Above: Crowd in Alchemy
Embassy at the Fort
If you want to party in style and class; head off to “Embassy Cuisine” – the undisputed “superclub” in the country. The music played in this club is mostly house and trance except on Wednesday Nights when it plays purely RnB and hip hop. This is definitely considered as an upscale bar but the good thing about this place is that their staff are quit pleasant and accommodating. If you are really up to have a crazy and wild time, check out Embassy Super Club. Its VIP rooms are hang-outs of celebrities and models in the metro. This is undeniably the place to be in if you want to see and be seen.
Alchemy is the party place ready to challenge Embassy. It is said to be a “must-see” bar that accommodates a variety of genres in each of their three ( 3 ) floors. It is the only three ( 3 ) floor European Style Super Club. Alchemy has a capacity of over 700. It has five ( 5 ) bars and two ( 2 ) massive dance floors. It also boasts of a world class café. It is considered as a ‘one-stop-clubbing-destination”. One of Alchemy’s rules is to have its guests dress in style and class. The location is in Silver City near Tiendisitas next to Valle Verde. You can expect a lot of beautiful and A-list people here.
Warehouse 135 is situated in a hidden area of the typical Makati club scene. The best way to describe this venue: it is Zouk of Singapore, DC10 of Amsterdam, the Discothèque of Barcelona and the Pacha of Ibiza. This party place is undoubtedly creating a buzz in Manila. The man that created “BIGFISH” in 1999 is the club’s managing director – Domini Primero. He happily greets partyphiles to one of the trendiest bars to hit the social party scene.
Ascend is defined as one of the leading and highly-energetic clubs that can also be considered as a classy restaurant with a stylish cocktail lounge in the metro. This bar is looking to redefine what a top-notch “gimmick” night should be. Many say that the place is outfitted with state-of-the-art video and audio systems. Its main goal is to be the best using the triple “D” – drink-dine-dance. Ascend is the contemporary metropolitan gem that brings a whole new meaning to entertainment and excitement in an urban area.
Piedra Bistro Bar (Fort)
Many of the bar’s patriots and guests will tell you that this is a chic and modish while being so appealingly inviting – not at all intimidating. One thing you will surely love is its couch, the cool music the bar plays, the atmosphere around you, the high-quality service and yuppies and foreigners occupying the area. One thing that is a major relief to me is that people actually chat with one another…not scream or murmur. A place you will definitely fall-in-love with.
Dolce (Tomas Morato)
Partyphils in QC claim that Dolce located along Tomas Morato is the counterpart of Embassy (Fort). The main difference is the price and the people. Though they are not at par in that department, the crowd is still pretty nice, the venue is nice and the music is the bomb! – Trance!
Capones is located in the center of the business district in Makati situated in the Fraser Place building. This is one of the best places to chill and lounge around or to have private parties in. This is an ideal venue to relax right after working. You can really have the benefit of enjoying the company of your peers here while you take pleasure with their scrumptious meals. This is also a great place to be entertained by the metro’s great music acts.
Prince of Jaipur
Deemed as the “best Indian restaurant in the world”, the Prince of Jaipur located at the Fort Strip at Fort Bonifacio is not just a resto bar but a happening dance club at the stroke of midnight! You will witness a lot of lavishness and style that is all its own. You will find that the profound red tones and rich jewel decorations are enthused by the glamorous palaces of Indian royalty. You will also find a lot of paintings of maharajahs and maharanis, vibrant rugs, bejeweled tapestries, bronze deities and other object d’art covering every inch of wall and ceiling in that venue.
This is the best-looking bar in that area. It has whitewashed walls, an unfeasibly high ceiling and a Zen motivated outdoor garden. The place also has a dozen tactically positioned audio speakers that offer outstanding acoustics. The only downside is that the location is quite isolated and unless you are more than happy to do some walking, it is suggested that you can spend some time in Dencios.
Metro Phi Resto Bar
This is a bar that is totally operational with great sounding music and an exciting entertainment system that can definitely contend with the metro’s finest joints and shows other bars that it is a party venue that intends to design everything to perfection.
Saguijo (San Antonio Village, Makati)
This is a great place to go to if you are into alternative music and live band acts. The bar’s main goal is to present rock lovers with an appropriate venue. With inspiration coming from the late “Club Dredd”, the bar aspires to be the site for unsigned bands and independent acts who wish to perform and be noticed.
Magnet Café (Fort)
Magnet Café at the Fort is another great venue for live bands. This place is known to have board games for entertainment purposes. This is the place where you will witness a good fusion when it comes to art, food and music. A great escape from the stress that people encounter from work. This is a place known to be the playground of artistic energy and has made a crucial impact in the music and modern art scene.
Many consider Sake Lab in Palanca Street in Salcedo Village Makati as a cool place to chill, unwind and party – all at the same time. It is measured as a restaurant and bar lounge. It has a wide range of Japanese inspired selections. It also consists of mixed drinks and a delicious American-Japanese cuisine. Its contemporary Asian modeled décor coupled with its cool lighting makes it a perfect place to lounge in. The type of music it played are quite hip and they always have well-known DJs keeping the place alive and kicking.
The inspiration for the Luce bar was that it was intended to be a cozy venue reminiscent of the now defunct bar “Insomnia” in Malate. It is a pretty laid back place wherein you’ll get the feel that you are sitting in a friend’s living room. This has been successful in the field of being an alternative venue for small parties, affairs and gatherings.
Basement’s crowd caters basically to younger people…much younger. Mostly kids in high school. But one good thing about Basement is the House beats that keeps the place pumping. The location is pretty good because it has ample parking and a lot of establishments around it. It is also surrounded by buildings that cater to the call center industry.
This club is said to be the NO.1 bar in the core of Quezon City. This is the only place that caters to all types of music. The place is located in the same building as “Ratsky’s” and people go there around midnight then stays till brunch. The ambiance is very cool with lots of black and blue. This is the place where Music just comes to life and club’s house music is definitely first-rate.