Pioneering a trend for hidden, speakeasy-style cocktail bars in Manila, Blind Pig is located behind Stockton Place restaurant - look out for an unobtrusive sign in braille. Inside, the candlelit interior has dark wood furnishings and chandeliers. Make sure to reserve in advance, especially on weekends.
Hedonism and Manila’s nightlife go hand in glove long into the night. Many first-time foreigners are dazzled by Malate and Ermita’s nocturnal street scene, buzzing with lively clubs and gritty music alongside sleazy girlie bars. Meanwhile, dedicated clubbers and ice-cool cats are likely to be slinking off to Makati City or Quezon City to seek out drum and bass DJ sets or sip the latest imported vodkas. ClickTheCity (www.clickthecity.com) is a good source for nightlife listings in Manila. Tickets for cultural events in Manila are available from Ticket World (tel: 63 2 891 9999; www.ticketworld.com.ph) and Ticket Net (tel: 63 2 911 5555; www.ticketnet.com.ph).