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Thu 19 Feb, 2009 6:21 pm

The intersection of Maria Orosa St and Julio Nakpil St in Malate is the "X marks the spot" center of gay Manila. The whole street is lined with various gay establishments. Bars are within five minutes from each other, very similar to the Silom area in Bangkok. There are of course other gay establishments in Metro Manila widely spread over this mega city.

Bars and Clubs

Although much of this is directly from Utopia the center marks the spot is right , but the center really is Obar, Chelue bar next door and then bed and Fab and the Comedy club all with in a 2 minute walk of each other and some next door. This list in no means is exhaustive. and much is left out here and only the high spots of the ones that advertise on Utopia are mentioned. The moist popular meeting place for everyone is Obar by far then on to bed and or Government bar in Makati. However, just for one on one meeting guys no where beats Obar. its open tables on the outside gives you music low enough to talk and then if you really like pushing people around you can go inside to the dance floor that is always full of at leaet 100 more than the fire department would allow I am sure. bed bar is a accident waiting to happen with a fire and many will not go there for that reason. If you want to know about any specific bars let me know, although I may not have been to all of them chances are I know someone who has.


o Aura Sing-Along & Comedy Bar
92 C. Raymundo Ave, Sagad, 091-5711-7873, email. This gay-friendly sing-along and comedy bar welcomes everyone. Utopia Member Discount

Comments from Utopians:
"I visited Aura Sing-Along & Comedy Bar last night, which is indeed a cozy place with a very friendly staff. The food served is really good, and the price is excellent." -- nc2008bj, May 25, 2008

o Butterfly
265F Tomas Morato (corner of Sct. Fernandez), Quezon City, 091-6895-0933, email. You'll spot the blue butterfles on the glass frontage. A cozy gay-owned hangout where everybody gets to know everybody. You don't have to be somebody else, just come as you are. No hang-ups here! Dress up or dress down. They also feature art exhibits, movie nights and weekend dance parties. Private parties welcome. Social connections here are on a friendship basis. Utopia Member Discount
o Che'lu (mixed)
Ma. Orosa cor. J. Nakpil St, Malate. A convenient and cost-friendly venue for sing-alongs, private parties and lots of booze. Popular joint to start up or cap off your night life. Same owner/management as of Jefz Café & E (Epitome) Men's Club.
o Club Mafia
Ma. Orosa-J. Nakpil Courtyard, J. Nakpil (corner of M. Orosa St), Malate.
o Club One Heart Bar and Restaurant
59-A Timog Ave, Quezon City, 412-5543, email. A gay-friendly bar in the heart of Quezon City. Performers include stand-up comedians, gay impersonators, singers and dancers. Utopia Member Discount
o El Notre
1810 Orosa St, Malate, 092-9296-6937, email. Gay-friendly bar with acoustic gigs Mon-Sat on 2/F, plus free karaoke on G/F. Utopia Member Discount
o The Library (mixed)
Orosa St., between Malvar and Nakpil St. Upscale and non-commercial meeting place. Live music and karaoke sing-alongs. The place is jam-packed with a trendy, young crowd of mostly straights. Not really much of a place for gays anymore although there are still some who hang out in and outside of the place.
o O Bar
On the corner of Nakpil and Orosa (under Top and Bottom).

Comments from Utopians:
"It gets crowded, especially on weekends. The crowd is young, the waiters are hunky and it is the alternative place to go if you don't want to go to Bed while in Malate." -- baccanalus, Mar 29, 2008

o White Bird Disco Theater and KTV
715-B Boulevard Galleria, Roxas Blvd, 851-2088, 851-2089, 855-2622, email. White Bird is an all-male entertainment bar located at Roxas Boulevard. Shows and entertainment nightly. Utopia Member Discount

Cabaret Shows

o Amazing Philippine Theatre
Manila Film Center (Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex), Roxas Blvd, Pasay City, 834-8870, FAX 834-8871, email. Nightly transgender extravaganza at the refurbished Manila Film Center.


o Bed
Oroso Courtyard (Orosa/Nakpil intersection, next to the New York Café), Malate, 404-3662, email. Getting to Bed from Makati by cab is cheap. This is the place for drinking and dancing away the weekend. Sexy and wild party atmosphere with stylish interiors. Two floors, each with its own bar and DJs spinning progressive house and trance. Friendly and attentive staff. Drinks are moderately priced and entry includes one drink. The crowd is a mix of hip professionals, expats, and tourists. Open Wed-Sat, 10pm until sunrise, but busy after 1am on Fri and Sat. Closed Sun. Utopia Member Discount

Comments from Utopians:
"Surviving the longest and still doing fine. Newly renovated and now in top shape." -- kjell, Oct 9, 2008

o Club Government
7840 Makati Avenue, email. Makati's newest, hippest and biggest gay dance club, serves up testosterone and sexually-heated house music. Chic industrial interior. Laser and lighting effects on the dance floor. Plus, a richly textured chill-out lounge. Special events and theme parties with guest DJs. Muscle, music: from deep house to hard house, acid jazz to disco, vocal anthems to uplifting tribal beats. Busy after 1am on Fri and Sat nights. Closed Sun. Utopia Member Discount

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