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Cebu Nightlife: 10 Best Nightclubs and Bars 2017

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Note from Jakarta100bars: This article about Cebu City's best bars and nightclubs was written by my friend Seb who's lived there for 6 months. My plan is to visit him in the second semester 2017 so I'll have the chance to make a more complete review.

I love Cebu, both the island and the city. I could write a book about all the amazing things that you can do here, from tanning on deserted white-sand beaches to swimming with whale sharks. 

But that’s not what you want to know isn't it?

What you want to know is where you can party and, if you are a guy, where you can meet hot local girls.

The good news is that Cebu City is one of the best places in the world for single guys and probably the second best in the Philippines after Manila.

Because it is the richest province in the country, it attracts thousands of young Filipinas who study or work, particularly in one of the numerous call centers near IT Park. As they are far from their families, these girls enjoy a certain level of freedom and you'll meet many of them in bars and clubs every day.

Even though Cebu City is a tourist hub, the number of foreigners remains low compared to Manila or any major cities in Thailand. The most noticeable community is made of Korean students learning English, followed by the usual backpackers, teachers, executives and pensioners. To be fair, many guys I met don't seem to do anything apart from chasing girls all day long.

Cebu nightlife is pretty straight-forward and you'll only need a couple of nights out to be familiar with the best venues. The major nightclubs are almost all located in central Cebu City with a few more in the suburban towns of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue.

The main nightlife area is around Fuente Osmena Circle (Mango Square) and Mango Avenue (the other name of General Maxilom Avenue). It is a low-to middle class party zone with a dozen of bars and clubs lined up next to each other. For your first time in Cebu, you'll probably find everything you need there. It can be a bit seedy at night though with ladyboys and freelance prostitutes chasing clients until early morning.

As you venture to the east of Fuente Circle, from Alaya Mall up to Mandaue City, there are more expensive venues, for instance in IT Park, Cyberpark and City Time Square. This is where more upper-class Filipinos will hang out, including the most gorgeous girls.

There are other party areas, for instance the local red-light district of Colon. The latter does not have a very good reputation at night so I advise you to stay clear.

Meeting Girls in Cebu
While there is widespread prostitution (and sex tourism) in Cebu, you also have hundreds of normal girls that you can date fairly easily. Girls in clubs generally come with friends and may not always be receptive if you try to approach them. For this reason, I recommend you to meet girls from dating sites and apps instead.

Tinder works very well and you'll get plenty of matches. I personally don't find the application very convenient to use though because I hate to type on a smartphone.

Instead, I prefer either Filipino Cupid or Pina Love. Both are free but you should probably update to their premium version (25$ for a month that can be cancelled anytime). They are the most popular dating sites in the country with thousands of girls online at any time.

Pick-up artists usually do the "pipeline" strategy. They contact as many girls as possible on various dating sites months before actually coming. They slowly build a sense of familiarity with them by regularly sending messages and Skyping. Once in Cebu, they finally meet the girl. By then, she is normally ready to take the relationship one step further (strangely forgetting that the guy will leave a couple days later).

You can read more tips about dating girls in Cebu on the ebook: "First Trip to Cebu City: A Single Man's Guide". It is one of several publications from the blogger NomadPhilippines who wrote extensively about nightlife and girls in the Philippines.

Best Hotels Near Cebu Nightlife
If you've never been to Cebu before, you may be wondering what are the best places to stay near the nightlife.

I advise you to choose a hotel between the Fuente Osmena Circle/Mango Square (the heart of the nightlife) and the Alaya Mall (a more expensive area). By doing so you will be within one kilometer from the majority of the clubs listed below, but also from the city's best malls, activities and restaurants.

The following hotels are the most recommended for party-goers:
Budget (under 30$ per night): S Hotel and ResidencesABC Hotel, Pillows Hotel, Red Planet
3-star (50$): Cuarto Hotel
4-star (70$): Harolds Hotel
5-star (120$): Marriott Cebu City

Please consider using one of the links provided to book your room. I make a small commission on every booking but the price stays the same for you. It helps me  run the website.

10 Best Nightclubs and Bars in Cebu City

J. AVE Superclub (formerly Juliana's)
J. Ave is the most famous nightclub among foreigners in Cebu City. It is located in Mango Square, next to Ultra (see below). It used to be the top place to go for both tourists and locals, but it has lost its glory in the past couple of years. You now have quite a lot of guys (including 50% of Koreans) and maybe 80% of prostitutes (among which many are exclusively interested with Korean guys).

