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.
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 …
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.
Karaoke in Manila

Red Box

As the exclusive address implies, this is karaoke of the upper-crust variety. It may not be an authentic Pinoy karaoke experience but man is it fun, and the prices are actually reasonable. The playlists have pretty …
Theatre in Manila

Amazing Philippines Theatre

In the heart of the CCP, the Manila Film Center building stages performances of the Amazing Philippines Theatre. The one-hour revue-type shows and beauty contests star all manner of transpeople. This group caters al…
Club in Manila


The Manila club scene is fickle, and yet the hugely diverse Embassy keeps going strong. Local celebrities, hipsters, club kids – you’re likely to see them all here. Hip hop and R&B on Wednesdays; a mix of everyt…
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This cosy lounge gets going on Tuesday when its ‘models night’ tees off. It’s not a misnomer either, as every Brazilian model in town (there are surprisingly many) flocks here. Wednesday is ’80s rock and Thursday is…
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.
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…
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…