Top Choice Live Music in Manila


This legendary bar-cum-gallery is a magnet for bohemian types and lovers of live music, with some of the finest musical talent in the Philippines having graced its stage. The official name is now 1951 but everybody …
Top Choice Live Music in Manila


A wonderfully decrepit dive bar with a jam-packed roster of indie, punk and new wave bands that kick off at 10.30pm.
Live Music in Manila


This is the bar that makes the artsy Collective tick. It tosses a live band or two into The Collective’s central courtyard on weekends and on some weeknights, and the whole complex gets jumping – especially on regga…
Performing Arts in Manila

Cultural Center of the Philippines

Manila’s major cultural guns perform here, including Ballet Philippines, the nation’s premiere dance troupe; Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the nation’s main classical orchestra; and Tanghalang Pilipino, a theat…
Live Music in Manila

‘70s Bistro

A long-running Quezon City bar, '70s Bistro is known for getting some of the best reggae acts in the country, plus classic Pinoy rock bands that have been around almost since the 1970s, like the Jerks. It draws a re…
Live Music in Manila

Sev's Cafe

In the thick of Manila's cultural precinct this basement venue is where Manila's intelligentsia hang to catch poetry slams, live bands and open mic nights. Also does healthy food options. It's owned by reknowned jou…
Live Music in Manila

Conspiracy Bar & Garden Cafe

This is a long-standing character-filled venue attracting an older, sit-down crowd for more acoustic-oriented gigs. The garden is a good place to chill with a dark San Miguel. Gigs start around 10pm.
Live Music in Manila

Black Kings Bar

A great place to catch Quezon City's rock scene, with a regular roster of punk, metal and blues bands kicking out the jams on its dark divey stage nightly. Serves cheap whisky and cokes (P70).
Theatre in Manila

Philippine Educational Theater Association

This ‘open’ theatre group does both comedy and tragedy, most of it original. Arguably Manila’s best troupe, though check performances are in English.
Comedy in Manila


In the heart of Malate's gay district, the Library has nightly comedy shows (at 9pm) that are popular with both gay and straight audiences.