Manila is one of the most eventful cities in Southeast Asia, playing host to famous musicians from all over the world. With Wanderland Music Festival 2016 rolling around and attracting electronic music fans more than ever with up-and-coming DJs like Commandeur and Chad Valley on the bill, we present you a quick rundown of electronic and dance music clubs you should visit to make the most of your trip in Manila. Here are five amazing night clubs to go to for a full-on sonic experience.
Valkyrie opened at The Palace back in 2014. It is now one of the biggest nightclubs in the country, attended by Manila’s youngsters, EDM lovers and A-listers. Two-storey high with private boxes overlooking the ground floor, the club can hold up to 2,800 people. Some of the industry’s biggest DJs and indie-electronica acts have performed here, including DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, Adventure Club, Dirty South, Carnage, Wolf Pack, Quintio, Andrew Rayel and Passion Pit. DJ Mag.com also named it one of teh Top 100 Clubs to visit. You can check out their packed event calendar or book your tables on their website.
The Palace Pool Club
Following the success of Valkyrie, in May 2105 The Palace Manila launched The Palace Pool Club, the Philippines’ first day club and pool club which has become a world-class clubbing destination after only a matter of months. It’s easy to see why: as many as 4,000 partygoers would be surrounded with a relaxing tropical ambiance; there are quintessential swimming pools, multiple bars, a Satellite DJ booth and a Main Stage DJ booth. The club also serves a wide selection of food and drinks from its own menu and bar list; as well as coastal cuisine from Café Naya. But one thing that the promoters are most proud is the guest list of big-time performers who they’ve played host to over the past two years: Alesso, Marc Naval, Porter Robinson, Charli XCX, Steve Aoki, Knife Party, Showtek, Kaskade, Major Lazer, Diplo and many more. Head to their website for table reservation.
Where the beat drops: The Fortune Egg, City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Avenue corner Macapagal Avenue, Entertainment City, Roxas Boulevard, Paranaque, Parañaque, Metro Manila
Hours: Fri-Sat 11pm-6am
Contact: +63 917 886 3678
Since its launch party in 2014, the Vegas-esque Chaos has embedded itself as the go-to night club in the consciousness of party lovers, celebrities and elites in Manila. The club’s luxurious designs and high standards make it worthy of world-famous acts like Afrojack, Bassjackers, Nicky Romero, Laidback Luke, Cedric Gervais, and even Lil’ Jon. The place can fit over 2,000 people and currently opens its doors on Fridays and Saturdays, and features world-class DJs every week. The original Chaos was opened in New York in the 90’s and was the first real bottle-service club in the world as well as the inspiration for the world’s biggest super clubs.
Where the beat drops: The Fort Strip, Corner 5th Avenue and 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila
Hours: Tue 8pm-4am, Wed-Sun 8pm-5am
Contact: +63 921 838 0133
Relatively smaller in size but never quality, Club Haze remains one of the most talked-about destinations for electronic dance, house and trance music. Every week the organisers make sure they host some of the world’s best DJs, who would put on a major set on Fridays and Saturdays. Another selling point is that from Wednesday to Saturday there’s a daily theme such as “Ladies’ Night”, “Turn the NEON ON”, “Purity, Stupidity, Ultimate Fun!” and “Sensation Saturday”, for which guests can have fun dressing up in them-appropriate attire and receive promotional drink deals.
Privé Luxury Club
Where the beat drops: Fort Bonifacio The Fort Strip, corner of 7th & 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Taguig, Metro Manila
Hours: Mon-Sat 10pm-4am
Contact: +63 917 898 8181
Launched by the creators of Republiq, Opus, Encore, and Embassy Superclub, Privé Luxury Club is the Philippines’ first legit boutique nightclub. It’s is now home to the music of Manila’s foremost DJs along with international superstars flown in regularly to provide Privé nightly soundtrack. The club also has regular weekly schedule of club nights from Tuesday through Saturday nights, with updates and special events posted to their Facebook page and website.