Take a break from the city rush in these rooftop bars.
With new clubs and bars opening around the metro, partyphiles will never run out of places to go. But when the scorching heat and torrential rains have stepped aside to give way to the breezy holiday weather, there’s no better time to head to a rooftop bar than now and enjoy a more laidback vibe. Here are just a few you might want to check out:
Enter this Berlin-inspired hangout located in an obscure building in the corner of Shaw and Samat Street. Bunk Bar is an art gallery, restaurant, and bar rolled into one where local acts and performers can freely express themselves. Although you shouldn’t worry if you’re not into being in the spotlight, you can just sit down, eat some grub, and watch the artists at work. Visit Bunk if you’re looking for an affordable spot while waiting for the traffic to die down.
Bunk Bar, Rooftop, Jovan Building, Shaw Blvd. corner Samat, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, www.facebook.com/Bunkph
From street food, to bars, to street food in rooftop bars, Poblacion might just have everything you need for a night out. Find Z Hostel in one of the area’s side streets and head up to the top floor. Choose between the two roof decks on site—or why not just check out both?—then grab a few drinks and enjoy the nighttime sky. The side with the view of Rockwell and Ortigas, differentiated by its wooden detail, is where you can ask the staff to fire up the grill for some chow. Expect to make new friends here, since Z Hostel is always booked with backpackers from all over the globe.
Z Hostel, 5560 Don Pedro St, Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila, 0927 965 2692, www.zhostel.com
Yummy food, boozy drinks, and a roof deck view? Count us in! We all know that bars are opening left and right in the Fort area, but if you’re looking for a place where you can have an intimate conversation, head to VYNE in W Global Building. Unlike other destinations in BGC, this resto-bar gives off a relaxed, yet chic atmosphere ideal for sit down dinners extending to late night drinks.
VYNE, 8/F W Global Building, 9th Ave. corner 30th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, 0917 553 0197, www.facebook.com/VyneManila
Want the city’s best view of the sunset? If you’re willing to brave the heavy traffic or just happen to be around the area, check out Sky Deck at The Bayleaf Hotel, a modern respite amidst Intramuros’ storied walls. Dine al fresco and get a 360-degree view of Metro Manila and Manila Bay. With a serving of tapas, a glass of Merlot, and spectacular view, what’s not to enjoy? Take note: happy hour starts at 5:30!
Sky Deck, The Bayleaf, Muralla corner Victoria St., Intramuros, Metro Manila, 02 318 5000, www.thebayleaf.com.ph
Situated on the 45th floor of the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, VU’s roof deck bar gives off a more upbeat vibe with DJ beats and local performers. Take your pick from the wide selection of alcoholic beverages that you can pair with a plate of their famous Mediterranean tapas, while reveling in the view of Ortigas from above.
VU’s, Marco Polo, Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila, 02 720 7777, www.facebook.com/MPMVUs
Be transported to the 1930s as you enter Penthouse 8747, located at the roof deck of Lepanto Building in Makati. Decorated with black and gold accents, plush couches, and equipped with a wide range of alcoholic beverages, you’ll enjoy the view of the Makati skyline as you dance the night away like you’re on the set of The Great Gatsby!
Penthouse 8747, Lepanto Building, Paseo de Roxas, Makati, Metro Manila, 0917 801 0655, www.facebook.com/thepenthouse8747