If you look up at the sky at approximately 7:21 p.m. tonight, (Monday, Nov. 14, 2016), the moon will appear bigger and brighter than it has in almost 70 years. That’s because it’s turning full at the same time that it’s reaching the point in its orbit where it’s closest to earth. The non-astronomical term for this is “supermoon.” This one’s special because the moon will be 221,524 miles from Earth (the average distance is 248,900 miles) and the moon won’t be this close to our planet until 2034.


So where will you be for this once-in-a-generation lunar event? Here are our picks for the best rooftop bars where you can observe the supermoon tonight:

Oz Bar

Roof Deck, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, Palm Drive, Makati



The Holiday Inn & Suites has a relaxing rooftop bar

What to Drink: Enjoy the cool poolside breeze with refreshing cocktails like the mojito-inspired Jinx (white rum, brandy, grape juice, mint, lime) and and El Draque (gin, mint, lime, lemonade, kiwi, cucumber) or the signature Royal Green (tequila, basil, cucumber, lemon juice).

VU’s Sky Bar and Lounge

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Meralco Ave. and Sapphire St., Pasig


The sky lounge located on top of the hotel’s 45th floor will take you as close to the moon as you can get without a spaceship.

What to Drink: Celebrate the fullness of the moon with the mesmerizing Ice Ball cocktails or step out of your comfort zone and try the signature Tom Yam Tini (vodka, lime juice, thai chili, lemongrass) or Batida de Maracuja (Cachaca 51, pineapple juice, passionfruit).

The Penthouse 8747

Lepanto Building, Paseo de Roxas St., Makati

Photo courtesy of The Penthouse 8747’s Facebook page

This 1920s-inspired rooftop lounge has comfortable spaces good for small groups, glitzy Art Deco black and gold décor, and a glittering view of the Makati skyline.

What to Drink: Toast the supermoon with a glass (or a carafe) of bubbly champagne cocktails like the Yale (Bombay Sapphire, fresh lemon juice), the East Egg (peach), or the Gatz (Triple Sec, fresh orange juice).

Z Hostel

5660 Don Pedro St., Poblacion, Makati


This photo of Z Hostel is courtesy of TripAdvisor

We like this place for its anything-can-happen energy, convenient cashless RFID system, and bird’s eye view of all the exciting things going on in Poblacion on any given night.

What to Drink: Use this moon-gazing time to drink all of your feelings with the whimsically named signature drinks Punyeta (rum, pineapple), #MayForever (vodka, cranberry), and Whatever (vodka, lime juice).

Sky Deck at The Bayleaf Intramuros

Muralla corner Victoria Street, Intramuros, Manila


Located in the heart of Intramuros, the Bayleaf’s Sky Deck is known for its romantic and unobstructed 360-degree view of the Manila skyline. Go for the sunset; stay for the supermoon.

What to Drink: Try the classic cocktails, local beers, and wine; happy hour is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. daily.


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