Everybody is eating
Makati has been known for many years as a great venue for bars and restaurants of all different varieties and prices. Here we guide you to some of the main bars, restaurants and nightlife areas. This is a list of regular mainstream bars and does not include any non-family type places like the infamous girlie bars.
In general, you will find eating and drinking places on nearly every street in Makati (including a Mini Stop convenience store everywhere you look). Many of the bars and restaurants also have live music to entertain customers during the evening.
The Greenbelt area is where the more upscale bars and restaurants are located. However, the prices are still cheap when compared to costs in Europe and USA. Many nice restaurants can be found in the malls and the five-star hotels. Some of the recommended places to try are Spicy Fingers, Cafe Havana and of course, there is always a Hard Rock Cafe.
Juptier Street, Bel-Air
Everybody is singing and dancing
The bars and restaurants in Jupiter Street and along Makati Avenue are less expensive than the Greenbelt area. Some of the most frequented night spots are located here in the Bel-Air district. Some of our recommended places include Strumm’s and The Distillery.
Pasay Road is the cheaper side of town but offers great dining treats and also live entertainment. Discos, watering holes, bars, KTV’s and music lounges here are open until the early morning.
24 Hours eating
Do you want pancakes in the middle of the night? Are you trying to figure out where to have your lunch break during your night shift? There are a number of eating places that have their doors open 24 hours (at least some days of the week) such as Pancake House, Cable Car and others.
With the ever-growing popularity of late-morning eating, many restaurants in Metro Manila now offer brunch specials that are usually cheaper than your regular lunch time meal. In our opinion, the best time to go for brunch is at the weekend. And an early brunch frees you up to enjoy the rest of the day or to have a well deserved afternoon sleep.
Manila City nightlife is popular around the Malate area. This area represents the Manila of old with some buildings dating to the Spanish era (in fact some travellers will swear the whole area even smells old). The restaurants and bars cover the two or three blocks outward from the Remedios Circle. Malate is artsy, bohemian, street-wise and noisy loud. My favorite places are Bedrock and Cafe Havana. The area is an interesting mixture of the classy and the cheap.
The Global Village (Fort Bonifacio)
You can compare Bonifacio Global City to Singapore or Hong Kong (minus the China Town of course). It is clean, orderly, safe, and pedestrian friendly with wide streets. Along with a great mix of stores and restaurants, eateries and ample green space to enjoy non-shopping activities.
Resorts World and Entertainment City (Pasay)
Resorts World Manila is an entertainment complex located opposite Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. It includes a 30,000 m2 casino, a 30,000 m2 shopping mall, five hotels, a performing arts theater, cinemas, night clubs, events and live shows with world famous artists.