Filipinos are fond of Singing and Karaoke and some filipinos claimed that the Karaoke was invented in the philippines, instead of Japan. Center Stage Family KTV is one of the Karaoke Clubs around the Metropolitan Area and they have 3 branches. they have 2 areas for guests here, the main dining cum singing area with a stage for budding frank sinatra wannabes and separate function rooms for large families and friend who want to sing and eat and drink booze in privacy. Rental Rates of rooms costs 5,000 pesos or more per hour for guests (it is consumable, you can order drinks, booze and food while singing).
Opens: 11:00 am to 1:00 am everyday
according to their website:
Various promo packages are offered to suit the guests’ preferences. Sing-All-You-Want for only Php249+ per person applicable to room rates only from 7pm onwards Sunday to Thursday. Be a recording star in your own right with a Karaoke Recording of your favorite songs for only Php199+ per CD recording of 10 songs. For the early birds, catch the Happy Hour Promo at Php100+ per person/hour consumable with free room use from 3pm-6pm only during Sunday to Thursday. On Wednesdays, ladies get special attention with Ladies’ Night – 50% off on regular room rates for all ladies, minimum of three (3) persons. Beer Promo is a bestseller with 5+1 and 9+3 on all local beers daily. Enjoy family bonding time on Family Day every Sunday with 50% off on regular room rates.
Dress Code: casual
no flip flops or shorts allowed
If you are stuck for something to do why not visit the Hobbit House in Del Pilar Street near the Ermita church. This is a long established restaurant where the staff are midgets. There is even an occasional show by midgets, consult the website www.hobbithousemanila.com for list of performances and activities. Besides the attraction of the staff, the food is very good.
When Friday night rolls around, and it's getting near the witching hour, Decades is one of the more popular nightlife establishments in the Ortigas/Pasig area.
Decades to me is a place that wants to be a big club in atmosphere, but tries to remain cozy and close at the same time. The emcee can be loud and obnoxious, but he's fun at the same time, and will interact with everyone on the dance floor, even goading some of the more relaxed patrons into dancing. The music is a mix of top 40 and hip hop on weekends generally, which leads to a "love it or hate it" kind of opinion.
This is one of the better pickup joints I would recommend for singles. It can be hit or miss in terms of the quality of single people, but the atmosphere and layout lend themselves well to approaching someone on the dance floor and then inviting them for a drink at a nearby table.
The crowd can be very mixed. On average I would say it is 90% Filipino, 10% expats, which feels like a good mix most of the time. Of that, most are in their mid 20s, but sometimes you will find younger and older, as everyone can find a comfort level. Because of the mostly relaxed vibe in the place, noone really feels left out unless they just hate loud music.
Drinks are reasonably priced compared to some Makati clubs: Beer will cost you 90 pesos. One comment: waiters and bouncers will occasionally harass you for an extra tip. Completely up to you if you want to give it, and in what amount. Sometimes I will slip them 100 pesos. Pro: You will get tremendous service the rest of the night when you do this. Con: Do it very quietly, because if any other bouncers or waiters notice the gesture, they will be like moths to a flame.
Beware of ladyboys. I have had more than 1 friend tricked by their lure. The 100 peso tip to your waiter comes in handy here.
Dress Code: I'm not aware of any being enforced, but better you dress for a casual nightclub.
TGIFridays is popular American restaurant chain focusing on casual dining, usually of the typical american huge servings,with over 500 restaurants across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and the UK, as well as many other countries around the world including here in the philippines. The name is taken from the expression "TGIF", or "Thank God It's Friday." The restaurant chain is known for its appearance, with red-striped canopies, brass railings, Tiffany lamps, and frequent use of antiques as decor. It has a large menu with an emphasis on alcoholic beverages. A section of their menu is dedicated to the "Jack Daniel's Grill", a selection of items flavored with a special Jack Daniel's sauce.
The employees here are young, with wacky uniforms, and every time you had someone's birthday, the whole restaurant crew came around with a cake, and singing Friday's traditional Birthday song but what I love at TGIFridays is their bar area since they have a separate enclosed room for their bar area to accomodate smokers.
They have the usual bar things like local beers at 100 pesos a bottle, imported beers at 220 pesos a bottle, assorted cocktails like the mai tai, tequila sunrise, long island ice tea and more at 250 pesos for a glass and 750 pesos for a pitcher and more.
Dress Code: Casual wear but no flip flops allowed.
Opens: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm everyday
the tap Room is the main Bar area of the Iconic manila hotel and the motif inside is like an old type English Pub. Smoking is allowed in the bar unlike in the other areas of the hotel. he crowd here is mostly on the older set and most are foreigners. Drinks are varied as they have assorted beers, both local and international (they cost 180 pesos for local beers and 300 pesos and above for the imported beers), assorted wines, liqours and spirits and assorted cocktails and costs 300 pesos a shot of scotch ad 250 pesos and above for a glass of cocktails. they also have assorted bar chow available. They also have a live jazz band that performs on the evenings starting at 9:00 pm and there is no cover charge for it.
according to their website:
The Taproom, with its old English pub-inspired interiors, dark timber ceiling, and plush armchairs accented by a magnificent Tiffany bay window, offers a unique soulful and friendly atmosphere, making it the perfect place to unwind after a tiring day’s work. It offers an extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to accompany our sumptuous bar menu delights.
Dress Code: Casual, no flip flops and sleeveless shirts allowed
Mondays to Sundays 10: 00 AM to 2: 00 AM
Southern cross is a nice joint for a drink and friends to chat up. Serve nice food too. Drinks are real cheap here. Only 45 peso for a small glass of San Miguel pils draught beer.Girls come and go and entertain you.Place liked by foreigners
G point just across is equally good with a dance and music. Drinks are good so is the company. You meet some quality crowd here not cheap stuff.
