End your day strong, and party the night away.
Let’s admit it, being a part of Metro Manila’s nightlife doesn’t only make our day more interesting but also brings out our social self. And where better place to unleash your inner fun side and experience the city’s nightlife than at bars and pubs?
Whether you’re in for a quiet and gossip-filled night with friends or a loud, lively night with officemates, one thing’s for sure, you’re bound to find bars in Metro Manila that are perfect for you!
Need some help? Simply check out our ultimate guide below for some options of the bars in Metro Manila you can head to depending on your location. Also, don’t forget to add these restaurants to your ‘Must Try’ lists on the Booky app.
Whether you plan to drink at Poblacion – the drinking hub of Makati – or at the famous villages in the area – Legazpi Village and Salcedo Village – you’re sure to find bars where you can have a post-drinking session.
At first glance, Kampai may seem like a typical Japanese bar. But when you enter their doors, you’ll find that they have much more to offer than just your traditional Japanese food. Apart from the carefully curated Japanese food, Kampai’s second floor transforms into a bar at night serving up top-notch quality cocktails paired with some good music by live DJs.
TETSUO – Poblacion
TETSUO is known for constantly reinventing and updating its brand. They serve Japanese cuisine that’s elevated to fit the modern palate. Try out their signature fried chicken, soba, baos, and katsudon in their own standout bar.
A Mexican-Filipino bar adorned with striking neon lights and filled with colorful interiors, Almacen offers up simple but mouth-watering Mexican dishes with a Filipino twist that are perfect to pair with your choice of alcohol.
Must-try dishes: Mexican Corn Elote, Beef Pareas Open Burrito, and Street Nachos.
The Spirits Libray – Poblacion
Despite serving up one of the best cocktails you will ever have, The Spirits Library is more than just a cocktail bar. As the name of the place suggests, they are a purveyor of rare bottles, books, and bar paraphernalia.
Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen – Fermina Street
A bar inspired by Filipino folklore, evident in their interiors and drinks, Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen will leave you with a magical and spellbinding experience with every hour that passes by that you spend within their four walls.
Stay and be enthralled with their forest-like interiors. Take a bite of their Filipino tapas and be enchanted by every flavor. Have a sip of their artisanal local alcoholic drinks and be transported to the worlds of the stories you hear as a child. Head on to Agimat and allow yourself to unleash your inner wonder.
The Curator Coffee & Cocktails – Legazpi Village
The Curator is a backdoor cafe and drinking lounge hidden inside Cyrano Wine Bar that serves handcrafted coffee all day and cocktails by night from the finest ingredients. It also serves a small day menu including pastries and sandwiches.
Cartel Deli – Salcedo Village
Cartel is a cafe, a bakery, a deli, a market, a bistro, a bar, and a whole lot more! It is a place where you can come in and experience a variety of wonderful things.
With 3 different drinking hubs located in Quezon City – Tomas Morato, Eastwood, and Katipunan – you’re sure to have a great time sipping on wine or chugging down beer at these bars in the area.
First impressions matter and the speakeasy bar is hidden inside Vitto’s Wine Bar & Restaurant certainly makes an impression. Prima Facie serves bar chow to go with their hefty drinks list. Apart from hard drinks like vodka, whiskey, gin, tequila, brandy, and rhum, Prima Facie also has a nice selection of local and imported beers.
Salamangka – Eastwood
Offering coffee and drinks no matter what time of day it is, Salamangka offers a Filipino twist to both the cocktails that they offer as well as the dishes that go well with the drinks.
Grape Escape – Maginhawa
Grape Escape Wine Lounge + Kitchen is a casual wine and dine experience where you can pair wine with a Spanish-Italian inspired cuisine that offers Brick Oven Pizza and Tapas.
Walrus – Katipunan
Walrus is an urban beach bar that serves affordable cold beer and comforting pub grub. It is located right across Ateneo de Manila University.
