Enough about food for a minute. We’d like to talk about our top favorite places where you can get yourself some nifty craft-alcohols. Where the vibe is calmly cool, the drinks are strong and the crowd is fluid. No, we’re not talking about your Palace Pool Clubs. Not where teenagers and millennials get drunk f*** out of their minds. Props for the concept, quality of drinks and an unbiased crowd. We want a refuge away from loud, obnoxious club music that many of us have outgrown already.
Today, we’ll tell you all about 5 different craft bars that Makati has to offer that allow free-flowing tête-à-tête between guests over quality cocktails.
Polilya is the home of the Engkanto Craft Beer. Seamless electric hues of neon lights. Their space is airy, the music is set just right and drinks are well crafted blended. Locally sourced ratan seats, a banana leaf being used as drink coasters and straws made from bamboo. Not to mention a photo of Imelda Marcos and Cory Aquino plastered on which side of the comfort room you’d choose for your own political taste.
You will feel that you are just in someone else’s living room when you enter Polilya. As if someone just invited you to come to rendezvous for a drink or two.
The Engkanto beers have a lot of options to choose from. Peppery, very light taste and are pretty darned strong. We tried the Blame it on the Heat (145php/3USD) it is refreshing and compliments the humid air while we’re at the Al Fresco area of the bar. Deceptively light and the slushed ice texture gave it much character.
Address: Polilya, 5658 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli’s doors open on the second floor at 5666 Don Pedro Street, just above Bucky’s in Brgy. Poblacion, Makati just after the sunset hour at 6 PM. What you can expect to taste is an array of carefully combined native flavors that help you ease into the dark hours like no other place in Makati. Go for their large collection of locally produced craft beers from different makers.
They have a veranda-style space with KKK banners and national flags hanged on its capiz ticketed walls. Their wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the different concoctions that they are selling so feel free to talk to them. We love going to Alamat on a random weekday night and sometimes they hold live performances from different OPM acts.
Location: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli is at 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street Barangay Población, Makati City. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 6PM-2AM, Sundays, 6PM-12MN. Contact: email@example.com / +63917-5302580.
Step inside and you’ll be welcomed by tables suffused with red light. Sit with your friends on one of the comfortable couches or feel free to spot yourself beside a stranger on the long table at the other end of the room.The drink prices increase based on the liquor used.
A twist to your usual sangria- try their White Wine Sangria (400php/8php)
The infamous F*K Beergherita (340php/6USD), responsible for many epic nights. Enjoy a huge cold glass of your favorite beer with Cazadores Tequila.
Address: Finders Keepers.Warehouse 5, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo corner Sabio), Makati City
Blind Pig first made waves with their promise of total privacy.
The Blind Pig is the 1st speakeasy-style cocktail bar to open in Manila. This wonderful bar is inspired by Milk & Honey and paved the way for other great cocktail bars in Manila such as Curator, Niner Ichi Nana, and ABV. They don’t give a crap about social media and hype. They serve good solid drinks that people tend to talk about with their friends. There were no signages but there were clues like Braille signages next to the door.
The lighting is perfect. The music volume is just above background, so it makes you lean in towards one another thus making it intimate. Soft leather seating and strong drinks. The perfect antidote to anything. Knock on the door, wait for someone to open the small sliding peephole to ask your name. If you have your reservation and made it in time, you will hear the click and be ushered in by the hostess.
Address: Blind Pig. 227 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, Salcedo, Legazpi Village, Makati
Go through the Belle & Dragon Bar, climb through the fur coats in the wardrobe at the back, and step into the Mandala. A hidden whiskey bar called Mandalay Whisky and Cigar Bar. Great selection of whiskeys from all over the world.
If you have any questions about whiskey or are completely new to it, don’t be afraid to ask their staff as they will walk you thru various selections. Strong play on dark wood and cigar smoke filled the air and leather seats are everywhere. Some great single malts are on display.
Address: Behind the Narnia-like door at The Belle & Dragon, 100 Don Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Let these bars become your after-hours refuge on any day of the night. Soak in the laid-back ambiance of these drinking spots.
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