Ermita is the oldest red light district in Manila with most of the bars located along Del Pilar Street. This place had its hey-day long ago in the 70s, 80s and 90s, since then the local government has made big efforts to clean up the area and many of the bars have since closed and moved to other areas. Despite this there are some great spots still remaining, most notably LA Café which is an institution in itself among the Manila faithful.

LA Café is a freelancer bar with two ‘floors of whores’. This place operates 24/7 and you can find a girl here at any hour of the day if you want, although the most attractive girls tend to be upstairs after 10pm. Prices here range from P0 if you can chat them and buy a few drinks right up to P3,000 (if she’s worth it). One trick here is that a lot of the girls from the surrounding Korean and Japanese KTV bar scene come to LA Café at around 2am if they haven’t found a customer for the night i.e. you can score a 9/10 here for P3k instead of the P6-8k you would have paid, plus drinks at the ktv bars in the area.

Another cool place to check out in Ermita is called ‘Cowboy Grill’ which is a live music and entertainment venue where all the locals hang out, as well as plenty of freelancers. If you want a typical Filipino night time entertainment experience then head to Cowboy Grill, the drinks are also relatively cheap here as well.

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Ermita Key Summary

Girls Ratings:  6/10 Accommodation options:  7/10 Price range beer: P70-P250
Girls Quantity:  7/10 Food options:   7/10 Price range spirits: P70-P350
Competition for girls:  8/10 Things to do in the daytime:  6/10 Price range lady drinks: P120-P300
Number of bars: Low Price range bar-fine:  P5,000-P6,500 WeChat/Tinder Rating 7/10
Quality of bars:  Medium Price range freelancer:  P1,000-P3,000

Key pointers

  • LA Café is basically the best place in town if you want to go for freelancers, it also has a live band upstairs and live sports on tv all night.
  • Best looking girls will be found upstairs, or downstairs not long before upstairs opens.
  • A lot of upstairs girls are looking for Korean and Japanese men only.
  • Put on your charm offensive for the girls upstairs as they can and often do easily reject you if you’re not Japanese or Korean.
  • The Manila Bay walk and US Embassy are not far from Ermita.

Best bars

–  LA Café

–  Smorgasboord

–  Cowboy Grill

Top hotels in Ermita

Luxury

The Manila Hotel 

Manila Hotel is a beautiful 5-star hotel located in Manila just 700 m from iconic Intramuros and 900 m from Manila Cathedral. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi access and facilities like in-house dining options, a business centre and an outdoor swimming pool.

Rooms are elegantly decorated and provide guests with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a seating area. Featuring a shower, the private bathrooms also come with a bath and a hairdryer. The suites have an ipod docking station, bathrooms fitted with Italian marble and a senso memory foam mattress. Some rooms offer views of Manila Bay, while other offer views of the city.

The Mabuhay Palace restaurant serves authentic Cantonese dishes, while The Champagne Room provides French delicacies. There is also Cafe Ilang-Ilang which serves Asian food. Guests can also relax in The Tap Room Bar or in the lobby lounge. Alternatively, enjoy a refreshing drink by the Pool Bar.

 

Budget

Red Planet Manila Bay 

Showcasing views of the Manila Bay sunset and free WiFi, Red Planet Manila Bay is located just 800 m from Manila Ocean Park and 8-minute walk from Rizal Park. The hotel is 17-minute walk from Intramuros and 3.1 km from the World Trade Center.

All the rooms at Red Planet Manila Bay are simply furnished and are equipped with basic amenities. It features a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a safety deposit box, and a refrigerator. In addition to this, a desk, an electric kettle and a private bathroom with free toiletries are available in all rooms.

The 24-hr front desk is available to assist guests with luggage storage service. A secured parking area is available at the property.

Red Planet Manila Bay is 5 km from SM Mall of Asia. The nearest airport is Manila International Airport, 8 km from the property.

 

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