Nightlife in Makaty City
The epicenter of Makati's famous nightlife is Greenbelt where some of the city's best restaurants, cafes, bars and karaoke joints cluster around a park in the middle of the main business district. Meanwhile, there are a series of bars stretched out along Makati Avenue, northeast of Ayala Triangle, including the infamous P Burgos Streetred district area.
- Cafe Havana, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati, . While the Spanish-Cubano cuisine is quite good, and the weekend samba bands are generally top-notch, Havana’s true draw is the outdoor umbrella tables packed with expats, travelers, and local women offering companionship, on a nightly basis. Therefore, Havana is undoubtedly the number one venue in Makati to meet and greet. Though rich by Metro Manila standards, Havana’s prices are reasonable. A bottle of San Miguel beer is ₱100. Main dishes range from ₱300-₱900. Cocktails in the ₱180 range. Otherwise, there are a couple of better places in Greenbelt 3 to have a drink (Cerveseria, National) with none of the riff-raff. The club’s Greenbelt 3 branch is open from 11AM to 2AM or 3PM daily, while the one in Malate opens at noon and closes at 12 midnight or until 3AM daily. International credit cards are accepted.
- Cerveseria, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati, . Almost next door to Café Havana is this cool and relaxed bar, popular with locals, Havana-wary (and weary) expats, and not surprisingly, ladyboys. Cerveseria is a great place to post up and watch the free-for-all of vice going on across the plaza. The extensive tapas menu is a bit steep but excellent and their buy-one take-one San Miguel policy (100 php) is a ridiculous bargain in the area. Cerveseria is affiliated with the excellent Kitchen, which is adjacent to the patio.
- Also in Greenbelt: Museum Cafe Ground Floor, Ayala Museum, Makati Ave corner Dela Rosa Street (adjacent Greenbelt 3 and 5) Tel +63 2-757-3000. Kind of a swanky joint. Usually featuring live music. It's common to see well-heeled expats sipping mimosas at noon. Ice Vodka Bar 3rd Floor, Greenbelt 3. Generic nightclub.
Northeast of Ayala Triangle
- WG Diner Corner of Makati Ave. and Gen. Luna St., Makati, This unassuming outdoor establishment was the best kept secret in town. Located near the A. Venue Mall, across the street from the Wendy’s and 7-Eleven. Friendly staff, decent Filipino food, and insanely cheap beer (33 php per bottle of San Mig!!!), combined with a ringside seat on the parade of God-knows-what on Makati Ave., makes WG a solid choice for a laid-back night with friends.
- Chihuahua Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar, 7838 Makati Ave, . Kiddie-corner to A. Venue. The latest newcomer on this stretch of road.
- Kwagos Grill Makati Ave. corner B. Valdez. This is where the locals go, and by locals, we mean contact center employees. Open 24 hours. A bucket of 6 San Miguel for ₱130. Serves Filipino dishes. The place gets unbearably loud on weekends.
- iO Family KTV, 136 Jupiter St, . KTV (Karaoke TV) bar where you can sing to your heart's content in private rooms while having the usual drinks and eats. Best enjoyed with a group of friends.
- Grilla, corner of Kalayaan Avenue and Rockwell Dr. A great place to have grilled foods, both Filipino and International. Try their platters (starting at ₱400-₱500) for a group of 3-4 and down them with some San Miguel beers.