Need a Pick Me Up? You Can Now Order Japanese-Inspired Cocktails at this Makati Café

"Work hard, play hard" is the vibe.

Bad Cafe Cocktails
PHOTO BY Bad Cafe ILLUSTRATION Anton Reyes

(SPOT.ph) Ever find yourself out on a Friday evening and wondering how to transition from the tiring work week to your let-loose, fun weekend mode? We’ve definitely found ourselves in that indecisive period of time where we’re just standing around mindlessly thinking of where to go next, on more than just one occasion. Luckily, one of our favorite sweet spots for work-life balance, Makati’s Bad Café, has now introduced cocktails to its menu, indulging the inner adventurous demon in all of us. It really has never been better to go Bad.

Bad Cafe Introduces Alcohol and Cocktails to Menu

Known primarily as this low-key, Japanese minimalist café in Legazpi, Bad Café has gone and shown us a completely different side to their intimate shop, while still staying true to their wholesome identity. The café has introduced close to a dozen cocktails to their menu, for those looking to instead unwind and loosen up after a long and productive day.

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Bad is now serving classic cocktails such as Whiskey Sour (P350), Negroni (P350), and Sazerac (P480). However, where their café’s personality shines is in their signature cocktails selection, which pays homage to special bars in Japan that were integral to the café’s beginnings.  Some standouts include The Open Book (P450), a Gin-infused drink with Elderflower to add some fruity sweetness, and Oto Kichi (P420), a Vodka-centric cocktail that is especially geared towards Matcha lovers.

What is likely to catch your eye, however, is the aptly named Deathmatch in Hell (P420), which infuses spiced rum with coffee—a match perfect for Bad Café’s new direction. A bit of an off-the-menu choice, but ask to have a pinch of Cayenne pepper added to your drink for more of an extra kick. The bartenders at the café are more than happy to concoct the cocktail to whatever most interests your flavor profile, according to the café’s owners, so feel free to experiment.

The Japanese minimalist-styled interiors of Bad Cafe.
PHOTO BY Majoy Siason
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Bad Café, named after its owners Brian and Diane Westphal, opened up in 2019 and has grown to become a favorable spot for those in need of a comfortable and homey place to work or catch up with friends. Most of what you’ll see at the cafe—from the menu items to the interior decor—has its roots in concrete experiences from the couple’s relationship, which started when they met in Japan in 2016. Alcohol has played an almost equally integral role in their relationship as coffee has, which is why cocktails have now found their way onto the menu.

Bad Café is at G/F Windsor Tower, Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, check out Bad Café's official Facebook page.

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