Representing Manila's fun and happening nightlife, B-Side has a lot on offer for the late-night revelers in the city. Located at the core of The Collective, this vibrant nightclub holds more than a thousand party animals together at its humongous dance floor, and entertains them with an onslaught of thumping and mind-blowing music. From hip hop to the alternative rock, its programing is eclectic and it hosts renowned bands as well as international DJ on most days of the week. The club promises different events on each nights of the week; so you can visit the club for Chronic Wheeze, Manila Soul, Sound Crack or MamboRat and many such events. And if you are a reggae fan, then the Irie Sunday will surely get you into the mood. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
Grab that microphone and belt your heart out at this ever-popular karaoke bar. It is frequented by all sorts of characters, including professional entertainers (singers and stand-up comedians) hired by the bar to amuse the crowds. Patrons come here mainly to get onstage themselves and display their own singing prowess. The decor is strictly for bookworms--floor-to-ceiling shelves stacked with leather-bound books (fakes, of course). Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are served with savory snacks.
The atmosphere here is decadent Havana, just before the fall of the city to Castro. The food is allegedly Cuban/Caribbean, but that is almost incidental; most people come here just to party. There is a stylish cigar bar and lounge (aptly named after Hemingway) on the second floor; ask the management how you can become a member and be allowed to spend a neat sum for the prized Havana cigars in stock. Downstairs in this restored old house, the lively proceedings can sometimes spill out on the street in a spontaneous party.
Located in Resorts World, Republiq is well-known as one of the best nightclubs in the city - the clientele are glamorous and attractive and the club itself attracts some of the best DJs in the world on a weekly basis. The club's interior is sharply modern, with proudly unsubtle lighting and lavish private rooms. It's the best place in town to be seen, or dance the night away. Check the website for details of upcoming events.
The hobbit, a benevolent dwarf, was a character in an enormously popular series of books by J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, now a major motion picture. Based on that theme, all of the waiters at this bar are midgets. The Hobbit House has been around in Manila so long, it is virtually an institution, serving as a regular venue for live music. It offers a dark, smoke-filled interior, where alcoholic drinks of every description are passed around. As for the food, Tanguigine and Garlic Rice and Rib Eye Steak are just some of the dishes you can call for here. If you are in the mood for a great meal, some live music and a hip ambience, then an evening at Hobbit House will not disappoint.
The Nest- Dine In The Sky is a rooftop restaurant situated on top of the popular Vivere Hotel catering to a sophisticated clientele in a romantic & intimate setting. With unparalleled view of the city's skyline and wide range of authentic delicacies being served, this restaurant offers the perfect blend of visual and culinary delights. A small, glistening pool sitting inside this restaurant adds to the already elegant ambience. Fancy lights & well-manicured plants add to the beauty of the patio. Food served here is of International cuisine with regular updates being made so as to always keep the menu changing and fresh. Beef Rendang & Baked Rosemary Chicken are a must try for all the meat-lovers. Salmon & Lapu Lapu Duo, Pesto Stuffed Salmon Steak are the dishes popular amidst avid seafood lovers. The Nest- Dine In The Sky is ideal for a date night with your significant other.
If you are looking for a place to binge on your delicious local meals and spirits, then G-Point Smörgåsbord & Bar is the place for you. Try their Swedish Meat Balls and Fish and Fries or if you can't seem to settle on one meal, go for their lunch buffets. You can also make your own cocktails at the bar or just pick one of their classic creations. Their Margarita and G-toy are quite popular. The place offers a very laid-back and relaxed ambiance with dim lights and a quirky and chic furnishings.
A reconstructed 19th century house in Intramuros Ilustrado comprises a coffee shop a dining area and a ballroom for functions. At the coffee shop old carriage wheels hang from the ceiling while theater/art show posters liven up the walls. White table cloths and polished wood furniture impart a certain formality to the dining area. Paella and other Spanish and Filipino dishes are featured on the menu along with the exotic house specialties like Adobadong Usa (venison cooked in vinegar and soy sauce) or Kalderetang Kambing (goat stew). Ilustrado offers full bar service and a choice of wines to complement your entree.
Can't decide what to have for dinner and feeling peckish for a little bit of everything? Head to the 9 Spoons restaurant in the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros. Ride 9 floors up the elevator to reach the penthouse where the restaurant is located. Feast your eyes on the fantastic panoramic view of the city, overlooking the Intramuros golf course. White, suspended ceiling lights, red and orange upholstered, wooden chairs, wooden tables and carved wooden restaurant dividers give a contemporary feel to the place. Enjoy a casual dining experience with a menu that covers everything from pasta and chimmichangas to local Filipino food with a modern twist. Do try their Sugba Kilaw, Beef Saikoro, Pinakbet, Suman Sa Lihiya and Grilled Pineapple Crisp, they come highly recommended. Find your ideal tipple to pair with your dinner from their extensive wine list; happy hour begins at 5:30pm and ends at 9pm. If you drop in during lunch from Monday through Friday, you'll find a lunch buffet with plenty of office goers enjoying it. The quality of food and service is varied with each visit as it is managed by the Lyceum Culinary School with a mix of interns and recently-graduated, full-time employees.
Enjoy a sumptuous in pleasant environs at the Sky View Deck Bar. Boasting of a cozy rooftop space with garden umbrellas and cozy sofas that give patrons a birds’ eye view of the city, the restaurant is frequented by the young and old alike. As for the food, Tanigue Ceviche, Bistek Bulalo and Dolstek Beef Bistro are just some of the decadent eats you can call for. Besides the traditional mains, pizzas, pastas and sandwiches are also featured on the menu. Beers, cocktails, and spirits are also on offer to wash down the dishes. If you are in the mood for a memorable dining experience, then don’t think twice before heading to Sky Deck View Bar.
Oarhouse Pub is a modern and laid-back bar and restaurant where you can spend your evenings in a fun and cozy atmosphere. Try their Amaretto Sour and the classic Margarita from their impressive assortment of cocktails and spirits along with their Chicken Isaw grill which is the specialty of the kitchen. The place offers a very muted ambiance with dim lights and a classic modern furnishings.