Live Entertainment, Manila
Priscilla, the Queen of the Dessert is asthonishingly the most beautiful play I have ever watched. It showcased the talents of local Filipinos in the entertainment industry. A week ago, I watched the annual plays of my son Amielll (Elementary and High School) and I would say given the oppurtunities they could also do the Priscilla.
It was a story of a gay actor who had a relationship with a producer which bore a boy. Later in the show he would accept that it was a mistake he was morethan willing to accept though he was hesitant in the beginning. The story evolved in the three muskeeters (three gay friends) who went to a vacation together but on the sixth day they have to be in the city to see his boy. In the process they have to cross nthe dessert and so goes the wild stories, wicked adventures, love and hate. It was more of a gay thing but no it is not. It is about people being in love. Acceptance of who you are. There were so much fun. It was a damn good play!
Dress Code: Casual. Don't wear Sandos and Slippers
The L.A Café.This is a large, dark ,smoke filled, crowded bar that plays loud rap/hip hop music even during the day.They have a decent sized menu of pizza,fries etc,but somewhat overpriced in my opinion.It has 3 or more pool tables and has bands upstairs at night playing covers for a small entrance fee.The patrons are mostly foreign men and filipino women.The females out number the men about 15 to 1.It is not a place I would take family as it is somewhat sleazy in my opinion...One girl approached me..she told me she was shy....but the scorpion tattoo on her thigh gave me a differant impression!Philippine hero,boxing champ Manny Pacquiao has been known to visit here on occasions.There is an annex bar on the next corner which is far more quiet.At night you will find many local people hanging around outside so I would suggest to be careful when leaving.This is not a place for me,but if you are looking for a "wild night"this is where you can find it.
the new Solaire Resort and Casino, located at the Pagocr Entertainment City, has 3 bars and lounges in the casino complex and the largest is the Eclipse Lounge and Bar, which is near the Slot Machines. The Eclipse Lounge and Bar is open 24/7 and has live bands at night, starting at 9:00 pm to 1:00 am everyday and with no cover charge. but the drinks here are on the high side as it is a luxe casino after all. you are not allowed to go inside if wearing shorts and slippers. beer prices are on the high side as local beers like san miguel beer will cost 150 pesos a bottle, imported beers like heineken or carlsberg or stella artois at 250 to 300 per bottle. cocktails start at 350 to 800 pesos per glasee, depending on the kind.
according to their website:
This hot lounge is your weekend destination for Latin-inspired action. The Solaire Stunners serve craft cocktails while bands and DJs play until early morning. Plus the in-house mixologist keeps the party going with inspired Sangria and crafted cocktails you won’t find anywhere else. Featuring the hottest bands and coolest cocktails, the Eclipse Lounge serves up the best party in town. Enjoy one of our signature cocktails while you listen to free live entertainment all night long.
Dress Code: casual.
they don't allow entry for people wearing shorts or flip flops.
This Nightspot has four or five regular bands every night until 4am.The bands play mostly current covers and are very loud.All the bands i had seen were fronted by scantily clad female singers with huge voices.The crowd is 95% filipino and there is a 30ph entrance fee.There is a small open area at the front where you can buy seafoood meals at reasonable prices.Great place to watch some fun bands.
Ka Freddies has the best live music I have encontered in some time,
It,s a down to earth come as you are REAL music bar,
Excellent live music every night. NO cheap bebop bands here!
Good food as well
Freddie Agular performs live every Friday and Saturday
Dress Code: Come as you are
OK, the name of the complex does not indicate what happens inside: a suite of bar girls. Up to you to see what you would like to do.
Dress Code: Based on the motivation of the bar staff members and hostess for pushing you to enter, I guess there is no dress code.
May be the dress code is only related to the amount of pesos you're OK to pay
WARNING By walk, don't try to cross directly EDSA at road level, whatever your motivation is. You could visit the hospital instead of tasting local beers while chatting with cute bar girls.
Absolutely use the foot-bridges on EDSA
The Bistro at Party Avenue is a cozy place where you can have a meal, drinks and snacks while enjoying live entertainment Monday through Saturday.
Each night there is something different to enjoy. Monday nights Wings Soriano performs, Tuesday nights Archie Uy performs, Wednesday you can sing along and join in the fun with Tres Cantos peoforming, Thursday night Leonard De Leos & Jun, Friday nights Foxglove takes the stage, and Saturday night Kukie & This Side Up perform songs from the 80 to todayand take requests.
