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Manila becomes an adult's playground at night

Manila becomes an adult's playground at night

The fun and entertainment is taken to a higher level as the sun steps out of the day in Metro Manila. Entertainment bars and pubs get ready to open before the sunset as they expect a huge crowd flourishing when darkness strikes. Millions of Filipinos as well as guests from foreign countries tend to socialise during the night, and there are plenty of entertainment bars to choose from all over the metro area.

Most pubs and bars usually do not require entrance fees. However, guests are required to purchase refreshments while they stay inside. Refreshments usually cost from US$5 and above. Bars and pubs offers beverage packages with a special or discounted price for groups of people like a bucket of malt and a plate of Sisig (popular local dish perfect with beer). Music will never come out of the picture whichever bar or club you visit. It is a mark for Filipinos’ fondness for dancing.

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Recommended Manila sports bars

Boulvar Sports and Music Bar: Watch your favorite local and international sports events live on the big plasma TVs. Enjoy mouthwatering refreshments with live music by the popular local bands. Open: 11:00-02:00 (daily); Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino at United Nations Avenue, Ermita, Manila, tel: +63 2 526 1212, fax: +63 2 526 2552, email: wphc@waterfronthotels.net

Velocity: Group of friends can enjoy this comfy lounge in front of large widescreen flat TV that displays live sports events. The bar boosts its capacity to seat 200 people inside. Aside from the mini theatre where live games are displayed, other facilities like a stage for DJs and slot machines are found inside. They serve foods you will likely eat when you watch sports events at stadium like clubhouse sandwiches, fries, chips and sodas. Local and international beers are served at the bar. They sell tickets at US$22 for premier sports events. Open: 17:00-02:00 (Friday, Saturday); Marriot Hotel Manila at 10 Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex, Pasay, tel: +63 2 988 9999.

Quattro is a great Manila dance club

Quattro is a great Manila dance club

Heckle & Jeckle Bar and Restaurant: Recently relocated, H&J features tasty Indian cuisine and European delicacies with live music serenading you while you eat. The place tries its best to welcome everyone irrespective of what they want to do over the night. TVs and projectors relay live features of both local and international sports events, while second floor function rooms are available for private events. Keep an eye out for the special theme nights. Fast WiFi is on-hand. Open: 24 hours; 5781 Felipe Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati city, tel: +63 2 890 6904, +63 2 895 1752, email: jerry@heckleandjeckle.org, website: www.heckleandjeckle.org.

Recommended Manila dance clubs

Meet partygoers at these discos and dance clubs and boogie the night away. These establishments usually open around 18:00 with meals and refreshments also offered inside.

L.O.V.E. Disco Party: The place to go for the ultimate dance experience, with dance music from the 80s and 90s to amplify the atmosphere. Open: 20:00 to midnight; Hotel Intercontinental Makati at Glorietta 3, Jupiter Street, Makati City, tel: +63 2 793 7000.

Off the Grill: Tune into upbeat songs in the music bar. Enjoy it with affordable snacks and drinks plus special happy hour offers. Open: 11:00-03:00; 69 Timog Avenue corner Scout Tarillo, Quezon City, tel: +63 2 426 9773-4.

Quattro Grill and Bar Restaurant: Hip hop and techno music dominated the place. Step into the bar and keep your spirits high. Open: 11:00-02:00 (daily); 96 Timog Avenue, Quezon City, tel: +63 2 928 1692, +63 2 928 1681.

Xaymaca: Dance the night easy with reggae music. Combination of soul, rock and calypso music will help you unwind. 71 Timog Avenue, Quezon City, tel: +63 2 414 2302.

Insider’s Tip: Be very careful with your belongings. Entertainment bars are usually dim inside which provide crooks an opportunity to grab your valuables.

Recommended Manila comedy clubs

Want to experience something funny? Consider Filipino humor and watch for the hilarious and witty comedians from Philippines’ show business.

Head to Timog where entertainment bars stand next to each other and enter into one of the popular comedy bars.  Many comedy bars open as early as 20:00. They also offer food and drinks.

Laffline Comedy Bar: Expect popular comedy stars you see on Philippines TV coming in at the bar. Open: 19:00-03:00 (daily); 3 Timog Avenue corner Mother Ignacia Street, South Triangle, Quezon City, tel: +63 2 372 2675, +63 2 372 2656, email: bestcomedybar@gmail.com.

Punchline Comedy Bar: Bring your friends and laugh the night away. Dinners and selection of beverages is offered in the bar. Open: 19:30-03:00 (daily); 1399 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, tel: +63 2 411 0662, +63 373 3541.

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