Manila Restaurants, Bars , and Night Life

Restaurants, Bars , and Night Life

Filipinos, by nature, love to eat. It is as if eating is second nature to them. That is as true for the people of Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website as it is for those from other parts of the country. The metro area is dotted by a lot of food establishments from fast food chains to restaurants offering fine dining.

Cafes and bars are also part of the scene especially after work hours and until the late part of the evening. The increased number of business firms has led to a rise in the number of restaurants and other similar businesses. Other than these, there is also a lot of food stalls, small canteens, and street food vendors all over the metro area all offering the hungry people something to eat. Of course, tourists are advised not to try any of the street food since the preparation of such food is most likely below par of sanitary standards.

Here are some of the noteworthy places to dine in Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website


Cabalen gives visitors the traditional Filipino atmosphere to anyone who opts to dine here. Wooden tables, native looking chairs, background folk music, and native dishes for entrees are enough to give you this impression. The name of the restaurant betrays the cuisine being served and its alleged menu. People from Pampanga, one of the melting pots of the best masters of the kitchen in the country, are usually referred to as ‘cabalen’. Thus you should expect some of the best pieces of Filipino cuisine to greet your palate. You’ll usually find a Cabalen Restaurant in the busy sections of the metro area especially in malls.

The Menu

Of course, you should expect nothing less than a complete spectrum of recipes from the country’s cuisine. Prepare to taste even the food that may seem a bit exotic. Samples of this include gatang kohol, which is a stew made from snails and coconut milk, and bopiz, which is basically a dish made from kidneys and other innards. There is also a dish made from pork knuckles, another interesting dish is stuffed frogs, and the scrumptious roasted suckling pig (served on weekends) which is enough to boost your cholesterol levels.

If you want to try the complete set of exotic selections on the menu then you should opt for their buffet meal. You can get generous servings of your favorites and just a few samples of exotic dishes you haven’t even heard of before. An average meal in Cabalen would cost you around Php 300. You can bring your family along since the atmosphere here is pretty much child friendly. If you don’t bring cash they’ll be delighted to take your Visa, MasterCard, and Diners.

Contact Information


Address: L3 Chefs Ave., Festival Supermall, Muntinlupa Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 809-6698, (632) 842-9409


Address: Glorietta 3, Makati Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 893-9883 to 84


Address: 2F SM North Edsa, Quezon Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 929-1908, (632) 929-1974

SM Manila (according to the newspaper website

Address: 2F SM Manila (according to the newspaper website, Manila (according to the newspaper website Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 522-9055, (632) 522-8057


Address: L2 Trinoma, EDSA corner North Avenue, EDSA cor North Ave., Quezon Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone No: (632) 901-3602

Robinsons Place

Address: Robinson’s Place L2, Padre Faura Wing, Manila (according to the newspaper website Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

SM Megamall

Address: SM Megamall, L4, Building B, Julia Vargas, Mandaluyong Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 633-1761, (632) 633-8183

West Avenue, Quezon Manila

Address: 67 WestAve., 67 WestAve., Quezon Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 373-2914, (632) 372-3515

Cafe Adriatico

This restaurant has been around since 1979 and has that distinct elegant atmosphere. However, though that may be the first impression you get out of Cafe Adriatico, it only takes a minute to see that the restaurant is more laid back and casual than what you first think it would be.

This restaurant is the premiere restaurant in the LJC Restaurant chain. Each of the restaurants in this chain bears the same character atmosphere that is unique to the chain. The ambience and service you get is true value for your money.

The Menu

The menu is a mix of Filipino and international dishes, which basically includes both Spanish and Continental cuisines. You’ll also brush with a few Mediterranean, Italian, and other European dishes in their menu.

They serve timeless Filipino dishes like nilagang baka, sinigang na hipon, monggo soup, grilled liempo, chicharon, kaldereta, lengua, among many others. Those who prefer veggies will love their kangkong lechon and pakbet kapampangan. All of these classic Philippine dishes are served side by side with burgers, spaghetti, penne with crab aligue, Spanish Callos, a variety of steak, and chicken ala Kiev. Meal prices average at Php 300 to Php 500.

The restaurant is usually open for lunch and dinner. You can pay in cash or use your Visa or MasterCard

Contact Information


Address: 1790 M. Adriatico St., Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 523-7924

SM Mall of Philippines

Address: Second Floor, Entertainment Section of SM Mall of Philippines, Pasay Manila

Telephone: 556-0608

Gateway Mall

Address: Ground floor, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon Manila

Telephone: 913-8736



The name of this restaurant is coined from the words gorilla and grill. And that’s basically what you get when you walk into the restaurant. You’ll get a native decor complete with bamboo and coconut ornamentations or something that is basically with a tropical feel. The primitive ethnic feel is further pushed forward with their contemporary Asian cuisine on the menu.