The club consists of just one big dance floor that is always packed. Expect to be pushed around if you haven't book a table. The music is commercial (clubbing anthems and EDM).

Not stylish but a fun place to end the night. It is also rather cheap (PHP 75 for a beer, PHP100 for entrance).

More information: J Ave Superclub

Liv Super Club
Liv Super Club is an upper-class nightclub located 15 minutes from Mango Avenue in the mall City Time Square. With its small dance floor but numerous tables/sofas, it is specifically designed to attract groups who order bottles of alcohol. The proper way to enjoy Liv is to book a sofa in advance, come with a few girls (why not invite one from Pina Love or FilipinoCupid.com?), buy as many bottles as necessary, get drunk, and finish the night in J. Ave.

If you are alone in Liv, you may not feel that comfortable and you'll probably struggle to order drinks. At least, you should try to secure a seat near the central bar area from where you can more easily meet people.

There are a lot of gorgeous Pinay girls in Liv, but they are not so easy to flirt with. Generally, they are the guests of other guys and they are not interested to talk with strangers. The freelance prostitutes are also more discreet compared to the bars in Mango Square.

The music is commercial EDM. About once every two months, they have a more famous international DJ. The entrance fee on weekends is PHP300 but it's free during the week. Open until 4am from Wednesday to Saturday night. There is only 10% or less foreigners.

More information about events:
Instagram: Liv Super Club Cebu
Facebook: Liv Super Club

There also have a branch in Cagayan De Oro: Liv CDO

Sentral - Hip Hop Bar and Club
I'm normally not a fan of hip-hop, trap and Rn'B but I had great fun in Sentral. It was opened last August (2016) as a small NY-style bar/club with a different themed hip hop night every day. Weekdays are still quiet but Friday and Saturday are fully packed. Lots of stylish girls who love to dance. The set up of the bar makes it easy to talk to them as well. Few foreigners. Free entrance.

The only problem is the location as it is about 20 minutes from Mango Avenue (in Norkis Cyberpark).

More information: Sentral Cebu

Alchology
Open in 2012, Alchology is one of my favorite clubs in Mango Square, first because it is cheap and second because you have the right mix of Filipinos and foreigners. It has two lounge areas and one big dancefloor where you can easily meet girls. The crowd mostly consists of younger people. The music is commercial (EDM, Top 40).


Club Hype
A basic, unpretentious nightclub located in Mango Square. Weekend nights are busy but not as much as in nearby J Ave or Alchology. Commercial music.

More information: Club Hype Cebu

Club Icon
Club Icon is in the center of Cebu City but a bit isolated from the rest of the nightlife. It is just a few hundred meters from Castle Peak Hotel. It used to be called Roof Hyper Club but was renamed Icon last summer (2016).

The majority of the customers are Filipinos and the rest Korean. It looks like a high-end venue but the prices are quite affordable compared with Liv for instance. There are a lot of hot girls, Pinay and Korean, but as usual in this kind of club, hard to talk to.

It is open every day of the week until 6am, with Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays the busiest. The music changes every day depending on the DJ but most expect your usual trap or EDM songs. The entrance costs PHP100.

You can read my full review here for more information: Club Icon Cebu.

Facebook: Club Icon
Instagram: Cebuicon

Club Holic & Mixx
On the second floor of Mango Square, this nightclub is open every night and it is popular with young Filipinos due to its cheap prices (PHP75 for a beer). No foreigners apart from a few lost souls. It is a friendly place: Customers come here to dance and not to flaunt their money around.

No entrance fee on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. 100PHP the rest of the week with one free drink. They have a ladies night on Wednesday. The music is EDM or Hip Hop depending on the night. You can check the schedule on their Facebook page below.

More information: Club Holic And Mixx

Ultra Club
Ultra is right next to J Ave in Mango Square. It is quite small and not that crowded, even on weekends. Since the entrance is free, you can always have a look and see if there is anything you like.

More information: Ultra Cebu

Lotus
Lotus is a bit out of the way in Lapu-Lapu city on Mactan Island, but it might be interesting for those who want to experience another area of Cebu. You can go there from Mango Avenue in about 30 minutes by taxi.

It consists of a main room which is not really modern except for a large and flashy LCD display. The crowd and concept is similar to Liv Super Club: Lots of Koreans, Japanese and Filipinos, a few working girls and some random Westerners. Their DJs will play commercial dance music.

