Gr8est Rooftop Bars
Where You Can Drink
with the Stars
By Shen Mascariñas
In the wrong location, de-stressing with drinks can loose its purpose as quick as tequila burns your throat. Unless you arrive happy-drunk already (good for you), a cramped up club with flashing strobe lights and a contained smell of cigarettes + sweat can be quite the huge buzz kill. Thank goodness for Manila’s evolved party scene, now catering to varying vibes. And if you’re not into the aforementioned, it’s time to take the fun elsewhere—perhaps somewhere higher.
Unwind as you get an infinite whiff of fresh air, and savor Manila’s beautiful lights with a drink in hand (or better, in both hands) in these rooftop bars.
I’M Hotel, Roof Deck, 7862 Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 755 7888 | Facebook
Open Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 2am, Friday & Saturday from 6pm to 3am
Budget for two – P800
As if Makati’s bright skyline isn’t captivating enough of a view, Antidote adds something even more interesting into the mix. This bar features a gaping, neon aquarium filled with tons of jellyfish. What a way to bring the sea into the city, huh? Antidote offers outdoor and indoor seating with a huge layout that provides an amazing 360-view of the metro.
32F City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati corner Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 554 3429 | Facebook
Open daily from 10am to 2am
Budget for two – P1000
Just steps away from the previous entry is another hangout spot with a glorious view. Perched on top of City Garden Grand Hotel, Firefly is a laidback bar slash restaurant where you can appreciate Makati’s skyscrapers eye to eye. Here, you can even take a refreshing dip in the pool in between delicious trips to the buffet.
31F Vivere Hotel, 5102 Bridgeway Avenue, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 771 7777 | Facebook
Open daily from 5:30am to 1am
Budget for two – P2500
Southerners need not brave the traffic going to the north for an awesome night out. Vivere’s The Nest combines fresh air, an elegant ambiance and delectable intoxicants all in one gorgeous restaurant-bar. Wine and tapas is must here, but feel free to explore their wide selection of fine food and liquor as well.
The Penthouse 8747
The Penthouse 8747 is a speakeasy bar that truly provides an escape—from your daily stresses, repetitive views and even 2018. Yes, time travel. Well, almost. With its black and gold furnishings, servers dressed to the nines and overall topnotch ambiance, the Penthouse 8747 transports you straight to The Great Gatsby era. Warning: You might find yourself not wanting to come back.