The Menu

The menu is basically composed of a fusion of ethnic Asian cuisine. Pick from a blend of Japanese, Filipino, Thai, Korean, Indian, and Chinese favorites. One of the many favorites among regulars is their one-for-all platters. Their biggest party platter serves up to 17 people, which will basically mean you’ll get a whole lot of good food – period. Of course, if you’re not into taking large portions of grub then you can opt for the regulars from pork, chicken, beef, and seafood specialties.

Veggie lovers also have a special place in the Grilla heart. Guests can choose from traditional veggie favorites like pinakbet for instance. If you just want to have a variety of vegetables on a platter then try their sizzling mixed veggies. If that isn’t enough you should sample some of the fresh green salads on their menu.

Drinks range from fresh tropical fruit shakes to a bucket of booze. Fruit juices, brewed coffee, and hot tea are also in order. If you’re up for a light drinking night then try any of their cocktails and house wines.

Regular meals and drinks will cost you about Php 200 to Php 300 while party platters will average at Php 600 with the most expensive one doing a damage of Php 2,000 on your wallet.

Contact Information

Makati Manila

Address: Kalayaan Avenue, corner Rockwell Drive, Makati Manila

Telephone: (632) 899-8775

Fax: (632) 899-8722

San Juan

Address: The Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan

Telephone: (632) 726-6200

Antipolo Manila

Address: Lot 1,Block 1, Hollywood Hills, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo Manila

Telephone: (632) 632-9691

Quezon Manila

Address: Acropolis, Libis, Quezon Manila

Telephone: (632) 678-4664

Fax: (632) 678-8987

Hossein’s Persian Kebab

This restaurant was set up in 1985 and basically serves middle eastern cuisine. You’ll find Thai, Persian, Indonesian, Arabian, and Indian dishes on their menu. Another plus is that the authentic food served here are all Halal certified. The restaurant claims to have the recipes handed down from generation to generation.

It’s an interesting place to go for fine dining especially if you want to try the best of middle eastern food for the very first time. The elegant ambience and the diversified Mediterranean menu give a lasting appeal this restaurant. Restaurants in this chain are located in some of the key areas of Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

The Menu

When you look at the menu you should expect to find middle eastern or Arabic sounding names on the list. Dishes like homos, halim badamjan, motabal, samosa, pakora, a huge variety of kebabs, kubideh, an interesting selection of beef and lamb dishes, and middle eastern twist to chicken are enough to make any meal quite interesting.

Recommended specialties from this restaurant include all their kebabs and grilled meat, everything you see on the list of appetizers, mache polo, and their misa kasemi.

Contact Information


Address: Unit 4005 Level 4 Trinoma Mall, EDSA North Avenue Quezon Manila

Cell phone: +639178822056


Address: 2nd Level C-201 Serendra, Bonifacio High Street, Global Manila, Taguig

Telephone: (632) 856-0632, (632) 856-1278

Fax: (632) 916-0056


Address: 2nd Level Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati Avenue

Telephone: (632) 729-0266

Fax: (632) 729-0267


Address: 2nd Floor 7857 LKV Building

Makati Avenue, Makati Manila

Telephone: (632) 890-6137, (632) 890-5928

Fax: 890-5803


Illonggo Grill

Illonggo Grill is an authentic Filipino restaurant. They serve some of the best dishes from the southern Philippines (according to the Manila website Though judging by the name, you’d expect that the grilled recipes are the main dishes that have bragging rights in this restaurant, you can’t be more wrong. What people mostly remember about this place is their La Paz Batchoy Soup, which is kind of ironic since the name gives people an impression of grilled food from province of Iloilo. You’ll find an Illonggo Grill in shopping centers and malls in the metro area.

The Menu

Of course the big favorites in this restaurant include authentic southern Filipino greats like La Paz Batchoy and chicken Bacolod. The rest of the menu is made up of native dishes like sinigang, lechon, kare-kare, pinakbet, and pinangat. If you want to try their grilled food, which is also good by the way, the blue marlin, barbecue squid, spareribs, tanigue, and tilapia shouldn’t be missed. Meal prices on the menu average to about Php 100, which is really inexpensive considering what you get for your money.

