Manila Nightlife: Best Events for Sept. 21-27, 2023

Nightlife MNL: Clara Benin at Music Museum, Plus 9 More Hot Events

Another weekend in Manila is upon us and this spells for a jam-packed schedule of concerts and gigs, happy hour and cocktail nights, fresh raves, and club nights you must not miss. We saved you the stress of planning your weekend and week ahead with our rundown of the best nightlife events.

To keep your finger on the pulse of the city, follow The Beat Manila to see what’s best in store for nightlife and partying in the city from this Thursday to next Wednesday.

1. TripleS EVOLution in Manila

Dubbed the “world’s first decentralized K-pop idol group,” tripleS EVOLution is set to make their debut performance in the Philippines. The group, which consists of Kim Yooyeon, Kim Nakyoung, Kim Chaeyeon, Kim Soomin, Kamimoto Kotone, Kwak Yeonji, Koma Mayu, and Lee Jiwoo, is the fourth official sub-unit of the 24-member EVOlution.

Fans selected the artists during the 11-day Gravity event held on April 20. This highly anticipated performance will be a highlight of the Philippine Blockchain Week (PBW) and the inaugural Nexus Fan Fair.

When: 8 PM, Sept. 21 

Where: Marriott Grand Ballroom, Newport World Resorts, Newport Boulevard, Pasay City 

How much: P1,650-P5,500 via PBW

2. Clara Benin ‘befriending my tears’ Concert

Filipina indie singer-songwriter Clara Benin has carved her name in the music industry with her laidback discography and soothing vocals that suit beautifully with acoustic guitar melodies. Notably, she is the eldest daughter of former Side A member Joey Benin, and her debut album, "Human Eyes," was released at the age of 21.

This coming Friday, Clara is all set to serenade her fans with her heavenly voice, featuring all nine tracks from her much-awaited sophomore album,“befriending my tears.” Some of Clara’s most popular songs are “A Day At A Time,” “Parallel Universe,” and “Tila,” to name a few.

When: 7 PM, Sept. 22

Where: Music Museum, Greenhills Shopping Center, Service Road, San Juan City

How much: P1,810-P2,350 via SM Tickets

3. Kim Bum Asia Fan Meeting in Manila [Between U and Me]

Another oppa is coming to Manila! To celebrate his birthday last July 7, South Korean actor Kim Bum, represented by King Kong by Starship talent agency, has announced his back-to-back fan meeting event.

Kim Bum will be gracing the Philippines with fan meetings scheduled in Metro Manila and Cebu, respectively. He rose to stardom with his charismatic portrayal of So Yi Jeong in "Boys Over Flowers" and has further solidified his career with leading roles in hit series like "Tale of the Nine Tailed," "Law School," and "Ghost Doctor," among others.

When: 7 PM, Sept. 22 

Where: New Frontier Theater, 7 Gen. Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta City, Cubao, Quezon City 

How much: P3,400-P11,000 via Ticketnet Online

4. BamBam The 1st World Tour Area 52 in Manila

Exciting news for all the Filo Ahgahses! Thai rapper and member of Got7 BamBam is gearing up for his maiden concert in Manila. Titled “Area 52,” the event promises an out-of-this-world experience, complete with exclusive merchandise featuring outer space-themed items such as drawstring bags, lighting wristbands, VIP lanyards, mini photo cards, an A4 folder, and an exclusive photo card.

Adding to the excitement, former 2NE1 member Sandara Park will join BamBam on stage as a special guest artist. Fans may recall the two artists’ heartwarming bond over Filipino food and a few local beers during their visit in July 2022.

When: 7 PM, Sept. 22 

Where: Smart Araneta Coliseum, General Roxas Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City 

How much: P4,000-P12,000 via Ticketnet Online

5. The Fun Roof Opening

First Look: Poblacion’s BIGGEST & most exciting bar yet— The Fun Roof is bringing you a GIANT ADULT PLAYGROUND: shuriken...

Posted by The Fun Roof on Sunday, September 17, 2023

Night owls, there's a new addition to the metro's vibrant red-light district! The Fun Roof, Poblacion's neo-lit rooftop playground for grown-ups, is set to open this Saturday.

