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Metro Manila’s music scene is a celebration of all sorts of genres and talents— from head-banging punk rock, upbeat and dream-like pop, and soul-soothing jazz, to name a few. And although Manila’s sound has been making waves, it’s the places that book these talents we have to thank for, too.
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Curious about the music bars Metro Manila has to offer? Kick back with an ice-cold beer and check out Manila’s Sweetest Spots to Catch Live Music:
In contrast to the jam-packed bars filled with ear-splitting music, Single Origin has become a cozy venue for delicious comfort food, a fine selection of drinks, and more recently, soulful sound.
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The Belle & Dragon – Legazpi Village
The Belle & Dragon is a gastropub that highlights Western & Asian cuisine. They also offer a special selection of imported and local craft beers.
SaGuijo Cafe & Bar – San Antonio Village
SaGuijo Cafe + Bar is one of the live music bars that has passed the test of time, seeing some of the biggest names in our industry as starting acts. Behind the iconic sticker-covered doors, expect cold beer, bar chow, and a good time.
Route 196 – Katipunan Ave.
Another pillar of live music around the Metro is Route 196, Katipunan’s answer to homegrown bands and their staple center. Boasting of their ice-cold beers and good food (we recommend their fried chicken and pizzas!), immortalize all of the North’s best performers.
19 East Bar and Grill – Sucat, Muntinlupa
Tired of hearing about classic gigs by word of mouth? Hit the road and head down south, where 19 East Bar lies. Hailing as a recurring home to our long-time favorite bands such as Up Dharma Down, Franco, Urbandub, and more, it sets the stage for any music lover’s experience.
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Mow’s Bar – Matalino St., Quezon City
Quezon City may have a couple of other gig spots, but Mow’s boasts of being the unsung hero for both underrated and underground bands surfacing the scene. Yes, cold beer is a must, but also try out their special bola-bola jumbo pao.
Checkpoint Bar – Aguirre Ave.
The cornerstone of rock n’ roll in the south, Checkpoint Bar has a long history to its name. Now calling Aguirre BF Homes its new home, catch all the hardcore bands in its plush interior.
20:20 – Pasong Tamo
20:20 is a new under-the-radar bar that serves beer, cocktails, food and music in one place. Switch between the days of disco and live bands, DJs, and other performances.
12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub – Ortigas Center
12 Monkeys offers the very best in live entertainment, OPM, and progressive but authentic Filipino cuisine. When in 12 Monkeys, do as the Filipinos do – drink cold beer and eat that plate of fried food on sticks.
Today x Future – Cubao
“No man is rich enough to buy back his past, but every man has a future to toast to today.” And they’re not wrong. TxF is a resto-bar and gallery of books, records, art, and other finds. Find the best crowd and the best live DJs around the Metro here.
Jess & Pat’s – Maginhawa
Jess & Pat’s is an upcoming live music, serving homemade burgers, local coffee and comfort food that match the ambience. They’re also passionate about supporting local artists — helping them to share their craft to the world through nights of live music and a corner filled with local goods.
Black Market – San Lorenzo
If you’re going to make a bad decision, might as well be at Black Market, home for bass beats, dub, glitch, hip-hop, future trap, techno, footwork, and more. Being a resident bar-turned-club in the area, BM stands to be one of the hippest places to be.
Boogie MNL – Poblacion
Boogie MNL is a two-storey bar housing the best hiphop scene in Manila. Serving meals, bar chow, cocktails, and even Barik Supremo Lambanog, it’s open Wednesdays to Saturdays for some turnt night and about 5 hours of dancing.
Dulo – Poblacion
DULO is a Restaurant-Bar-Cafe and Arts Event Space that serve good food, good coffee, and (of course) good drinks. They host events like poetry nights, acoustic nights, and even art exhibitions.
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