Contact Information

Alabang Town Center

Address: 2/F Food Choices, Alabang Town Center, Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 842-4259

Festival Supermall

Address: 1/F Corporate Ave. cor. Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate Manila, Alabang Muntinlupa Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 807-3975

Harrison Plaza

Address: 2/F A. Mabini St. cor. M. Adriatico St., Manila (according to the newspaper website, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 525-6317

Robinsons Galleria

Address: 1/F EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Quezon Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 635-2345

Shangri-la Plaza Mall

Address: LG/F Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong Manila

SM Centerpoint

Address: Ramon Magsaysay St. cor. Araneta Ave., Sta. Mesa, Quezon Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 713-8398

SM Manila Fairview

Address: Food Court, 202 Quirino Highway cor. Regalado Ave., Fairview, Quezon Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 417-6585

SM Manila Manila (according to the newspaper website

Address: Food Court, Concepcion cor. Arroceros & San Marcelino Sts., Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 400-5422

SM MegaMall

Address: Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 633-6352

SM SouthMall

Address: Food Court, Las Piñas Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 800-4043


If you’re the type that just can’t have enough of Italian food then you’re in luck with Italianni’s. This is one of the most successful Italian restaurants in the metro area. They have a scrumptious and extensive set of Italian dishes. The ambience here has a homey appeal to it, which makes it quite perfect for a relaxed lunch or dinner. It is easy to find an Italianni’s restaurant since they are chiefly located in the major shopping areas in the metro.

The Menu

The menu in Italianni’s has it all covered. For starters you can pick any classic pizza, mussels lombardi, or spinach and artichoke formaggio. House specialties you shouldn’t miss include their chicken and seafood risotto, grilled pork chops, fish fillet, grilled salmon, and chicken parmagiana.

Of course, you should expect a wide array of different pasta from spaghetti, carbonara, fettucine, to lasagna. Top your meal off with a sweet tooth in a variety of cakes and pies with your favorite fruit shake or fresh squeezed juices. If you just want to take a break then their interesting selection of coffee will most likely lighten up your day. Meal prices here would range from Php 400 to Php 700 depending on how hungry you are.

Contact Information

Gateway Mall

Address: Ground Floor, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon Manila

Telephone: (632) 912-3738, (632) 913-1563

Glorietta 4

Address: Level 2, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati Manila

Telephone: (632) 757-1323, (632) 757-1324

Fax: (632) 772-1323

Greenbelt 2

Address: Ground Floor, Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Makati Manila

Telephone: (632) 728-0283, (632) 728-0291, (632) 728-0289


Address: 105 Connecticut Carpark, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 723-2998, (632) 723-5581


Address: Spaces 102/202, One Luna Style Center, Felina Park Place, Eastwood Ave., Libis, Quezon Manila

Telephone: (632) 683-0780, (632) 683-0828

SM Megamall

Address: Upper Ground Floor, Bldg. A, SM Megamall

Telephone: (632) 633-3505, (632) 637-3718

Bonifacio High St.

Address: Quadrant 5, Space 1E14, Bonifacio High St., Bonifacio Global Manila

Telephone: (632) 856-4094, (632) 856-3890

SM Mall Of Philippines

Address: 2/L South Wing, Entertainment Mall, Mall Of Philippines, Pasay Manila

Telephone: (632) 556-0549, (632) 901-1401

Tomas Morato

Address: Unit 1 Ground Floor, CKB Center, Tomas Morato Ave. cor Scout Rallos St., Quezon Manila

Telephone: (632) 3762-382, (632) 376-2381

Alabang Town Center

Address: Corte De Las Palmas, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa Manila

Telephone: (632) 772-2183, (632) 772-3320


Address: Space 4010, M4 Level, Triangle North of Manila (according to the newspaper website, Quezon Manila

Telephone: (632) 915-3589, (632) 915-3582

Kamayan Restaurant

Kamayan Restaurant has been around since the 1970s and it still celebrates the native Filipino tradition of eating with your hands. Of course, if you’re not used to eating with your bare hands then you can always ask for a spoon, knife, and fork. The menu, as should be expected, is basically from the Philippine cuisine.

If you want to sample the best in Filipino cooking then you can find a lot of them here in this restaurant. They serve the whole enchilada from appetizers to desserts. They serve complete meals including meat, veggie, and seafood. The service is also a bit laid back since they also serve meals both in buffet style and ala carte. They even have an all you can eat Filipino buffet.

Meal Prices

Meal prices are reasonable so you should expect to shell out an average of Php 500 and at least Php 1,000 when you’re out on a splurge. Recommended dishes include lechon, lechon kawali, inihaw na baboy, kare-kare, kaldereta, and sisig for meat lovers. Pinakbet, lumpiang ubod, and adobong kangkong are great veggie options. Hipon ala pobre, adobong pusit, pusit sinulog, relyenong bangus, and baked tahong are highly recommended seafood options.

