We spent Mother’s Day this year at the chic Sky Lounge Music Bar located at the 27th floor of Diamond Hotel, Manila. I know that my mom loves watching live bands perform while she’s enjoying every aspect of the food and drinks on the table. Hence, there’s no other place in Manila I could think of that will be better than the Sky Lounge Music Bar to celebrate her special day. The Music Network serenaded us with songs from the 60’s to the recent years that night. We had high hopes, and are happy to report that the band exceeded all expectations. 🙂

Review of Sky Lounge Music Bar (Diamond Hotel, Ermita, Manila)

Ambiance:

Diamond Hotel’s Sky Lounge Music Bar is a recommended spot for those who want a classy space to enjoy drinks with a date, catch up with friends or even make new ones. It has a laid-back, lounge-like atmosphere where you can just be cool and have fun. Without checking in the hotel, guests can dine in here and unwind. Different bands play music and hit songs nightly starting from 8PM. As the night wears on, the crowd gets thicker and the audience cheers louder, appreciating the music and approaching it in the right spirit.

Social and energetic, the Sky Lounge Music Bar is a remarkable venue that’s featured with dimly lit corners that exude a late-night vibe even at 5:30PM (opening time). Guests can either be seated at the non-smoking area or at the smoking area. Air-conditioning is powerful so be sure to carry a jacket.

Service:

The staff was accompanying and friendly without question. We were made comfortable at the sofa and cushioned chairs and our requests were well taken care of. With regard to the entertainment, song requests were taken from the audience and various melodies were performed to set the mood throughout the evening. Our meal wasn’t rushed and the entire experience was great.

Food:

On the menu, Sky Lounge Music Bar offers a simple list of comfort food that are not a fancier version of modern bar delights but delicious nonetheless. Drinks have a mix of juices, soda, and liquor. We ordered Beef Salpicao (PhP 730)—sautéed beef tenderloin, garlic, onion, mushroom, finger chili served with garlic bread, with rice, of course. It’s a Filipino dish that never fails to please whatever the occasion. The beef was tender and juicy with a savory garlic flavor. The sauce had just enough kick. You’ll want to be soaking that stuff up with the bread.

Breaded fresh squid with garlic mayo dip, the Calamares (PhP 495) was perfectly done. It was easy to bite, not rubbery and not too crispy. I love that it was paired with French fries that were equally lip-smacking.

Far from bland, the Vegetarian Pizza (PhP 480) was loaded with toppings (white onion, red and green bell pepper, sauteed garlic, asparagus, black olive, tomato, and cream cheese). Taste was superb! The crust was nice, light, and bready, soft and moist inside.

Price for Value:

Prices of food are notably expensive but costs were easily justified with the entertaining experience we had at the Sky Lounge Music Bar. With snazzy bar bites, this place is a must-visit. Guests would not need to worry about checking the schedule, as there’s always something going on that keeps music very much alive every night of the week.

Sadly though, I just heard from Marketing last night that this area will be renovated and be transformed to something else. We’ll definitely watch out for that. 🙂 In any case, we have the rest of May to catch the remaining days of the Sky Lounge Music Bar. Note: Official closing will be on June 1, 2016.

27th Floor, Diamond Hotel, Roxas Boulevard Corner J. Quintos Street, Ermita, Manila
For inquiries, call (02) 5283000
Date Published: 05/20/2016

Review of Sky Lounge Music Bar (Diamond Hotel, Ermita, Manila)
Ambiance
Service
Food
Price for Value
4.7Overall Score

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26 Responses

  1. Sage

    I swear you always go to the best places! Everytime I stop by your blog, I want to book a ticket to manila. The photo of the vegetarian pizza has be craving pizza big time, I haven’t seen a Danish pizza look that good, ever!

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  2. Shirley Wood

    What a nice way to celebrate Mother’s Day with your Mom. Music from the 60’s had to be so fun! Nice tip to bring a jacket! The food looks scrumptious too! Sound like you guys had a great time.

