Manila Nightlife: Things to Do at Night in Manila
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Manila is a fascinating place. The food, numerous points of contact, and beautiful sceneries all make Manila a charming place to be. Many tourists only use Manila as a gateway to hundreds of other Philippines Islands, but there are a lot of fun activities that can keep you in the city for a couple of days, especially at night.
Let’s explore the fun best things to do in Manila at night.
Watch the sunset in Manila Bay
Sunset in Manila Bay is a must-see experience, even if it is still early in the morning just wait for it because it is worth it. The sunset views have something romantic about them as well as relaxing. The spectacular sight when the sunset turn the skies, sea and the land into gold can take your stresses away. Manila Bay is one of the best places in the world to watch the sun go down, especially along Roxas Boulevard.
Dinner at the Bayleaf Sky Deck
Catch a bus to the Bayleaf for some scrumptious dinner. One of the most sought-after restaurants in this area is Sky Deck. The restaurant has amazing scenery with a rooftop that offers a 360-degree view of Manila. Sky Deck restaurant also places its delights at a strategic location so that guests can watch as the city move by its typical bustling pace. Additionally, the restaurant serves some of the best Filipino dishes in the area such as Bayleaf Tapa, which is served with garlic rice and eggs.
Visit Star City
Star City does it well mixing retail and amusement, although it is now a common trend in most malls, Star City is second to none when it comes combining shopping and enjoyment. Some of the best things to do here include; indoor carnival for kids – located indoors so that kids can enjoy their ride even as it rains, unique adult scary rides, the surf dance – a 44-seat family gondola ride with the height of a five-star story building, snow world, star flyer, as well as Peter Pan and Land of the Giants Attractions.
Sunset Cruise on Manila Bay
This is the best way to end your day, a gorgeous sunset cruise on Manila Bay. You can add a delicious dinner of Filipino cuisine to your cruise itinerary, and enjoy it over the scenery of palette-sky caused by the sinking sun.
Visit a Comedy Club in Malate
Malate has a number of comedy clubs, but one that stands out is the Library Malate, with their well-known enthusiastic performances. The Library Malate includes a bar and a restaurant with a cozy ambiance and a good mix of locals and visitors.
Visit one of the many videoke spots in Manila and sing until the sun comes up. One of the most popular venue for a videoke night is the Music 21 Plaza Family KTV and Restaurant, which has been around since 1995. The venue is quite pocket-friendly too, charging each person P42 per hour during ‘Happy Hour” between 3 pm and 7 pm. Another videoke nightspot is the No.38 Sports Lounge and Grill, located along Jupiter Street in Makati City.
Walk in the Walled City – Intramuros
This is the oldest part of Manila and has been around since the 16th– century. This tight network of structures is enclosed by sturdy ancient walls giving a contrasting image to the surrounding high-rise cityscape. Visit Intramuros for the view of European inspired architecture as well as other attractions such as statue of King Carlos IV, Puerta de Isabel II gate with a Queen statue and Ayuntamiento building, which was recently restored.
Roam around Rizal Park
Rizal Park – also known as ‘Luneta’ covers 60 hectares of space and features ornamental gardens, pons, open lawns, wooded areas, and paved walks as well as scattered monuments of Filipino heroes. Rizal Park is a great place to a walk or jog, especially on weekends, late afternoon and early evening. It is also at this park that Spanish colonial authorities executed Jose Rizal.
Try your luck at the City of Dreams
When you arrive at the City of Dreams you will not fail to notice the exhilarating casino atmosphere in every corner. The 201,823 square feet space includes a 365 table game with a variety of games like Baccarat, Poker, and Blackjack, as well as over 1,600 gaming machines. There is also Signature Club – a members-only club, which offers beyond compare privileges for just a few players. City of Dreams also has a daily tournament that features PokerStars and starts at 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm.
Visit the Mall of Asia
Mall of Asia, sometimes abbreviated as SM MoA is a huge shopping complex in Bay City, Pasay Manila. For years the Mall of Asia has been one of the top tourist hotspots in Manila, and rightly so. The mall has several spots you can check out, such as the Exploreum in the ground floor, Mall of Asia Arena along J.W. Diokno Boulevard, SM Bowling in the ground floor and SM Skating Rink.
Watch Amazing show
Amazing Show takes place at the Manila Film Center building right in the middle of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). It is usually a one-hour show featuring beauty contest, as well as all types of trans people. The admission for the show is open for all.
Try Filipino Food at the Aristocrat Restaurant
This Filipino-owned family business is located in Roxas Boulevard, and they serve chicken barbecue, chicken honey, crispy pata, Kare-kare, pancit canton, lumpia, and dinuguan. Aristocrat Restaurant has other branches in Metro Manila, all serving quality Filipino foods, making it a most popular restaurant in the Philippines. The restaurant accepts cash and credit card as a mode of payment, and if you are having a party, they can deliver to your venue too.
Chill at Café Adriatico
Located in central Manila, Café Adriatico has been fascinating guests for over 36 years. This Filipino-Spanish bistro offers one of the best chilling spots in Manila. Despite its age, Café Adriatico still offers its loyal patrons unending charming.
Bargain shop till you drop at Tutuban Night Market
No time to shop during the day? No problem. Tutuban Night Market, just as the name suggests, offers a non-stop shopping experience from sunrise to sundown, to sunrise again and it personifies the phrase “shop ‘til you drop. The Night Market starts at 6 pm and ends at 5 am and customers have over 330 stalls to browse in. When you are done with shopping, go and try the Tutuban Virtual zoo, which has amazing 12 3D figures of real-life animals. Another spot you can try in Tutuban Market is the Tutuban Food Strip. The place is quite spacious and is perfect for a family or group of friends.
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