Contact Information

SM Megamall

Address: Level 4 Bridgeway, SM Megamall EDSA, Mandaluyong Manila

Telephone: (632) 636-3785, (632) 633-1758


Address: 2nd Level, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati Manila

Telephone: (632) 892-8898, (632) 892-8897


Address: 207 EDSA, Greenhills, Mandaluyong Manila

Telephone: (632) 722-8125, (632) 726-5870

Padre Faura

Address: #523 Merchant Building, Padre Faura corner Adriatico Street, Ermita Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 528-1723, (632) 528-1724


Max’s Restaurant

Max’s has been around since the post-war times in Manila (according to the newspaper website and they still serve some of the best Filipino style fried chicken anywhere. The restaurant’s founder, Maximo Gimenez started everything through his friendship with the American troops stationed near his home in Quezon Manila.

His GI friends used to come regularly just for a visit and have a few drinks. However, as time went on Max’s friends insisted on paying for the drinks. About this same time it is reported that Max had a dream of him chasing after a chicken. Mr. Gimenez then promptly started a small cafe where his American friends and other servicemen could have a drink and some food.

Max’s niece then created a special chicken recipe that instantly became a hit among the foreign regulars. It didn’t take long before the locals also heard of this fabulous and intriguing chicken recipe and decided to try it for themselves as well. From that time on, Max’s Fried Chicken started out as a family business run by the Gimenez’s.

Soon after the restaurant was dubbed as “the house that fried chicken built”. Many Filipinos trace a lot of their memories spent or celebrated in a Max’s Restaurant somewhere in Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website Today, the restaurant is a household name and is a great choice if you’re looking for authentic Filipino food. It even opened a few branches in the United States (according to the Manila website usually located in California (according to the Manila website where there are a lot of Filipino immigrants.

The Menu

The star of the menu, as expected, is the classic original recipe fried chicken. The claim is that the tender and juicy fried chicken will be tasty from the skin even down to the bones. Other than the original Max’s recipe, the restaurant also serves a host of classic Filipino cuisine. They also added burgers, soups, salads, and desserts into their menu. Meal prices in Max’s Restaurant will average at Php 200.


There are more than 60 Max’s Restaurants all over the metro and even more in the surrounding suburbs. You can find them almost anywhere including many malls in the metropolis. There’s even a Max’s Restaurant in the walled city of Intramuros. If you want to find one just go to any major malls like Mall of Philippines, SM Megamall, or any of the shopping centers in the metro.

Contact Information


Go to the store locator on their website to find the nearest Max’s Restaurant in your area. Each store will have its own contact numbers.

Outback Steakhouse

Those who have a craving for steaks with the appeal from down under then you should sample the steaks in Outback Steakhouse. The main fare, as you might have guessed, are steaks prepared in Aussie style. They also serve Caesar salad, fries, and vegetables. Other than the steak you can also get some veggies and chicken. Steaks served here are basically beef.

The atmosphere in the restaurant is naturally contemporary. There’s nothing sophisticated or utterly splendid to expect here, just your favorite southern style steaks for you to share with friends. If you’re a beef muncher and would love to have your steak with some beer then you’ll enjoy your time here. You get a perfect laid back atmosphere with the steakhouse crew strutting around in mock-Aussie outfits. Food prices here cost around Php 200 to Php 300 for each individual.


Makati Manila

Ground Level, Glorietta 4 Ayala Center

Telephone: (632) 729-8458

Telephone: (632) 729-8459


Alabang Town Center, Ayala Alabang

Telephone: (632) 772-1845

Quezon Manila

E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Acropolis, Libis

Telephone: (632) 634-3801


TGI Friday’s

TGI Friday’s is a place for up beat casual dining. It’s like a place where coworkers would love have a groupie dinner after a hard day at work. Most people who have been here describe the menu as American both in taste and in serving sizes. Well, the menu is definitely is western beginning with chicken strips, a variety of steaks, a menagerie of Jack Daniel’s ribs, chicken, and pork chops, pasta, and great tasting burgers.

There are Filipinos who usually think that TGI Friday’s is an expensive restaurant. However, the owners may have caught up on the buzz and announced cheaper meals. The truth is that the little jack up in price is worth the amount you pay comparing it to the layman’s burger or steak.

Of course, not all middle class Filipinos will think of buying a Php 400 burger or a Php 300 steak. With the recent promotional offers, food prices are cut down to half price than they were a while back. This is a catchy little offer that many shouldn’t miss, especially those who miss the good old fiery flavors of home. The food in TGI Friday’s is great, located in key places in the metro, and the prices have been made better than ever.

The Menu

Appetizers are basically made out of chicken. They have chicken strips, chicken nachos, chicken quesadillas, and buffalo wings. The main course is made from a gang of grilled ribs, steak, pork chops, shrimp, and chicken breasts. To make things a whole lot heavier you can throw in a few pastas into your treat.

