10 Places in Manila That Are Perfect for Beer Lovers
Pick your poison.
(SPOT.ph) Contrary to what most non-beer drinkers think, beer doesn't just taste bitter. Some are fruity, some are sharp, others are combinations of either—especially with craft beer constantly being in the spotlight. One thing is for sure: once you get an acquired taste for beer, it's hard to beat. We list down 10 restaurants with a great selection of brews, perfect for when you're looking for a happy, light buzz to go with your meal.
The Brewery is a restaurant, bar, and brewery all at the same time. You can straight up tell from the name that The Brewery prides itself in being able to concoct different types of beer with their own micro-brewery right then and there. The place creates the perfect balance good food, great live entertainment, and excellent brews to cap off the experience.
Must-tries: Pilsner (P180 to P310), Brown Ale (P180 to P310)
The Brewery is at The Palace, 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about The Brewery.
Draft Gastropub serves beer on tap. We're talking premium quality European draft beers (think Stella Artois and Hoegaarden). With black walls and dark wood-lined mirrors, it exudes of luxury while still being casual. It's a great place to be at if you're looking for good grub and excellent beer.
Must-tries: Hoegaarden (P180/250 ml, P295/500 ml), Stella Artois (P150/330 ml, P210/500 ml)
Draft Gastropub is at The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Draft Gastropub.
The Perfect Pint
Aptly named The Perfect Pint, this place is a standout as they campaign for local brews on tap—from Katipunan Craft Ale to Pearl of the Orient Pale Ale, People Power Pale Ale to Pedro English Elementary Ale. The Perfect Pint is the best place to go with beer expectations and leave satisfied.
Must-tries: Pedro English Elementary Ale (P280/400 ml, P230/330 ml), Katipunan Signal No. 1 Stout (P300/400 ml, P250/330 ml)
The Perfect Pint has branches at 2/F Crossroads Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City; and Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Read more about The Perfect Pint.
Another place that serves imported beer on tap is Black Olive. This unassuming restaurant by Chef Carlo Miguel (who's also behind Draft Gastropub), boasts an extensive list of European draft beers including Chimay Red, Paulaners, Pilsners, Budweisers, Orval, and more. Go ahead and bring friends for a chill drinking session!
Must-tries: Chimay Red (P280/330 ml), Paulaner Hefe (P290/500 ml)
Black Olive is at Capitol Commons, Meralco Avenue corner Shaw Boulevard, Oranbo, Pasig City. Read more about Black Olive.
The Bottle Shop
The Bottle Shop is the brainchild of Jim Araneta, whose intent was to make beer drinking a more refined experience with a selection of high quality brews. They have a great assortment of both local and imported beers—including hard-to-find labels! Some of their bottles can be pricey, but that shouldn't stop you from trying out their brews.
Must-tries: Smoked Porter (P700), Dead Guy Ale (P275)
The Bottle Shop has branches at 26th Street corner 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City; and G/F Tritan Ventures Building, Paseo De Magallanes, Magallanes, Makati City. Read more about The Bottle Shop.
Moonshine P.U.B. x Public Urban Bar
Moonshine Public Urban Bar was initially located in the outskirts of Makati, before they moved to a bigger location in Ortigas Center. Moonshine has a vast array of local, imported, and flavored beer that guests can enjoy in an unpretentious and welcoming pub. Word of advice: Make reservations on weekends. The place is always packed!
Must-tries: Blue Moon (P180), Peach Beer (P110/330ml, P280/500ml)
Moonshine P.U.B. x Public Urban Bar is Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Read more about Moonshine P.U.B. x Public Urban Bar.
Tipsy Pig Gastropub
Tipsy Pig Gastropub has an extensive menu of inventive local and imported beers—from Salted Caramel to Raspberry, Passion Fruit to Green Apple—all of which are worth the splurge. Celebrity sightings aren't unusual here! Whether it's a special occasion or no occasion at all, there's no losing at Tipsy Pig Gastropub.
Must-tries: Hazelnut Draft Beer (P110/400 ml, P285/liter), Cervesa 43 (P110/400ml, P285/liter)
Tipsy Pig Gastropub has branches at U-2A, NR-2B Capitol Commons, Meralco Avenue corner Shaw Boulevard, Oranbo, Pasig City; Forbestown Road, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City; and G/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. Read more about Tipsy Pig Gastropub.
Burgers & Brewskies
Burgers & Brewskies probably highlights the best food and drink combination: imaginative burgers (we're talking burgers named Call the Nurse and Walk of Shame!) and a wide range of craft beers. It draws in the office crowd looking for a place to unwind and watch sports while chugging a mug or two.
Must-tries: Fuller's London Pride (P160), Samuel Adams (P190)
Burgers & Brewskies has branches at Bellagio 2, Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City; and G/F Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, Pasig City. Read more about Burgers & Brewskies.
The Big Bad Wolf is perfect for those who are looking to hide from the hustle and bustle of Burgos Circle. Inside, the vibe is chill with dim and hooded lights. In the al fresco seating area, it's suprisingly quiet, making it a great place to hang out or to just be by yourself. Wherever you choose to sit, their collection of local and imported craft beer on tap is impeccable.
Must-tries: Nipa Brew Midnight Blur (P190), Stone Brewing Ruination (P370)
Big Bad Wolf is at G/F Fairways Tower, 5th Avenue corner McKinley Road, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Big Bad Wolf.
Brotzeit makes you feel as though you're in Berlin with its German-inspired wooden benches and bar counter. It's a laid back restaurant that serves authentic German brews. Brotzeit is best for post-work drinks when you just want to relax, kick-up-you-heels, and have a good time.
Must-tries: Schwarzer (P175/0.3 liter, P265/0.5 liter), Bayrischer Long Drink (P175/0.3 liter, P265/0.5 liter)
Brotzeit has branches at Level 1, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas Center, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City; G/L High Street Park, Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City; and G/F Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City. Read more about Brotzeit.