It’s hot, sticky, crazy busy and full of life! Gay Manila offers a 24 hour living at affordable prices. The gay nightlife scene is not huge but has plenty lively character. Most visitors love the city for its trendy food, crazy entertainment and of course bargain holiday shopping.
The district of Malate was once the centre of gay manila however gentrification has pushed the gay scene out. Gay bars and clubs are spread in small pockets across the city.
Diverse metro Manila, blends the unique aspects of Filipino heritage with Spanish, American and Chinese cultures and like most capital cities life in Manila is unlike the rest of the country. Philippines is often referred to as one of Asia’s leading nations for LGBT rights and for gay life. The predominantly catholic religion of the Philippines has created some cultural challenges but local community are pushing for rights and protections.
Nightlife in Gay Manila
Gay Manila’s scene has reduced in past years. The biggest gay bars in Manila are F Club and O Bar. Manila has no gay village or center with many of the gay bars and saunas are spread across the city. This makes bar hopping difficult especially since Manila’s suffers from chronic traffic jams.
While the number of bars are small the city packs a huge amount of character and spirit. If you can check out Gay Manila during Pride weekend to see the city at its fullest.
A Guide to Manila’s Gay Saunas
Gay Manila offers three main gay saunas. All gay saunas in Manila are private members clubs so expect to pay around P200 ($6 USD) to join. Additionally bring at least two government issued ID, such as a passport or driver’s licence for registration.
Important to note that gay saunas in Manila have been raided by the police in recent years with report of patrons being arrested.
Gay Friendly Accommodation in Manila
Looking for luxury at a bargain rate? Manila is a great city for booking 5 star hotels for international afforable rates. Many LGBT travelers choose Malate as the district for them, its walking distance Manila main sites including Baywalk and Roxas Boulevard. The financial district of Manila in Makati offers many great hotels and along with shopping malls and restaurants and is convenient for travelling around the city.
A Visitors Guide to Manila
Intramuros with Manila Bay and Makati is Manila’s most historical district.
Manila has widespread poverty and in parts of Manila can be sketchy, especially at night so make sure to use your common sense.
Transport in Manila
Jeepneys (old US Army trucks) are all over the city and are used as local jump on jump off transport for short trips.
Metered taxis are plentiful and comparatively cheap. Like much of the world taxi drivers try to take advantage of visitors so make sure taxis have their meters on.
Buses – while Manila has many they are slow and can be difficult for visitors to navigate.
Trains both LRT and MRT are great for getting around the city by avoiding traffic however long queues are common (especially rush hour) and the trains don’t cover much of the city. So train and taxi might be a worthwhile combination.
Getting Tested in Manila
It’s simple and easy to get tested for HIV and STIs in Manila. TestMNL provides up-to-date information on where and how much it will cost to get tested in gay-friendly clinics across the city.