Burgers also take to the limelight from a simple grilled burger, to something kind of vegetarian, until you get a really huge, delectable, and greasy bacon cheeseburger. Wash it all down with a selection of wines and other drinks. Meals will usually cost an average of Php 600 if you go for a complete meal.

Their value meals are cheaper by the way. You get a pre-made meal from a variety of favorite items on the menu. All this for an incredibly low slashed down relaxing price of Php 300. Well, that average price is almost the same amount you pay for when you get a meal in many fast food chains in Manila (according to the newspaper website The combination of good food, reasonable prices, promotional offers, and upbeat and dangle your leg relaxed atmosphere is a great offer no one should miss out.

Contact Information


Mall of Philippines

Address: North Wing Entertainment Mall, Mall of Philippines

Phone: (632) 556-4456

Fax: (632) 556-4390

Email: [email protected]


Address: Level 4, Trinoma Park

Phone: (632) 943-2163

Fax: (632) 901-5626

Email: [email protected]

Robinsons Place

Address: Ground Floor, Robinsons Place, Perdo Gil Street, Ermita, Manila (according to the newspaper website

Phone: (632) 526-5334

Fax: (632) 526-5369

Emai: [email protected]


Address: 3rd floor, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center Makati Manila

Phone: (632) 7527685

Fax: (632) 8928910

Email: [email protected]

Tomas Morato

Address: Ground floor, Hotel Rembrandt Tomas Morato Extension, Quezon Manila

Phone: (632) 3728539

Fax: (632) 3728497

Email: [email protected]


Address: 2nd Level, Alabang Town Center, Alabang Muntinlupa Manila

Phone: (632) 8429355

Fax: (632) 8429372

Email: [email protected]

The Aristocrat

This is another restaurant that has been around for a bit of a while now. The Aristocrat actually had humble beginnings as a little mobile snack bar in 1936. Today it has several restaurants in its chain usually located in the busiest sections of the metro area. The Aristocrat was created by the husband and wife tandem of the restaurant owners.

The business was even quite resilient surviving the ravages of World War II. Today, you won’t only find the Aristocrat the restaurant, the business owners saw it fit to establish a bakeshop as well. The atmosphere is rather casual so you won’t have to worry about dressing up or anything of that sort.

The Menu

The Aristocrat basically serves native Filipino dishes. Other than that, they also serve dishes from other cuisines as well. Favorites in the meal entourage include lumpia, pancit canton, sinigang, hototai soup, lechon, beef mechado, and spare ribs. Other dishes of note are kare-kare, crispy pata, dinuguan, and chicken honey. The bakeshop serves pies, cakes, and other pastries. The restaurant also serves lasagna, spaghetti, barbecues, and sandwiches. You can even call any branch and have your food delivered. Food prices are quite reasonable ranging from Php 200 to Php 500 for a complete meal.

Contact Information

Robinsons Place Manila (according to the newspaper website

Address: Level 4 Robinsons Place Manila (according to the newspaper website, Manila (according to the newspaper website Manila

Telephone: (632) 523-3923


Address: 3rd Floor, SM North EDSA, Quezon Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 442-0065, (632) 442-0149

SM San Lazaro

Address: 2F, SM San Lazaro, corner of F. Huertas and A.H. Lacson Streets, Manila (according to the newspaper website Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 786-2664

San Andres

Address: 432 San Andres Street, Manila (according to the newspaper website Manila

Telephone: (632) 524-7671 up to 80

SM Mall of Philippines

Address: Ground Floor, SM Mall of Philippines, Pasay Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 556-0332


Address: 146 Jupiter St., Makati Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 895-0725

Congressional Avenue

Address: 2 Congressional Ave. corner EDSA, Quezon Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 926-1046, (632) 927-4668, (632) 927-4650

Fax No: (632) 927-4664


The Red Crab

Seafood lovers will have a swell time at The Red Crab. They boast of a dozen different ways to prepare and serve crab meat, which is the main reason why local folks flock to this restaurant. Other than the crabs, you have the option to savor their selection of steaks. This restaurant exhibits features of fine dining but has the personality geared for group and family gatherings. There are several Red Crab restaurants in and out of Manila (according to the newspaper website

The Menu

Some of the crowd favorites in this restaurant include Crab Tauchi, Crab Claws, Crab Relyeno, Crab Maritess, Crab Lilian, Crab Miswa, and Crab Adobo. Those are basically names for the various ways crab meat is cooked a.k.a. steamed, adobo, Sichuan, deep fried etc. Meal prices here average from Php 400 to Php 500 for a regular meal.

