Manila Nightlife: 16 Things To Do In Metro Manila At Night - Updated 2022

Manila Nightlife: 16 Things To Do In Metro Manila At Night - Updated 2022
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When most of the things you see in Manila either involve shopping at a mall or eating at a restaurant, you might start to wonder if there’s anything else to do on a Friday or Saturday night with your friends. Thought it’s not quite obvious, there are actually a lot of things you can do at night that doesn’t have to involve going to a restaurant or mall! Manila by night is a view that you do not want to miss. Before you head back to your Airbnb or hotel with a sauna, here are top things to do in Metro Manila at night.

1. Catch the indie scene at Route 196

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Route 196 is always bustling with live music performances and is one of the best chill night places in Manila and catch the rising stars of the local music scene. Located along Katipunan extension, Route 196 has featured many great underground bands, and is known among its patrons as not only a place to listen to some good live music, but also a great place to get some bar chow. They serve pizza, deviled chicken, smoked farmers sausage, and more. Couple that with their ice-cold beer and stellar performances, and you’ve got a memorable Friday night. Rates here start at 250 PHP (5.00 USD) for the entrance fee, and you get a free beer!

Route 196

Address: Route 196, 196-A Katipunan Avenue Extension, Blue Ridge A Quezon City, Philippines

Price: from 5.00 USD

Opening Hours: 6 pm to 2 am

Website: Route 196

2. Go clubbing at Black Market

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If you still don’t know where to go in Manila at night, look no further than Black Market. It is a semi-exclusive (read: they’re really, really strict about age restrictions) club in Makati where you can head over for a Friday night of dancing to the city’s best DJ’s. They also have a bar and some pretty Instagram-worthy hangout spots, and is more low key compared to Black Market’s more upscale and crowded counterparts like the Palace Pool Club or Valkyrie. For a gauge, you can get a table for two with complementary drinks for 2,000 PHP (40.00 USD) and a pint of beer for 120 PHP (2.40 USD). Most notably, Black Market has Bad Decision Wednesdays where you can dance to the Billboard top 100 songs.

Black Market

Address: 2723 Sabio St, Makati, 1233 Metro Manila, Philippines

Price: from 2.40 USD for beer; 40.00 USD for a table

Opening Hours: 10pm-4am

Website: Black Market

3. Go shopping at a night market

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Sometimes you just have to relax and unwind with a good shopping spree. Fear not, though, because you don’t have to hurt your wallet so much in the process. Thankfully, Manila’s streets are lined with many bazaars and friendly stalls where you can get your shopping fix, and one of these bargain shopping havens is St. Francis Square. St. Francis Square is a mall bazaar featuring various items so you can shop ‘til your heart’s content. Expect fashion items, gadgets, bags, shoes, and more for less than the regular retail price.

St. Francis Square

Address: Bank Dr, Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila

Opening Hours: 10 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday; 10 to 8 pm Monday to Thursday

Website: St. Francis Square

4. Laugh out loud at Zirkoh

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Are you due for a big, hearty laughing session? If you are, head over to Zirkoh’s for some good (and wildly hilarious) company! This comedy bar is located along Tomas Morato, and you can expect — aside from delicious cocktails and beers — stellar song performances, funny skits, and standup comedy that can make your stomach hurt from all the laughing. Prices start at 300 PHP (6.00 USD).

Zirkoh

Address: Zirkoh, Tomas Morato Ave. Quezon City

Price: from 6.00 USD

Opening Hours: 7 pm to 3 am

Website: Zirkoh

5. Sing your heart out at Red Box

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Where do broken hearts go? Turns out, in the Philippines, they go to karaoke. But Red Box isn’t just for the broken-hearted; it’s also for the friends who just want to spend the night belting out to their favorite songs. For a starting rate of 149 PHP (approx. 3.00 USD), you and your friends can book a room with a few complementary drinks. Don’t worry, the walls are thick enough to be soundproof, so you don’t need to feel self-conscious about your singing skills!

