If you think Manila is busy by day, just wait until you step out a night. Partying in one of the world’s biggest cities is an experience you’ll never forget.
Manila bars range from hidden speakeasies to slick rooftop bars and everything in between, making it an amazing place to spend a night sampling some cocktails. Looking for the best places to hit up while you’re here? We’ve got you covered…
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1. Int. Bar
You’ll find this hip hidden bar inside a photo booth in Cubao Expo – step through the curtains to discover a cocktail haven. Cocktails are named after classic films and are exceptionally tasty.
Polilya is a stylish yet cosy bar in Poblacion that highlights local craft beer from Engkanto Brewery. Sample beer flights and creative beer-infused cocktails in a space so cool you’ll want to move in. For real.
Another cool speakeasy-style bar in Manila is this barber shop/bar. Just behind an innocent-looking wooden shelf in a brightly lit barber shop is an atmospheric bar with signature cocktails (try the Blunt Scissors). They also do great Filipino bar chow.
Manila’s highest rooftop bar, Antidote has a mind-boggingly cool jellyfish aquarium bar. Together with the giant “I’M” sign, Antidote makes for the perfect Instagram-worthy experience. Ideal for when you want a chill but cool night out.
5. Vu’s Sky Bar
Located on the 45th floor of Marco Polo in Ortigas Center, this is a fun place to come for happy hour and watch the sun set over the city. Relaxing Shisha, delicious cocktails and House music at weekends add to the laid-back vibes.
6. Yes Please
Yes Please is known for its strong signature cocktail line, chill-house music and the 90’s-vibe Instagram-worthy interiors. Cocktails are based on 80s and 90s icons, from Top Gun hero Maverick to Devon Sawa and Tommy Lee, and there’s some great frozen slushie options.
Looking to get lit in Manila? You need to stop off here to check out their amazing selection of Japanese whiskies and classic cocktails. A small, intimate bar (it only fits about 25 people), you’ll find yourself lingering over a perfect Old Fashioned or two.