Dress Code: Casual
G Point is close to Robinsons Place (Mall) in Ermita, Manila. While it offers a buffet lunch for P199 (smorgasboard), its main claim to fame is how from about 2200 nightly it offers live music. Generally the bands playing seem passable to excellent and more often than not feature one male and two female vocalists plus a couple of male band members. There is a mixed Caucasian/ Filipina crowd: some, but not all the girls are trying to hook the males for P1000 a night. If the latter is not your scene, just ignore it and enjoy the music. San Migs at I think P75 in November 2007 are not especially cheap but of course the band and the waitresses have to eat like you and me!
Dress Code: Neat casual.
I've been to the Hobbit House (named after the book by JRR Tolkien) a few times now, and love the fun and friendly atmosphere there. The bar is staffed almost entirely by 'little people', but there is certainly no sense that anyone is being exploited.
The live music is almost always excellent - last time I was there, there was a great Blues band playing, called (I think) 'Huka'.
I much prefer the Manila Hobbit House to it's Boracay counterpart though, which looks cheap and tacky - like something from disneyland!
I've not really eaten there aside from bar snacks, so I can't really comment on the food, but I'd definately recommend going there for a few beers if you are visiting the city.
Dress Code: Casual.
I am not a big fan of Hard rock cafe even though I have been to one too many here in the U.S. Having said that, I enjoyed my time at the Manila Hard Rock. I went there to attend a Birthday party and it so happened they had a charity concert that night by local rock bands. The food was good(costs pretty close to U.S. Prices!!!!) music loud and a fun place to spend the night away !!!!
This is a great nitespot. it has an outstanding menu for fine dining and a live band every night.
it is just a short drive from Manila in Malolos you can check it out at www.recovery-room.com
it is a theme restobar that has been featured a number of times on GMA 7
I went to a live band night club and it was nice but the problem is the beer they sell is warm and they give you a glass with ice, I don't know about you but for me I don't want my beer watered down any more than it already is.
Dress Code: Any type of clothing is fine
My Brother’s Moustache Folk Bar is the home of local folk musicians. Jess Bartolome, Florante, Freddie Aguilar, Joey Ayala, Asin, Juan dela Cruz and upcoming artists are the regular performers.
The folk music bar is where you can listen to the soothing good old folk music covers of the late ‘70s and ‘80s. Much of that music reminiscing and reviving the music of America, Jim Croce, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, and many more.
The place serves good Filipino food and delicious appetizers that go well with an ice cold SMBeer.
Dress Code: Wear casual clothes. Music plays from 7PM onwards.
Conspiracy Garden Café is actually a Music Bar where artists play their music in acoustics. It got its name since the place was conceived (in conspiration) by artists who wanted a venue to come together and express their piece. In such a way, that the place is owned and operated by the artists/conspirators which by default make them regular performers in the place.
The music bar is primarily a No-Smoking air-conditioned hall while a spacious garden outside is open for smokers where outdoor speakers plays the music from the music hall. Check the performers cum conspirators and part-time owners - Noel Cabangon, Joey Ayala, Cynthia Alexander, Bayang Barrios, Gary Granada, and Cookie Chua.
Dress Code: Wear anything comfortable. Happy hour starts at 9PM onwards. Very cheap price for food and drinks. P40/bottle of ice cold SanMiguelBeer. P150 cover charge.
70s Bistro in QC, I attest is the Best Place to watch and enjoy the country's Top Local Bands as well as solo artists. Rock, Folk, Reggae, Alternative, World Music. This is the place to have a real feel of the local music scene. (I am sorry but no Pop or Top 40 music here.) The performers are guaranteed to play soulfully their pieces here - believe me. Every band that gone mainstream most probably traces their roots at 70s Bistro. You really feel the performers gamely interacting (or in a more appropriate word - "jamming") with the audience as if it was just an ordinary party of friends. "Everybody let their hair down."
The best names in the folk-rock musical scene performs here - The Jerks, Noel Cabangon, Joey Ayala, Gary Granada, Asin , Kamikaze, Cooky Chua, Pinikpikan, Tropical Depression and many more. What we truly love and enjoy to the fullest performing here is the country's most favorite, ever-enduring, coolest and best band - PAROKYA ni EDGAR!
Before I forget, they serve good appetizers here that go with that comfortably numbing bucketful of cold San Miguel Beer (P35 a bottle). Worth trying - Sisig, Calamares, Lollipops, Crispy shrimps and Dilis. (P150 per serving). P100 Cover Charge.
Dress Code: Wear something that might be comfortable and easy whenever you feel like dancing to the rhythm. Happy hour starts at 9PM till the performers run out of energy. Hahaha! I mean by 2AM, everybody (that includes the performer) had their enough shot of numbing intakes to call it a Good Night! Peace!!!