Pub Crawl: Fort Bonifacio
Here's a virtual tour of the best watering holes in the city!
(SPOT.ph) There’s something about Fort Bonifacio that makes many of us want to endure the heavy Manila traffic—even just for a drink. Then again, this bustling neighborhood is also known for its vibrant night scene. From Burgos Circle to Serendra, this multi-hectare fragment of Taguig is laden with pubs and bars in almost every corner. Here, we give you a virtual tour of the best watering holes with good food to try from day to night whenever you’re in the city.
With the growing popularity of craft beers, Tap Station rises to the challenge. You can come here to choose from their extensive selection of both local and imported beers. They're also the only place in the Metro where you can get smoked craft beers like the Håkan Hard Smoked Malt Rauchbier. Perfect for grilled food, each sip gives you an intense, standout smoky flavor.
Tap Station is at G/F Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle.
Downtown and Halsted
Located only a few blocks away from Burgos Circle, Downtown and Halsted was inspired by an art district called Halsted in Chicago. This one-of-a-kind pub allows artists to showcase their talents such as painting, photography, film, and music. Not only are most of the drinks here handcrafted, but the food is also worthy of anyone’s attention. Don’t miss out on their succulent steak sampler where they combine various choice cuts on a single plate.
Downtown and Halsted is at G/F Burgos Parklane, Forbestown Road.
Tipple & Slaw
No matter what time you arrive, this pub will always be brimming with people. Tipple & Slaw also doubles as a laid-back restaurant with chill music. Try their BBQ Beef Brisket (P450) that comes with coleslaw and crispy potatoes on the side. Once the sun goes down, the pub comes to life. Their Blind Gin (P280), made up of egg whites, lemon juice, gin, and bitters, is the perfect way to kick off the night.
Tipple & Slaw is at 2/F The Forum, 7th Avenue corner Federacion Drive, Bonifacio Global City.
Tucked behind a convenience store in the RCBC Building, Bank Bar is just the place for people who want to sit back and relax. Their elegant interiors and noteworthy bar chow makes for an ideal place to hang out with friends. If you go early, you can catch their Happily Hour After deal for unlimited cocktails, beer, and even non-alcoholic choices.
Bank Bar is at G/F RCBC Savings Corporate Center, 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Niner Ichi Nana
This cocktail joint by Erwan Heusaff and Rob Pengson is a picky drinker's heaven. With a wide selection of alcohol, you can order your own bespoke cocktail on the spot. The pub is furnished with leather seats and rustic details, giving it that cozy feel and making it the perfect place to relax and unwind with friends.
Niner Ichi Nana is at G/F Globe Telecom Tower, 32nd Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Hotel Bar is the speakeasy offshoot of Pink’s Hotdogs. Although the secret pub only has 11 classic cocktails on the menu, their skilled bartenders can whip up a variety of handcrafted drinks upon request. Grab an Old Fashioned to go with your Tokyo Dog (P250) and fuel up for the night ahead.
Hotel Bar is inside Pink's Hot Dogs, Shangri-La at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City.
If you're looking for a cocktail adventure, this pub right beside Stella is the place to be. Rocket Room has a good lineup of signature cocktails that boast a fiery twist. You don't want to miss their “infamous” Rocket Fuel, which is a concoction of tequila, triple sec, and a special vodka infused with jalapeño chili. Their dimly lit room is also mostly illuminated with tea candles, making the setting perfect for an intimate night out with good company.
Rocket Room is at Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Prepare to get transported to Tokyo with LIT Manila's play on Japanese whisky. They pride themselves on knowing the kind of whisky you'll need depending on your mood. You can choose from single malts like the Nikka Miyagiko whisky, or the Scotch purist's favorite—the Chivas Mizunara.
LIT Manila is at G/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City.
This Spanish-themed tapas bar will take you back to the ‘80s. Tomatito's red and yellow lights and lively atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for trying out their artisanal cocktails and beverages. Choose from their wide selection of Spanish wines that can be paired with any of their signature tapas. Their Paella Valenciana (P795) is a winner: Traditional dry paella with chicken, rosemary, and snow beans.
Tomatito Manila is at G/F BGC Corporate Center, 11th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Although The Brewery has a wide selection of international beers, the real star of the show is the craft beer they make in-house. The rustic-styled 300-seater pub has all the brewing machines laid out for everyone to see. They are also known for their dishes crafted by Chef Carlo Miguel. Sample the Microbrewery Nachos (P450) for an unusual take on the crowd-favorite bar bite. It uses garlic aioli, chipotle aioli, and a very cheesy beer sauce for a good kick.
The Brewery is at The Palace, 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Erratum: An earlier version of this article included Draft Gastropub on the list, which has closed in BGC. We have updated the story to reflect this information.