Powerplant Mall: Rockwell Center, Mini Singapore in Manila!
Powerplant Mall is a former Coal Powered Powerplant in Makati CIty and was renovated to become a plush Complex within Makati City. Conveniently tucked away in the verdant "city within a city" that is the Rockwell Center, Power Plant Mall provides a unique and leisurely experience for the discerning shopper.Its four-level complex incorporates a mix of specialty brands, both international and local,The mall also offers a new concept store, Rustan's Fresh,which promises to reinvent supermarket shopping. Besides shopping, the mall, lifestyle retailers, signature mini-anchors, themed restaurants and state-of-the-art cinemas equipped with Dolby Digital Surround Sound and plush seating arranged stadium-style for optimum viewing. Some sections evenhave club seats that allow sofa seating for twoa nd bowling alleys.
Lately, it has become a popular hang out place of the South Korean Community since there is a growing korean prescence in the philippines due to it's english language porificiency wherein koreans go and study english here and spend long vacations. A Korean Town is nearby this mall in Barangay Poblacion, Makati.
The Bars here are popular night spots!
examples are Cork, Dencio's, Mati, U-Bar, Via Mare Oyster Bar.
Not as congested as greenbelt, park square or Jupiter street bars.
Dress Code: Smart Casual, Flip Flops and Walking Shorts are allowed here.
Powerplant mall is open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 9:00 Pm
Bars close at 12:00 am on weekdays and 2:00 am on weekends.
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Wine Tasting
RED Box Karaoke Bar: Eat w/ delight and sing with all your might
Good food...30, 000 + songs to choose from...I support this place because they are very charitable and help the handicapped (same owners of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf ---they distribute sign language post cards)
Click this to read Therese J. Camet of the Manila Bulletin's article
Dress Code: Except for your birthday suit, you can come as you are ;D
- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
Cafe Havana: Where you can listen to good music and dance to it
Their choices of live bands are fantabulous and though the dance floor is very, very small, you'll definitely have fun.
(I don't have night time pictures...what I only have are the ones during lunch time buffets)
Weekdays (Mondays to Thursdays) 9:30PM-2AM
Fridays to Sundays 9:30PM-4AM
Usually, these are the bands that play:
Guarana, Arriba!, Nuevo Ritmo among others
Dress Code: No dress code...okay, just don't go there naked, I guess ;p Still I believe that Smart Casual is the way to go
- Food and Dining
Tavern on the Square: Still Under Renovation!!!
In its latest incarnation, Tavern on the Square is still the place to listen to the music of the best bands in Philippines like Side-A, Retrospect, MYMP, Freestyle, Fat Session just to name a few. Its location makes it a good place to spend an idle night.
Tavern is closed for renovation right now and will resume serving the public on February 2007.
Dress Code: Casual
citrus bar: a little disappointed..
heard a great deal about citrus ...it was the former vbar and veniza bar...i went it side and paid the entrace free, can't remember how much but i heard it was overpriced. when i went inside, it was quite a bit smaller than what i expected. the crowd was young and the music was your typical pop/rap top 40....was informed it was the bar for the rich in the area but i guess i went on a bad night
Dress Code: your usual bar attire, collard shirts, nice shoes for dudes. girls all looked pretty dressed up
Absinth: If you want to just dance and let loose all night
Went here with my work colleagues after an office party and we had a great time! If you are in the mood to dance and have fun, this is the place to be. They've got good current dancing music here.
Crowd is mostly of the younger set - the usual crowd you see in discos. Of course, expect the crowded room and loud music ambience.
However, we just found the seating areas not that well-maintained. When we arrived, the attendant showed us to an area that still had spills of some beverage on the floor and on the table. We are not meticulous about cleanliness in bars and we know that you are to spend most of the time dancing, anyway, but considering all that, the place still needs a bit of improvement on this area.
In general, though, I would still recommend this to those who would want to get down and boogie to the wee hours of the morning.
Greenbelt 3: Intimate Engagements
Always watch out for the upcoming live events at Greenbelt 3, which has already staged concerts featuring some of the most talked-about and most promising personalities like pianist Maksim, American Idol's Constantine and the lovable Fab 5. Aside from the performance (or talks, in the case of the Fab 5), the mall arranges a meet and greet segment so fans and the curious public can have CDs signed, photos taken and chat with the featured personalities. This sets these events apart from the big concerts, where you would very rarely get the chance to see your faves up close.
Recently, I watched and met trumpeter Chris Botti :) Together with his band, he performed before an SRO audience in one of the Greenbelt 3 cinemas.
So how do you get access to these events? Usually, Greenbelt has particular guidelines to get tickets - such as buy a CD by the artist and present the receipt at the mall's concierge in exchange for tickets.