Indulge in its "crazy drinks and crazier games" and choose from its nostalgic cabanas, including the slow-moving rooftop carousel, train cabana, cloudy cabana, space-themed cabana, Tokyo-themed cabana, and more. The Fun Roof operates during its standard business hours from Tuesday to Friday, 7 PM to 3 AM.

To reserve a table, go here. You may also contact them at +639458396385 or drop them a message on Facebook and Instagram.

When: 5 PM, Sept. 23

Where: The Fun Roof, 4th Floor, Matheus Building, Poblacion, Makati City

How much: N/A

6. Drag Revolution 2023 Manila

Attention, all drag queen cheerleaders! Get ready to be stunned this upcoming weekend by the largest, most spectacular, and most magnificent drag festival in the country.

Apart from entertainment, Drag Revolution is a celebration of self-expression and diversity, featuring the most fabulous drag queens. This epic lineup includes none other than the dazzling stars themselves: Violet Chachki, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Laganja Estranja, Jimbo, Precious Paula Nicole, and Maxie. But hold onto your wigs, because the iconic Alyssa Edwards will be one of the special guests, making this drag spectacular one you won't want to miss. See you on the runway!

When: 6 PM, Sept. 23

Where: Philippine International Convention Center Forum, Juan Arellano, Pasay City 

How much: P2,700-P24,730 via Ticketnation

7. OK Taecyeon in Manila SpecialTY

Taecyeon stands out as one of the most captivating Korean stars for many Hallyu fans, thanks to his heartthrob allure and irresistible charm. He shot to fame after becoming the lead rapper for the K-pop band 2 PM.

This coming Saturday, Taecyeon will have his fan meeting tour in Manila to express his heartfelt gratitude to fans for their unwavering support. Get ready for a swoon-worthy night filled with charming performances, heartwarming interactions, and more. See you, OKtizens!

When: 6 PM, Sept. 23 

Where: New Frontier Theater, 7 Gen. Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta City, Cubao, Quezon City 

How much: P3,710-P11,130 via Ticketnet Online

8. Watsons Playlist: The Feel Great Concert

Introducing the Watsons Playlist: The Feel Great Concert, where you'll be treated to live performances by some of today's most prominent artists, including Ben&Ben, Zack Tabudlo, and P-pop royalty, SB19.

This extraordinary musical event is exclusively offered to Watsons Club members, and access to tickets is granted through product purchases made on the Watsons app and website. To learn more about the promotion codes and the minimum product purchase amount to get a free ticket, click here.

When: 7 PM, Sept. 24 

Where: Smart Araneta Coliseum, General Roxas Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City

How much: P2,000-P10,000 via Watsons app or online store

9. Negroni Week

Negroni Week is a worldwide festival celebrating the timeless perfection of Negroni, uniting bars, restaurants, and cocktail connoisseurs from across the globe. They do this every year to raise funds for philanthropic causes, all while enjoying a glass of Italy's most exquisite libation.

To provide guests of the Dusit Thani with an even more luxurious stay, the hotel will be offering an enticing selection of à la carte cocktails and a special buffet. For reservations, you may call 7238 8888.

When: Until Sept. 24

Where: The Pantry - Dusit Thani Manila, Ayala Center, Makati City

How much: P2,100-P2,500++ per person (dinner buffet)

10. ONE OK ROCK Luxury Disease Asia Tour 2023 in Manila

Take your adrenaline rush to new heights at a rock and roll concert like never before! Japanese rock superstars ONE OK ROCK are sure to set the stage on fire with their high-octane performance, complete with iconic guitar riffs and thunderous drum beats.

The band's sound encompasses elements of emo alternative rock, post-hardcore pop punk, heavy metal, and angst-filled music. Some of the most popular tracks by the metal band are “Wherever You Are,” “Stand Out Fit In,” “The Beginning,” “Let Me Let You Go,” and “Make It Out Alive,” among others.

When: 8 PM, Sept. 26 

Where: Smart Araneta Coliseum, General Roxas Ave., Cubao, Quezon City

How much: P1,908-P10,070 via Ticketnet Online

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