Cubao Expo

Top choice bar in Manila

A precinct of cool bars, cheap eats and boutiques, Cubao X is a must for anyone interested in Manila's underground scene. Venues come and go, but boozy communist-themed bar Fred's Revolución is one constant. It hums with alternative rock and serves a few craft beers.

Other options are refined Humidor (closed Sunday) with its Cuban cigars and single malts, and Habanero Kitchen Bar (also closed Sunday), where you'll find frozen mojitos, thin-crust pizzas and lechón.