10 Places in Manila With the Best Views
Don't know where to spend New Year's Eve?
(SPOT.ph) When you’re trying to unwind after a long, hard week (especially since Manila is 10 times crazier during the holidays), it doesn’t hurt to hit up a few of your local bars and restos to take your mind off work and stress. But why not take things up a notch by enjoying those post-work drinks while admiring a million-dollar view? After all, nothing washes away the week’s worries better than looking down at the great expanse of Manila’s city lights. Because you deserve to treat yourself, here are 10 bars and restaurants with killer views that’ll take your breath away.
For panoramic views of the beautiful parks and buildings of Bonifacio Global City that’s all fit for a king and queen, you don’t need to look any further than Ibiza Beach Club. Located on the 6th floor of the W City Centre, this bar has both indoor and outdoor lounges that’ll cater to any mood. Their wide menu of tapas is perfect for pairing with your after-work cocktails.
Ibiza Beach Club is at 6/F W City Centre, 7th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge
Sitting at the top of the 45-storey Marco Polo hotel is Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge, a melting pot of great music, luxurious drinks, and breathtaking views. There’s a comfy lounge area inside that already gives you a peek at the city lights, but just step outside, and you’ll find a one-in-a-million view of the Ortigas skyline.
Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge is at Marco Polo Ortigas, Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
One of the Metro's best-kept secrets has got to be this chill and comfy bar sitting atop Raffles Makati. Besides its amazing view of the cityscape, Mireio Terrace flaunts a well-curated, Provencal-inspired menu that complements the rooftop lounge's romantic charm. Surrounded by sleek and contemporary interiors, it offers a refreshing break at any time of day. Mireio Terrace should be on the list for your next cozy hideaway.
Mireio Terrace is at 10/F Raffles Makati, 1 Raffle Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City.
You already know that Poblacion is full of must-visit bars and restaurants, so whether you’re just dropping by or want a haven from the usual city traffic, Z Hostel is a great place to visit. It’s got a roof-deck bar that treats you to signature drinks that’ll ease the tension off your shoulders—but it also doesn’t hurt that you get a majestic view of the Metro Manila skyline while you’re at it.
Z Hostel is at 5660 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
The Penthouse 8747
Head on over to The Penthouse 8747 and get ready for a dose of grandeur as you bask in the warm Gatsby-themed lounge and bar. Their black-and-gold interiors add to the luxury of taking in the glittering Makati lights from below—a perfect way to feel like you’re partying in the 1920s.
The Penthouse 8747 is at B.A. Lepanto Building 8747, Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City.
Consider Paper Moon Manila as a bigger, grander version of its older sister over in the charming city of Milan. While the Italy-based joint is a humble, little booth along one of the city’s streets, the one in Century City features not only a wide dining space overlooking the Metro’s skyline, but also its own bar and extensive wine list. If you’re in the mood for a real Italian night, the food, drinks, and romantic view at Paper Moon are sure to please.
Paper Moon Manila is at Knightsbridge Residences, Century City, Makati City.
Sky Deck View Bar
If you think Intramuros is already stunning during the day, then you’ll get a kick out of the great views at night once you sit back and relax at the Sky Deck View Bar. This outdoor bar gives you a taste of how it feels to dine under the stars while enjoying the expanse of the Walled City of Manila.
Sky Deck View Bar is at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Muralla corner Victoria Streets, Intramuros, Manila.
Just beside the Manila Bay is Cove Manila, an entertainment venue with an indoor beach club overlooking the natural harbor. It is a haven for anyone looking for a more exciting nightcap after a busy day, complete with a majestic-looking pool to tempt you to take a late-afternoon dip. With signature cocktails, private bars and cabanas, and delicious bar chow to accompany its stunning view, Cove Manila's got you covered.
Cove Manila is at New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque City.
Heading South? Don’t miss The Nest, a rooftop bar and restaurant that will give you an amazing view from sunrise to sunset. With a variety of home-cooked meals—from breakfast and dinner to bar chow, you name it—as well as a dazzling view of Laguna Bay through massive windows, you can watch this family-friendly breakfast place transform into a hip and cozy spot for chilling even after hours.
The Nest is at 31/F Vivere Hotel, 5102 Bridgeway Avenue, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
If you’re looking for a place with a hip vibe, an extensive menu, and a feast for your eyes (both inside and outside the bar), look no further than Antidote. It’s the first jellyfish bar in the country, complete with a massive aquarium filled with real, live jellyfish catching the vibrant lights in the water. You can get a view of the aquarium while lounging around Antidote's outdoor area and mezzanine—a perfect place to just sit back and relax with your drink in hand.
Antidote is at I’M Hotel, Roof Deck, 7862 Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City.