Going out comes in all shapes and sizes. In a city as colorful as Manila, there will always be something for you no matter what vibe you’re feeling when you’re finally off the clock.
So if you’re not sure where to go this weekend, check these six different nights out:
This snazzy dinner place has branches in Salcedo Village and Rockwell, and is known for its PHP500 unlimited wine. It’s perfect for catching up with college friends you haven’t seen in a while, and maybe letting the truth spill out after a glass too many. Let the kwentuhan begin, and the forgetting of “using your indoor voice” along with it. Do reserve in advance as tables are usually fully booked on weekends.
All competitive types, gather round. Plenty of quiz nights have been popping up all over the place. Belle & Dragon hosts quiz nights every Tuesday and Thursday, for general knowledge and music trivia respectively. These are usually fast-paced and hectic in nature, perfect for when you’re tired of stress in the work environment and might want it to come with some drinks, for once! If you’d like to take command of your own games, check out Game Over in Xavierville, which doesn’t just have a crazy selection of board games and consoles, but also a great menu of drinks and bar chow.
Sax, whiskey, and sophistication. What else could you ask for on a Saturday night? 78-45-33 is a one-of-a-kind, lowkey Makati bar that plays real vinyls on state-of-the-art turntables as you sip on their dirty martinis. Sound’s never felt so smooth! If you want something live, on the other hand, go to the recently renovated Tago Jazz Cafe in Cubao for world-class Filipino acts (they were once lauded by UNESCO for their international contributions to the genre) and excellent unli-rum cokes.
These legendary gig staples have been helping local talent put their feet in the door, and will continue to do so for years to come. Who knows, you might catch the next She’s Only Sixteen or IV of Spades headlining one of the weekday lineups. Sway (or mosh) to the music, and don’t hesitate to mingle! Love the space but want something slightly different? Stop by Mow’s on a Tuesday night for their weekly standup set, featuring some of Comedy Manila’s best performers. It’s the same music-loving crowd but with extra laughs.
Explore Apartment’s seemingly endless number of units and feel like you’re in Brooklyn at someone’s massive house party. If you’re feeling even more homesick, try out the cozier Annex House just down the street. It’s a friendly, intimate crowd into ‘80s hits and yacht cocktails. For similar moods in the North, go to the classic Today X Future in Cubao, usually packed but always welcoming.
You’re done with your dinner, pre-game, and Poblacion crawl, but you know you still have plenty of energy to spare. Keep the night alive at these Chino Roces clubs that are pretty much open ‘til dawn on the weekends, and if you want to truly get lit with friends, BGC’s Nectar is a great option.
Go after the nights that suit your lifestyle, whether it’s a wacky night with the barkada or grooving to city pop on the dance floor. The night’s long anyway and you can always mix things up! Everyone deserves a beautiful life, and you deserve to party it out the way you choose. So go grab a drink and create yours now.