Your Gleeful Gimik Guide to Gay Manila
Where the fun and the fab are
(SPOT.ph) The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) party scene in the metro is more alive than you think. Every night, clubs, bars, and entertainment hubs are filled to bursting with members and supporters of the community having their unique brand of fun. These places are not just exclusive to the LGBT community, as current scenes show an increase in mixed crowds. Here, we list the hotspots that feature infectious music, high-energy crowds, steamy go-go performances, fabulous drag shows, and more.
BARS & CLUBS
Here, places great for drinking, dancing, and mingling.
One of the most happening gay spots in the metro, Bed is home to young, fun-loving members of the LGBT community. The three-storey club gets packed starting 12 midnight, with regular and guest DJs on deck. Special events by LGBT groups also take place often in Bed.
Unit 8, Maria Orosa St. corner Julio Nakpil St., Malate, Manila, Tel. No. 526-3045
Not far from Bed is Che’lu, another bustling club in Malate. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.-good for chill-out drinking sessions. Come late night, the place transforms into one big dance floor with DJs spinning pop remixes and club anthems.
Che’lu is at 1802 Ma. Orosa St. cor. Nakpil, Malate, Manila, Tel. No. 536-5610
Late last year, a bigger and better O Bar re-opened in Ortigas. Here, you can experience entertainment from their DJs, male dancers, and drag divas. Drop by 10 p.m. onwards to join the fun.
O Bar is at G/F Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas center, Pasig City, Tel. No. 655-7020
The Formula 690
This fun hub, decked out in pink and black, features male dancers, impersonators, sing-along comedians, and other Formula 690 artists. According to owner Wilbert Tolentino, "We put up Formula 690 to cater to customers seeking for good, clean fun...good-looking models never before seen in other bars and good, quality entertainment in one modern and beautiful place." Doors open at 6 p.m.
The Formula 690 is at 27 Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City, Mobile No. 0917-819-4690
For a bolder and more daring night out, check out these spots.
A bit pricey, White Bird is one of the largest male entertainment places in the metro. The place starts getting busy come 12 midnight, when male dancers take the floor.
White Bird is at 715 Roxas Boulevard, Baclaran, Paranaque City, Tel. Nos. 851-2088, 851-2089, 855-2622
Perhaps the most famous male entertainment bar in Metro Manila, Adonis also attracts female guests. Expect to see a lot of male dancers throughout the night. There are also other neighboring bars in the area like Club Mankind and Mr. World.
Adonis is at 118 Timog Avenue, Quezon City
This bar features male dancers as well as drag queen performances. Guests are mostly locals, but the place is foreigner-friendly, too. Performances start around 10 p.m.
Big Papa is at 2315 Aurora Boulevard (Tramo), Pasay City
Aurora Boulevard Stretch, Cubao
If you’re up for an adventure, you can tread the Aurora Boulevard stretch in Cubao Quezon City. Here you’ll find small entertainment bars popular among middle-aged to older customers. Remember to exercise extra caution when hanging out in this area.
Don't miss these annual events that celebrate LGBT pride.
Every December, different LGBT organizations and supporters gather for the annual pride parade. Thousands of participants march, some in colorful costumes and statement shirts, to celebrate pride and the achievements of the LGBT community. Games, performances, and parties are usually held after the program. The first ever pride march in Asia was held in Manila on June 26, 1994.
Around June/July every year, the LGBT community celebrates pride and calls for equality with the annual White Party. Held in Malate, guests can buy tickets to the party, sip on cocktails, dance to the music by guest DJs, join the games prepared by the organizers, and mingle with each other.
To welcome Halloween, the LGBT community also holds an annual Black Party in Malate. Guests come in extravagant costumes and dance to club beats by guest DJs. Games, fashion shows, and drag shows are also part of the event. Tickets cost about P100 to P500 depending on the area you choose.
Spice up your intimate nights with finds from this specialty shop.
Pride Exchange is a sex shop for members of the LGBT community. Here you’ll find toys, clothes, underwear, condoms, lubricants, and more. The place is open every day from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Pride Exchange is at 1807 Maria Orosa St. corner Nakpil St., Malate, Manila, Mobile No. 0929-396-6707