A great source of nightlife entertainment in Manila is the girly bars, which also includes the popular go go bars in Burgos and EDSA areas. And the reasons are simple, these types of bars will give you a chance to enjoy a few drinks, chat up with some cute Filipinas, and even have the chance to take them out with you.
In this guide I wanted to give you a clear understanding of the best bars in Manila for gentlemen, and also give you a briefing about the different vibes of each place, the prices to expect, and also some personal tips on how to have some good experiences in them.
Intro to the Girly Bars
By now, most of us know that Manila has a frustration factor that comes with it, and it can be a hectic place. The traffic is horrible, and the prices are more expensive than other cities in the Philippines. The city has some pros and cons. But nevertheless, many guys still come to Manila. Why? Because the go go bars have some of the prettiest Filipinas you will see, and the other sports bars like LA Cafe have a huge number of girls there each and every night.
There are 3 Types of bars for gentlemen to enjoy in Manila:
Go Go Bars
Also called Bikini Bars in the Philippines, these are the places which have attractive dancers on stage.
At most bars, the girls wear bikinis or similar type outfits, they also do some dance shows for the audience. The customers can buy the girls Lady Drinks, and also pay a fee to the bar to take them out.
The prices at most of these places is expensive, especially for Philippines standards. But keep in mind, you are getting some great entertainment in return, and also have the the chance to meet some of the sexiest bar girls in all the country. So most guys will at least visit a few of the go go bars whenever they happen to be in Manila. They are also very popular among business travelers who want to get the most attractive girls, in a convenient way.
These bars are very popular among the Korean and Japanese business travelers.
As with the the go go bars, the KTV’s also have some of the best looking girls in Manila. These establishments have private Karaoke rooms which allow the customers to spend some private time with the Filipina hostesses. You can easily relax, have some drinks and enjoy the company of these beautiful girls.
These types of bars in manila are also considered pricey, but can be worth it since most of the have all you can drink policy.
These are the places which have the freelancers working in them, in hopes of finding some nice foreign man to spend some personal time with.
Unlike beer bars in Thailand, who have girls associated with the bar, these girly bars in Manila do not have them employed by the establishment. You can relax, enjoy your drinks, eat, and see which girls you want to talk with.
In most cases they will make eye contact with you, smile, or even flat out approach you. So yes, they can be very fun, and also less expensive since you deal directly with the girls, and not pay for lady drinks, and barfines.
This bar is easily one of the best girly bars in this city. The main reason is because of the dancers, they are some of the most attractive go go bar girls you will see in Manila. PLan B is a place where you can always expect to have a good time.
Another great thing about Plan B is the location. It is right in the middle of P Burgos Street. Not only are you where all the action is, but you can easily visit some other places nearby, or do some pre drinking at the lobby bar of the Royal Bellagio Hotel across the street, which is also known to have freelancers.
As you enter the Plan B bar you will usually see around 10-15 girls dancing on stage, and more of them scattered around or sitting and having drinks with company. The place also has some solo dance acts which can be fun to watch.
Over all the Plan B is one of the best girly bars in P Burgos Street, and possibly all of Manila.
Another great bar is Bottoms, which is just across Plan B, and next to the popular Royal Bellagio Hotel. Although the location the great on P Burgos Street, the main feature of this place is the beautiful Filipina bar girls. They are simple some of the hottest in all of Manila. Most are very young, have nice figures, and attractive faces.
Bottoms is a very popular bar, it has been around for quite some time. Many of the clientele are repeat visitors, business travelers, or expats. This is a good sign, since it usually means the service and girls are consistent, with an emphasis to make customers feel happy and entertained.
Although LA Cafe is officially listed as a Sports Bar, it can also be considered a girly bar since it consistently has the most freelancers under one roof in this city. You can easily walk into this bar on any given night and find 100 or more girls sitting around waiting for some single male foreigners to come pick them up — of course for a price.
Location is in Ermita, which was once considered to be the cities legendary red light district. These days the area has been cleaned up by the authorities, but is still considered to be the “seedy” part of town.
It is one of the my favorite bars, not only just to find girls, but also to hang out and watch some sports on TV. The reason is because this place is open 24 hours. So no matter what time it is, you can always expect to go to LA Cafe and expect there to be freelancers around. This is a great thing since you always have a “daytime activity” available in case you want it. Keep in mind, there isn’t much bar action in manila in the day time, almost all the go go bars are evening activities.
One of the better go go bars in this city, the Cotton Club has a good amount of hot girls working each and every night.
It is one of seven bars in the EDSA Entertainment Complex, which is a dedicated building for go go bars, similar to Bangkok’s Nana Plaza, but much smaller.
Once you step inside you will notice about 15-20 girls dancing on stage, and other scattered around or with customers in the VIP rooms upstairs. The great thing is that the rooms upstairs have views to the stage below, so you can still watch the action below.
Keep in mind to check out the other bars in the complex as any one of them might be better on any given night. It also depends on which girls are still available and haven’t been taken out yet. A great time for visiting the EDSA Entertianment complex in Manila is right around 8-9 PM. That is the time most girls will be around.
Cafe Havana is not a girly bar, it is a normal restaurant/bar located in the Greenbelt 3 terraces in Makati. But I still wanted to list it here because it can be a great place to find freelancers at night.
Usually after 11 PM you will notice some Freelancers sitting alone or in groups of 2 or 3, having drinks on the patio. There is also an inside area with a bar and dancing. The vibe here is actually quite nice, and I even recommend it just to have some drinks and relax. The food here is excellent too.
Another thing worth mentioning is that some of the freelancers here can be hotter than the girls at LA Cafe in Ermita. But LA Cafe has a huge quantity of girls every night, where Cafe Havana has less quantity.
Definitely worth checking out. The best time to find freelancers is usually from 11 PM onward.
Prices at the Bars in Manila
Below are the prices to expect that these bars, generally speaking, the prices are more expensive around Makati, and less expensive in Ermita. And Malate is somewhat like in between those two in terms of prices. Here are the prices to expect:
Drinks: 80-135 Pesos (beers and spirits)
(No Barfine or Lady drinks)
Go Go Bars
Drinks: 140-200 Pesos (beers and spirits)
Lady Drinks: 250 – 390 Peso
Barfine: 2,500 – 3,000 Peso
Reminder: Some bikini bars have happy hour specials up until 8 PM, with drink prices in the 80 – 100 Peso range.