Manila’s LGBTQ+ landscape is vibrant and growing offering some of the best gay bars in the city, and this capital city’s dance and club scenes deserve special attention, whether you’re looking to let loose or chill out.

Community nightlife centers in the Malate area just south of downtown Manila. Malate’s waterfront bars might be Manila’s best people-watching, hottie-spotting places. Malate, like many community neighborhoods, has been gentrified recently so it is now lacking in the LGBTQ+ department, but the Ortigas area, east of downtown, features new shopping malls, and some of the best gay clubs in Manila that draw an open, youthful crowd with energy (and money!) to spare.

Manila’s nighttime novelties are many, and the capital city’s historical sites are just as compelling. Fort Santiago, built at the end of the 16th century and restored after World War II, is infamous for being the site of the revolutionary José Rizal’s 1896 execution. Filipinos regard Rizal as a national hero for his writing and advocacy, which helped inspire the Philippine Revolution.

Today, you’ll find a museum dedicated to him on Fort Santiago’s grounds, themselves on the banks of the Pasig River downtown. Just a little further east along the Pasig, you’ll find the Quiapo district and the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene—so-named for its life-sized and dark-skinned statue of Jesus Christ. Manila’s largest Muslim community is in Quiapo, where the Golden Mosque (Masjid Al-Dahab) is undergoing restoration. And try some mouthwatering aromas wafting from street food stalls in Binondo, where you will find the world's oldest Chinatown!

Just a short walk nearby, the outdoor Quiapo Market offers inexpensive amulets, carved statues, and love potions—not that you’ll need the latter to get down and dirty in Manila, darling!

But what truly makes Manila shine is its people. Known for their warmth and hospitality, Filipinos welcome everyone with open arms and bright smiles. With a thriving scene, inclusive events, and a strong sense of community, Manila gay bars are a place where you can be yourself.

Whether you're basking in the golden glow of Manila Bay's sunset, dancing the night away in a club or one of the best gay bars in Manila, or simply enjoying a quiet moment in one of its hidden gardens, Manila promises a magical experience in the Philippines.

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