Both are open till late and are near Mabini street /UN Avenue/Padre faure street
Dress Code: casual no rules
A small low key bar on Mabini St. This bar is a pleasant change from the other noisy, crowded bars in the area.There is a small menu of bar type snacks which includes some chicken skewers (my favorite).They have an 8 ball pool comp, on tuesday nights, which is not to serious and good fun.Prize is 1000 peso's.The clientel appears to be more respectable then other bars in the area.You can write your name on the walls with some chalk which is a fun novelty and fun reading as well.The staff are friendly and out going.
Republiq is located within the New World Resorts Complex near Terminal 3 of Manila International Airport. It's a trendy place where the chi chi younger crowd flock to be seen. Ultra cool ambience sip trendy cocktails between dances with the latest DJ hits from overseas.
Dress Code: Dress to impress
A small popular bar in Ermita.Patrons are mostly foriegn men and filipino women.This bar has a pool table and is crowded most nights.During the day they have a buffet lunch which is great value for money.
This bar has cover bands most nights with no entrance fee.Two pool tables and a relaxed atmosphere.A buffet lunch for 250 peso's.It never seems to get too crowded but that is ok...It is owned by the same owner as the Butterfly Bar so prices are the same.It also has accomodation upstairs at 850 peso's for a single fan room 1200 for a double with air con.They can also arrange airport transfers.
im a regular visitor and get taxis from the airport on most occassions yes you can pay in advance but I normally pay the taxi driver after agreeing a price, the great thing about the philippines everyone is so polite and accommodating and as long as your polite too you can get most things without any problem just make sure you agree a price beforehand
In my opinion, the famed sunset of Manila is the city's redeeming factor among its many flaws. While the city teems with squatters, harbors street criminals, and its rivers stench of dirt, these unsavory side of Manila are overshadowed by its picturesque sunset.
The Bay area is a favorite hang out of both locals and tourists especially at dusk when the golden shadow of the setting sun is reflected on Manila Bay's water.
More than a decade ago, the boardwalk was avoided by people due to incidence of petty crimes. However in the late '90s, the area was re-invented as a family spot and refurbished with colorful street lights, benches, food kiosks, playground, and al fresco pubs with live bands. This signalled another era for the boardwalk, now re-named Baywalk.
Again however, change in the city's administration in 2007 effected a change in the Baywalk's landscape. Gone were the pubs and food kiosks and what were left are the benches and street lights. Yet the place's appeal to the people has not diminished. It is the best place to view Manila Bay's famous sunset.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
The place is nice. There are several bars that serves food and drinks. Some are expensive some are just right. There are also plenty of restaurants to choose from. Also, there are stalls there that sells clothes if you want to go shopping.
Dress Code: Casual
If you like to eat pizza or pasta to the accompaniment of noise, commotion, and lots of people parading past, this is the place for you. Grappa's is decorated like a trattoria, but with big glass windows.
Grappa's Brittany Bay is the latest addition to the Grappa's franchise (Grappa's Started in Hongkong and Branched out in China and Philippines and was started by the El Grande group in 1990's). Situated along East Service Road, Sucat, the Brittany Bay branch caters to the community in the South. The interior façade is stylish and elegant, with a beautiful outdoor landscape that gives the restaurant a relaxing and soothing ambience after a long day's work.
The open kitchen, while providing some diversion, adds to the noise. Still, this is certainly the best place for Italian food anywhere in the area, even though it is strictly standard fare. Homemade bread, served with olive oil and fresh Parmesan, is brought swiftly to every table (and replenished if desired); it is so delicious that you may be tempted to eat your fill before the meal arrives, especially if the place is full and service is slow. The salads are good here, as are the dozen or so authentic Italian pizzas and the even larger selection of homemade pastas. The entrees lean toward the tried and true, from veal-shank stew in Barolo red-wine sauce to roasted lamb chops with rosemary. The Italian wines here are affordable.
Dress Code: Smart Casual Dress Code.
Grappa's Offer Lunch and Dinner Buffetts at 550 and 650 pesos daily and is really GOOD! and ala carte service, they also offer The Czech Micobrewed Beer Pivo Praha which cost 60 pesos a glass and 150 pesos a pitcher (The Best!) also available as ale or light or as dark weissen and for appetizers, their Baked Rockefeller Oysters at 260 pesos are the Best!, also tryy their Osso Bucco (Italian Beef Shank Steak) at 450 pesos and Quattro Formaggi Pizza at 350 pesos, a knockout with the Microbrewed beer. Don't Forget to try what else "Grappa's", it's the Northern Italian Meal Wine and cost 150 pesos a glass.
Brittany bay has free live bands on fridays and saturdays!
Opens: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Mon to thurs and up to 2:00 am Fri-Sat.
Larry's is part of the LJC Group of Restaurants (as in Cafe Adriatico and Cafe Havana), another popular and well-respected dining chain in the Philippines because of its outlets' marvelous food, coffee and ambience.
Have some wine or liquor till the wee hours of the morning. Or you can sample their scrumptuous desserts and pair them with their delicious coffee concoctions.
I love their Irish Coffee which is laced with Jameson Irish Whiskey. They also make great souffles here; try the Grand Marnier or the Chocolate Eh! variety.
This is a great place to hangout after dinner when you are on a romantic date or having fun with friends. The elegance of the place is not cold and intimidating, but rather cozy enough for you to stay there for hours, chatting with your companion while savoring their lovely offerings.
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