Nothing screams Cinco de Mayo like tacos and dranks! And since bars and restaurants in Manila have been accepting people to dine in, now is the perfect time to have some good fun! 

So, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, we leave you with a list of places you can go to in the metro to celebrate.  

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What is Cinco de Mayo? 

Cinco de Mayo, or May 5, celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla – which happened on May 5, 1862. While it is a minor holiday in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a day where people commemorate Mexican culture and heritage. In the Philippines, people celebrate it with tacos and alcoholic drinks. 

Where To Go For Delicioso Tacos For Cinco de Mayo

El Chupacabra 

eat street tacos in el chupacabra for cinco de mayo 2022

If you’re a regular in Poblacion, you’ve often heard of this food joint in Makati. El Chupacabra isn’t one of those posh 5-star restaurants – the food here is affordable and tasty! Weekends are always packed, so if you want to try the food in a less crowded space, it’s better to visit during the weekdays.

However, if your main goal is to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your hermanos and hermanas, you’re more than welcome to do so. With its authentic American-Mexican street tacos and inexpensive beers, you’ll definitely want to stay a little longer in this place. 

Address: 

5782 Felipe, Makati, Metro Manila

Opening hours:

11 AM – 11 PM daily

What to order:

Chorizo con Papas Tacos, San Francisco-style Lean Pork Sisig Tacos, BBQ Chicken Taco Salad 

Price range: 

PHP900 for two people (approx.) with alcohol

PHP55 for a pint of beer (approx.)

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La Chinesca 

La Chinesca is popular Mexican restaurant in Paranaque. It'd be a shame if you didn't try their tacos for Cinco de Mayo this 2022.

South kids, where ya at? La Chinesca is a popular Mexican restaurant located in Paranaque specializing in soft corn tortilla tacos with meat, vegetables, fruits, and Mexican sauces. Even though the place is relatively small and cozy, people still endure the long line to taste their Mexican-inspired menu. Since the place itself is tiny, it’d be wiser if you pre-game by ordering take-out and then eating at your own house or somewhere more comfortable.

The restaurant also has a branch in Rockwell, Makati. 

Address: 

Paranaque – 181 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque (inside their sibling restaurant Sensei, next to Soy & Bean)

Rockwell – The Grid Food Market, 2/F Power Plant Mall, Makati 

Opening hours:

Paranaque: 

11 AM – 3 PM and 5 PM – 9 PM 

Rockwell:

Mon – Thurs 11 AM – 9 PM

Friday 11 AM – 10 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 10 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 9 PM

What to order:

Lamb Barbacoa, Carne Asada, Salsa Verde, Guacamole, Pulled Pork, Quesabirria 

Price range: 

PHP500 for two people (approx.) Without alcohol

OnlyPans Taqueria Poblacion

People keep coming back to OnlyPans in Poblacion because of its overall hip atmosphere, not to mention the good food. After a night of celebrating Cinco de Mayo, visit this place for some munchies.

Located in Poblacion, this Mexican restaurant is heavily favored because of its good food and instagrammable interior and exterior design. Looking at the photos of the place alone, it’s understandable why customers would travel from far away locations just to visit. Besides tacos and quesadillas, the small business also serves sushi pans. 

If you’re looking for some late-night munchies after a tiring night of celebrating Cinco de Mayo, this place is for you. 

Address: 

5663 Don Pedro St., Poblacion Makati. In front of Z Hostel

Opening hours:

Weekdays — 11AM to 11PM 

Weekends — 11AM to 2AM

What to order:

Birria Tacos, Quesadillas

Price range: 

PHP600 for two people (approx.) Without alcohol

Drive By Taco Shop

Try Drive By's tacos for Cinco de Mayo

If you like your tacos served fresh, you shouldn’t miss this taco shop’s excellent grub for Cinco de Mayo. People flock to this hole in the wall Mexican restaurant for their street tacos, burritos, and nachos. You can also choose to have your tacos soft or friend.

Address: 

256 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City 1720

Opening hours:

11 AM – 10 PM Daily 

What to order:

Litid Sisig Taco, Extra Spicy Pulled Beef Tacos, Chilichangga, Nacho Chorizo, Beef Nachos

Price range: 

PHP600 for two people (approx.) Without alcohol

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A’Toda Madre

try a'toda madre's authentic tacos for Cinco de Mayo

If you’re into tacos and margaritas, check out A’Toda Madre. Located in Makati, this Mexican pub serves authentic Mexican dishes, including Elotes Callejeros, Ceviche, and Pollo de Chipotle and a wide array of Mexican tequilas and margaritas. 

They also do weekly rockeoke/open mic nights, so if you’re in for some good food and great music on Cinco de Mayo, give this bar a try. 

