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Best Bars in Manila for Expats


The Best 10 Bars near Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila

Many expats here in the Philippines are located in Metro Manila because of business opportunities or occupations. One of the worst thing with living in a different country away from your own where you were born and raised is the loneliness of missing your hometown and the people. That’s why, to fight that loneliness, we listed the best 10 bars near Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila that will surely change the experiencing of being an expat here in Philippines.


1. The Music Hall

Located at Meralco Avenue, Metrowalk Commercial Complex, Pasig, Metro Manila. The Music hall may have a simple name but its scenic location, bar ambiance, live music, beers, cocktails, and food makes their customers come back almost every day. Most of the well-known Filipino music artist performs here which make it one of the most popular bar in Metro Manila.


2. Sky High Bar

If you want to feel the air breeze or see the night lights up top while chilling with your beer, wine, or your food, Sky High Bar is your best option. Located at United Street, Ace Hotel & Suites, 21st Floor, Pasig, Metro Manila. Sky High Bar is also known for romantic dates because of its scenery.  


3. El Hijo de Cabra

Craving for legit Mexican food, or looking for a Mexican bar ambiance? The one located at Unit 10, Greenfield District, Mayflower, Highway Hills, The Lifestyle Hub, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila has it and it’s a place called El Hijo de Cabra. This Mexican bar offers cheap food and beer but legit Mexican stuff.  If you know the restaurant El Chupacabra, El Hijo de Cabra is like its son.


4. Chili’s Bar and Grill

If you’re looking for a good food and beer, Chili’s Bar and Grill is one of the best choice. Located at 2/F, SM Megamall, The Atrium, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, this bar can fill your stomach with tasty Mexican food, and at the same time chill with a bucket of beer.


5. Reserve Liquor Lounge

One of the oldest bar and still standing even with the rise of the new pubs is the Reserve Liquor Lounge. Located at Julia Vargas Avenue, City Golf Plaza, Pasig, Metro Manila. Reserve Liquor Lounge may be old but their facilities are well maintained. They still have the private room that you can rent for parties and events. Their food (mostly Japanese) and liquor are still one of the best.


6. VU’s Bar

Another bar with the best view of the city is the VU’s Bar. Located at Sapphire Rd, Marco Polo Hotel, 45th Fl, Pasig, Metro Manila. This Bar is quite expensive but with its elegant ambiance, “money worth” food and liquor, live music, and awesome view of the city from the 45th floor, you’ll say that you get what you paid for.

7. Black Olive

If you are looking for a bar with Italian food, and ambiance, the Black Olive bar is the one for you. It is located at Camino Verde Road, Pasig, Metro Manila. Black Olive is well-known for its Italian food and international liquors.


8. Moonshine PUB x Public Urban Bar

Located at Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila. Moonshine PUB x Public Urban Bar is a well-known bar in Makati that is now in Ortigas. They have a very spacious place, wide selection of food, and great variety of liquors. They also have the old school way of drinking which is called shooters where in you’ll take a mixed shot of liquors like tequila, jager, with a shot redbull.


9. Bugsy’s Bar & Bistro

One of the best place to chill after a long day is the Bugsy’s Bar and Bistro. Located at 105 Julia Vargas Avenue, G/F of City Golf Plaza, Pasig, Metro Manila. This bar has a décor of a “speakeasy” from the days of Bugsy Siegel. Old school vibe bar but they have a wide selection of food and drinks. They also have international liquors.


10. Borough

Probably the best and the most rated Bar. Located at 18 ADB Avenue, G/F, The Podium, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. Borough is quite popular as a restaurant but this place serves liquor together with its mouth-watering food. Most of the Expats come to this place like they are gathering for a reason and as someone who misses their country, coming here may be the best choice to feel at home. It’s open 24/7 and this place feels like a tavern for everyone after a long day of work.

Author: Expatch Editorial Team 




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