The Best Bars in Cebu, Philippines

Nightlife in Cebu | Courtesy of Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu
Nightlife in Cebu | Courtesy of Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu
Photo of Valerie Caulin
18 December 2017

A booming and vibrant city, Cebu is the place to go for travellers who want fun all night long. With plenty of nightlife venues, visitors can select from a range of dance clubs and cocktail lounges to enjoy the night in the Queen City of the South. These are the best watering holes in Cebu, Philippines.

Blu Bar & Grill

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Hotel Restaurant, American, Pub Grub
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Drinks with a view
Drinks with a view | © Valerie Caulin

When looking for a place to enjoy a nice drink in Cebu, never miss Blu Bar & Grill, the in-house bar of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Hotel. Situated 600 feet above sea level, you can enjoy sweeping views of Cebu City. Come earlier and watch the beautiful blue hour and then wait as the cityscape slowly unfolds while you sip your cocktails. Named as one of the best restaurants in the country, enjoy pica pica (finger food) or a romantic dinner paired with a bottle of wine. There’s also the option to either dine indoors or al fresco. Romantic, peaceful, and cosy, Blu Bar & Grill is no doubt one of the hotel’s assets.

Ibiza Cebu

Cocktail Bar, Hotel Restaurant, Wine Bar, Tapas, Mediterranean, $$$
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Sing and dance | via

If you are staying in one of the beach hotels in Cebu like those in Mactan Island, why not enjoy the night at Ibiza Cebu? One of the facilities offered by Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, this beach club is the most Instagrammable spot of the property. Enjoy sunset cocktails or dance the night away under the stars. As an entertainment hot spot, music and party events are held at Ibiza Cebu every now and then, with DJs mixing today’s best party music. This beach bar also offers a 15-course Balearic-inspired grill with wines, and tapas.

The Social Cebu

Bar, American, European, Pub Grub, $$$
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Indoor Dining Space
Indoor Dining Space | Courtesy of The Social Cebu

With its vintage industrial decor, spacious and open layout topped with a sumptuous menu, The Social Cebu doesn’t need much to explain why it has become a big part of nightlife and socialisation in Cebu. Easy to access since it is located in one of the top malls of Cebu, the place is the first venture of a Singaporean company in the Philippines. And it was such a hit that they have opened two more branches in Cebu. The Social Cebu is an all-day dining venue and at night transforms into a lounge with the best DJ in town. The Social features an open kitchen, indoor and outdoor bar, and an al fresco dining area.

The Distillery

Bar, Pub Grub, American, Philippine
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When visiting your friends in Cebu, chances are they will choose to bring you to The Distillery for drinks and to party. Located in Crossroads, a hub for bars and clubs in Cebu, The Distillery lets you chill on weekends and then party during weekends.

With their long list of imported beers, spirits, whiskies, and vodka, liquor snobs won’t be disappointed with The Distillery. Crowds are mostly young professionals and trendy partyfiles.

Morals & Malice

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, Contemporary, European, American, Fusion, Pub Grub
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With its interior designed by Cebu’s pride and the Philippines’ famous industrial and furniture designer, Kenneth Cobonpue, it is not hard to view Morals & Malice as an art installation. Morals has a green and white colour scheme reminiscent of a garden – perfect as a lounge for serving brunch, pastries, craft coffee, and coffee cocktails. Malice on the other hand is a bar trailblazing the craft cocktail culture of Cebu. Patrons are Cebu’s hottest party people as well as those belonging to the upper strata in society. If you love art and surrounding yourself with an elite group, spend a fun night over drinks and food at Cebu’s premier lounge-bar.

Wish Cebu

Bar, Philippine, Pub Grub, American, Seafood, $$$
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For those looking for a mid-priced venue, head to Wish Bar Lounge and Restaurant. A small bar with a hint of San Francisco in their decor, Wish is frequented by university students and young professionals who want to enjoy great food, drinks, and music without spending too much. On its second floor is a dining area and a balcony. Enjoy their own concoctions like Wish Come True (gin, basil, cinnamon, kiwi, and egg yolk) and Shrek Fiona, a green-hued cocktail with cucumber and basil. Ladies’ night is every Thursday with 50% discounted on selected cocktails. For a more relaxed chill-out session, visit every Tuesday for some acoustic music.

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