Bar hopping is nothing new to the corporate warriors who slave at work in the day and want to let loose at night. If you’re in for a few drinks or for a weekly ritual hangout with your friends, here are the newest places in the metro that you and your group can try.
The Penthouse 8747
If you are a fan of Great Gatsby
and want to try a different way of spending your Friday night, dress up and head over to Penthouse 8747
, located at the top of Lepanto Building in Makati. This fine dining and party place offers local and imported drinks, and whips their own cocktails like the book characters Gatsby and Klipspringer.
Penthouse 8747’s posh black-and-gold interior
Address: Lepanto Building, Paseo de Roxas St., Makati City
Contact No.: 0917-801-0655
Operating Hours: 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Budget: PhP1,400 for two
Salvatore Cuomo & Bar Manila
This popular premium casual restaurant finally made its way to the Philippines just this June, bringing their well-known “Neapolitan pizza.” Its creator Salvatore Cuomo proudly coined the term and brought along his Italian and Japanese roots to his cuisine. Salvatore Cuomo & Bar Manila
has a spacious bar area where you can get wines and even sake, as well as a Chef’s Table, which is a long, communal table good for ten people, that you can reserve with your friends for a different dining experience.
High ceilings and huge windows open up the restaurant.
Address: Uptown Parade Mall, 9th Ave. corner 38th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Contact No.: (+632)946-3072 / (+632) 946-3073
Operating Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM; Friday to Saturday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Budget: PhP1,800 for two
Situated in Panay, Quezon City and had its soft launch in December 2015, The Beech
became fully operational just this April and offers options for your friends. You can drink and dine in their restaurant with beautiful industrial-type interiors, or with your friends, opt for a Karaoke and rent one of their spacious rooms for a starting consumable rate of PhP3,000. If you are not into alcohol, you can still enjoy this bar because they serve coffee and frappes as well. As a bonus, they offer valet parking so you won’t have to worry about your car.
Woodwork, brick walls, and roof panels used as design make an interesting interior.
Address: 121 Panay Ave., Quezon City
Contact No.: (+63)917-580-5116
Operating Hours: 6:00 PM – 4:00 AM
Budget: PhP650 for two
This old mansion refurbished as a hostel and “gastrobar,” a bar or pub that offers high quality meals, just opened last January and will give you all the nostalgia of the Old Manila with its white walls, wood accents, and extravagant chandelier. Aside from the usual shots and cocktails, Tambayan
boasts of their adobo
as their bestseller. Parking might be tricky, though, as it is situated along the busy street of Malate.
What to expect in Tambayan? DRINKS! And quirky bulbs!
Address: 1607 Bocobo St., Malate, Manila
Contact No.: (+63)905-525-4163
Operating Hours: 24 hours
Budget: PhP900 for two
is your classic hangout place if your idea of a good time is drinking. From local beers to well-known hard drinks and a couple of cocktails, you’ll have plenty to choose from while chatting with your friends and overlooking the view of Makati. 1018 Bar features live bands every Friday that you and your friends can enjoy with a couple of beers. A little heads up—this place might be a bit difficult to find. Take Pililia St. from JP Rizal if you’re going after 9:00 PM as the village gates close around this time.
1018 Bar’s open area
Address: 5th floor, 1018 Teresa St., Rizal Village, Makati City
Contact No.: 0917-811-4700
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Budget: Drinks start at PhP60.00
True to its name, this bar has a literal tunnel concept; the area is surrounded with stonewalls covered in graffiti, with soft lighting. Inspired by the speakeasy concept from the Prohibition period in America, TUNNL
serves classic cocktails and plays electronic music to 90’s hits—a sweet treat, actually, if that is your vibe.
Opening just before the sun sets and closing just before the sun rises, this bar is not only made for drinking and partying but for some fine dining, too. They serve Angus ribeye steak and TUNNL Burger, which are just two as their popular offerings.
Shots for the party animals
Address: 2230 UPRC 1 Building, Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
Contact No.: (+63)927-783-7038
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 5:00 PM – 3:00 AM; Friday to Saturday, 5:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Budget: PhP1,300 for two
Chill Bar – Bocobo
If you are from Manila, you’ll be happy to know that Chill Bar
just opened their newest branch in Malate last December 2015, bringing in their famous alcoholic slushes and bombshell cocktails that you and your friends can try. Chill bar offers a wide array of meals, from silogs
(fried rice with egg meals) to sizzling plates, that you can enjoy for 24 hours. Their meal set High 5 is one of their bestsellers.
The exteriors of their newest branch in Malate, Manila
Address: Jorge Bocobo St., Malate, Manila
Contact No.: (+632)521-8166
Operating Hours: 24 hours
Budget: PhP600.00 for two
The Bonbon Club
What makes The Bonbon Club
stand out among other bars? It only serves gin. Don’t worry, though, because they use international brands and make fine cocktails out of their gin selections. They offer the usual gin-based cocktails like Negroni and Gimlet, but also whip drinks infused with unusual ingredients—some of the more popular ones are Dr. Sylvius, infused with black peppers, and Earl of Milan, made with the Earl Grey Tea.
The inviting yet secretive vibe of The Bonbon Club
Address: 16 Tropical Palms, Gallardo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Contact No.: (+632)801-4840
Operating Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM; Friday, 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM; Saturday, 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Budget: PhP600.00 for two
Whether you’re a corporate junkie living in Makati or a yuppie in Quezon City, you’ll never run out of places for partying after office hours. Call up your friends and indulge yourself once in a while, because other than drinking, the best stress relievers are friends.
(Images from establishments’ Facebook pages)