Red Box

Address: 4th flr Trinoma Edsa Cor. North Avenue Barangay Pagasa Quezon City

Price: from 3.00 USD

Opening Hours: 12 pm to 12 am

Website: Red Box

6. Watch an indie film at Teatrino

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Indie film showings are rare to come by when in Manila, as local cinemas in malls typically favor showing Hollywood hits. However, sometimes you can find hidden gems like Teatrino that cater to indie film aficionados. Located in Greenhills, Teatrino lets you catch releases of up and coming indie films, and maybe even watch a live play or concert depending on the night. Rates here start at 200 PHP (4.00 USD).

Teatrino

Address: Teatrino, Promenade Service Rd, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Price: from 4.00 USD

Website: Music Museum

7. Cheer on your favorite team at Skinny Mike’s

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Is your favorite team playing and you want to watch the game? You can do so at Skinny Mike’s in Bonifacio Global City. A sports bar with great food and even greater chicken wings, Skinny Mike’s is a favorite among sports fans as they make sure something fun to watch is always playing — they even have replays of old games you might have missed! Skinny Mike’s also offers a wide range of drinks, and just for a range, a pint of beer starts at around 65 PHP (1.30 USD).

Skinny Mike's

Address: 32nd Street Corner Justice Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Price: from 1.30 USD

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Website: Skinny Mike’s

8. Try your luck at City of Dreams (from USD 12.0)

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Sometimes you want to spend your free night not spending your money but trying your luck to earn more. You can find a world-class casino right here in Manila, City of Dreams. This casino is open 24/7 and is located in Bonifacio Global City. Be careful with spending here though — it’s a whole lot of fun to wait and see if luck turns up, but it’s no longer fun if at the end of the day you realize you spent more than you can afford!

City of Dreams Manila

Address: Aseana Avenue corner Macapagal Ave., Entertainment City, Roxas Blvd, Paranaque, Parañaque, 1700 Metro Manila

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Website: City of Dreams

DreamPlay Admission Ticket in Manila

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9. Night stroll at Intramuros

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Intramuros, which is Latin for “within the walls”, is one of first things that comes to mind when visiting Manila. It’s an integral part of the country’s history, especially during the Spanish Empire. Intramuros is home to centuries-old structures and institutions and is one of the most beautiful places in the city. This old town is naturally beautiful by day and will surely intrigue you with its dramatic ambiance at night. Pay a visit to this historical landmark and get to know its beginnings.

Intramuros

Address: Manila, 1002 Metro Manila

10. Market to table dining experience (from USD 49.0)

Feel like a true Manila local by buying your own seafood ingredients at the market with this Airbnb Experience hosted by Omar. You will then be guided to Dampa Seafood to have your food prepared just exactly how you like it! If that doesn’t guarantee you the freshest meal you’ll have in the city, then we don’t know what will. Throughout your tour, you can ask your host about the culture and find out some trivia about Manila. What a worthwhile way to get to know your destination, especially for first-time visitors!

Dampa Seafood Market To Table Experience

Duration: 2.5 hours

17 reviews

11. Dine and watch a folk dance performance

Get to know Manila, not only through delicious food but also by watching a folk dance performance. This tour will kick off with a hearty dinner in the style of “barrio fiesta", meaning community celebration, with Filipino dishes that are commonly served during feast days. Afterward, you will be entertained by the graceful performance of the folk dancers. One of the best parts of this tour is that the fee is all-inclusive: transportation, entrance fees, and of course, your dinner!

Cultural Dance Show with Dinner in Manila

Duration: 3 hours

18 reviews

12. Watch the sunset at Manila Bay

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If you’re on vacation with a tight budget, free things to do are a gem! We’re looking out for you. If you are excited to witness Manila sunset but don’t have the means to join tours or cruises, why not be your own guide and walk the length of Manila Bay yourself? You’ll get more acquainted with this seemingly complex city, and you’ll get a front-row seat to see the horizon! Sometimes it’s freeing to just do your own thing and pave your own way! On vacation, no less.