You can check their concierge or website for announcements of events.
- Arts and Culture
Went to the embassy on a wednesday night. Played RnB all night, gorgeous girls, awesome crowd. Me and my friends are from Australia so we didn't recognise anyone famous but my cousin told me they were everywhere. Cover charge of 400p but definately worth it. I'll be back next year!
Dress Code: Shirts need to have a collar
The Embassy: fun times
Friends and cousins would tell me about The Embassy. I had a chance to check it out during my stay in Makati. I think it was P500 to get in. Line was about 15mins long but inside was crazy packed! They were playing House/Trance type music all night. With that entrance fee, you were able to get 3 drinks. Pretty high scale place, loved it.
Embassy @ The Fort: We Be Clubbin
If your into Hip Hop, you gotta check out The Embassy at Fort Bonifacio on Wednesday nights... I got to the club around midnight, there really wasnt a line. I believe the cost is 300Php comsumable for the night. As soon as i got upstairs the place was packed. It was hard to walk around, but the crowd was cool. Its kinda like the Hollywood crowd here i guess you can say. Your bound to run into a few of the Filipino celebrities here. The VIP room is pretty cool, it has private booths, but its kinda small and if i remember correctly they changed the music up in there and played house. Id rather chill in the main room. Beers are cheap and even if you keep the shots coming you arent gonna go broke. Overall a fun place to party, beautiful people, cheap drinks, great music, what more can you ask for...
Dress Code: I dont think there is a dress code, It just looked like regular clubbin clothes..
- School Holidays
Greenbelt 3: Chillin at night...
A cool place to hang out at night is Greenbelt 3. During the day its a great place to shop, eat, or watch a movie. But at night this place gets pretty crazy. The restaurants are bars, the bars are clubs.. this place can get really packed. If you dont feel like gettin your groove on at one of the dance spots you can chill in the courtyard in between starbucks and Seattles best coffee. This spot is crowded too, most people here are just loungin, but in between the coffee shops is a courtyard filled with tables and chairs. A restaurant there, throws on some salsa music. You can even grab yourself a cigar here. Some people get up and dance, but most just chill. Its a cool spot to party it up with friends or just peoplewatch. Like i said you can do anything from watch a movie, check out a club or get some coffee.....
Dress Code: I guess it really depends on where you go, but its pretty casual no matter what.
- Business Travel
- Study Abroad
Cream: Halloween Tent Party
Every halloween there is this party at the NBC tent at the Fort. It gets pretty crowded and the drinks are really cheap. People dress up in some great costumes. the only thing i didnt like was the music. But if you are into House music you will love it. Its more of a rave. I believe its 600Php to get in. If you are ever out in the PI during halloween you should definitely check this out..
Dress Code: Its a Halloween party, so wear a costume!!
There are ample bars on the strip: Stroll through Padre Bourgos
If you can't do without night clubbing, there are lots of bars along Makati Avenue and Padre Bourgos.
Girlie bars, discos, shows, better ones lousy ones, cheap ones, expensive ones (and cheating is the rule in a few establishments)
Dress Code: mostly casual - to business (take off your necktie)
- Business Travel
Absinth: Old School Hip Hop at its best
If you are into great hip hop music then you definitely gotta check out Absinth on Wednesday nights. Im talkin Common, Tribe called quest, Nas, Digable, Roots, Hieroglyphics, Mos Def, Talib, Gang Starr, The list goes on... The Dj was spinning all the hits..
The place wasnt too crowded, but it was a nice place to chill and lounge on the patio with a few drinks. I would definetely recommend going here having a few drinks, listening to some good music then heading over to The Embassy (club - check other nightlife tip) at Fort Bonifacio. Its free to get into, the drink prices are comparable to other places in greenbelt.
Dress Code: No Dress Code
- Study Abroad
- School Holidays
Where do you begin? When will the night end?
Manila/Makati has one of the best nightlife! The question my friends and I always ask ourselves is not "where are we going?" but rather "where do we begin?". And it's not "what time are we meeting?" but "when will the night end?"
Manila/Makati was home for me for a number of years and I fondly remember those nights spent going out, having fun, until the sun rises the next day!
When I visited back in 2002 and 2003, Makati and Manila still offers the best nightlife in that part of the world!
Great way to start is the Remedios Circle in Malate. Hop from one bar to the next. There is Havana, Cafe Adriatico, walk over to Fidel's, have tapas at Casa Armas. Sometimes, they close the street for a block party on weekends!
Back in Makati, there is Greenbelt 3, Makati Ave and Pasay Road, lined up with countless restaurants, bars.
Nightlife starts at midnight and ends until the sun rises the next day...I don't remember hearing a "last call for alcohol" last time I visited. I would surely hope not!
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