Facebook: Club Lotus Mactan

Club Bai
Club Bai is a local lounge/restaurant/bar/club with an outside terrace located in One Mango on General Maxilom Street. During the week, it is a laid-back venue where groups of friends come to hang out and talk (Bai means "buddy"). On weekends, it gets more groovy as they have DJs playing EDM, trap, hip hop and Rn'B.

Price are standard for the area: A bucket of local beer costs PHP280.

More information: Club Bai

More Recommended Bars in Cebu:

Stylish Bars and Cocktail Lounges

The Distillery
The Distillery is a happening bar located in the lifestyle center Crossroads, near IT Park. It is part of a larger chain that has branches in Makati, Bonifacio Global City and Quezon City.

It is a good place to go after dinner for a few drinks. The music is generally good, the girls are pretty and there is a really large choice of imported beers. On weekends, don't go there too late as it gets packed very fast. Happy hours from 6pm to 10pm with all cocktails at PHP75.

More information: 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedistillerycebu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDistillery.Cebu/

Morals and Malice
Morals and Malice is a new lounge that may be the most sophisticated in Cebu at the time of writing (Yes, I admit that it is not the impression given by the photo above). They serve good cocktails and food starting from 4pm until 2am (3am on weekends). Gay-friendly yet this is where you'll see the most beautiful girls in Cebu.

Instagram: Morals and Malice Cebu
Facebook: Morals and Malice

Expat pubs
Several expat pubs/sports bars located near Mango Avenue are good venues to socialize with foreigners, listen to live bands, watch sports, play pool, flirt with the waitresses and eat decent pub fare. You can try in this order: Howling Dogs, All Stars Sports Bar and Marshall Irish Pub. The Alaya Mall has a few other bars such as The Social and Gilligan's.

Japanese or Korean Karaoke
To be honest I haven't visited any, but I couldn't resist the temptation to post some photos from several famous karaokes.

Many Japanese/Korean KTVs are located on A.S. Fortuna Street in Mandaue City. They follow a similar concept: There are private karaoke rooms but also a main lounge with 10-20 pretty Filipinas in sexy outfits that dance or sing. To stay in the lounge, you pay a fixed price and you get to drink as much as you want for a certain period of time. In Komachi for instance, the all-you-can drink buffet costs PHP600 per hour. You may request a girl to accompany you and she will get a commission on your drinks + on the ones you buy for her (ladies drinks are generally a bit more expensive, around PHP200 per glass). The girls aren't necessarily prostitutes but some may be willing to do more than singing if you pay them the right amount.

Here are photos of the girls in some karaokes in Cebu:
Komachi KTV's Angels
La Bonita Karaoke (Archbishop Reyes Avenue)
Club Ace KTV
King Japanese KTV girls
Bikini girl in King Club

Manila Nightlife: Best Clubs and Bars in 2017

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Manilla nightlife is one of the best in Asia: Clubs and bars are crowded almost every night of the week. Pretty girls are everywhere, alcohol is cheap and foreigners are welcome.

This review will cover everything you need to know about partying in the whole Metro Manila, a huge urban area which is made of several cities including Manila, Makati, Pasay, Taguig and Quezon City.

I will answer the following questions: Why choosing Manila? Where to stay and party? What are the best clubs and bars in Manila? Where to meet Filipino girls? Where are the red light districts, massage parlours, strip clubs and gogo bars? 

If you need more information or if you feel I missed something, please just leave a comment below at the end of the review.

Is Manila Recommended for Party?
I would recommend Manila nightlife for the following reasons:

- Cheap prices for alcohol, entrance fees and taxis: Even high-end nightclubs like Revel only charge  a 10$ entrance with 2 strong drinks included. You can easily get yourself drunk for 30 dollars in Manila, which is the price for one cocktail in some bars in Singapore.
- Foreigner-friendly: English is spoken everywhere in Manila, even by security guards or taxis. Filipinos are open-minded and easy-going. Dress codes are almost never implemented.
- Girl-friendly hotels: There are no issues with bringing girls back to your hotel in Manila.
- Rather easy to meet pretty girls that are not prostitutes: While prostitution is big in Manila with several red light districts, you also have a great dating and flirting scene with normal local girls.
- Clubs and bars open late and every day: You can go out any night of the week in Manila, you'll always find a crowded bar or nightclub. Sunday nights can be spent in B-Side, Mondays in ZZYZX and Tuesdays in Privé. The rest of the week is busy almost everywhere. There are no real curfews: Many clubs close at 6am, a few keep going until 8am.

