Expats Favorite Pubs to Hang Out

Pubs offer different services. Some are karaoke joints, some provide live bands, and some are the wholesome kind serving food and alcohol.

What tickles Joe’s fancy doesn’t mean it will work for you. For one thing, Joe likes pubs with live bands. In contrast, you prefer a quiet setting talking with someone while drinking and eating pulutan, finger foods.

For a night out you will have a lot of choices. We selected seven pubs cum restaurants that are favorite hangouts by expats. In case the music is loud bar hopping from Makati to Quezon City is just cab rides away.


Heckle and Jeckle (H&J) Sports Bar and Restaurant

Address: Ground Floor, Villa Building, 5781 Felipe Street, Makati City

Operating Hours: Monday to Thursday: 2:00 PM – 8:00 AM; Friday to Sunday: 24 Hours

Phone: (+632) 954-1130


H&J is a go-to heaven for sports buffs. Watch football, soccer, and basketball games or play pool.

Taste the finest international cuisine and satisfy your palate. They serve yummy Indian, Indonesian, American, and local dishes as well as the regular bar food. For watering hole fans, the bartender prepares fantastic alcohol concoctions for newbies or regular cocktail drinkers. Your head will spin with the wide range of beer names and other bar staples to quench your thirst.

You know the staff is busy because they use walkie-talkies to communicate.


RJ Bistro

Address: Basement Dusit Thani Manila, EDSA corner Pasay Road, Ayala Center, Makati City

Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday: 6 PM – 1 AM; Sunday – closed

Phone: (+632) 519-8396


RJ Bistro is the home of “Baby Boomers.” Travel down memory lane with the rock and roll music of  Elvis

Presley, The Beatles, and other musical icons of the 60s. For food, a choice of a buffet or order from the table. Drinks are bountiful beers, cocktails, and more alcoholic drinks.

The place is cozy and simple. But everything changes when the main man Ramon Jacinto (RJ) performs at 10:30 pm with a live band.  The music and light make everything buzzing. Fret not if you have two left feet, there are dancers in front of  RJ’s band which you could follow. Enjoy the night, gyrate to the music or just listen.

You might see yourself on the boob tube they set-up cameras to go live.


12 Monkeys Music Hall and Pub

Address: Level 5, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave, Makati City

Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday: 4:00 P – 3:00 AM; Sunday – closed

Phone: (+632) 958-1839


12 Monkeys is known for their well-stocked bar with local and international brands of  liquor. Find the drink that fits your taste while munching their unique Palabok pizza.

Dine and drink outside with a great view of the skyline. Or chill and sound trip inside with great music from local bands. They know how to make their patrons enjoy the music.



Address: Ground Floor, The Podium Mall, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday – 24 Hours

Phone: (+632) 570-8906


Borough is a pub and resto that never sleeps they operate 24/7 with no holidays. Scoot over if you crave for American comfort food. A nice bar awaits you for a few drinks to relax after a tiring day. The place is dimly lit for a cozy ambiance, in contrast to the busy atmosphere of the business district where it is set.


Publiko Eat + Drink

Address: Eastwood Citywalk 1, Libis, Quezon City

Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday: 6:00 PM – 10 AM; Sunday: 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Phone: (+632) 421-3180


Publiko’s interior design creates a chill setting great for a date or casual hangout. Food is great to fill your hungry tummy with pizzas, burgers, soups, salads and yummy fried goodies. Pair these with a bottle of international beer like Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Beck’s, and Paulaner. For light drinkers try their variety of champagne and wine.

Furthermore, it is a sports bar showing basketball and other athletic games round the clock. Every once in a while they offer live music for those music lovers out there.



Address: 40 Eugenio Lopez Drive corner Sergeant Esguerra, South Triangle, Quezon City

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 5:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Phone: (+632) 372-1499


Brickyard is a good place to dine and hang out afterward. The pub has a modern design with a giant tree with lamps hanging from it.

Savor Filipino cuisines such as kare-kare and different types of kilawin. Reserve your Thursdays for live music featuring promising artists and bands. Accompany this with finger foods and drinks for a relaxing night.


Skippy’s Bar and Grill

Address: Units 1-8, The Forum, Federacion Drive, Taguig City

Operating Hours:  Monday to Sunday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Phone: (+632) 866 0578


Skippy’s Bar and Grill is a place for Australians and those who want to chill out in an Australian bar. The ambiance brings Australia to the Philippine soil.

Dive into amazing Aussie and Filipino food made from high-quality ingredients. Enjoy a beer or more, select from their tons of imported beer.

On weekends, dine and drink while watching the performance of the best live bands in the country.


Whether you want to relax, unwind or be on your wild side the pubs on the list will give you what you need without being out of place.

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