Many foreigners who visit the Philippines for the first time, travel alone or with friends and the first thing they want to experience is the nightlife. If you are looking for the center of the country’s nightlife, you will find everything in Manila. Manila has a wide selection of bars that offer great music, good company, cheap drinks, high-end settings, and one of a kind clubs that you will only find in the Philippines.
Filipino’s give the impression of being the life and soul of the party. With their love of dancing and singing, combined with great senses of humor, you are guaranteed to experience some really wild and fun parties, when you visit Manila’s finest.
Of course, depending on your taste and whether you want something laid back or a full-on club scene, there are different areas all over Metro Manila where you can experience all kinds of music and settings, to fit your mood. To break down some of these areas, here are some places that you should definitely check out:
1. The Palace Pool Club
The Palace Pool Club is the number one hottest party venue in all the Philippines, right now. It is considered the country’s first pool and day club and closely resembles clubs like Marquee, located in Las Vegas, and Ushuaia, Ibiza. The venue has daybeds, cabanas, a huge pool and, of course, DJ’s. It is most popular in the evening, especially on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The people that visit this venue can be classified as a mix of old and young. The music that is played here includes trap, twerk, EDM, R&B hip-hop, some of today’s latest hits and much more. Like Valkyrie, next on our list, it has become a hot spot for international DJ’s and artists. Some of the artists that have already played here include, Showtek, Kaskade, Major Lazer, Diplo, Steve Aoki, and many more.
The Palace Pool Club
Address: 9th Ave cor 36th Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Website: The Palace Pool Club
Again located in Uptown Bonifacio Global City, Valkyrie is considered one of the first clubs to open here, as well as the biggest. The venue can hold up to 2,000 people - it has two floors and six private boxes on the second floor. It is currently Manila’s hottest and it is always packed, even during weekdays.
They mainly play EDM and have been visited by some of the world’s most talented and well-known DJ’s, including Martin Garrix, Dirty South, Adventure Club and DJ Snake. The venue is usually filled with a mix of different people, from young to old, which means anyone can enjoy great music and good company, here.
Address: 36 9th Avenue corner, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
3. Revel at the Palace
Located inside the Palace at Uptown Bonifacio Global City, Revel, is considered one of the most visited and controversial clubs in recent years. It is a high-end nightclub, operated by the same people that ran Prive and Opus and if you have ever been to Manila and gone to Opus before it was closed down, you can expect some of the same top service, crowds and interior design.
The people that visit this bar are anywhere between 18 – 30+ and the music features mainstream hits as well as EDM, R&B hip-hop, trap, twerk and tropical house.
Revel at the Palace
Address: 11th Avenue corner 38th Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Website: Revel at the Palace
4. URBN QC
URBN QC is located on Timog Ave., in Tomas Morato, Quezon City and if you are looking for a place where the crowd is always lively, the music is great, and the DJ’s play non-stop good music from every era, it is the place to visit. This club is considered the high-end club of Quezon City, as it is right smack in the “City of New Horizons”. The bar is armed with huge spaces that can accommodate thousand-strong crowds and has a peaceful refuge on the second floor, where you can experience the view.
Most people who enter this club are teenagers and young adults from 18 – 28, or older. They play a mixture of trap, chill-trap, EDM, R&B hip-hop and twerk music. So if you are in the mood to dance to some really bouncy tunes, you’re in for a treat because all the most respected DJ’s of Manila play at this venue, professionally and daily.
Address: 62 Timog Ave., Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
Facebook: URBN QC
5. Prive Luxury Club
Formerly known as ‘Members Only’, this club is definitely one place you will remember for its world class style and international entertainment. It has been known to bring together all of Manila’s most important people, in one place, for a great night of music, drinks and casual conversation.
The typical crowd that visits this club include important business tycoons, celebrities, and models. On a Saturday night, you will find this club filled with yuppies and a much older generation of people.
They usually play house music, techno, and on some days R&B and hip-hop. If you are looking for the number one club for house music, Prive is the best place to go to.
Prive Luxury Club
Address: Fort Bonifacio The Fort Strip, corner of 7th & 28th St in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
Website: Prive Luxury Club
6. Ocean Telco
Located on the second floor of Frank & Deans Restaurant, in Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Ocean Telco is a small bar, known for its speakeasy, underground, British-bar feel. Most people like going here because it is top secret and a little hard to find. If you are going to this place for the first time, you may get lost because the door is hidden behind a traditional British telephone booth. Once you enter the bar, you’ll find an awesome, “after office” oasis.
The crowd that usually visits this place are yuppies, between 25 – 36. They play a mixture of old school R&B and hip-hop on Wednesdays and Thursdays and top hits on Fridays and Saturdays. If you were born in the 90’s, this will definitely be one of the best places to go to for a little trip back in time.
Address: Forbestown Rd, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
7. Unit 27
Located in Icon Plaza, 26th Street, in Bonifacio Global City, Unit 27 is a restaurant/bar that will give you the feeling of being in everyone’s dream city - the Big Apple, New York City. Everything about this bar mimics typical spots of New York, with contemporary furniture, quirky fixtures and versatile colors - you will never get enough of this place.
This bar is usually packed on a normal Friday and Saturday night because they play a mix of old and new school R&B, hip-hop, top 40, trap and twerk. The typical crowd ranges from 25 – 36 years old.
Address: Icon Plaza, 26th St, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines
Facebook: Unit 27
8. The Reserve Liquor Lounge
Located in City Golf Plaza, Julia Vargas Ortigas, this bar is known for its reputation of playing some of the best 90’s songs. Thie Reserve Liquor Lounge is never empty, except for Mondays and Sundays. It has a great, luxurious setting inside, which makes catching up with friends an excellent experience, accompanied by good music and food. They also have another branch, located beside Coffee Bean, in Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City.
As mentioned, this bar plays the best of the 90’s, top 40, trap, Edm, house music, and twerk. People who usually visit this place are between 20 – 38 years of age.
The Reserve Liquor Lounge
Address: City Golf Plaza, Doña Julia Vargas Ave, Pasig, 1604 Metro Manila, Philippines
Facebook: The Reserve Liquor Lounge
9. Rou Bourbon
This bar has four branches, located all over Metro Manila. There is one in Ortigas, Eastwood City, Timog, and Burgos Circle. All branches have the same setting. They are primarily known for their fresh flavored brews, which come in caramel, cucumber, and apple.
They play the best of the 90s, top 40, trap, dubstep, drum and bass, and twerk music. The crowd that usually visits all four branches, ranges in age from 18 – 28 years old. This is another great place you can bring your friends to drink and catch up, as its ambiance and great music will make you relax and have fun, all night.
Address: 4 locations in Manila, please check website for more information.
Website: Rou Bourbon
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All in all, the Philippine party scene is definitely one experience you shouldn’t miss. With its extensive crowd of party goers, choice in music, and overall energy, you will definitely want to come back with a bunch of people, since the nightlife scene in Manila is better experienced with friends.
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