Want to know what adult entertainment you can find in Manila?
The capital of the Philippines, Manila is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Home to 1.78 million people, the city covers an area of just 42.88 sq. km. Put in perspective, you could fit the city of Manila into Birmingham (UK) six times! With 3.1 million international arrivals to the Philippines all channelled through this tiny city, it is always crowded but with plenty to do; from bars, restaurants and clubs to some more saucy and erotic venues.
In this guide, we take a look at all the ways you can find adult entertainment whilst staying in Manila. From body rub centres to hostess bars, street prostitutes to escorts, strip clubs and more, we have everything you need to know about the sex scene in Manila – as well as the prevailing laws and legal status.
- 1 Prostitution in Manila
- 2 Manila Escorts Guide
- 3 Sex in Manila
Prostitution in Manila
Prostitution in Manila is illegal but the industry is thought to generate around $6 billion in revenue each year. With figures like this, it is easy to see why the government doesn’t put a huge amount of resources on policing the sex industry. They are certainly well aware that sex tourism is a huge draw for the Philippines with between two and three out of every five tourists visiting the country for sex.
There are an estimated half a million women working as prostitutes around the country with the main hubs being centered around Manila and the country’s more populous cities of Cagayan De Oro, Pasig City, Cebu City and Caloocan City.
Angeles City, to the north-west of Manila, has a reputation for being a city of sin and is considered one of the country’s largest red-light districts.
Prostitutes work in a number of ways including as escorts, street hookers and as masseuses at erotic body rub centres. Most speak excellent English and make a regular living as working women. In a country which is experiencing a lot of economic growth, the unequal distribution of the wealth is obvious, and prostitution is an attractive career for many Filipino women from rural areas of the country.
The prices for services vary but customers can expect to pay an average of around $100 per hour for an outcall service with an escort, $30 to $50 for a quickie with a street hooker and varying prices for other adult services.
In general, prostitution is tolerated but you should remember that it is still illegal and discretion is recommended at all times. Some of the larger international hotels are less accommodating of their guest’s ‘extracurricular’ activities than others. Fortunately there are plenty of cheap love hotels where you can rent rooms for short periods which gives you other options for entertaining a prostitute.
Manila Escorts Guide
There are a lot of ways to get an escort in Manila with rates varying depending on the service you use. Whilst free classified sites may seem to offer cheaper rates, they are often a target for scammers who advertise the details of very attractive escorts but deliver something very different. Where possible, always make sure you request up to date photos of the escort you are meeting or use the services of an agency/directory with good reviews or a guarantee on authenticity.
Sex in Manila
Brothels are not legal in the Philippines but they do operate. Unfortunately these are underground establishments and can frequently change location. Many local taxi drivers can point you in the direction of a brothel-type venue but they are not always in the most savoury of locations.
Pimps work in the red-light areas trying to entice tourists into visiting certain clubs and salons so it is likely that, if you are looking for sex, it will find you first.
Customers can also find sex for sale at the go-go/hostess bars (see ‘Strip Clubs’, below) with a hooker or oral/manual relief in the erotic massage parlours.
Swinging is not a popular activity in the Philippines but there are some private events run by a select group in the city. They often use classified sites like Locanto to advertise for other couples and are usually expats rather than Filipinos.
Karaoke Bars (or KTVs) are a uniquely Asian way to seek entertainment in the city and can offer both an innocent night out as well as a more adult one. It is important you get the right kind of venue to avoid disappointment.
Some can be likened to gentleman’s clubs with a touch of the nightclub about them whilst most are simply karaoke bars similar to the girly bars. Many will have private rooms and VIP suites for hire where you can be accompanied by hostesses to help keep the fun flowing. Some KTVs even offer massage on site.
We’ve picked those venues in the city that are known for providing good services and where foreigners are well catered for.
- Pegasus, Quezon Avenue cor Scout Chuatoco Street, Quezon City
- Heartbeat Mega, 357 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
- Classmate Digital, 1012 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
- Genie Magic, 4/F & 5/F, Paragon Square Bldg, VV Soliven Street, Imelda Avenue, Cainta, Rizal
- Air Force One, Citi Mall Bldg, 888 Ninoy Aquino Ave, Paranaque City
Erotic Massage Parlours
There are hundreds of places to get an erotic body rub in Manila; some offer a happy ending whilst others also provide additional services. Even some of the large hotels also offer lingam massage, full naked body slides and nuru oil massage.
Unlike the adult massage parlours of Thailand and other parts of Asia, the girls don’t stand around outside nor can you expect there to be someone on the streets enticing you in. Instead, you head inside one of the salons and speak first to the receptionist. They are well used to foreigners asking if they provide happy endings so if you spot somewhere likely but aren’t sure if they provide rub and tug, always ask first.
Prices vary by location but you can expect to pay around 500 PHP ($10) extra for a hand job or 1000 PHP ($20) for a blowjob. Full service is generally not available.
You can find erotic massage parlours in any of the red-light areas of the city, particularly on P Burgos Street.
Strip Clubs/ Go-Go Bars/ Girly Bars
Strip clubs in the Philippines are more commonly known as go-go (or bikini) bars. They are similar to strip clubs in that women perform dance routines but they do not always include topless or nude acts. They are a common place for prostitutes to work. Sometimes they are simply hostess bars with live music or a DJ and services taking place in private rooms or even in the bar itself (oral and manual).
They are quite common in Manila with most being geared to servicing foreigners. They generally open at around 9pm on a weekday but can be open all day on weekends and certainly from early afternoons.
