Metro Manila · Live Music
The Philippine band scene is highly competitive, and the performance of a good band is a fantastic thing to experience! Live music is a very common thing in Manila's bars - here are some of our favorite venues in the Megacity.
There a lot of bars and bars/restaurants which offer live music, usually without any entrance fee. In general, live music does not start before 9 pm, most of the time it is even 10 pm before the first bands enchant you with their stunning performance. No matter if Jazz, Pop or Rock, Philippine live bands are a delight to hear. The band scene is quite big in the Megacity and therefore you will surely find some favorite bands. Most of the live music bars also offer a good collection of drinks and food ranging from fast food to international cuisine, depending on what establishment you choose.
Strumm's is arguably one of the best live music venues in Metro Manila. New visitors are easily electrified by the ambience of this stylish bar at Jupiter Street.
Metro Manila has a vibrant music scene and Megacitizens can choose from a number of venues to listen to live music. From techno to rock to jazz – the Megacity has it all.
'70s Bistro in Anonas is one of the hippest places in Quezon City. Although difficult to find if you do not frequent the area, getting there is worth it because live music is played at the bistro every night from Monday to Saturday. The entrance fee is around 100 to 200 pesos and the dishes served in the Anonas hangout place range from less than 60 to around 300 Pesos.
For many of Saguijo's patrons, going to the bar has always been about the music and for providing a venue for Philippine bands who just want to rock out.
Tucked away from Quezon City's more famous nightlife destinations, Conspiracy Garden Cafe maintains a very laidback atmosphere. There's no dress code and one can show up in slippers or flip flops here.
Cowboy Grill is one of Malate's old timers when it comes to entertainment. Many still go to Cowboy Grill on Remedios St and that of Ermita to listen to live music, drink a few beers and just have fun.
UPDATE: BAND SCHEDULE 15-31 NOW AVAILABLE: Hard Rock Cafe is world famous for its live music on stage, rock n' roll memorabilia on the wall and of course, good ol' American food. It's one of the few famous bars in the world that Filipinos are most familiar being a country that is very much into American pop culture. It came to Manila in 1995, becoming one of the most popular hangouts of the young and the young-at-heart.
Bedrock is one of Malate’s most popular bars. Although there have been many changes in Malate in the past few years with many of Bedrock’s neighbors losing business, Bedrock, along with other Adriatico Street’s old-timers, still stands.
Handlebar is the venue for bikers and rockers in Makati. If you do not possess a motorcycle and leather vest, there are still enough reasons to check it out, as it offers live music, sports TV, and perhaps the longest happy hour in Metro Manila.
Do not mistake this location for some place where you only have a quick coffee after enjoying an hour of art or historic artifacts in the Ayala Museum. The Museum Café – better known just as M Café – is a stylish Asian restaurant and one of Makati´s hottest nightlife spots.
Café Havana is a famous Cuba-inspired bar in the heart of Greenbelt, frequented mostly by foreigners.
B-Side is Makati’s venue for those who love alternative and progressive music. The bar and restaurant is home to a number of the most enigmatic musicians one has ever seen in the country. Groups that perform at B-Side include local and international artists.
Craft provides a stage for great young bands and serves American party food for its hungry customers.
Isla is one of the old timers when it comes to Makati entertainment. The place, although far away from the main nightspots in the business district, is visited by many of its patrons to take a short holiday in a beach-like setting.
Giligan's is a Philippine chain of restaurants with local beers and huge party platters for little money. The branch in the A Venue Mall offers daily live music and awaits you with a cozy outside area along Makati Avenue.
Update: 15.08.2014 - Freedom Bar is closed. Freedom Bar is one of the old-timers in terms of food, drinks and entertainment in the Metro, bringing live music to QC for nearly two decades now.