Address: 

Sunette Tower, Durban, Makati, Metro Manila

Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday 4 PM – 12 AM 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 11 AM – 12 AM 

What to order:

Chile Verde con Arroz, Taco Sampler, Tequila and Margarita

Price range: 

PHP1000 for two people (approx.) with alcohol

List of Bars in Metro Manila 

Z Rooftop Bar 

bars in manila z rooftop bar

A rooftop bar on Z Hostel that serves ice cold beer, cocktails, and munchies. Get to enjoy the view of Makati at night while listening to some sweet tunes from the DJ. 

Antidote

bars in Manila Antidote Bar

Located on the rooftop of IM Hotel in Poblacion, Antidote is known as the first jellyfish bar in the country. It has an indoor and outdoor setting and serves bespoke cocktails and dishes with vibrant flavors from around the world.

Club ZZYZX Manila 

bars in Manila Club ZZYX

A multi-level dance and nightclub located at the heart of Manila. 

House Manila 

Bars in Manila photo of a crowded House Manila
Photo by: House Manila Facebook

A classy and stylish nightclub that screams vibrancy and energy located in Resorts World Manila.

The 70’s Bistro Bar

bars in Manila the 70's Bistro

A music lounge in Quezon City where bands of all genres play.

Related article: Manila Nightlife Guide: 10 Bars in Manila You Should Give a Try in 2022 

Frequently Asked Questions about Cinco de Mayo

Q: What is Cinco de Mayo?

A: Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla – which happened on May 5, 1862. 

Q: How is Cinco de Mayo celebrated?

A:  In countries like the Philippines, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by commemorating Mexican culture and heritage. Mexican food like tacos, quesadillas, and alcoholic beverages are heavily consumed on this day. Some even go as far as wearing sombreros and ponchos. 

Q: Who celebrates Cinco de Mayo? 

A: It is celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States, especially in places where Mexican-Americans reside. 

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Whether you’re in for a quiet titahan and titohan night alone, or a loud night with friends, there’s no better place to unleash your inner fun side than in bars in Manila

From the bars in Manila that survived the pandemic to the new ones making a buzz for their booze—you’re bound to find bars where you can have craft beers, cocktails, yummy bar chow, and a gossip-filled evening.

List of Open Bars in Manila This Year

In the mood for some night out with friends or some booze for yourself? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of the best bars in Manila that will give you a night (and booze) to remember.

  1. Bank Bar
  2. Tipsy Pig
  3. Salamangka
  4. Yes Please
  5. The Island PH
  6. Aria Gastropub
  7. WYP
  8. Koneksiyon bean+beer
  9. The Pub Manila
  10. Luis Port Bar and Restaurant

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Famous bars in Manila that survived the pandemic

It’s an obvious fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in the world and the F&B world took a huge hit. When the health protocols restricted the opening of bars and pubs Manila, many businesses closed down. But here are a few of the ones that remained amid the pandemic. These bars and night clubs in Manila are back in business:

1. Bank Bar

 

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From the concept of The Moment Group, Bank Bar lets you experience a world-class service in the classiest setting. This night bar in Manila is famed for its gin and tonics and delicious bar chow!

Address: G/F RCBC Corporate Center (inside 7/11), 25th & 26th St., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Must-try: Pinay Colada, Old Fashioned, French Lady

2. Tipsy Pig

 

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Tipsy Pig is one of the best bars in Manila that already made a name for itself. This resto bar in Manila is most popular for its signature brews, extensive food and drink menu that come in cheap price. The food that tipsy Pig offers includes the favorite Pinoy classics but put their own spin on them, making people come back for more.

Address: Capitol Commons, Fort BGC in Taguig, and Timog Ave. in Quezon City
Must-try: Mango-ginger mojito, Pride Cocktails, Sangria

3. Salamangka

 

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Salamangka is another resto bar in Manila that survived the pandemic. Unlike any other bar, Salamangka takes a unique and shocking spin on its menu. Their menu is crafted to suit your taste. From the strongest down to the sweetest drinks, they’ve got you covered. 

But if you’re someone who really doesn’t like alcoholic drinks, you can still enjoy this bar with their coffee menu.

Address: Eastwood Citywalk 2, Libis, Quezon City
Must-try: Ibong Adarna (tequila, pineapple, calamansi, chili), Ermitanyo (Kibaan raisin infusion, lemon, crushed nuts), Tiktik (whiskey, coffee liqueur, crushed chocnut, cinnamon), Mambabarang (gina, lime juice, cucumber slices, mint leaves)

4. Yes Please

 

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Yes Please is far cry from other night bars in Manila. With its throwback tunes, foosball table, and purposely arranged tables—this bar is straight out of a 90s movie. And to keep the theme of this 90s bar Manila, Yes Please drinks are named after popular icons during the decade, including Devon Sawa, Mighty Mouse, and Tommy Lee. 

Address: 11th Avenue corner 38th Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig
Must-try: Pulp Fiction, Pretty Woman, Magic Kingdom

5. The Island PH

One of the best bars in Manila is The Island at the Palace. You’ll never run out of options with their nine different food and drink establishments that are great if you’re with a big group that can’t seem to agree on what to have. 

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 that 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!