Contact Information


Address: 536 Remedios St., Malate, Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 400-9980

Tomas Morato

Address: 184 Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Scout Delgado St., Quezon Manila

Telephone: (632) 374-8406, (632) 412-4323


Address: 2nd Level, Makati

Telephone: (632) 757-4129, (632) 757-4716

Palm Village

Address: 121 Zodiac St., Palm Village, Makati

Telephone: (632) 890-0384

Alabang Town Center

Address: 2nd Level, Corte de las Palmas, Muntinlupa

Telephone: (632) 772-2968

The Hobbit House

Who would ever imagine that J.R.R. Tolkien’s impressive influence reaches even to the capital of the Philippines (according to the Manila website You guessed it right if you think that that is the theme of this interesting restaurant in the Malate area. The restaurant was put up by Jim Turner, a college professor and Peace Corps volunteer, with the subtle inspiration of reliving the tavern in Tolkien’s book and being served by hobbits – or at least something like that.

Since its opening in 1973, Hobbit House has become quite an ever interesting place to visit and now has its regular following. People flock to this restaurant not only for the food but for the great live band performances. Business seems to be quite successful since a second Hobbit House was put up in Boracay.

The first impression, and obviously its catchy gimmick, is being welcomed into a restaurant served by midgets. Well, that’s as close as they can get to hobbits since you can’t literally mimic the actual stature and hair feet of these fictional characters.

The Menu

The menu in the Hobbit House is a mix of various cuisines. Whether you’re up for something Italian, Mexican, Filipino, or Japanese, the wide selection really makes the place more interesting. Another big highlight here is the huge selection of beers. Meals will cost you around Php 500 to Php 1,000.

They boast of a hundred kinds of beer and that is exactly what you’ll see on the menu. You can get various imported beers like Miller, Budweiser, Samuel Adams, Blackthorn, Tanglefoot, Bishops Finger, and John Smith. Other brands like Guinness Draught, Amstel Light, Dos Equis, Erdinger, Hoegaarden, Oettinger, Kaiser, and McEwans are also part of the extensive list of beers available.

Other Perks

Other things that perk up your visit include the old bistro ambience. Live bands also add vigor to what the Hobbit House already offers. Different sets of bands play in each day of the week offering a variety of sounds to kick things off in the right direction.

Contact Information

Address: 1212 M. H. del Pilar corner Arquiza Street, Ermita, Manila (according to the newspaper website

Telephone: (632) 484-0982, (632) 521-7604

Fax Number: (632) 525-3415


Watering Hole

Those who are up for a long night with a lot of fried and oily food should shift their gears and get ready for the Watering Hole Brew Pub. To add highlights to a colorful evening are some of the best up and coming bands in the metro scene performing on stage. This bar slash brewery slash restaurant has been around since 1995 and has evolved into what it is today – a laid back bar with an industrial appeal.

The Watering Hole attracts folks from all walks of life including corporate types and expats all looking for a great night out and good music. The main bulk of the cuisine served here is made up of classic gastronomic slash fatty and fried Filipino food. If you’re looking for that revealing cholesterol jump then this is a good place to start.

The Menu

For starters you may want to try their chicken lollipop or if you’re up for something a bit traditional then go for either sizzling chicken or chicken inasal. Other starter options include chicharon bulaklak (crispy fried intestines), calamares frittos (squid), cheese sticks, lumpiang shanghai, onion rings, baked oysters, and crispy crablets. The combo specials are recommended if you’re bringing your friends along. You can either choose their inihaw combo (a mix of grilled food) or their prito combo (a large mix of different fried food).

Drinks galore start with alcoholic sodas like vodka cruisers and Smirnoff ice. You can then move on to their house wines and cocktails or Sherries and shooters. They even have a buy one – take one free offer for selected wines and drinks.

A lean meal in the Water Hole would average around Php 500 to Php 600. Expect to cough up at least Php 1,000 if you’ll be out partying with friends. This restobar is open from 3pm to 10am. Breakfast is also served in the early morning.

Contact Information

Address: Ground Floor, Carpark Building, Shangrila Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong Manila

Telephone: (632) 634-0312, (632) 634-0284 (fax), +63917-824-2332 (cell)

Email: [email protected]


70’s Bistro

This bar’s slogan goes “where you can be who you are!!!”. With the laid back ambience and music to help you unwind, 70’s Bistro allows you to do just that. The casual atmosphere is perfect to soothe anyone’s nerves. The fun and upbeat live music helps even the hard worked employees relax and just be themselves.

No, you don’t need to dress up or dress down for the occasion since you can come in wearing just your street clothes or even the clothes you wear for work. The staff manning the bistro has been doing this for 16 years so they know how to entertain guests from all walks of life.

