Live Entertainment, Manila
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.
Address: 1801 A. Mabini Street, Malate
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.
Address: #59 Visayas Ave. Proj. 6, Q.C.
Directions: 45minutes from Makati. 45minutes from Malate, Manila. 2min from QC Circle. 5min from U.P. Diliman.
You don't have to be an oldie to enjoy the retro and contemporary dance music this band plays. The singers are - well, nice to look at... They're members of the famous Manila entertainment Cruz clan. And the Captain's Bar is no slouch when it comes to making you feel 5-star! Impressive selection of single malts. And, of course, the local brew- San Miguel!
Dress Code: Smart casuals. No shorts, sandals, or sleeveless shirts.
Address: corner Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas
Directions: Makati Central Business District - a short walk from the Manila Peninsula Hotel.
If you like live music - then this is a must see. Just be prepared to dance because you won't be able to stop yourself from hitting the dance floor, dancing! :o)
Dress Code: Smart casual. Sleeveless shirts, shorts, sandals are definitely not allowed.
Address: Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati.
Directions: Makati Central Business District.
Not for the shy or the faint of heart! Get up onstage with the band and jam with them - if you sing or play the guitar. Or even the drums. If not, then you can shake your groove thang with Nancy - guaranteed to make your night!
Address: Manila Peninsula Hotel in makati.
Directions: Makati Central Business District.
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.
Address: Sct. Tobias St. South Ave. Q.C.
Directions: 40min from Makati or Malate, Manila. right at the entertainment center of QC.
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!!!
Address: #46 Anonas St. Proj. 2, Quezon City
Directions: 45 minutes from Makati. 1 hour from Manila. 15minutes from Cubao. Check the website below for band schedules.
Phone: (02) 4343597
They offer a variety of foods from different stores within the area, live music and groovy dancing!
Dress well and be yourself! Most people in Makati wear properly and neatly.
They have good live bands (Freestyle, SideA are regulars)...
Variety of Drinks...
Nice Place and Location...
If you want to Partei, this is the place to hang out...for good music and company...
Have added more pics of this in my Travelogue...Check it out...
Dress Code: No shorts, no sneakers and slippers....
Address: 2nd Floor Greenbelt 3 (Makati)
Phone: +63 2 7574484
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
Address: Resorts World , Manila
Directions: Just ride the taxi to arrrive on time. After all the ticket was expensive but reasonable considering the costumes and decorations!
I don't know why great live bands seem so plentiful in Manila. I saw a new band at the Conservatory of the Peninsula last night. They're the first band I've seen do love songs, dance music, AND a medley of Queen's greatest hits - including Bohemian Rhapsody. Fantastic show. If you're a Queen fan and in Makati on a Thursday night - don't miss ETC!
Dress Code: Smart casuals. No shorts, sandals, or sleeveless shirts (for males).
Address: The Conservatory of the Peninsula Hotel
Directions: corner Makati Avenue and Ayala Avenue, Makati Central Business DistrictAdd to your Trip Planner
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
Address: #66 Scout Tuazon South Triangle (near Timog Ave)
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
Address: Malate corner Pedro Gil Adriadico
Directions: Near Robinsons Place Manila
Opposite Palm Plaza Hotel
Phone: 526 7241
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.
Address: Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila 1004 Philippines
Directions: From Robinsons walk east along Adriatico, then turn north into Padre Faura. G Point is on the west side.Related to:
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
Address: I Santos Clinic McArthur Highway Malolos, Bulican