Rooftop Romance: 8 Places in Manila for Your Evenings With Great Views

There is no other way of topping off a long day at work than rewarding yourself with a great dining experience. Maybe on your regular days, you would head to your usual fastfood to place that same old order and take comfort in it. The thing is, it can get repetitive and boring. You have to spoil yourself sometimes. There are moments and moods when you would want to explore a hidden restaurant, try a different cuisine, and go somewhere unusual to refresh the senses.

Ever had the idea of enjoying a delectable meal while basking in the beauty of the metro at night? Well, we looked around Metro Manila for places where you can have both! Here are 8 places in Manila for your evenings with great views.

1. Encima Roofdeck Restaurant
City Garden Hotel, Makati

Fill your craving for tacos at Encima Roofdeck Restaurant. This roofdeck restaurant at City Garden Hotel Makati specializes in Mexican cuisine. Here, diners get to enjoy their great food along with the beautiful landscape of Makati’s CBD as their backdrop. Once you have had your fill of Tex-Mex goodness like their Chili Pork Ribs or Huevos Rancheros, cap the night off with a bottle of beer or a glass of cocktail.


2. Firefly Roofdeck
City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati

While you’re still in the Poblacion area, you might want to visit another roofdeck restaurant concept by the City Garden group. The Firefly Roofdeck in City Garden Grand Hotel distinguishes itself from Encima Roofdeck Restaurant with its wider range of cuisine--their flavors extend from Filipino to Spanish! Indulge in their wide array of barbecues and grilled meat, or satisfy your big hunger with their Spanish Filipino Buffet which starts at P800! Have all all that, while basking in the beauty of Makati at night!


3. Z Hostel Roofdeck
Poblacion, Makati

Local and foreigner backpackers flock to Z Hostel for a great, safe, and memorable stay. More than the comfort, visitors can also head to Z Hostel Rooftop Bar to party or to simply meet fun-loving individuals and travelers for a communal vibe. Grab a bottle of beer or have a glass of their cocktail, Sining, while enjoying live music spun by DJs. Also, every evening is a different music genre at the bar!

4. Antidote
I’M Hotel, Makati


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When you are feeling tired or stressed from all the hard work in the office, treat it with some much-needed relief, or say, Antidote? This concept bar by I’M Hotel is a first in the country and is a sure-hit among millennials. It expands throughout the entire roof deck of the hotel providing its customers with a nice vista of the Makati CBD. Adding up to the flair of the place is a neon-lit giant aquarium filled with jellyfish. Every angle here is a sight to behold.


5. The Penthouse 8747
Lepanto Building, Makati

Since the bar opened in 2016, The Penthouse 8747 has been providing special experience to customers who want to escape their everyday duties. The bar boasts a sophisticated vibe with its The Great Gatsby-inspired interior. Share a glass of Fitzgerald or Sweet Daisy with a friend or a date while winding the night away, drinking in the sights of Ayala Triangle Gardens and Makati Skyline.


6. Straight Up
Seda Hotel BGC and Seda Vertis North Quezon City

At the end of a long day of exploring the shops in BGC High Street, don’t you just want to chill at a bar and have a great time? In Straight Up, let your stress out with their upbeat music, great drinks, and snacks. Do all that while you take a snapshot of the metro on one side, and the Laguna de Bay on the other. Straight Up is also located in Seda Vertis North, Quezon City, and Seda Atria, Iloilo.


7. Prism Plaza
Two E-com Center, Mall of Asia Complex

Alright, so this spot is different from the rest of the locations in this list because it is not a bar but more of an open-air deck area. Instead of the usual cocktails and beers, Prism Plaza is home to different food choices such as House of Wagyu, Alba, and Uncle Cheffy. Reserve a table for your date night in any of those restaurants or just perk up with a cup of coffee at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf while taking advantage of the majestic Manila Bay panorama.


8. Sky Deck View Bar
The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila

Embrace the historic feels of Old Manila by spending it at the rooftop of The Bayleaf Intramuros. Sky Deck View Bar boasts an unrivaled view of Manila Bay, perfect for a romantic night with a friend or a relaxing night by yourself after a long day touring Intramuros. Let live music accompany you as you enjoy the bar's specialty cocktails or wine.



[Homestream image from The Penthouse 8747, City Garden Hotel, and Z Hostel's Instagram.]

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