You can also find some more traditional gentleman’s clubs along with cabaret bars if you would prefer to see some erotic dancing.
If you hit up a go-go bar or hostess bar and have a woman join you for company then you will need to pay, what is known as, a ‘bar fine’. This covers the cost of her time whilst she is entertaining you and does not pay for any services you might negotiate with her. It is a way of the management covering the loss of earnings associated with her time. Bar fines vary by venue with the more popular venues charging as much as 4000 to 5000 peso ($78 to $97). However, you can find cheaper venues at a fraction of this cost.
Remember that when buying drinks for your hostess, she will often be drinking diluted versions of what you are having so she can stay clear headed. Don’t try to outdrink these girls; even those that are matching you often have a stronger constitution for alcohol.
As ever, it is worth avoiding drinking too much when negotiating red-light areas as they can be easy places to ‘lose’ your personal possessions.
1210, 5 Badajos, Makati, 1210 Kalakhang
Bar fines at the Kojax can add up to around 4000 peso ($78) if you spend a lot of time here but the girls here are usually young and attractive.
Kojax is open from 7.00pm to 2.00am, seven days a week.
Burgos Street, Metro Makati
Known as one of the naughtiest go-go bars around, the hostess girls at High Heels have a reputation for being very attentive and quite forward. Its very popular with westerners and there is a good range of dancers entertaining the crowds.
Of course, the main feature of the entertainment is the attention of the bar girls. If you are flashing the cash then you can usually pick up a couple of women who will be rubbing you up in all the right ways.
There are even some ladyboys on hand.
1429 M. H. Del Pilar St, Manila City, Manila, Metro Manila
Officially a sports bar, Ermita is a well-known spot for freelance girls to pick up clients. They are easy enough to spot as they will literally jump in the lap of any single, or group of, guys in there. The management don’t seem to mind as the girls encourage a regular flow of drinks before the action moves to a nearby love hotel.
The benefit of this venue is that (because the girls are independent) you don’t need to pay for overpriced drinks and a bar fine.
There is usually some good live acts playing here in addition to the televised sports making it a popular place to hang out, with or without the intention of hooking up.
The bar is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
EDSA International Entertainment Center, F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay City, Metro Manila
The Cotton Club is one of several girly bars in this complex but is one that has a great reputation for pretty girls. The large stage can have up to 20 women performing at any time with dozens more working the crowd for punters.
There are VIP rooms available for more intimate services but be aware the place can get busy after 9pm. From this time, the best looking girls are usually taken so get there early to avoid disappointment.
There are discounts available if you want to spend some time with more than one hostess. Staff are very friendly and the girls are accommodating so just ask.
5043 P Burgos, Poblaciob, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
According to management, the Jools Cabaret is the best live show of its kind, west of Las Vegas and East of Paris. Whilst this is some stretch of the imagination, the venue does put on a good show. There are a good dozen dancers performing well-choreographed shows. They aren’t nude but they should titivate most guys and the atmosphere is good.
The showtimes at Jools cabaret are as follows:
- Sunday to Thursday: 10pm and 12pm
- Friday and Saturday: 10pm, 12pm, 2am
The venue is open from 8.00pm to 4.00am and the bar is usually quite busy with friendly girls.
Best of the Rest
You can find girly bars throughout the red-light areas but the most popular streets are P.Burgos and the EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos Avenue).
However, the following all have a good reputation for servicing foreigners:
- Horizons Gentleman’s VIP Lounge, 5043 P Burgos, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
- Bottoms Bar, Central Bus. Dist. 5012 P. Burgos St., Makati City
- Gentleman’s Nightclub, 3-E, West Capitol Drive, Pasig City, 1600 Metro Manila
- Rouges, P Burgos Street, Metro Manila
- Tickles Bar, P Burgos, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
Street Prostitutes & Red-Light Districts
In the Makati area of the city, most adult venues including the go-go bars and freelance hookers can be found on P Burgos Street. The Greenbelt mall is also a common place to find working girls.
To the north of Burgos is the infamous EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos Ave) which is home to a lot of cheap bars where you can pick up a hooker. It is less busy than P Burgos with fewer tourists hitting the seedier bars. It’s a long street but those bars around the Heritage Hotel and Casino Filipino are usually the best bet. The EDSA entertainment complex is generally very popular with westerners due to the number of girly bars (seven under one roof as well as a nightclub).
To the west of the city is Ermita which is home to the oldest red-light area of the city which also has plenty of street hookers, independent bar girls as well as KTVs and bikini bars.
If you are staying in the Malate area then you can also hit up the areas around Remedios Street and M. Adriatico Street.
Sex Shops in Manila aren’t as common as in some other Asian cities but there are a good selection to be found.
Most provide a good selection of the essentials and basics with some novelty items. In general, they don’t offer a great range of niche items such as fetish, costume or BDSM toys.
Our choices for the best in the Manila are:
- The Pleasure Place, Jupiter, 2nd Floor Villa Building, Makati, 1226 Metro Manila
- The Pleasure Place, Meralco Avenue, Metrowalk, Ortigas, Pasig, 1600 Metro Manila
- Love 365, Unit M1 Lourdes Suites, 8429 Kalayaan Ave, Makati, 1209 Metro Manil
- Pleasure Shop, 652 Boni Ave, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila
- G Spot, Greenhills Shopping Center, Service Road, Ortigas Avenue, 1502 Metro Manila
- Love Corner, Rm.608 Royal Plaza Twin Towers, Remedios St., Malate, 1004 Metro Manila
- Nice & Nawty, p. Burgos Corner San Lucas Poblacion, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila,
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