There are a few negative sides about Manila though. The city is still developing and you won't see the kind of sophisticated bars and clubs as you would in Singapore, Bangkok or Jakarta (except maybe for Chaos). 

Hotels are usually a bit more expensive than elsewhere in Southeast Asia and their quality is average. The internet is terrible, even when advertised as being fast. During the day, you may spend a lot of time in traffic (not as much as in Jakarta anyway). There is a metro but it is packed and hot. The food is not great unless you are a fan of junk food/American food.

If you are into paid sex, be aware that Manila is rather expensive too: Bar fines can reach almost a 100$!. Finally, security is an issue but it is quite exaggerated in my opinion. As long as you stay in safe neighborhoods  and use reputed taxi companies, you are not particularly at risk.

Where to Party in Manila?
Metro Manila is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. You cannot visit everything in one night of course.

The nightlife is active in the following areas, by order of personal preference:

- Makati is the first business district in Metro Manila and it is home to many expatriates. It is the most interesting place for party because there are both high-end clubs and bars + a lively red light district. It is also centrally located with many options for hotels and apartments. Go to Makati Avenue for coffee shops/bars/clubs, P Burgos Street for gogo bars and brothels and near Havana Café in Greenbelt 3 for freelancers.

- Bonifacio Global City (BGC or The Fort) is a newer business district that currently competes with Makati. It is more modern and attracts younger Filipinos and expats. It is built on a grid, meaning it's easy to go from one place to another. It's probably the safest area in Metro Manila. Accommodation is hard to find, especially in the budget segment. Go to The Fort Strip or to The Palace for trendy bars and clubs.

- Ermita/Malate are two districts of Manila located next to each other near the Manila Bay. They attract budget travelers, backpackers, tourists and Koreans/Japanese businessmen. It is also where most government buildings are. The area can be considered a red-light district with its Korean-style karaokes and its pubs with freelance prostitutes. You also have some street prostitution and a few popular expat bars. Go to Adriatico and nearby streets.

- Quezon City is actually the most populated city in the Philippines, before Manila. It is very authentic, mostly residential, with at least 10 good nightclubs, dozens of bars and a few karaokes/massage parlours. The crowd is usually young and almost 100% local. Prices are low. There used to be a red light area with naked striptease but it was closed down by the Mayor a few years ago. You can go to Tomas Morato Avenue, Timog Avenue, Quezon City Avenue and Cubao X (for hipsters).

- Pasay/Parañaque are two municipalities located around the airport, south of Manila. It is not the most recommended area except if you are looking for sex. In particular, you have the EDSA International Entertainment Complex, a sort of smaller local version of Nana Plaza with 6 bars lined up next to each other. You also have a few bordellos and gogo bars scattered around, for instance Universe Strip Club or Air Force One KTV. Finally, this is where the mall City of Dreams is located, with its 2 luxury nightclubs (Pangaea and Chaos).

You have secondary nightlife areas like in the Ortigas Business District (Metrowalk). The ambiance there is good natured with live music and families. 

Best Nightclubs in Metro Manila
I have written reviews about each nightclubs in Manila and Quezon City. You can find the full articles here: Best Nightclubs in Manila and here: Best Nightclubs in Quezon City.

I list here my 11 favorites starting with the best. I usually go clubbing with 1 or 2 persons maximum so I tend to prefer when there is a dancefloor, a nice bar area and where it is easy to meet new people.

1) Black Market
The current trendy club in Manila among expats and hip Filipinos. Music is anything but EDM. Lots of pretty girls but not so easy to chat with them.

2) Valkyrie
Located in The Palace in Bonifacio Global City, it is huge and modern with a great party atmosphere. If you are new in Manila, Valkyrie is my first recommendation as you can meet girls easily. It is also connected to the Pool Club and Revel.

3) Chaos
Chaos is located in the mall/casino City of Dreams. It looks neat with a perfect sound system and high-end crowd. It is best enjoyed if you book at least a small table near the dancefloor.

4) Time
This small underground nightclub is famous for staying open until late in the morning. It has also the best DJs playing techno, minimal and electro-tech. Many expats.

5) Prime
Located in Quezon City, about 30 minutes from Makati without traffic, Prime is worth a visit if you want to experience another side of Manila nightlife: Younger, cheaper and more relaxed.