Not only is Taguig the city where offices are abundant but drinking places as well. Why? ‘Cause bars are some of the perfect places to de-stress.
Bank Bar – Fort Bonifacio
Bank Bar is a top-shelf drinking den by The Moment Group. Here, you “invest” on world-class service in a stunning and most unexpected setting. Their gin and tonics are garnished anyway you want. Aside from the extensive range of liquors, spirits, and cocktails, they also serve delicious bar chow!
Popular choice: The rose and cucumber based G&T made with Tanqueray Rangpur, rose ice, and Fentiman’s tonic.
Borough – Bonifacio High Street
Borough is a snazzy spot that serves NYC comfort food like bagels, all-day breakfasts, grilled cheese and tomato soup. They’re most known for their milk and homemade cookies and pastries. For anyone looking for a bit of comfort in the big city, Borough is the place for you.
Alegria Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar – Fort Bonifacio
Alegria Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar offers Latin flavors with a modern twist. They’re known for tostadas and churrascaria but taking from the Spanish influence in Latin American cuisine, the restaurant also serves small bites as well as a variety of flavored sangrias.
The Brewery At The Palace – Uptown Bonifacio
The Brewery At The Palace guarantees to serve the freshest beer in the Metro as well as dishes crafted by Chef Carlo Miguel.
Tomatito – Fort Bonifacio
Tomatito is a “sexy tapas bar” serving Spanish-influenced dishes like paella, pintxos, and montaditos. The fluorescent atmosphere was inspired by Spanish bars in the 80’s, hence the retro aesthetic.
Recommended dish: Croquetas and Salmon TNT
Tap Station – Burgos Circle
Tap Station is a proudly Filipino brewery that serves fresh off-the-tap beers. They also offer an extensive list of local and international craft beers.
Keg – The Fort Strip
The Keg is a casual bar and restaurant known for its themed and entertainment-filled nights, flavored beers and delicious beer matches.
Lit Manila – Serendra
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 5 PM to 2 AM, head on to Lit Manila if you’re looking to try and enjoy Japanese whiskey spirits.
All Around the Metro
Even if you’re not near the bars in the alcohol hubs in the metro, you can definitely still experience Manila’s nighlife at these bars!
Thirsty Barber – San Juan
Thirsty Barber is a new neighborhood barbershop and speakeasy bar that serves bar chow, rice meals, specialty cocktails, beer, and more.
RM 16 – Kapitolyo
Look for: Tittos Latin BBQ
Just when you thought you knew where all the secret speakeasy bars are all located, RM 16 makes its way to Kapitolyo with their iconic Coca-Cola vending machine secret entrance. This one’s located just beside Tittos Latin BBQ, but you need to know the passcode before you can enter.
Fino Deli – Marikina
The first wine bar and delicatessen in Marikina City, Fino Deli brings rustic Italian and Spanish flare in an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. They serve wide variety of imported wines, cheeses and cold cuts.
Picada Tapeo Restaurante – BF Homes
Picada Tapeo Restaurante is a Catalan-inspired restaurant serving up affordable Spanish fare such as tapas, paella, wine, and sangria.
Barcino – multiple branches
Barcino is famous for its delicious Spanish cuisine and wide selection of wine. It also has several conveniently located branches across the metro, allowing you to plan accordingly and meet up with your friends, no matter where you’re coming from.
Bar Pintxos Tapas y Mas – Alabang and BGC
Bar Pintxos was one of the South’s secret gems until they opened their second branch in BGC last year. Now, every tita (and her countless amigas) has heard of the tapas bar serving authentic Catalan and Basque-inspired dishes by Miguel Vecin and Tinchu Gonzalez.
INT – Cubao Expo
Serving up creative drinks and great food, INT bar is an authentic speakeasy where you don’t only get your tummy filled but your night packed with memorable experiences
Cubao Expo, General Romulo Ave, Cubao Quezon City
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