10 Drinking Spots in Manila With Great Food
We mean the alcoholic kind.
(SPOT.ph) More often than not, pubs, bars, or other drinking spots have a plethora of brews and cocktails but offer a measly food selection. We scoured the Metro for some of the best places where you get an overall comprehensive experience—a warm, inviting ambience, great food, and exceptional drinks to go with it all.
Cuore Bistro & Social Lounge
Cuore Bistro is an intimate and cozy lounge hidden somewhere along Jupiter Street. Their menu is intriguing because each dish tells a sweet story, like When Our Eyes Met, fried baby squid calamari with marinara and aioli dips, and The One Who Got Away nacho fries. The interiors will remind you of a fireplace with its black brick walls and subdued lighting, but what will really grab your attention is the well-stocked bar. The Sangria is their bestseller, a fruity and refreshing drink for a happy, light buzz (and maybe a bit of courage to approach that cute stranger). The owners encourage guests to linger and interact with each other. After all, they don’t call it “social lounge” for nothing.
Must-tries: Mornings After (P485), Sangria (P280)
Cuore Bistro & Social Lounge is at Valdelcon Building, 20 Jupiter Street, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City. Read more about Cuore Bistro & Social Lounge.
Chotto Matte and Izakaya Sensu
Chotto Matte and Izakaya Sensu is a dual-concept restaurant—one specializes in food, the other creates amazing libations (both places allow guests to cross-order). Izakaya Sensu’s bento boxes, sensu rolls, and sashimi plates serve as great starters for drinks. Chotto Matte, on the other hand, is the bar which fronts the restaurant. It holds a large collection of authentic Japanese alcoholic drinks including cocktails, artisanal sakes, and what they call “the best Kakubin Highball in town.”
Must-tries: Sensu Roll (P575), Classic Suntory "Kakubin" (P250)
Chotto Matte and Izakaya Sensu is at Net Park, 28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Chotto Matte and Izakaya Sensu.
Horse’s Mouth and Uma Uma Ramen
Horse’s Mouth is the bar hidden by an inconspicuous black curtain at the far end of Uma Uma Ramen—another joint concept. The goal is to create a place that’s great for both dining and drinking, and like Chotto Matte and Izakaya Sensu, cross-ordering is also allowed. Horse’s Mouth is a whiskey and cocktail bar that offers a picturesque sunset view and stunning light fixtures. Uma Uma’s signature Ramen is an ideal post-drink meal.
Must-tries: Hemingway Daquiri (P260), Uma Uma Ramen (P360)
Horse’s Mouth and Uma Uma Ramen is at 2/F S Maison, Seaside Boulevard corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Read more about Horse’s Mouth and Uma Uma Ramen.
The Brewery is a restaurant, bar, and brewery that produces different types of beer in their in-house microbrewery. It’s more laid back than other places at The Palace, so it’s perfect for those who are just looking for a relaxed drinking session with friends. Their bar chows are great for sharing as well.
Must-tries: Brown Ale (P180 to P310), Buffalo Chicken Drummettes (P580)
The Brewery is at The Palace, 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about The Brewery.
Moonshine P.U.B. x Public Urban Bar
When Moonshine relocated from Jupiter Street to Sapphire Bloc, they brought their loyal following with them. Their signature Hand Grenade is for the strong drinker—a shot of tequila and Jaeger inside a pocket-sized fish bowl of Red Bull. But Moonshine goes beyond just that; they’re also loved for the hearty food that pairs well with their drinks. The Tokwa’t Bagnet Belly, Angus Beef Sisig, and Chicano Tacos are just few of the crowd-pleasers.
Must-tries: Hand Grenade (P250), Angus Beef Sisig (P400)
Moonshine P.U.B. x Public Urban Bar is at Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Read more about Moonshine P.U.B. x Public Urban Bar.
Black Olive boasts an extensive list of European draft beers including Chimay Red, Paulaners, Pilsners, and more. The vibe is relaxed, warm, and inviting. Their serving portions are good for sharing and relatively affordable compared to other restaurant-pubs. Drop by from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. any day for their unlimited paella deal!
Must-tries: Chimay Red (P280/330 ml), Italian Style Nachos (P450)
Black Olive is at Capitol Commons, Meralco Avenue corner Shaw Boulevard, Oranbo, Pasig City.
Backyard Kitchen + Brew
Backyard Kitchen + Brew is frequented for post-work drinks and some good grub. Not only is their selection of beer and liquor impressive, they serve sinfully delicious Salted Egg Chicken Skin as well. With spacious rustic interiors and a farmhouse-inspired setting, Backyard is the place to be for a good dinner and laidback drinking sessions.
Must-tries: Backyard Flavored Beers (P165), Salted Egg Chicken Skin (P205)
Backyard Kitchen + Brew has branches at 2/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City; The Grove By Rockwell, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City; and Circuit Makati, Olympia, Makati City.
Burgers & Brewskies
Burgers & Brewskies highlights two of the best combinations—beer and burgers. The wood-paneled walls gives off a warm welcome. At night, it makes for a cozy place for conversation. They serve some hefty and creative burgers (we’re talking burgers named Call the Nurse and Sinwich) that pair well with beers like Katipunan, Hitachino, and Blue Moon. If you’re not a beer-lover, they also serve mojitos, margaritas, and martinis.
Must-tries: Call The Nurse (P280), Blue Moon (P150)
Burgers & Brewskies is 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.
Bright interiors set Cazuela apart from the usual drinking spots. Spanish food are their specialty, as well as the drinks they serve, making sure to only use premium Spanish wine in their mixes. From Clams and Chorizo with Sangria, Callos and Mojito, Cazuela brings to the table a comprehensive dining (and drinking!) experience.
Must-tries: Callos (P385), Sangria (P780/pitcher)
Cazuela is at Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Read more about Cazuela.
Pampas Latino & Bistro Bar
Whether it’s for casual drinks over lunch or an intimate date night, Pampas is must. The traditional seating, long bar, and banquet settings, make it an ideal spot for gatherings and catching up with friends over good food and drinks. Pampas makes sure to have something for everyone. Their tapas are satisfying kickstarters to any meal, and their selection of cocktails, beer, and wine are quite extensive as well.
Must-tries: Baked Oysters (P360), White Sangria (P230)
Pampas Latino & Bistro Bar is at G/F Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Pampas Latino & Bistro Bar.
Photos from Black Olive, Burgers & Brewskies, and SPOT.ph archives