Manila has so much to offer, from scenic beaches to a diverse range of fiestas. It’s no wonder why you have AFAMs flying in all the time. Be it Sinulog season or the time for a steamy summer fling, touring a foreigner around to see Manila’s happening nightlife is a must.
Whether you met your AFAM friend on Tinder or known them from a trip abroad last summer, we’re sure that you’d want to give them a night to remember. Here’s where to take them.
1. Today X Future, Cubao
Believe it or not, a lot of celebs and influencers actually party in Cubao. Beer is cheap and the ambiance is pretty chill. Today X Future is one of those spots. Painted with Dex Fernandez’ garapata, this underground bar is not hard to spot. They play jazz and alternative music, and you can party inside or along the streets of Cubao. Drop by Cubao Expo while you’re there, it’s a couple of steps away.
2. Black Market, Makati
If you’re touring your AFAM out on a Wednesday, best to bring them to Black Market along Pasong Tamo. This club has a warehouse-style concept and is frequented by a pretty diverse crowd. While you’re there, bounce around Mao and Finders Keepers!
3. Antidote, Makati
Located on top of I’M Hotel, the Jellyfish Bar makes it to our list not because of the jellyfish on display but because of its scenic view of the Metro Manila skyline. It has a 360-view of the entire metro, you can see BGC, Makati, and even a bit of Ortigas!
4. Fred’s Revolucion Escolta, Manila
Why not take a stroll along one of the most infamous streetS in Manila? Escolta is home to some of Manila’s architectural marvels and FRED’S Revolucion is right inside one of them. The First United Building is a beauty on its own and is given new life all thanks to the local businessmen who wantedf to bring Escolta back to its former glory.
5. Bank Bar, BGC
Surprise your AFAM friend by telling them you’re buying something from the convenience store and surprise them by entering this speakeasy. It’s a totally Narnia experience, but instead finding a witch inside, you’ll get great cocktails!
6. The Island, BGC
A newest concept at The Palace, The Island is the first nightlife market featuring a collection of 9 food and bar concepts! With LaBoracy Lacancelled for rehabilitation purposes, the island is the place to be—no plane ticket required! The space is super IG-worthy, a perfect backdrop for your souvenir photos!
7. Tambai, Makati
There’s nothing more Pinoy than drinking by the kanto with some fresh-off-the-grill pulutan. Tambai lets you chill in the middle of the street and in the true tambay fashion, while serving up isaw and inihaw goods. Stick to the classic San Mig and the iconic Red Horse to match with those savory things on a stick. Plus points if you get them to try balut from a vendor walking around the area!
8. Alamat, Makati
Serving up craft beer from independent brewers all over the Philippines, Alamat is the place to bring your AFAM, especially if he/she is a huge beer drinker. For pulutan, their menu has a diverse range of understated Filipino food. They also have Filipino-fused-with Filipino dishes (sisig longganisa, anyone?), plays local music and a variety of ethnic sounds for an authentic, 360-Filipino night out!
So what are you waiting for? Take your AFAM friend/s out now!