In Metro Manila, BGC (Bonifacio Global City) is one of the major social centers in the country. Home to some of the nation’s biggest companies, finest malls, most luxe hotels, and best restaurants—it’s no surprise that BGC is also a gravitational force when it comes to the city’s night life. Here, if you’re back in Manila for a bit, you’re looking for a fun night out with your cousins or barkada, you’ll find some of the best bars in BGC—and they’re all within walking distance of each other (provided you’re not in heels). Whether you’re looking for chill vibes or raging parties, we’ve got you covered.
Also located in Uptown Parade, Versus Barcade is a retro dream come to life. As the name suggests, there are playable arcade games on site, including: Pac-Man, Street Fighter, Ghostbusters, and more. And of course, the food and booze are on point. The neon sign on the wall best describes what the itinerary will look like as soon as you walk through the door: Eat. Drink. Play.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Beer lovers, this one is for you. This open air pub located in the Burgos Circle area of BGC has 25 beers on tap. Most of them are imported from Belgium, Prague, German, and England. However, there are also local options. Don’t miss out on Craft Revolt, which the owners of the bar brew in Tagaytay.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓Recommended Videos
Also in Burgos Circle is Rue Bourbon, a bar and restaurant that made a splash in the Manila night life circuit 10 years ago with its Caramel Beer. But beyond its unique beverage offerings, what makes Rue Bourbon in BGC stand out is the crowd. If you’re looking for an energetic ambiance, but without the chaos of a night club, this spot strikes the perfect balance between a crazy rager and chill drinking sesh.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
For a more refined drinking experience, head to Salvatore Cuomo. While this restaurant and bar is primarily known for its authentic Neapolitan cuisine (read: mouth-watering wood-fired pizza), this elegant space makes for a great place to meet for a glass of wine, or two, or three. With all the creature comforts of a fine restaurant, but without the stiffness, Salvatore Cuomo can double as a spot for a cute date, or a place to kick off a wild night.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
B.A.D. Late Night Breakfast Bar
Let’s face it: Breakfast isn’t just for the mornings. But don’t expect B.A.D. Late Night Breakfast Bar to be anything like the cutesy brunch spots you’re used to getting your almond latte at. This chic dive bar features dramatic neon lights, punk-era paste-ups, Insta-worthy murals. That said, the star is the food. Everything has the familiarity of your favorite breakfast foods, but with an fun, upmarket twist.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
This speakeasy requires you to pass through a 7-11 pantry to get in. But once inside, you’ll see that this swanky bar is decked out in luxe art deco interiors. It’s perfect for a night of Gatsby-level decadence.
Known for its tapas and paella, Tomatito is a Spanish restaurant with a sophisticated '80s vibe. But the not-so-well-kept secret is that their drinks are great too. Fitted with contemporary Spanish wines and cocktails expertly made in a well-stocked liquor shelf, this place is often packed on the weekends. The trick? Ask for a seat at the bar. You’ll skip the long queue for a table, and you’ll have a cold drink in your hand within seconds of sitting down.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Whiskey fanatics will love LIT Manila, a small but stylish Japanese whiskey bar in the Serendra area of BGC. They don’t serve any other liquor here. However, what they do serve, they serve well. The whiskeys are rare and precious, and come neat, on the rocks, or in highball form.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Hotel Bar at Pink’s
This speakeasy is accessible through Pink’s, a hot dog shop located on the Shangri-La end of High Street. What makes this bar special is that it is intimate and (more) affordable than many others in the area—without skimping on quality or ambiance. Another bonus: The skilled bartenders will make you practically any cocktail you can think of.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Revel at The Palace is one of the crown jewels of Uptown BGC. It is the destination for anyone looking for a luxury clubbing experience where they can rub elbows (literally) with gorgeous partygoers from Manila and around the world. An upscale establishment known for its VIP clientele, be prepared for a night of top-shelf liquor, excellent service, and—if you're (with) a man—adhering to a dress code.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
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