Address: Uptown Parade, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig
Must-try: Bombay Sapphire, Girl Scout Colada, Clueless, Maverick

New bars in Manila to try this 2021

If there are bars in Manila that closed because of the pandemic, there are also some that have opened their doors to give the public a good time. These bars will definitely cheer you up during the pandemic. 

6. Aria Gastropub

 

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Aria Gastropub is one of the newest rooftop bars Manila that is taking the social media feed by storm. Thanks to its pure aesthetic, this affordable rooftop bar in Manila always finds a way to make it to any bar-hopper’s feed. Aria Gastropub is perfect if you want an afternoon, sipping your favorite drink while gossiping about the latest tea!

Address: TRX Building – Lot 797 B2B6 Congressional Avenue Extension 1115 Quezon City
Must-try: Weng Weng, Margarita, Cocktails

7. WYP

 

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Neon led signs and walls with mini tiles at WYP (What’s Your Poison?) will remind you of some 90s bars Manila. It is what #feedgoals are made of. WYP offers a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that won’t put a hole in your pocket. Make sure o drop by at WYP to experience a one heck of a Burgos Street Manila nightlife.

Address: 6236 Manalac St. Brgy. Poblacion 1210 Makati
Must-try: Vodka, Gin, Cognac

8. Koneksiyon bean+beer

Tired of the titahan night and want to take a break from going to wine bar Manila? Koneksiyon bean+beer makes a great spot for your nightly kwentuhan and inuman with friends. 

Address: This resto bar in Manila has several branches across the north including Caloocan, Novaliches, and Pandacan

9. The Pub Manila

 

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Giddy up for some booze and chill night out with your friends at The Pub Manila if you’re looking for a budget-friendly spot to hang out. The Pub Manila features ranch-inspired interiors that will make you feel you’re somewhere far from the city. This is one of the newest bars in Manila that opened during the pandemic.

Address: Atang Dela Rama St. 1300 Pasay City

10. Luis Port Bar and Restaurant

Luis Port is a pirate-themed bar and restaurant that caters to foodies who love booze. You can bring your friends with you and try their Beerkada deals. If you want to spend the night also, no need to worry as well because they’ve got so much to offer for singletons!

Address: Pwesto Community Hall. 56 Holy Spirit Drive, Don Antonio Quezon City

Frequently Asked Questions About Bars in Manila

Q: What are the best bars in Manila?
A: Whether you’re looking for a rooftop bar Manila or some place hidden, here are some of the most famous bars in Manila:

  1. Bank Bar
  2. Tipsy Pig
  3. Salamangka
  4. Yes Please
  5. The Island PH
  6. Aria Gastropub
  7. WYP
  8. Koneksiyon bean+beer
  9. The Pub Manila
  10. Luis Port Bar and Restaurant
  11. Sky Deck View Bar
  12. The Den
  13. Prima Facie 
  14. WYLD Kitchen x Bar 
  15. Lobo

Q: What are the hotels with rooftop bars in Manila?
A: Here’s a rundown of the hotels with rooftop bars in Manila:

  1. The Bayleaf Intramuros
  2. Raffles Makati
  3. UNWND Lux Hostel
  4. Vivere Hotel and Resorts
  5. Seda Bonifacio Global City
  6. I’M Hotel
  7. Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
  8. ACE Hotel and Suites
  9. Conrad Manila
  10. City Garden Grand Hotel

Q: What are the best high end bars in Manila?
A: Looking for a place to splurge on some drinks? Here are the best high end bars in Manila:

  1. Mistral Rooftop Bar
  2. Dr. Wine Manila 
  3. Bank Bar
  4. The Penthouse 8747
  5. Salon De Ning
  6. Buddha Bar
  7. Antidote

Q: Where to see an affordable rooftop bar in Manila?
A: Drinking on a budget? No problem! Here’s a list if the must-try affordable rooftop bar in Manila:

  1. Firefly Roofdeck Bar
  2. RED Ape Rooftop Bar
  3. The Roofdeck Bistro
  4. OZ’S Bar
  5. 71 Gramercy
  6. Vue Bar

Q: Where to experience sky bar Manila?
A: Here’s a list of the best sky bars Manila:

  1. Sky Deck View Bar
  2. Fyre Rooftop Lounge
  3. Antidote
  4. Skye M1
  5. The Penthouse 8747
  6. Firefly Roofdeck Bar
  7. Sky High Bar

Q: What are the best bars in Malate Manila?q2q
A: Here are the best bar in Malate Manila:

  1. Oarhouse Pub of Manila
  2. Chill Bar Bocobo – Korea Town Manila
  3. Chill Bar Malate
  4. Cutie Honey KTV Bar & Restaurant
  5. Blue Mug’s Bar and Grill

Q: What are the best KTV bars in Manila?
A: Here are the best KTV bar in Manila:

  1. Music Bank
  2. Atom Bar+KTV
  3. Turtles Family KTV
  4. Orange 5 KTV Bar
  5. Uncle J Family KTV

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