You and your close friends, enjoying great food and drinks with an amazing view of the city – what could be better? Metro Manila has got a ton of rooftop spots for every occasion from chill, laid-back nights to romantic dinner dates.
The Nest Dining in the Sky, Vivere Hotel
Vivere Hotel's iconic rooftop bar and restaurant is one of the most well-known in the southern part of the metro. Situated on the 31st floor, the area boasts of a breathtaking view of the city skyline. The Nest Dining in the Sky is open from 5:30 am to 12 midnight, so you can enjoy the scene at any time, whether it's for breakfast, happy hour, or a nightcap. Treat yourself to this rooftop experience when on a staycation in the south, or if you want a taste of their international cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails while overlooking the city.
The Peak, Grand Hyatt Manila
You can find the highest rooftop restaurant Manila at Grand Hyatt, Bonifacio Global City. The Peak is on the hotel's 60th to 62nd floors and serves as an upscale restaurant, grill, whisky bar, and music lounge. Fine dining and lounging a the tallest building in Metro Manila makes for a rooftop experience like no other. Most of the area is enclosed, but there is an open deck area where you can enjoy the outdoor breeze and view of the city. For those seated inside, there are areas surrounded by tall glass windows and cozy seats so you can still enjoy the view.
Sky Deck, The Bayleaf Hotel
Within the walls of Intramuros is the charming boutique hotel, The Bayleaf. Watch the Manila sunset and get an amazing view of the historical city at the Sky Deck, the hotel's must-visit al fresco lounge. The area is spacious, with a lot of room to walk around and see Manila and Intramuros from different angles. The comfortable couches and low tables contribute to the ambience as well. Sky Deck serves tapas, and an extensive selection of wines, beers, and cocktails, but their take on local cuisine is a hit that you shouldn't miss out on.
Antidote, I'M Hotel
The personality of Antidote at I'M Hotel is like no other. They describe the design as a "juxtaposition of natural and man-made wonders," the main attraction being the 8-meter jellyfish aquarium in the center. When it comes to food and drink, they have some unique menu items like sous vide cocktails and alcohol-laced desserts, to name a few. Come to Antidote later in the evening to really get the best view of the aquarium's glow against the Makati night sky.
Straight Up, Seda BGC
Another great rooftop spot in the BGC area is Straight Up at the Seda hotel. This bar overlooks the panoramic views of the BGC area, from the shopping boutiques, restaurants, and commercial establishments, all the way until the scenic Laguna de Bay. Straight Up has become one of the most well-known and favorite rooftop bars over the past few years thanks to their delicious food and drinks, upbeat music, and of course a city view that's hard to beat.
Vu's Sky Bar and Lounge, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Those who live closer to the Ortigas area will be glad to know that they don't have to go far for a classy rooftop dining experience. Vu's Sky Bar and Lounge is found on the 45th floor of the Marco Polo hotel along Meralco Avenue. Bands perform live music every night to serenade you as you take in the stunning 180-degree view of the Pasig City skyline and enjoy the wide range of food and drink offerings. Vu's Sky Bar and Lounge also has a Shisha lounge for you to enjoy with good company.
Z Hostel, Poblacion
Not all rooftop bars need to be fancy! Z Hostel on Don Pedro St., Makati has a more urban, laidback vibe where you can enjoy a beer or some cocktails with your friends on a casual night. The space is on the smaller, more intimate side with an industrial feel from the wooden decks and furnishing. From the hostel's rooftop, you can see a view of the Makati and BGC skyline on the turf side, and the Rockwell and Ortigas areas on the wooden deck. Of course, since this is the Poblacion area, you can be sure they know how to throw a great party, too.
Kartel Rooftop Bar, Poblacion
Another one of Poblacion's favorite rooftops is Kartel Rooftop Bar, located above Dr. Wine. Take in the 360-degree view of Makati as you sip on affordable wine (served by the glass or the bottle) or their specialty cocktails. Watch the bartenders mix your drinks right in front of you when you sit behind the well-lit bar. They also serve French-inspired "pica-pica" or finger food to go with your drinks. Wine nights will never be the same once you've spent one at Kartel.
Sky High Bar, Ace Hotel and Suites
Sky High Bar on the 21st floor of Ace Hotel and Suites offers what they call the "360-degree view of Metro Manila." The hotel is located in Kapitolyo, Pasig City, and the penthouse overlooks Laguna de Bay, Ortigas, and Bonifacio Global City from above. Sky High Bar has two levels: one more for drinks and lounging, another for dining. They also have live bands and DJs that play every night, so bring your friends and enjoy your next night out on this rooftop!
The Rooftop, Katipunan
A favorite among college students in the area, The Rooftop at the CCA Building, Esteban Abada give a chill, home-y vibe. A variety of comfortable seats and tables, large umbrellas, and potted plants surrounding the perimeter all add to the bar's ambience. The Rooftop is a perfect spot to get a glimpse of the sunset and get away from the ever-busy Katipunan streets. Bring your friends and enjoy their best-selling signature cocktails, like the Lychee Mojito and Soju Yakult.
Roof Deck Bistro, Quezon City
Roof Deck Bistro started out as a private hangout spot before officially opening in 2011. Now, it's all about relaxing and unwinding from the busy streets of Manila and enjoying some fresh air. This spot is a little different from the others on this list, as Roof Deck Bistro stands at the top of a 4-storey building instead of a sky-high hotel. Still, that doesn't stop regulars from enjoying the view with the classic Filipino bar chow and good drinks.