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Five Metro Manila nightlife spots you may be missing out on

From a hidden Hi-Fi listening room in the north to a cyclist’s haven in the south, there’s more than enough haunts to satiate a nightcrawler’s taste

  • Samantha Nicole
  • 26 September 2022

Much of the Philippines has been making up for a lot of lost time during the pandemic. With majority of bars, clubs, and restaurants in full swing, patrons and dancers are making the most of what the capital has to offer — including these recently opened spots that are worth the visit.


Address: #2 Scout Rallos corner Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City

Away from the central business district teeming with infinite, at times claustrophobic energy, Phono is a reprieve for those who desire distance — and a clear-cut sound. Boasting of slick-standing Bowers & Wilkins speakers and a repurposed TV set as a sweatbox, the Hi-Fi listening room knows how to make an impression. That, along with a low ceiling, displays of records and LED-washed lighting, it’s enough to create an intimate atmosphere where the only thing that truly matters is centerstage: the music.

Pablo Bistro

Address: G/F The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 117, 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Makati City

Salcedo Village in the heart of the capital’s business district is dotted with an endless mix of residential and commercial complexes, and Pablo Bistro is one if not the regular go-to when the weekend hits. This modern Spanish bistro and deli goes beyond its moody interiors and cosseting cuisine by featuring a plethora of electronic DJs that include dancing as part of the menu. Whether one is up for a livelier dinner or an early night out, this is one place that could do just the trick.


Address: #5060 P Burgos, corner Guerrero Street, Poblacion, Makati City

Endowed with an indoor-outdoor space, Sanctuary is among the latest additions of the numerous haunts in Poblacion, which is currently considered as the capital’s center of nightlife. It’s open from sunset til the wee hours of the morning, and decked out with disco balls guised with greenery, dimly-lit interiors and interchanging genres of music to keep dancers on the floor.

Annex House

Address: #5638 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City

Since its relocation and fairly recent reopening, Annex House is gently reintroducing itself to its regulars and newcomers. Its interiors are reminiscent of nostalgic Filipino homes, rich in wood, found furniture and wistful-looking sound system. Together with its return comes old favorites like their house Mango Rum cocktail, among many, as well as DJs playing anything from throwbacks to current dance music. As of writing, Annex House is currently open to members or via invitation.


Address: Unit H, Lot 1 Block 20, J.B. Tan corner E. Kalaw Street BF Resort Village, Las Piñas City

Farther away from the central revelry is a cyclist and coffee lover’s escape that turns into an easy-night hangout spot in the southern side of the capital. Grouphug offers a 10% off drinks promo for all bikers who drop by — valid forever! Its open-air, organic and bright interiors fully embrace the fresher side of the city. One can pick up their home brew or stay for a few hours for the DJ or live music.

[Images via Phono, Pablo, Sanctuary, Dee Dario, and Wonder PH]

Samantha Nicole is Mixmag Asia’s Philippines Correspondent, follow her on Instagram.

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