Manila tonight: hospitality guide

Filipino hospitality is legendary. In fact, the locals here are easily the friendliest and most hospitable people you’ll ever meet. Here in the Philippines, tourists are always received warmly, making it easy to enjoy Manila. There are a lot of nightspots to go to no matter what your budget or your mood. Whether you want a quiet dining experience or an all-night party, Manila has it all.

There are a wide array of restaurants and bars in Manila offering international and local cuisines. Most low-key bars and clubs offer very inexpensive food choices, and there are a lot of entertainment facilities too. Manila is home to hundreds of karaoke bars, where the singing booth comes with waitress service. Live shows are frequently offered in bars, nightclubs and restaurants.


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Malate and nearby Ermita remains home to Manila’s bohemian scene where artists perform their latest acts at bars and clubs. Malate is also popular for its gay bar scene...more


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Malls is famed as a city which never sleeps, and this is especially true on weekends. The famed Mall of Asia has an esplanade overlooking Manila bay, lined with restaurants and bars that party until the wee small hours of the morning.

If you are looking to check out the red light district in Ermita, you might be disappointed. The recent implementation of stricter laws have made go go bars more discreet – although they do still exist.

Ermita is now home to a fair share of chic bars and sophisticated nightclubs. The nights are energetic and loud, keeping this lively district from sleeping. If you need to nurse a hangover, you can seek out the quieter spots Ermita. Head to the quaint coffee shops lining the sidewalks after a clubbing.

Malate bars are popular haunts for gay patrons and, despite the overtly Catholic society, there is in fact a Gay Pride celebration held here every year. If you ever  get lost, just ask for directions. Filipinos can point you to where you need to be and everyone speaks English.

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If you need a good laugh, head down to the comedy bars also in the area. Most of the hosts are gay entertainers who sing and tell jokes. Almost all songs are Western and many of the gags are delivered in English as well.

After all the action, there are many ways to relax in Manila. Massage parlours and spas have mushroomed everywhere, each offering different treatments. Prices vary depending on the venue but are considerably cheaper than the West.

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