The 70’s Bistro, as its name indicates, celebrates the music and the culture of the 70’s. Artists, writers, and musicians all celebrate this theme with their fellow rebels. Watch the music and the spirit of the 70’s come alive with live band performances in a glorious celebration of that golden era.

The Menu

The menu is composed of hearty meals composed mainly choice pork and chicken recipes. Choose between Tangigue Steak (grilled tuna) and Bistek Pilipino (Filipino style steak). Another set of great options is an array of chicken recipes like Chicken Barbecue, Chicken Leg Medley, and Chicken Breast Diane.

The pasta they serve here also take on swinging names like Lolita Carbonara, named after local 70’s rock icon Lolita Carbon, Folk Spaghetti, Ethnic Veggies, Hot Reggae (spaghetti, mushrooms, and chilli), Chorizo Blues (spaghetti in white sauce with home made chorizo), and Vegan R&B Spaghetti.

The pizza served here is named after the acts that made a name in the Philippine music industry. Locals will have a roll at names like Picha ng Parokya, Color It Red Meat Pizza, Jerks-A-Pizza, Pizza Tropical, Heads Pizza, and Salbacho Ala Noel.

Contact Information

Address: 46 Anonas St., Project 2 Quezon Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Phone: (632) 434-3597

Cell phone: +63-921-640-2491


Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe is a great hang out place anywhere, even in Manila (according to the newspaper website! Wherever you go, Hard Rock Cafe brings to it the warm homey ambience that is in part the cafes major trademark. This one in Manila (according to the newspaper website also bears the same old memorabilia from the golden days of rock and roll on its walls.

Some of the memorabilia you’ll find in the bar includes the golden TCB necklace that was owned by Ginger Alden, Elvis’ girlfriend before he died, a signed sleeveless shell dress worn by Belinda Carlisle when she and Go-Go’s went on their “Vacation” tour, Don Henley, The Eagles, wore a yellow and black tour jacket now also on display, and a white vest autographed and worn by none other than Paul McCartney.

The Menu

Every Hard Rock Cafe ideally has the same menu wherever it is found on the planet. However, some items on the regular menu may not be found in every country or territory where a Hard Rock is established. This may be due to regulatory requirements by the said country thereby restricting what menu items can be served.

Another issue that can affect what can be served in a cafe is the availability of certain ingredients. Obviously, if a major ingredient is not available in the country where a Hard Rock Cafe is doing business, they would have no choice but to indicate that the specific menu item isn’t available.

You still get chicken wings, nachos, and spring rolls as starters, which are by the way already quite fulfilling on their own. Entrees would instantly mean you will feast either on steaks or perhaps salmon. If you don’t feel like trying either of those two you can opt for grilled chicken cooked the Hawaiian way. To keep you interested in what’s coming next, you should try a little wine with your entree as well. If you can’t have enough of the meat you just had, then you can throw in some barbecue variants.

If you skipped out on the starters and the entrees then you need have to try the Hard Rock burgers. Guests choose from a variety of burgers on their menu that includes red, white, and blue burger, the big cheese, hickory barbecue bacon cheeseburger, veggie burger, mushroom and Swiss burger, S.O.B. burger, and the legendary 10 oz. burger.

Other than burgers you can also try a plethora of sandwiches prepared to your heart’s delight. Some of the recognizable names on the menu include California (according to the Manila website chicken club sandwich, and honey mustard grilled chicken. Sandwiches, like every other Hard Rock out there, sandwiches will be served with onion rings or fries for a little charge on your bill. You can also throw in a salad at an added cost. Of course, you need some kind of dessert like a sundae or brownie to add a little sweetness.

Just as It Should Be

Hard Rock Manila (according to the newspaper website is like every other Hard Rock on the planet – pool tables, video, a full bar, and loud music all around, just as it should be. If you want to feel like you’ve been to the US or you want to reminisce what it’s like back in the US or if you just want to have a great night out with live music and great food then Hard Rock in Manila (according to the newspaper website is an option of inevitability too difficult to deny.

Contact Information

Hard Rock Cafe Makati

Address: Levels 3 & 4, Glorietta III, Ayala Center, Makati Manila

Phone: (632) 893-4661 to 64

Website: (use the cafe locator to navigate to the Hard Rock Manila (according to the newspaper website page)

The Basement

This bar is located within the business district of Eastwood Manila, in the Libis district of Quezon Manila. This bar follows suit with the colors and themes of New York (according to the Manila website bars. Part of the effects that affect the ambience are antique chandeliers, red dark drapes, and an interesting sunken stage.

