Must see nightlife in Manila

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    This superclub draws top local and international DJs to spin in a humongous space in The Fort. It's under the same management as – and shares a lot with –…

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    Enter and be greeted by a towering rack of top-shelf spirits rising from the bar. This is a good sign. The positives hardly stop there, what with groovy…

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    The place for those who take their alcohol seriously, the award-winning Curator serves up an ever-changing menu of original cocktails made by mixologists…

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    Engkanto brews some of the best – and most affordable – craft beer in town, and their brand-new taproom, downstairs from red-hot Pura Vida bar, is an…

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    Big Sky Mind

    Manila's most famous dive bar has been around since 1999. All sorts of characters show up to sit on second-hand furniture, swap yarns and listen to…

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    Hineleban Cafe

    One of the only cafes in town serving single-origin coffee that is locally sourced – mainly from Bukidnon (Mindanao). Aeropress, Kalita, French press and…

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    Pacific Lounge

    Hidden 21 floors above Malate, this five-star hotel's rooftop bar is open to nonguests. Hang out in its garden oasis (complete with gazebo and footbridge)…

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    Unit 27

    A regular old bar and cafe by day, Unit 27 morphs into a party playground for a well-heeled, gay-friendly clientele by evening. Thursday and Friday are…

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    The motif is Harley at this expat fave, which boasts a big screen for watching sport, and a justifiably popular nightly barbecue under the big tree in…

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    With a gorgeous art-deco interior and cosy love seats, Bar Mathilde feels like hanging out in your designer friend's house. An intimate spot on weekdays,…

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    Joe's Brew

    This minute space is the taproom of one of Manila's leading craft brewers. Try the Fish Rider Pale Ale accompanied by brisket or poutine (French-Canadian…

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    Palace Pool Club

    Hot club in the Fort known for its Vegas-style pool parties. Draws live music acts and has an attached microbrewery/bar overlooking the pool. It's under…

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    A happening bar where, once the evening wears on, bartenders mount the bar and pour house-made rum down punters' throats as the crowd jiggles to fun party…

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    Big Bad Wolf

    Reminiscent of a hipster bar in Portland, Big Bad Wolf is split over two levels with comfy couches, a cool soundtrack and blackboard menus with an…

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    Erra’s Vest Ramen in Town

    Erra's is your classic Southeast Asian streetside shack luring folk from all corners of the galaxy to quaff cheap San Miguel and – as its quirky name…

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    Craft Coffee Revolution

    Next door to Big Sky Mind, Craft Coffee Revolution is everything a coffee house should be, with wooden-crate furniture where patrons can enjoy single…

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    Black Market

    Upstairs from Finders Keepers, this industrial-chic club has DJs spinning quality electronic music and hip-hop, minus the cheese. Draws a younger crowd.

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    Tap Station

    Tasty craft beer brewed by next-door neighbour G-Point, served in an inviting open-air setting festooned with pics of old Manila. G-Point's full menu of…

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    O Bar

    Gay-friendly O Bar has an infamous drag show and often gets raucous until the wee hours, especially on weekends. It's down an alley a little east of…

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    Straight Up

    The classy Manhattan-style rooftop bar of the Seda hotel has great city views and two-for-one cocktails from 5pm to 7pm.