6) Revel
Revel is crowded with 30+ years old executives and expats. It could be a fantastic club but there is almost no dancefloor so unless you book a sofa, you don't really feel comfortable. It is connected to Valkyrie and The Pool Club. Easy for meeting girls.

7) Pangaea
Pangaea is the sister nightclub of Chaos in City of Dreams. It is rather intimate with a low ceiling and an NY-underground vibe (though it is a luxury place). They play mostly Rn'B.

8) Privé
Maybe the most exclusive nightclub in Manila, it is located in the Fort in BGC. You have a good crowd of expats and rich Filipinos. Some celebrities as well. They have a popular retro night every Tuesday.

9) Gramercy 71
Located on the 71st floor of the Gramercy tower in Makati, you have an indoor and an outdoor area with a nice view over Manila.

10) ZZYZX
This little club in Malate is packed every night of the week. Though targeting mostly Koreans, it is still one of my favorite places for party in Manila, especially on weekdays. You have a lot of pretty girls but 90% of them are freelance prostitutes.

11) URBN
URBN is more like a pub turned nightclub after midnight. Located next to the Fort Strip, it is considered to be a pick-up joint by many expats.

Clubs usually close around 5am-6am. If you want to keep going after that, you can go to Time, LA Café (open 24-hour with many freelance prostitutes) or Bronx (also a bar with working girls).

Best Bars in Metro Manila
You have hundreds of bars in Manila, from low-class joints in working-class neighborhoods to luxury rooftop bars in Makati.

I listed a few of them here: Best Bars in Manila.

Among my favorites, I like Cable Car, Borough, El Chupacabra and Draft. They are busy, they serve food and they get you all pumped up before party.

There are some more sophisticated venues targeting mainly expats and high-class Filipinos. The best ones are Hooch, famous for its cocktails, and Finders Keepers (next to Black Market).

Speakeasies are so trendy in Manila that it is kind of ridiculous to see so many bars having the same concept. Finders Keepers is the best. The other good ones are The Curator, ABV (Alcohol by Volume) or Blind Pig.

If you need alternative/hipster places, you can visit Today X Future and Fred's Revolucion in Quezon City (Cubao X). B-Side in Makati is great on Sundays for reggae lovers.

Manila is one of the best places in Southeast Asia for live music. You can listen to any genre in hundreds of bars, but these are the current top spots:

Rock Music: Craft, The Brewery @ The Palace, Handlebar
Oldies/Retro: Strumm's
Indie Rock/Acoustic: 12 Monkeys, Saguijo, Tomato Kick, Route 196
Jazz, World Music, Reggae: Tago, The Bar @ 1951, B-Side

Where to Meet (Normal) Filipino Girls?
Filipino girls are very friendly and they are interested to meet with foreigners. Most are quite religious though (Catholic), and living with their families. For this reason, one night stands and hook-ups are not that common unless you go to the right clubs and bars.

A good idea is to download a few dating apps like Tinder, Badoo or Skout. If you are more a laptop person, you can also visit FilipinoCupid. If you fill your profile with an honest, witty description and nice pictures, you should get a fair number of matches.

The big problem with those apps is that most girls are looking for expats who actually live in the Philippines. If you are in Manila for a few days only, they will see you as a tourist hungry for casual sex and they hate that. Those girls might be ok to meet with you, but they will act cold and they will make you waste your time. Personally, I filter girls to meet only the ones who enjoy going to clubs and who drink alcohol. Girls who don't like those are usually uptight and still looking for their Prince Charming. Avoid at all cost unless you're looking for a wife.

If you are looking for one night stands, then clubs and bars are probably your best options. You can either invite a date from a Tinder/Badoo or find someone directly there.

If you are an expat, I would say your best chances to meet with a Filipino girl are in the following venues: ValkyrieChaosRevelPangaeaPrivéURBN and Paradis. Quezon City is a bit more difficult compared to Manila nightlife because girls are not used to be approached by foreigners. You may try Guilly's there.
 

Gogo Bars, Striptease, Red Light Districts, Massage Parlours:
There is a lot of prostitution in Manila (though less than in the city of Angeles). For foreigners, you have 3 main red light districts:
- P Burgos Street in Makati (mostly gogo bars, massage parlours and street prostitution) - Beware, there is also a Burgos street in Manila but it's not the right one.
- EDSA Entertainment Complex in Pasay: A similar, yet cheaper alternative to Burgos
- Malate/Ermita: A mix of everything from street prostitutes, Korean KTVs, spas and freelance bars

In the past 10 years, the local governments of some municipalities have put pressure on venues owners in an attempt to curb prostitution. This can be seen in Malate/Ermita and Quezon City where most gogo bars and naughty massage parlours have shut down. Police raids are rather common on such establishments.