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  3. Heather

    Every time I read your blog, I want to go to Manila and see all of these places! The Sky Lounge Music Bar looks like such a great place to celebrate Mother’s Day or just other special days. So glad you had a nice time!

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  4. Lori Bosworth

    Wow, looks like The Sky Lounge Music Bar is definitely the place to visit when in Manila. The venue and food look amazing, especially the vegetarian pizza and the calamari. I’m sure your mom really enjoyed her special day.

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  5. Melissa

    Wow! The Sky Lounge Music Bar in the Diamond Hotel looks like a great place to visit when you are in Ermita, Manila. I will have to check it out as I do plan to visit Manila soon. What a great menu and perfect location for Mother’s Day!

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  6. Britni

    All of your beautiful pictures make me want to travel and visit all of these fun places. This looks like an incredible place to have dinner. The atmosphere looks really fun and your food looks delicious! Sounds like you were able to have a really fun night!

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  7. Pal Raine

    The Diamond Hotel Ermita considered to be the oldest hotels in Manila, but until now it is still the best hotel to visit.

    Hope your mom enjoyed your treat, Happy mothers day to your mom.

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  8. Fred

    We celebrated my parent’s golden wedding anniversary at the penthouse function rooms of the Diamond Hotel, so got to see the Sky Lounge while we were there. Too bad we were not able to try the food and entertainment there.

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  9. Amanda Love

    What a great way to spend mothers day and I’m pretty sure that your mom enjoyed it all. It looks like everyone had a great time and the food looked amazing!

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  10. Danessa Foo

    What a lovely way to celebrate Mother’s Day – good food, great music and awesome company! It looks like your mum enjoyed herself tremendously.

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  11. Zwitsy

    I find the price quite too high but how you describe the place and its service, I guess it’s worth it after all. WAs that your mom too? Wow, she looks so young and beautiful. 🙂

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  12. Elizabeth O.

    This is the perfect atmosphere to relax, I’m sure your mom had a great time here too. Love the decor and the food looks really good, especially that veggie pizza. A good staff is always a great asset when it comes to restaurants and bars.

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  13. Tiffany Yong

    Oh no, it will be closing soon? That means you will be one of the last few to be experiencing this…. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your time there… Don’t think I will ever get to visit this!

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  14. Franc Ramon

    Sky Lounge looks like a really cozy place to hang out. It also looks like they had great food and excellent service.

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  15. Bhushavali

    27th floor?! That’s definitely interesting. Indeed sad that its gonna close! Bad… Hope its replaced by another similar fantastic place.

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  16. Shub

    I like these kind of places – cozy and comfortable. Btw, who says vegetarian food is bland? I think it is wholesome, healthier and can offer great tastes and varieties.

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  17. Pooja Kawatra

    This place looks awesome and The Sky Lounge Music Bar is definitely a great place to visit and enjoy the good food and have a good time too.

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  18. Louise

    I never thought there’s a bar this classy in Ermita. Seriously. I thought most of the bars there are disco and karaoke bars! I wonder what kind of renovation they will be doing. The place looks nice already. But whatever it is, let’s hope it would still be as classy as their existing look. This is a great place to catch up with friends as the ambiance looks relaxed, the type you can really talk with each other without having to raise voices.

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  19. Rosey

    I like that it’s so busy you don’t have to check the schedule to ensure something will be going on. It sounds nice to me. I’m sorry to hear it’s closing.

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  20. Gwendolyn Mulholland

    This looks like a wonderful time for everyone and it is a shame it is closing. The food looks delicious and hopefully they will put something just as incredible in its place. I hope your mother truly enjoyed her Mother’s Day!

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  21. Dina Demarest

    This looks like such an amazing hotel. The atmosphere and the food looks like it was such a great time. Glad you shared with us so that we could enjoy it right along with you.

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