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Night Life

Manila has been renowned for many years as a great venue for nightlife of all different varieties.

All the Latinate vibrancy of Philippines life comes out in Manila at night. The generally high standards of English allow for faster contact with locals. Almost any bar or club is likely to feature music. Closing times range from 2:00 to 3:00 a.m. during the week to 5:00 a.m. on weekends, depending on the venue. Dress codes also vary with the venue but are often robustly get-down. The legal drinking age in the Philippines is 18 years.

CLUBS AND BARS

Embassy Superclub

Embassy Supper ClubEvery week, The Embassy Superclub at The Fort becomes a lightning rod of sorts. It is frequented by socialites, expats, celebrities and other partyphiles who dream of hobnobbing with the famous and moneyed set.

Embassy has always been the preferred choice for a night out with friends because it is one-stop party place for all your needs. It has the Embassy cafeteria, which is open until the wee hours; Embassy cuisine, a more upscale lounge/restaurant for denizens who want a little more privacy; and the Embassy Club, where all the fun starts and ends.

Occasionally, the club features popular disc jockeys from abroad. On regular nights, it plays hard house, chillout, or ‘90s music. So, if you want to have fun and taste a little bit of showbiz, bring out your well-kept voguish outfits and head to Embassy Superclub.

Greenbelt 3

Greenbelt 3Located in the middle of Makati, the Philippines’s premier business district, Greenbelt 3 has a lot to offer  – from dining establishments to the trendiest bars and clubs.

Greenbelt is a lifestyle center that caters to the cosmpolitan, metrosexual consumer who desires high quality shopping, dining and entertainment. It has a number of upscale restaurants and shops but is it better known as an active place to hang out after hours and is a popular decent nightspot. Bars there include Cafe Havana, Ice Bar, Absinth, Cena, Gaudi Bar and a lot more.

 

Serendra

SerendraSerendra is a promenade featuring a fusion of cultures highlighting specialty food and service establishments.  It showcases the best of Filipino, Asian, European, and Continental culture and cuisine.  It gathers all the newest restaurants and bars in a fine dining park.  One can drop in for intimate dinners and celebrations or for that special night out.

KARAOKE

Red Box Karaoke

Red Box KaraokeRed Box aims to elevate and redefine the karaoke experience in the Philippines.  Its recreation lounges are the ideal places for singing, dining, drinking and fun (poker and billiards).  They have elevated karaoke from just another after-dinner option to a complete recreation package with striking private rooms, quality cuisine, and customized technology.   Make your Philippine karaoke experience the best and definitive one with Red Box Karaoke.

BALLROOM DANCING

Ballroom dancing is very popular in the Philippines with the country regarded as the center of the form in Asia.  It has gained adherents from all walks of life, and is practiced in the grand ballrooms of five-star hotels, in schools and universities, aerobics studios, parks, offices, and restaurants.

Byke’s Cafe

This is actually a restaurant during the day which transforms into a ballroom for dancing at night.  It has become very popular for dancing regulars because there is lots of wonderful live music, dancing and fun.  You may opt to bring your own dance instructor, hire a “roving” instructor or simply book an instructor for the night.  Whatever you choose, it would surely turn out to be a very entertaining evening.

CULTURE

Cultural Center of the Philippines

Cultural Center of the PhilippinesThe Cultural Center of the Philippines is the premiere institution for culture and the arts in the country.  It is home to the Philippine Ballet Theater, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayanihan National Folk Dance Company, the Madrigal Singers and Tanghalang Pilipino, its resident drama company.

The CCP showcases Filipino artistic achievements and encourages the creation of original works inspired by Filipino themes and tradition.  The CCP also covers film and broadcast arts, as well as the literary and visual arts, encouraging the growth of aspiring artists in these fields through numerous workshops, seminars, anthologies, exhibits and symposia.

Please check www.culturalcenter.gov.ph for its scheduled events and shows.

Repertory Philippines

Repertory is the country's leading English-language drama company. It comes up with season after season of plays and musicals.  This is where Lea Salonga, the most celebrated of Repertory’s alumni, started displaying her theater singing and acting skills. As the country's most profitable and established theater company for decades, it  runs a tight ship that banks on tradition.

Please check www.repertory-philippines.com for season schedules.

Photos courtesy of Department of Tourism