Manila Bay

Address: Manila, Philippines

13. Shop and play at SM Mall of Asia

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When in SM Mall of Asia, you’re going to wonder whether the phrase “shop ‘til you drop” was born there. It isn’t named Mall of Asia for no reason! It currently holds 15th place on the list of largest shopping malls in the world. We’d bet that you can’t explore its entirety in just one day. Nevertheless, it is a great place for all your shopping needs while in Manila. SM Mall of Asia is located right by Manila Bay and is open until 9 pm daily!

SM Mall of Asia

Address: G/F Main Mall, SM Central Business Park, Seaside Blvd, 123, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila

Website: SM Mall of Asia

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (daily)

14. Feast at Mercato (from USD 67.0)

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Mercato is a favorite among locals because of the smorgasbord of food offerings and the affordable rates at which they are offered. This weekend night market is only open from Thursday nights to Saturday nights, and here you can try a wide range of cuisines just in once place. Aside from being a haven for foodies, Mercato is also peppered with many stalls where you can shop for unique items. Expect to pay anywhere from 35 PHP – 200 PHP (0.70 USD – 4.00 USD).

Mercato

Address: Mercato Central, 25th St. Corner 7th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Price: from 0.70 USD

Opening Hours: Thursdays to Saturdays, 6 pm to 3 am

Website: Mercato Centrale

Manila Mercato Night Market Street Food Tour

Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hrs

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15. Dine and drink at The Yard (from USD 158.0)

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The Yard is a very recent addition to the Katipunan scene in Quezon City, and since then has gained so much popularity that it expanded and opened another store in the Ortigas area. While the Yard is technically a food park, its design and exteriors attract many people because it’s simply more than just that. The Yard is composed of 2 floors, 30 unique stalls all offering various dishes and drinks — from Belgian fries to Japanese food to liquid Nitrogen cocktails — all making for a hip place where foodies can unite and bond with great company and an upbeat ambiance.

The Yard

Address: 83 Xavierville Avenue Loyola Heights Quezon City,Philippines

Price: from 2.60 USD for entrees

Opening Hours: 4 pm to 12 am

Website: The Yard

Manila by Night

Duration: 5 hours

16. The Manila nightlife scene (from USD 158.0)

Night View of Manila
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Manila may have many cool offerings and things to do during the day, but this city also boasts many nightlife activities you can enjoy with your friends, significant other, or even your family. If you want to go out and have some fun, there are many places in Manila you can do so. All you have to do is choose!

If you do not wish to customize your experience and just want a night out, why not book a private night tour. The 5-hour tour includes dinner and a visit to 2 different bars with the flexibility to customize your itinerary. You’ll have the best view of Manila City at night. There’s also a choice of exploring the sights and the tastes of Manila on a dinner cruise that takes you along the shoreline of Manila Bay!

Manila Bay Dinner Cruise

Duration: 3 hours

Price: 58 USD

Manila by Night

Duration: 5 hours

Enjoy the best of Manila after dark

Be sure to add some of these things to do in Metro Manila at night so you can get a firsthand experience of the city’s vibrant nightlife. From catching a game at the sports bar to late-night shopping, there’s plenty to do!

Frequently asked questions about things to do in Metro Manila at night

1. What are the best attractions to visit in Manila?

Manila is a lively city, just ask the locals! The locals do love the entertainment scene, so make sure to hit up Black Market if you’re into clubbing or Red Box if you’re into karaoke.

2. What are the best outdoor activities in Manila?

One of the best outdoor activities in Manila is to dine al fresco at The Yard. You can also choose to walk through Manila Bay and catch the beautiful sunset or enjoy an evening stroll around Intramuros.

3. What are the most popular things to do in Manila with kids and family?

Engage your family during your Manila trip by joining the Cultural Dance Show with Dinner tour. Introduce your children to Manila’s rich history by exploring Intramuros, too!

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