The crowd that usually regularly gathers in The Basement is made up of younger people, which sometimes makes one think that the kids here are just in high school. They usually have masterful DJs that keep the ball rolling and crowd pumping.

The Menu

The food that is regularly served here are just your typical light chow. People come here mainly for the groovy sounds and not much for the food. Light snacks include French fries, nachos, and chicken fingers. Non-alcoholic drinks served are usually just soda, water, or iced tea. Booze are also served along with vodka, scotch, and whisky. Other forms of liquor you’ll find in the house include rum, and gin. Food in The Basement costs Php 120 and drinks range from Php 50 to Php 1,500.

Contact Information

Address: Eastwood Manila Walk, G/F Manila Walk 1, 188 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Libis

Quezon Manila, Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website

Phone: (632) 421-3930

The Library Comedy Bar

If you’re looking for a place where you can laugh your night away then try The Library. Anything goes in this comedy bar where you will find all sorts of characters to get you busting out laughing ‘til you can’t take it anymore. The professional entertainers performing here are hired by the bar, obviously, to amuse everyone in the crowd. This comedy bar has been entertaining guests for more than two decades.

The multiplicity of acts performing here is enough to keep the crowd alive. There are even times when regular folks and guests from the crowd even catch the comedy fever and get up on stage and do a mini impromptu stand up of their own. Well, the main reason why guest flock here, other than the comic acts, is to grab the mike and sing a la karaoke style.

The ambience of the place lives up to its moniker – especially made for bookworms and geeks alike. Well, they don’t call it “the library” for nothing. So, you should expect to see the walls and ceiling stacked with books that are for the most pat leather bound. Of course, they won’t hang a real library on the wall, so the decor you’ll find is obviously a facade.

Contact Information

Address: 1739 Maria Orosa Street, Malate, Manila (according to the newspaper website

Phone: (632) 522-2484

Cell phone: +63-916-439-7898

Email: [email protected]


Airforce 1

Yep, the first thing that usually comes off the top of one’s head when they hear ‘air force one’ is the US president’s plane. It’s either that or you’re referring to a shoe model from Nike. Whatever it is that comes to your mind, this bar isn’t it.

This bar is located in Parañaque Manila. Unlike most KTV bars in Quezon Manila or in the Parañaque area, Airforce 1 tends to be a bit pricey. However, the bar tries to cope with the cost by providing better facilities and services. At times they have popular TV personalities grace the scene. The acts performing numbers on stage are usually quite naughty but tame.

The viewing room is usually filled with the bar’s girls or GROs (Guest Relations Officer). The place works like any other KTV in Manila (according to the newspaper website with regards to the GROs. There is basically a tiered cost and you should expect that the models would demand higher hourly rates. Your standard GRO will command a rate around Php 850 and the centerfolds will go up to about Php 1,300.

Ambience wise, everything is quite good. Each room in Airforce 1 may seem small but comfortable nonetheless. The entire surroundings in this KTV bar are pretty clean. You won’t see any worn out rugs or any bit of wall paper peeling off.

Other than the KTV area, Airforce 1 also has a spa which they call Flight 168. It’s a relaxation hub that boasts of the best spa therapy. The spa along with its facilities is technologically maintained.

Contact Information

Address: 888 Ninoy Aquino Ave., Paranaque Manila

Phone: (632) 820-7273, (632) 820-1927

Pegasus KTV

Pegasus is both a men’s club and a KTV bar located along one of the busiest streets in Quezon Manila in Metro Manila (according to the newspaper website It’s a plush nightclub with show girls performing every night. They open for business every 6pm until 3am. The blurb on their web site’s home page boasts of Pegasus as being the “ultimate men’s club”.

This KTV slash men’s club also hosts various events. They even book popular acts, dancers, singers, models, and TV personalities to perform live. The entertainment hall is spacious and is not designed like your run off the mill two-bit night club. The design and architecture of the place is Grecian inspired.

Aside from the alluring girls and the lavish display, the club boasts of its other facilities. It has its own theater, premium suites, and private KTV rooms. The karaoke equipment is state of the art which claims over 15,000 songs available. If you have any problems with the equipment there will be members of the staff to give you the utmost professional assistance.

Other than the KTV equipment, Pegasus also has a corporate meeting room for private meetings and company functions. It is ideal for parties and dinners. To compliment what you get out of this KTV bar has an interesting selection in its food and beverage section.

The bar fine is as follows:

Model: Php 10,000-12,000

Guest Relation Officer: Php 7,000-P9,000

Tip: Php 5,000

Contact Information

Address: Quezon Avenue, corner Scout Chuatuco Street, Quezon Manila

Phone: (632) 374-4464


Originally posted 2021-05-05 18:28:50.