10 Places for Every Type of Drinker in Manila
Because there are different kinds of drunk.
(SPOT.ph) Like tastes in food, different people also have different preferences for drinking. For starters, some prefer to drink beer while others would rather sip on some cocktails. Then there’s also the crowd. There are those who want to hang out with a big group of friends, while there are others who prefer smaller conversations. But whatever your drinking style is, there’s a place in Metro Manila for you.
The Conversationalist: Fred’s Revolucion
Dubbed as the “home for sincere drinkers,” Fred’s is the place to go when you just want to talk about life over a bottle of beer. With its walls full of knick-knacks from all over the globe, there’s always something to talk about. It has a great selection of local craft beers plus a range of reasonably-priced cocktails, so expect a lengthy conversation while you’re there.
Must-tries: Magma Bock (P120), Golden Nectar Pilsner (P180)
Fred’s Revolucion has branches at Shop 66, Cubao Expo, General Romulo Avenue, Araneta Center, Quezon City; and The HUB, First United Building, 413 Escolta Street, Manila.
The Carnivore: Charlie’s Grind and Grill
Sure, Charlie’s is already a top choice when it comes to great burgers. But not a lot of people know about its good beer selection, which includes brews from craft brewers Pedro and Pivo Praha. This makes it perfect for those who are tired of the usual bar-chow medley of calamares and peanuts.
Must-tries: Black Angus Cheeseburger (P220), Pedro’s Endless Summer Wheat Ale (P209)
Charlie’s Grind and Grill has branches at 16 East Capitol Drive, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City; G/F Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan City; and 1A Greenbelt Radissons, Aguirre Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
The Sweet Tooth: Cab Café
Okay, a café is not really where most people go when they need a drink. But other than serving up desserts, Cab Café also offers a selection of beer from local craft brewers such as Craftpoint and Bogs Brew. So if you’re one of the few odd people who want cake with their beer, then head over to this place for a drink or two.
Must-tries: Bogs Brew Kawayan Ale (P70), Negros Pale Ale (P70)
Cab Café has branches at 18 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City; and Manhattan Parkway 2, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.
The Beer Beginner: The Perfect Pint
Can’t tell your Pilsner from your IPA? Then a trip to The Perfect Pint is for you. For starters, they have a handy drink flowchart printed on their placemat to help you choose the right drink. And then there’s their beer sampler, which offers four different kinds of beer in small glasses.
Must-tries: Beer Sampler (P350)
The Perfect Pint has branches at 2/F Crossroads Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City; and Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The Beer Connoisseur: The Bottle Shop
If you already have an in-depth knowledge of beers, then a trip to The Bottle Shop is in order. This bar boasts an extensive selection of alcohol, from imported and local craft beer on tap, to the occasional bottles of whiskey from Japan, Scotland, and the United States.
Must-tries: De Puta Madre XXIPA (P400), Delicious IPA (P250 on tap)
The Bottle Shop has branches at G/F Net One Center, 26th Street corner 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City; and G/F Tritan Building, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City.
The Student: Tomato Kick
One of the pioneers of Maginhawa Street, Tomato Kick is the go-to beer place among the Katipunan and Diliman crowd. It's become a favorite for their affordable beer and mixes, as well as its selection of good food. At these prices (plus the occasional promo), it's no surprise that people usually drink here till the wee hours of the morning.
Must-tries: Gin Orange (P200), Spiked Quesadilla (P170)
Tomato Kick has branches at 19 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City; and 3/F POS Building, Scout Mandriñan Street corner Tomas Morato Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City.
The Titos and Titas of Manila: Trellis
Established in the 1980s, Trellis is not just an institution; it’s also where many of our parents and their friends used to hang out. So don’t be surprised if some of them still go here every now and then to bond over a few bottles of beer. This restaurant is also credited for popularizing sisig in Manila—so yes, you have to make sure to try this specialty.
Must-tries: Sisig (P195)
Trellis is at 140 Matalino Street corner Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
The Guy Who's Friends With Everyone: Central BBQ Boy Grill
If you want to get flat-out drunk with your friends, Central is the place. The place is known for having a range of cocktails and mixes at affordable prices. And if ever you end up here on your birthday, let the servers know—they’ll prepare a surprise for you.
Must-tries: Bad Trip (P260), Birthday Boy Shot (P120)
Central BBQ Boy Grill has branches at Malugay and Emilia Streets, Makati City; Kalayaan Avenue, Quezon City; BF Homes, Sucat, and Better Living, Parañaque City; Sheridan, Mandaluyong City; and Taft Avenue, Manila.
The Budget Videoke King or Queen: Pork Barrel
At first glance, the place looks like your typical beer garden. And to some extent it still feels like that, with its basic garden-style setup outdoors and simple indoor videoke rooms. But if all you need is a rip-roaring time singing your heart out with your friends, then a few hours at Pork Barrel is what you need. While it may just offer the usual beers, their pork dishes are a favorite.
Must-tries: Pork Barrel Sisig (P180), Crispy Pata (P410)
Pork Barrel has branches at 92 Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City; and 566 Quirino Highway, Quezon City.
The Wine Lover: Planet Grapes
Prefer drinking wine over beer and hard liquor? Or want to expand your knowledge of wines? Then Planet Grapes is your best choice. Other than offering a great selection of wines, this restaurant pairs them with unique takes on Filipino food. This is all to show that drinking wine is not only a high-end affair.
Must-tries: Beef Tenderloin Tapa (P385), BBQ Pork Spare Ribs (P725)
Planet Grapes has branches at Unit GD 103, North Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City; and G/F Bldg. 3 Tuscany at McKinley Hill, Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig City.