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Sunday, December 02, 2007

BEST CLUBS IN SE ASIA: Club Embassy | Manila







Manila’s answer to Southeast Asia’s Superclubs has got to be the hip, highly hoolabalooed Club Embassy at The Fort in Makati City. This is where the most beautiful people of Manila go on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights!

The whole concept is quite impressive although there's nothing new. The club is divided into 3 sections – the café, the lounge for VVIPs and the main dance floor. People-watching extravaganza and of course make sure they watch you too – come en voguegatekeepers can refuse entry.

The sound is in all sorts of housedeep, acid, garage, what-have-you. I was told that on some days they play trip hop and dance music. No shortage of booze but nothing really special. Just standard poison we find in any cosmopolitan city. Nothing fancy with the interior either – plain, huge and needs character. It’s funny to note that it looks like another club in LA or San Diego but thinking you are actually clubbing like this in Asia will blow you away.

Club Embassy is clustered with a number of other night spots, restaurants and lounges in a strip called The Fort – which is in the middle of a huge open space dotted with tall residential towers. The area looks like a typical American enclave lacking of any Filipino character. Is this what we’re doing to our cities lately?

Anyways…the best way to reach Club Embassy is by cab, if you’re a tourist. Just be prepared to wait a thousand years to catch another one when it’s time to go back to your hotel. Taxis are scarce in this area -- just so you know. If you’re driving, take McKinley Road from Ayala Avenue towards Bonifacio Global City (the name of the whole area).


Club doors open at 8pm and the seat-hugging patrons come shortly thereafter. Overly eager crowds come at 10pm but gorgeous people won’t start coming until around 1am. If you’re too early, try Prince of Jaipur next door. Excellent food and the ambiance is one of the best in the whole of Manila. A dinner at Prince of Jaipur is highly recommended by BISEAN.


Club Embassy @ The Fort – Manila’s prime party place.


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*Thanks to Francis for the pics.
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18 Comments:

eyron said...

never been here...

travelphilippines said...

oh yeah but im lovin alchemy now.

AJ of Baklaako.com said...

been waiting for this review. :) great one, as always. :)

Jake Tornado said...

Love the place except the occasional brawls. You know how it is when dudes get drunk...hee-hee...

curbside_puppet said...

travelphilippines is right. try alchemy though. i believe it looks more asian than embassy. more of a singapore-ish feel to it. it's nearer to my place as well!

Pisanu for BISEAN said...

Thanks a million, dudes for leaving a comment. Where is Alchemy? Been to Government...naaah...I'd give it a 3. I'm up to Bed Manila later. Let's see what's there.

Jake Tornado said...

The last time I was in Bed (Malate) was 3 years ago...I don't know how it looks now...Embassy (I think) is more habitable...

curbside_puppet said...

i don't go to the malate area though. alchemy is on silver city mall, frontera verde, pasig city. it's on doña julia vargas avenue after the valle verde villages. it's like 500 meters from Ortigas Center.

John Halcyon von Rothschild said...

Been there once. Nothing impressive. Then again, I'm not much of a club person.

gorjess said...

oh no dont go to bed pisanu hehe. bed is not as good as 2-3 years ago.

Wentle said...

pisanu... you didnt tell me youre in the country =P

Reyville of Simply Manila said...

The Fort is in Taguig City, not Makati.

Ryammm said...

Embassy now officially sucks... why?

Read here: http://kaleidokamp.blogspot.com/2008/09/my-top-5-reasons-why-embassy-sucks.html

Nickel said...

Is there a working email address for Embassy?

Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...

I'm here for a week. I was planning to go to Embassy tonight.
Thenn, i read bad reviews pretty much everywhere on the net.

Now, I find i have my Saturday night free! Dammit.

I am from the UK. So, I don't need an education in clubs or DJs.

I yearn to hear drum & bass, tech, hard house, electro etc etc. I can hear that back at home, any night of the week, by great DJs.

I am eclectic enough to want to hear other types of music... yes, even mainstream!

I hear the filo's are into their r&b and hip hop. So, i'd like to go to what is condsider the SUPREME night for thatkind of music. I am kidding myself?!

I am amazed how almost everything is the same price as in the UK. McDonalds, Levi's etc.
Diesel Jeans etc are more expensive here.
However, local food is considerably cheaper to buy here.
It also amuses me how many girls use whitening products for their skin!

Let me know if there are any bars, clubs etc worth checking out before i go, please. Thank you!

Pisanu for BISEAN said...

Mate, you didn't leave any link to get back to you for suggestions. Seems your predicament is urgent in nature.

I would still suggest this place (Embassy). Nothing comes close to this one no matter how the locals rants about it. Or rate it. Some of them were just refused entry thats why they're upset.

But there's Club Alchemy or head to Eastwood City. Lots of choices there.

ALCHEMY --Corner Julia Vargas Ave. & Tiendesitas, Ortigas Center www.alchemy.com.ph

Happy clubbing!

vevero said...

chicest club in Metro Manila...

Anonymous said...

the social climbers' party place

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