Metro Manila · Sports 'n' Steaks
Sometimes a man has to be a man. Luckily for the Manila man, he can be himself as the Megacity presents sports screenings, delicious steaks and much more for a guys' night out!
Thanks to the American heritage and contemporary influence, Basketball is the no.1 sports in the country, far ahead of everything else. The Philippine Basketball Association dominates the sports news sections. Therefore, college basketball is also very popular, especially among the students throughout the country. In terms of non-team sports, basketball is en par with boxing. Especially the unprecedented rise of the Philippine living legend boxer Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao made boxing the most popular sport in the country. Other popular sports include football (on the rise thanks to the good-looking players), Filipino Martial Arts (traditionally also practiced at public schools), Badminton and Golf. Visiting any of those events live will be a blast! The Philippine crowd makes every sports event memorable.
No matter if you are hanging around the greens at the University of the Philippines on a bright Sunday afternoon or sign up for the Nomads Sports Club, doing some sports is a great way to relax from the stress in the city. Many expats and Filipinos are actively pursuing sports. Due to the vast amount of time lost in traffic jams, a lot of regular fitness activities take place on the weekend. Check the extensive list of sports venues and activities in our Megacitizens Sports section.
There are quite a number of international sports bars across the Megacity (see below) which feature live streaming of European Football, Australian Rugby, American Basketball, and much more. Those sports bars do not mind the time differences between the continents and stream early in the morning as well as late at night, many are actually open 24/7. It's always nice to catch up with sports at home, especially with a like-minded and sports-crazy crowd - because who else would get up at 3 in the morning just to watch a match? The highest density of sports bars can be found in the HotSpot Jupiter-Burgos-Kalayaan.
Steaks and Beer
Due to the broader Anglo-American and European influences, there is something you will never miss out on: draft beer and juicy steak with your pals. Some of the bars (see below) double as place to watch sports, drink a fresh beer from the tap and have a juicy Australian steak on the side. What else can you demand from a male Megacitizen's night out than those three incredibly awesome things combined? In terms of beer you'll be fine. Almost every bar has international popular brands such as Heineken as well as various kinds of the local San Miguel beer - which is very good as well. Ranging from the low-calorie San Miguel Light to the heavy Red Horse Beer, everything you might crave for is available.
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Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant serves authentic Bavarian cuisine, meaning heaps of sausages, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and other savory delicacies. Dine like the Teutons and combine a heavy meal with several half-liters of freshly tapped wheat beer. The resto has three branches in Metro Manila, namely in the business and shopping districts of Ortigas, Makati and, since recently, BGC.
Howzat is a sports bar that clearly caters to an international crowd. Located in the Jupiter-Burgos-Kalayaan HotSpot, it shows international sport events, has a good selection of imported beers, an international menu, and a deli with rare goods from Europe.
The sportsbar Heckle and Jeckle has always been a favorite expat hangout in the Jupiter and Burgos area in Makati City.
Dimly lit, cozy, and walls adorned with British football teams and the Union Jack for emphasis, one will never mistake the Union Jack Tavern for anything else other than an authentic British pub. Located in the southern part of Metro Manila, the Alabang establishment is a great place to enjoy good beer and maybe a glass of cider or two.
Football, soccer, basketball, boxing: Skinny Mike's shows it all on several screens. The bar in Fort Bonifacio is open 24/7, making it popular among sports fans and nighthawks alike.
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.
Serving the best of western comfort food and European draft beer in a stylish city pub ambiance, Publiko Eat + Drink is a popular meeting point among the expats of Eastwood City.
Keep it rolling: Paeng's Bowl and Billiard Room awaits you with 20 bowling lanes and 15 billiard tables in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Just want to have a good time with an international crowd, have some drinks at the bar, watch sports or listen to live music, and enjoy delicious Creole Cajun cooking? Come to Murray's New Orleans!
One of Malugay’s go-to places to satisfy one’s cravings, Wingman at The Collective offers wings - buffalo wings and deep fried wings to be exact.
Although surrounded by girlie bars that are quite popular in the area, Woodman’s Head maintains a decent bar atmosphere where one can enjoy authentic British cuisine and a couple of drinks.
A go-to place for drinks while at the Alabang Town Center, the San Mig Pub & Bistro still has the same old-school charm as when it opened its doors for beer drinkers and foodies alike.
Draft Gastropub in the Fort is a magnet for expats, nighthawks and beer lovers, due to its drawn Belgian and German beers and its classy bar atmosphere.
With several Belgian and German beers on tap, Draft Gastropub is by far the favorite bar of many beer lovers in Metro Manila.
Murray and D´Vine serves uniquely shaped burgers, ribs, and a range of international wines. Apparently, this uncommon mix appeals to foreigners in particular, as around 75 percent of the guests are non-Filipinos.
Tracing its history back to 1914, Nomad Sports Club is the hometo the British community in Manila. The club offers a number of sports activities for Megacitizens.
Emperador Stadium, with its wide, open space, artificial grass, and blinding flood lights, is the best spot to watch or play football in Manila. The stadium is always alive with balls, lights, music, and cheers.
22 Prime offers great food and drinks along with a nice view of Ortigas. It is located on the 22nd floor of Discovery Suites.
Alfredo’s Steakhouse is one of the oldest restaurants in the metro and is even considered by many of its patrons as an institution when it come to steaks.
A modern Swiss-French restaurant, famous for its steaks and unlimited hand cut fries complete with delectable herb butter sauce. L'entrecote is one restaurant Megacitizens should try while in the metro.
Award-winning Mamou is famous for its best-selling prime cut steaks from the US, but has much more to offer than that.
Tucked away from the busy business district, I’m Angus Steakhouse is a frequent dining destination for those who love steak and those who do not like dining in crowded places.
You will have to get up early if you plan on catching the upcoming Super Bowl. Screening starts around 7.30 am this Monday morning. Fortunately it will be shown on free television (Sports5) for the first time in the Philippines. Even better: some sports bars will be open as well, so you can enjoy the American Football championship game with a cheering crowd.
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