Manila nightlife is varied, eclectic and exciting. But past all the clubs with the pulsating lights and world-renowned DJ’s, the music joints, and the breweries and bars, you’ll find a crop of secret bars and speakeasies that value a great cocktail paired with excellent ambiance. Make your way through Makati’s secret spots.
Mandalay Whikys and Cigars
The first time you find yourself in Mandalay, you’ll fumble in the dark, losing your way in the tight closet filled with old coats. But then you stumble through the heavy wooden doors and into another world: A sanctuary so confident in its authenticity that you don’t for a moment second guess that you’re in the den of Kipling or some other old-world gentleman’s lair. Order a platter of sausages to go with your whiskey sour, or ask the staff for a recommendation on a whisky and cigar pairing.
Belle and Dragon, C. Palanca St., Legazpi Village, Makati | +63 2 625 8818 | IG: @thebelleanddragon
Many have sought out the Blind Pig only to walk up and down the sleepy neighborhood street to eventually give up and claim that it’s probably closed down. But don’t give up! The entrance is found past the low gate of the most unassuming building, you’ll know you’ve reached the right place when you see, ironically, a sign in braille next to a dark front door. Order the Smokey Bastard if you’re a smoker looking for a hazy fix in this non-smoking city.
227 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati | +63 917 549 2264
ABV (Alcohol By Volume)
Indulge your Great Gatsby fantasies at this Makati speakeasy staple. Come armed with a love for 1920’s jazz and the password (“ A glass of giggle water, please!”), and load up on a fine selection of absinthe and classic cocktails.
Basement Floor, 22 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati | +63 2 832 5330 | IG: @abvph
Nothing says “secret bar”quite like having to walk through the broom closet of a 7-Eleven. Bank Bar is hidden in a bank building (naturally) and serves great cocktails. Come dressed to impress.
Ground Floor, RCBC Center 26th and 25th Street, BGC, Taguig | +63 2 801 4862 | IG @bank.bar