna
Address: 4F, C3 Annex, 7th Avenue cor 30th Street, BGC, Taguig
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Another night club in Manila to check out is Alegria Cozinha Moderna. This bar offers a warm and vibrant dining experience with the unique reinvention of traditional Latin American cuisine and sangrias. They are also BGC’s first sangria bar. Alegria doesn’t offer just your regular red or white sangria because it boasts of nine carefully crafted, full-bodied sangria flavors that are perfect for your next girls’ night out.
7. The Wild Poppy
Address: 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City
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The Wild Poppy is a rooftop bar and restaurant serving Modern Southeast Asian fare and handcrafted cocktails. At first look, you’ll think of it as a good venue for a ‘titahan’ night: it has pillows, properly dimmed lights, floral accents, breezy air, and pastel-colored drinks. But with its filling plates and more than satisfactory concoctions, even titos, dads, and big barkadas frequent this place just to have a taste of the best that Southeast Asia has to offer!
8. Lan Kwai Speakeasy
Address: 42 Esteban Abada St. Loyola Heights, Quezon City
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If you’re looking for a laid back vibe night club in Manila, go to Lan Kwai Speakeasy. You can get a taste of Hong Kong’s hippest party destination, just right in Katipunan. Lan Kwai Speakeasy boasts unique drinks, great music, and amazing food. Its eclectic interiors are also perfect for an impromptu photo shoot. And the best thing here is, the prices are affordable!
9. Yes Please
Address: 11th Avenue corner 38th Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig
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Yes Please is far cry from other Manila night spots. With its throwback tunes, foosball table, and purposely arranged tables so that you can actually meet new people instead of staring at your phone all night—this bar is straight out of a 90s movie. And to keep the theme, their drinks are named after popular 90s icons, including Devon Sawa, Mighty Mouse, and Tommy Lee.
10. The Island
Address: Uptown Parade, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig
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One of the best clubs in Manila is The Island. You’ll never run out of options with their nine different food and drink establishments that is great if you’re with a big group that can’t seem to agree on what to have. Here, you can choose from barbecue to fresh seafood to burgers and pizza in one night. The Island also keeps the swimming pools of The Palace Pool Club, adding cabanas and daybeds for a laid-back, beachside vibe. Upon entering, you get a wristband which serves as your “debit card” for the night so you don’t have to fumble for cash every time you need to buy drinks. The Island will definitely give you the Manila nightlife you’ll remember!
11. Early Night?
Address: The Fort Entertainment Center, 5th Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Photos from Early Night?
Early Night? is one of the best clubs in Manila and a crowd favorite for so many reasons. One, they have an instagrammable place; two, the music will make you dance all night; and three, the cocktails and drinks are cheaper than other Manila night spots. This bar can get pretty packed which means you might have to drop by, well, early.
After hopping to each best clubs in Manila and you feel pretty tired (or wasted), it’s better to book the nearest budget hotel so you can rest well and safe.