ABV (Alcohol by Volume)
Address: Basement Floor, 22 Jupiter St., Bel-Air Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 5:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Telephone Number(s): (+632) 832-5330
If the name "ABV" sounds familiar, that's because it's one of Asia's 50 top bars. (Specifically, it ranked 14th.) And deservedly so: The bar offers some of the finest absinthes and cocktails you'll find in the Metro. In case you can't choose from that extensive collection, ask for the "Bible." There's also a secret lounge inside, but you'll have to know the password in order to get in!
Address: 227 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 6:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Monday – Thursday, Sunday), 6:00 P.M. – 3:00 A.M. (Friday – Saturday)
Mobile Number: (+63) 917-549-2264
As one of the premier speakeasies in Manila, Blind Pig has already garnered quite a reputation from cocktail lovers of all stripes. It's not the kind of bar you can just barge into on a whim; instead, you need to ask for a reservation via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the mobile number provided above. You'll also need to follow a strict set of rules, in accordance with the bar's promise of "total privacy" for its patrons.
Exit Bar (a.k.a. The Exit)
Address: G/F Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 5:30 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Monday – Saturday), 12:00 A.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Sunday)
Telephone Number(s): (+632) 551-1283
As the name suggests, the Exit Bar is located behind a fire exit inside Plaza Cafe. The cozy interior of the bar, coupled with the overall laidback vibe, makes this an intimate place to hang out with your fellow cocktail lovers. They have a wide variety of alcoholic drinks, and you can purchase these for as low as Php200.
Address: Warehouse 5, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave. cor. Sabio St., San Lorenzo, Makati City
Opening Hours: 8:00 P.M. – 5:00 A.M. (Tuesday – Sunday)
Telephone Number(s): (+632) 403-5019, (+632) 403-3959
It's not hard to see how this bar got its name. With only a neon sign, a black curtain and a plain-looking door to mark its entrance, Finders Keepers can be a challenge to find. Once you get in, though, you'll be in for a fun-filled night of classic dance music (and awesome drinks, of course).
Prohibition Liquor Lounge
Address: 3/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
Opening Hours: 6:00 P.M. – 3:00 A.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Telephone Number(s): (+632) 621-6790
If you know where Dillingers 1903 is, it's easy to find this one. (Hint: Look for the fire exit.) True to its name, the Prohibition Liquor Lounge will transport you back to the glamour and decadence of the 1920s. It also has a terrace where guests can dance the night away, and marvel at the beauty of Makati Avenue at the same time.
Address: Unit 1, Paseo Park View Tower, San Agustin cor. Sedeño St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 6:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Monday – Saturday)
Telephone Number(s): (+632) 501-5203
Mobile Number: (+63) 926-624-4685
Like the Prohibition Liquor Lounge, this is a speakeasy hidden inside another establishment. Tucked behind the Bugsy's smoking area, Red Rabbit offers cocktails with prices ranging from Php300 to Php500. The bar's red-and-black theme will definitely catch your attention, as will its 1920s vibe.
The Curator Coffee and Cocktail
Address: Cyrano Wine Bar, 134 Legazpi St., cor. Palanca St., Makati City
Opening Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Monday – Thursday), 7:00 A.M. – 3:00 A.M. (Friday - Saturday), 7:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Mobile Number: (+63) 916-355-4129
By day, it's a coffee shop. By night, it's a full-blown cocktail bar. No matter how you prefer your drink, The Curator has something to offer. With its minimalistic feel, warm lighting and friendly bartenders, this place will help you forget your daytime worries before you know it. Like ABV, this coffee shop-slash-bar landed a place in Asia's top 50 bars, taking the 16th spot.
Z Hostel Roofdeck Bar
Address: 5660 Don Pedro St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Telephone Number(s): (+632) 856-0851
Mobile Number: (+63) 927-965-2692
Located on top of the first and largest luxury hostel in the Philippines, the Z Hostel Roofdeck Bar offers a breathtaking view of the Makati City skyline. It also offers fairly priced food and drinks, uses RFID bracelet technology for cashless transactions, and accepts reservations for their game room (in case you want to organize private parties).
So far, so good? Wait until you see the second and final installment of this series. That'll be uploaded tomorrow, so until then, stay tuned!