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

Hobbit House

This quality blues bar has been attracting some of Manila's finest musos since 1973. Beloved American founder Jim Turner passed away in 2016, leaving the bar in the hands of his height-challenged staff. Also has an …
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Tago Jazz Cafe

A fantastic and intimate jazz lounge hidden off the grid in Quezon City. They put on top local musicians plus the occasional imported guest, and their open jazz jams (usually Sunday) draw some real talent. Thursday …
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Salon de Ning

Hidden away inside the luxurious Peninsula hotel, this is a 1930s Shanghai–style drinking den full of dark nooks and hidden spaces. Themes range from bohemian lounge to air zeppelin cockpit to Thrilla in Manila (ie,…
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This is the bar that makes the arty 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 reggae…
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Araneta Coliseum

Manila's iconic arena was the site of the 'Thrilla in Manila', possibly the most famous boxing match of all time. Today it hosts big PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) games, other sporting events and a hotchpo…
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‘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. Check their F…
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Conspiracy Garden Cafe

This is a longstanding, 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; check their Fac…
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In the space of the old Penguin Cafe, once Malate’s prime boho magnet, the Minokaua puts exceptional musical talent on stage, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.
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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 (P80).