Many of us hit our beds for some good shut-eye when we arrive home after a long day at work, not thinking about other stuff to do because of pure exhaustion. Some people are fortunate enough to work close to their workplaces and can spend their after work hours watching Netflix, reading their favorite book, and spending time with their family and friends.
Sometimes, we look for a release or a quick escape and extend our evening by hitting a few “night out” spots that offer us sanctuary after a long day at work! So to give you a guide, here are ten spots to hit to scratch that late-night itch away!
1. B.A.D Late Night Breakfast
Breakfast All Day, also known as B.A.D is found at the heart of BGC’s night out center – The Palace. Its space is well known to many young adults, but it is age-friendly to all (by age-friendly, we mean 18 years and above). The food is great and fun, but the crowd is even more fun. Like the name says, they serve breakfast all day, beginning at 6:00 PM, ending at 3:00 AM (at times they extend until 5:00 AM), which makes B.A.D a perfect place to hit after work- especially for those of us dying to dine and then cap off the night with a strong party.
Hit this place if you are: craving for that party animal quick fix and that breakfast booster.
Location: 11th Ave. The Palace Complex, Uptown Bonifacio, The Fort, Taguig, Metro Manila
There’s a plethora of night out spots in Poblacion Makati, but if you’re craving a more fancy, subtle and relaxing spot then Polilya is the place to be. Polilya is known for their local craft beer and eclectic exterior. They serve beer on tap that matches perfectly with their Fish and Chips.
Hit this place if you are: seeking a chill beer spot with relaxing ambiance.
Location: 5658 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
3. Filling Station
You can call this an overrated suggestion, but no night out list is complete without Filling Station. Inspired by the ‘80s and the American diner scene, Filling Station offers great food and an even greater Instagram spot! Their menu ranges from the classic Chicken and Waffles to the Burger and Fries – just like what they did back in the day. The space is open 24/7, fit for an after work night out, but even better as a recovery area when you had a little too much to drink for the night.
Hit this place if you are: delighted to take a trip down to memory lane and experience good American food. Servings are big!
Location: 5012 P Burgos, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
Barcino is a wine and resto bar that can be found in plenty of places, but the one branch to hit is at Fort Bonifacio. Barcino’s Fort Bonifacio branch is near to other known night out spots in the metro. If you are a first-timer in Manila, this is the place to go for a night out!
Barcino offers affordable wine and food and is the right place for a “pre-game” or if you’re looking for a casual place to hang after a long work day.
Hit this place if you are: missing that wine fix in a casual place with colleagues!
Location: Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner, 38th Street, Fort Bonifacio, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
5. Black Market
If you’re from the metro then you have probably heard of Black Market’s most talked about “Bad Decision Wednesday.” The space is found along Chino Roces Makati and is pretty much a highly active and highly anticipated space. Black Market’s interior is inspired by an industrial setting warehouse and has two floors to fit large crowds. The loud music is matched by the crowd’s energy – a space to be if you’re looking for a release after work– or a bad decision if you are there on Wednesday…
Hit this place if you are: missing the party vibe with a crowd or eyeing for a night of “bad decision” through drinks and dancing.
Location: Sabio Street corner Don Chino Roces Avenue | Warehouse 5, La Fuerza Compound, Makati, Luzon 1231, Philippines
6. Finders Keepers
Located at the same place as Black Market, Finders Keepers offers a smaller yet louder atmosphere. It is a hidden a gem and usually a place to be if you want to start a night out easy and end it wild!
Hit this place if you are: feeling for an easy start to a night out and a wild party-ender.
Location: Sabio St, Makati, Metro Manila
7. Tipsy Pig — Commons
If a quiet night out is what you’re up for, Tipsy Pig is not the place to be. Tipsy Pig is well known for their signature brews and entirely drool-worthy menu. Tipsy Pig is a must if you’re looking for a place to grub after a long tiring work day. Pro Tip: their pizza is a must-try.
Hit this place if you have been: wanting to try something new and fun on a night out, and more importantly, hungry.
Location: Capitol Commons, Camino Verde Rd, Pasig, Kalayaan, Manila
8. Dulo MNL
Commonly known as an event space and for its neon light signage. Plenty are fooled by its warehouse-looking exterior, but if you look through, Dulo MNL is much more Instagram worthy than you think. The crowd is very laid back on weekdays and their two page menu of baos, chicken, and signature drinks make up a good mood booster.
Hit this place if you are: in a subtle mood for food and a laid back “vibe” for after work drinks.
Location: 4992 P. Guanzon, Makati, Metro Manila
9. Puro Vida
Another well-known spot in Poblacion is Puro Vida. If cheap food and a good crowd is what you’re looking for, then this is the place to be. With a budget of P700, this place can give a pizza good for two and maybe even two bottles of beer if you feel the need to splurge more. Puro Vida is well known for its Latin-American interior and is also treated as a pre-game spot of Poblacion. Another pro-tip: come on a weekday night, and if you want to bring a big crowd, reserve ahead.
Hit this place if you are: looking for a quick Latin-American food fix after work, and a place to start a party.
Location: Don Pedro, Makati, Metro Manila
10. Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli
This place is dubbed as the spot for “titos and titas” of Manila. Alamat’s space has a veranda-style setting and a laid back vibe. They usually attract a young crowd (20 – 30 year olds) and is a good place to just kick back, relax and enjoy music- exactly what you might need after work. Their strategic location makes them a great recovery food area or if you’re just looking for a meal during a night out. This is the place to be if you and your friends can’t decide where to eat or drink.
Hit this place if you are: craving a new twist on Filipino food and a space where you can catch up with a few friends after work.. Location: 2/F 5666 Don Pedro St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila
There are endless places in the metro to enjoy a night out after work. Don’t be shy, explore new places whether by yourself or with colleagues or friends after work. You will likely come across even more exciting night out places to add to this list.
We should not confine ourselves in this wake-up-work-sleep cycle that we call “life.” Now, the question for you is, will you let your nights be sad and soggy just because you are tired from work? Think twice and go enjoy yourself!
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