5 of the best rooftop hangouts in Manila

Here's a list of the coolest rooftop haunts, with spectacular views of the city skyline, from luxury lounges to a chill indie favorite in Mandaluyong

By Celia Nachura

1 The Nest Alabang in Vivere Hotel, Muntinlupa

Photo from The Nest Alabang Facebook page

Located on the 31st floor of Vivere Hotel in Alabang, The Nest has spectacular views of the twinkling city lights and skyline, and Laguna de Bay. An infinity pool is perched by the edge surrounded by architectural plants, making the place feel like a real sanctuary. Enjoy after work or weekend meals and drinks in this breezy al fresco lounge, then party a floor below at Raven if you have energy to spare. The Nest has an extensive bar menu. If you have a thing for sangrias, try the sweet Strawberry Cinnamon Sangria. Expect to shell out around P300 ($6) for each cocktail or glass of craft beer, while a meal should be about P2,000 for two.
Try The Nest Alabang, Vivere Hotel, 5102 Bridgeway Avenue, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Open every day.

2 Time Roof Deck, Makati


Partyphiles flock to the three-storey Time for the talented international DJs spinning underground house and dance tunes. Music is the main draw of the club and those who want a breath of fresh air without steering far from the party can head to the roof deck. There's a DJ deck and a separate bar here, but the outdoor setting makes it a more chill place to hang out than the lower floors of Time. A bottle of beer starts at P100. Cocktails and other hard liquor are around P200.
Visit Time, 7840 Makati Avenue, Makati, +632 519 8903.

3 Bunk, Mandaluyong


Chill out at this artsy Berlin-inspired rooftop joint in Mandaluyong that offers cheap local beer from P50 (about $1) and a thriving art and music scene. Bands play at Bunk on certain nights and guest artists sometimes do live painting while people watch in comfy beanbags. Food is mostly basic bar chow and rice meals, with sisig (chopped pig's head and liver) wraps and sizzling sisig quite popular. P500 is enough for two people.
Drop by Bunk, 8F Jovan Bldg., Shaw Boulevard corner Samat Street, Mandaluyong. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 5pm to 12mn.

4 Z Hostel, Makati

Photo from Z Hostel Facebook page
Z Hostel's seventh floor roof deck bar has a view of the cityscape, good music and a party-ready crowd, especially on weekends. Bands, acoustic acts and DJs  provide the tunes as guests mingle. Many foreign backpackers choose this hostel as their Manila base for its friendly, laid-back vibe. There's always a new friend to make if you made the trip solo. Most of the drinks are affordable. Try the interesting sounding cocktail called Puñeta, a Filipino swear word meaning sh*t or go to hell. Drinks range from P85 to P250, and P500 should be enough for bar chow for two.
Visit Z Hostel at 5560 Don Pedro St, Poblacion, Makati, +63927 965 2692. Open every day, 5pm onwards.

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5 Penthouse 8747, Makati


Looking for something more upscale? The Penthouse 8747 promises the twinkling lights of Makati's skyline from its five-star-ish rooftop lounge, which attracts the business crowd. Food served is European cuisine with an Asian touch. Try the bestselling crab cakes made from blue crab meat with sriracha remoulade sauce. The menu includes various food platters for sharing. Expect to shell out about P1,500 for dinner and drinks for two.
Try Penthouse 8747, Lepanto Building, Paseo de Roxas, Salcedo Village, Makati. 

About the insiders
Nicky Jurado is a DJ based in Metro Manila. He is also the co-owner of 20:20 / XX XX in Makati.
Janine Zamudio is the managing editor of DJ Mag Philippines and Neverland Manila.

Cover photo is a screengrab from 5 Penthouse 8747 on Instagram.

Published November 2016