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List of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in Manila and Makati

There’s never a dull moment in Manila nightlife. A lot of the yuppies drinking out after work or friends hanging out. Not to mention foreign tourists exploring the cityscape at night. Good thing there’s a lot of restaurants with pubs, awesome drinks, and live bands.

Aside from a lot of places to go to, there are many sky lounges and rooftop decks that take bars to the next level. You don’t only get the best of dining, drinking and partying, you also get the best view of the metro.

Here are some of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in Manila and Makati.

Sky High Bar Manila

Opening time  5 pm – 1 am
Getting there  21st Floor, Ace Hotel & Suites, United Corner Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Signature Dish/Drink  Ace Punch (P165), Ossobuco Steak (P390)
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It gives you the 360-degree view of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Makati and Fort Bonifacio. The skyline, in contrast with the darkened skies, makes the view more alive.

The exterior design is simple and sleek that the view stands out. It gives the place a nice lounging experience to everyone.

The Vibe

Sky high achieves being a multitasker. Perfect for the young and wild blooded party-goers. The bar is pumping with music and lit alive by huge video screens. It screams nothing but party and fun to you.

Step outside and you will experience the beautiful cold night breeze. Also,  the panoramic view of Metro Manila skyline is perfect for couples and barkada. Awesome!

What you need to know

You will find Sky High bar on the 21st floor of Ace Hotel and Suites. It has a bar at its first level and open-air dining area at the next 2 levels with great view of the city while dining.

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Straight Up Roofdeck Bar

Opening time  5 pm – 2 am
Getting there  15th Floor, Seda Hotel, 30th Street Corner 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Signature Dish/Drink  Mojito (P330), Beef Salpicao (P550 up)
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Straight up goes straight up to the lists. This bar is one of the best bars in the world by many international sites. What an accolade! And it does not disappoint. It offers a great indoors lounge, which is just as fresh as the Al fresco outdoors area.

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The Vibe

This place is to die for – the view of skyline with interior and exterior design is simple luxurious. The indoor lounge is modern, with high ceilings. Making it a good place for chilling out with class.

The outdoor area is more striking with blue lights. Chill on the sleek black furniture while gazing at the night sky view.

What you need to know

Not only is the view stunning but also the food! Straight upholds grill nights where you get fresh cooked food right off the grill. This barbecue dinner buffet is available from 7 to 11 pm, from Thursday to Saturday.

If not for the heavy good food, they also have an “aperi grill” before that, at 5 to 7 pm. This covers everyone’s pica-pica favorites, perfect for just lounging and chatting with friends.

Verona Roofdeck Bar

Opening Time 11 am – 12 mn
Getting There 23rd Floor, Privato Hotel, 706 Shaw Boulevard, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
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Verona’s modesty in decor makes the view a champion. Al fresco and the Metro Manila cityscape are what people rave about when they go to the place.

The Vibe

Neutral and minimalistic – this is what Verona gives off as its character. This leads to a stronger appreciation of the sweeping skyline. That of course on its own, is already captivating. Music is just as sparse. Thus, this will let intimate conversations to go smooth and uninterrupted or a romantic moment to be made more privy.

What you need to know

Verona is at the top Privato Hotel, on its 23rd floor. Served here are a great variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. More important is that they serve only bar chow, the best of everyone’s liking.

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Sky Deck View Bar

Opening time 5 pm – 1 am
Getting there The Bayleaf Hotel, Muralla Street, Intramuros, Manila
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Sky Deck is one of the best places in the metro to view that famed Manila sunset.  It sits within Intramuros and has a spectacular, unobstructed view of Manila!

Truly nostalgic.

The Vibe

Being in Intramuros, it’s uncommon to feel the pride of our heritage and history. This is what Sky Deck offers aside from the chill, a laid-back late-afternoon moment as the sun sets. When nighttime comes and all the lights come up, the chilly night wind makes it very fresh and serene.

What you need to know

There is a live band performing every weekend! If you are a fan good old live music, then your dining and viewing experience is definitely going to be more fun.

Also on weekends, they have a buffet that serves not that much, but well-thought of food. So, money will not be put to waste, but instead, straight in your tummy.

Z Roof Deck

Opening time  5 pm – 2 am
Getting there  5660 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City
Signature Dish/Drink  Punyeta Cocktail (P165), Pork BBQ (P95/3 sticks)
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Z hostel is known not only locally, but globally and is often the place to stay from backpackers. The roof deck is known  for the amazing view, good vibes and cheap drinks.

The Vibe

Who knew that Makati skyline would be an awesome show of lights? From the Z Roof Deck, you’ll witness just that. With a very rustic, wooden appeal, you get to relax a great deal because it’s like home outdoors.

What you need to know

They have a Sunday Showdown event where musicians get to play live music for everyone on the deck. On nights like these, it’s perfect to hang out with friends.  Enjoy the drinks, good music and the great Makati nightscape.

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Buddha Bar Manila

Opening time  4 pm – 3 am
Getting there  Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
Signature Dish/Drink  Pink Lady Signature Maki (P230/4 pcs), Heart of Darkness (P450)
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Buddha Bar Paris takes it to Manila – a good choice and a blessing to many. This sophisticated and luxurious bar is the place to be. You get the view of Makati from all angles, and from a beautiful spot.

This bar-restaurant does not skimp on their well thought of interiors and exteriors. You will be wowed by the beauty of this place with the Asian flair.

The Vibe

Buddha Bar is a famous restaurant with clever fusion of great Asian food. Not to mention the awesome combination of music, architecture and design.

What you need to know

Sandos, shorts, and slippers are not allowed! Of course, with a high-end place like this, you would want to be looking at your best. There’s just too much going on with its interiors, and true to its name, it has a giant Buddha as its centerpiece.

Black Sheep

Opening time  12 noon – 3 pm, 6 pm – 10:30 pm
Getting there  2230 Chino Roces Avenue, UPRC1 Building, Bangkal, Makati City
Signature Dish/Drink  Madamoiselle (P430), Wagyu Brisket (P540)
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The luxe, vintage and sleek appeal of Black Sheep are perfect for lounging and chilling in at night. It makes the best place for relaxation with the view of the metropolitan in all angles.

The food is highly praised and so is the overall feel. There’s definitely a true reason why this is the crowd favorite among all.

The Vibe

Rustic and global. The Filipino-Chinese resto has the menu in check. Black Sheep knows just how to take you on a European trip with drinks, too. From Spain to Italy, you get a selection of fine wines and worldly atmosphere.

What you need to know

Artisan cocktails are one of the most popular things about Black Sheep. Aside from the great interiors, the food menu is phenomenal. This is as the owner says, “comfort food with a twist”. The big bucks you spend here will be well spent as each dish is made with a big heart and careful hands.

With great vantage point of Manila, there’s too many amazing rooftop bar and restaurants. Perhaps on your next dine out, you would want to visit these places and give them a try? The spectacular view of the skyline will be worth it.

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