You also have some very local places in working class neighborhoods but for safety reasons, I would strongly advise you to avoid unless you are familiar with the city.

In the past few years, a lot of the action has moved online, particularly on WeChat. The app is full of prostitutes and escorts that are quite easy to contact using the "Look Around" feature.

Massage Plus Plus:
In terms of quality, massage parlours in Manila cannot compare with those in Bangkok or Jakarta. They are mostly disguised brothels without a real massage. You usually pay for the room a certain amount and then pay a tip to the girl depending on the service. It is rather pricey: The decent ones will cost you at least 50$.

The most high-end massage parlour in Manila is probably Flight 168, which is attached to the KTV Air Force One. Several services are included there for a price starting 90$.

The best-value massage parlours plus plus in Metro Manila are located in Quezon City on Quezon Avenue. The famous ones are Kremlin, Wilderness and Pegasus.

Nuru massage / Thai Massage / Soapy are available in Starfleet in Parañaque, not too far away from the airport.

For 24 hour massage parlour in Manila, there used to be Palacio Don Pedro in Makati but it was shut down by the police.

Many street girls will offer you massage on the streets of Burgos in Makati. The quality is usually poor.

Gogo Bars:
Gogo bars in Manila are quite similar to those you can find in Bangkok in places like Soi Cowboy or Nana Plaza. The main difference is that prices are much higher, in particular for the bar fine which can reach between 50$-80$ in Burgos street. This does not include what you pay to the girl, usually another 50$. The best ones are Kojax, Ringside Bar (a kind of blowjob bar too which features Midget Boxing) and G-String (very friendly). More venues: Best Gogo Bars in Manila.

Some of the bars have rooms where you can have sex. I'll recommend Plan B for that. Price is the same as the bar fine + tip for the girl.

EDSA Entertainment Complex has cheaper prices, but the bars are not as numerous and the quality of girls is lower.

You can also look at my list of the Best Girlie Bars in Manila where I included all the gogo bars and the venues with a high proportion of freelancers.

Stripclubs:
In terms of striptease, there is only one place that I could find with full nudity in Manila. It is called Universe and it is located in Pasay. Horizon Gentleman's VIP Club has real pole dancing shows, Las-Vegas style, but the girls don't strip naked.

Some gogo bars in Burgos street are hotter than others. In particular, Bottoms Bar where ladies' drinks can create miracles and make bras disappear.

Karaoke and Digital KTV
Popular family karaokes in Manila include CenterStage (Pasay and Makati) or the chain Music 21 (several locations).

My guess is that you are more interested in sexy karaokes with hostesses and hot lady companions. In this case, most of them are in Ermita/Malate (Korean and Japanese). You also have a few in Burgos Street (Makati), in Quezon City and around the airport.

In Ermita/Malate, you can just walk on Adriatico, Mabini, Bocobos and Remedios street and you'll see a lot of of them with girls waiting outside in sexy dresses.

In general, you pay an entrance fee of 500PHP. This gives you access to free booze and food for a certain amount of time in the common area. The common area is quite similar to any bar with hostesses/bar girls except that you can sing. There might be a show sometimes (just singing). You can call the girl you like, chat with her and buy her ladies' drinks. You can also get some private time with her in a room, but this generally does not include anything sexual. The girl will usually give you her phone number and you can meet her outside for lunch or dinner. What happens next is just between you and her.

The famous ones are Room 526 (the most luxurious with the hottest girls), Subaru (but girls there are mostly interested with Japanese and Korean customers), Mysterious Lady Angel KTV Bar, Vogue KTV and Upstage.

KTVs in Malate rarely have bedrooms inside. If you want sex, you must go to other municipalities:

In Quezon City, check Classmate, Pegasus and Heartbeat.

Around the airport, the best one is Air Force One (next to the massage parlour Flight 168). You also have Liberty Island and Universe Strip Club. Other good places to check are Genie Magic KTV but it is far in Rizal municipality and East Asia KTV in Roxas. Some other names mentioned on internet are Studio 69 and Apeira but I cannot confirm if there are still open or not.
If you think I missed something in this Manila nightlife review about the best clubs and bars in the city, please leave a comment below!

Photo credit: Goks.