by Geninna Ariton
When you hear rooftop bars, you immediately think, ka-ching ka-ching, you need to bring a lot of moolah because it ain’t going to be cheap. And why shouldn’t it be expensive? Most rooftop bars in the city will leave you breathless. Especially with sunset and city views that you can only see if you own a top floor condo in a highrise tower. And these rooftop bars are usually found in hotels, or fancy office towers meant to target the people working there whose salaries go higher than a thousand bucks a month.
But don’t fret, we’ve found these rooftop bars that will let you enjoy local beers (from P50- P85) and cocktails (less than P230 per glass) on a budget. Imagine that! Without further ado, here are rooftop bars all around the metro where you can enjoy affordable drinks and scenic views of the city.
This place has the cheapest drinks, ever! Local beers are just P50 and cocktails range from P80-P120. You cannot get a better deal than this. Plus there is this artsy vibe, complemented by the astonishing murals and the decor. They have bean bags and banigs if you feel like lying down and watching the stars. Not to mention they have events like poetry reading and live entertainment, just check out their FB page.
The location isn’t hard to find either. Although there will be no signs up front, look for Jovan Bldg. along Shaw Blvd., in front of PCSO. Do not be misled by the guards and do not ask them about opening hours and such. Bunk is open from 5pm, and the last call is 12mn, though you are welcome to stay until 3am, Tuesdays to Sundays.
Address: 8th Floor, Jovan Building, Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
Yes, it’s a hostel. And yes, they have a rooftop bar that is open to the public. And another yes, there’s nothing like watching the sunset against the Makati skyline while sipping your drinks and enjoying the melting pot of nationalities. And they have events, guest DJs, live bands, and so much more.
Local beers cost P85 while cocktails start at P160 on an average night, though you can get these cheaper during happy hour, which is Mondays to Thursdays 5pm to 8pm. You’d also have to get an RFID, which is a bracelet that you top up at the check-in counter, the minimum amount is P150 + P50 for the bracelet. You’ll be using this to purchase the drinks at the bar. To get here, you’d have to reach Kalayaan Avenue in Makati and enter Don Pedro St., the one with a Mini-Stop shop at the corner.
Roof Deck Bistro
Though it’s more of a sit-down restaurant serving sumptuous Filipino dishes, the reason why this place is included in the list is that of their really cheap drinks. Local beer will set you back a mere P60, and cocktail pitchers, YES, pitchers, starts at P230. All the other cocktail prices mentioned in this list are individual glasses, except for this one.
The ambiance is soothing as well, after hiking up the stairs to the roof, don’t worry it ain’t that high, you’ll be welcomed by traditional capiz windows and lanterns and wooden decor all over. They also have live entertainment on certain days. The Roof Deck Bistro is located at the Times Square Bldg., Examiner St. corner Times St. in Quezon City. They’re open Mondays to Saturdays, 5pm to 2am.
Address: 57 Times Square Bldg, Examiner Cor. Times Sts., West Triangle, QC
Phone number: +63 915 818 6018
We all know good old Dencio’s. Local beers are priced from P55 and cocktails start at P100. They even serve unlimited cocktails for P305! Now tell us if that isn’t a great deal. But you might be wondering why Dencio’s is on this list and which one are we talking about.
Tucked away in Capitol GreenStreet, this branch of Dencio’s has a great view of the Capitol Hills Country Club. It’s roof deck location, al fresco dining and of course, affordable booze is why you should visit it. To reach Dencio’s, head on over to HillsRoof Deck, Capitol Greenstreet, Capitol Hills Drive in Quezon City.
Address: HillsRoof Deck, Capitol Greenstreet, Capitol Hills Drive, Old Balara, QC
Phone number: +63 2 952 9356
Don’t get taken aback by the location; Verona is on the 23rd floor of Enderun managed Privato Hotel. Sounds flashy and posh, and yes it is. But it doesn’t mean lashing out of budget while at the bar. Local beer starts at P75 and cocktails are priced at P165. It’s a great deal, especially with views of the Taguig skyline.
The decor is classic. You have comfortable couches facing the view. Though there’s no live entertainment here, you will find yourself wanting a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and just want to sip on your drinks and watch the sunset. Verona is open from 11am to 12mn, Mondays til Saturdays, and only until 10pm every Sunday. The hotel is located at 706 Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas, Pasig City.