11 Speakeasy Bars In Manila For A Classy Night Out
Speakeasy bars in Manila are in right now because they are the town’s best-kept secrets. Inspired by the 1920’s Prohibition era, people will enjoy hunting for them because they don’t draw attention to themselves. Most likely, you’ll hear them by the word of mouth. Thanks to the power of social media, the popularity of these bars have soared high. Now, they’re frequently visited by those who are looking for a steady yet classy night out. Here’s a listicle of speakeasy bars you need to experience for yourself. Don’t forget the password though!
Hands down goes to the one that started it all! Blind Pig has been one of the highly sought-after speakeasies in Manila. It attracts a large crowd but caters to those who adheres to ground rules. The only indicator of Blind Pig is its braille sign on the side of an ordinary-looking building. Sit back, enjoy customized cocktails (based on your mood), and let the free-flowing conversation go on. Make a reservation and arrive on time. No one’s exempted from this rule and that even includes A-listers.
227 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Open Sunday to Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Friday to Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Chances are if you’ve been to Lazy Bastard, you might’ve easily dismissed Alcohol By Volume concealed by a wooden door. Be prepared with the password beforehand and inform the person found at the cashier. She’ll take you to an elevator where you’ll be transported to a swanky lounge with dim lighting that sets the ambiance. ABV specializes in cocktails so make sure you try their Whiskey Sour. While you’re at it, enjoy the lightly flavored popcorn that awaits you. Paired with burgers and hotdogs also found in Lazy Bastard, you’ll be returning in no time. Reserve a table ahead of time as plenty of non-partygoers fill up the scene rather quickly.
Recognized for its iconic neon lights, this intimate lounge sits in the same warehouse as Black Market. If you’re trying to avoid the party scene, you can always hang out this bar and order their signature cocktails. Customers have been raving about their F*K Squirt, Jaymo and Co., and White Sangria. Like most speakeasy bars in Manila, be prepared to spend a little more usual than your average night out. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
4The Exit Bar
It’s not a surprise where this bar is disguised as near Plaza Cafe (clue: it’s in its name). It’s a great cozy place to hang out and converse with officemates after a stressful day at work. Cap off the night with their signature drinks like De Rigueur and Easy Street. Don’t be afraid to try other cocktails because they’re lighter on the budget compared to other speakeasies.
The Exit Bar
Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo De Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Open Monday to Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
5Prohibition Liquor Lounge
Tucked away inside Greenbelt 3’s Dillingers 1903, there lies Prohibition Liquor Lounge. After passing through a shady tunnel, the sight of its existence will breathe a sigh of relief. This VIP lounge remains to be stylishly modern. Smokers can get a quick fix at the alfresco that boasts a spectacular view of Makati Shangri-La.
Prohibition Liquor Lounge
3/F Greenbelt 3, Makati City
Open daily from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Who’d ever thought a 7/11 would be concealing a speakeasy bar? This one does. You’ll have to go through their stockroom first before you get to the bar. Sounds like an adventure, right? The first thing you’ll want to post on Instagram is their enormous liquor collection. Pair a drink like Mariang Bastos with Chicken Skin Chicharon or Cheech Flores (Chicharon Bulaklak) and you’re in heaven!
7Ocean’s Telephone Company
Hiding inside cafe and kitchen Frank and Dean is Ocean’s Telephone Company. All you have to look for is that door with a red vintage-looking telephone. One small push and you’re in! Red lights dominate this British-inspired pub. Another great find if you want fast Wi-Fi and plan on lighting up inside. They have an expansive alcohol collection suited for every taste bud and a nice cigar collection too!
Ocean’s Telephone Company
Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Open Thursday to Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
If you have an uncommon favorite Japanese whiskey brand, expect to find it in LIT. Specializing in Japanese whiskey, customers will get a kick out of every minute detail that makes their experience worthwhile. Bartenders will brief you with the history of each drink and will even carve out ice that fittingly goes inside your glass. LIT is definitely a great place to splurge after payday.
One of the most promising speakeasy bars in Manila is none other than Selu’s Bar. It’s a lounge that has a sophisticated yet laidback vibe about it. Catch up with friends, enjoy a game of billiards, and sample their wide variety of cocktails, martinis, and shooters. Let’s not forget about their extensive food selection. Include Buffalo Wings and Salpicao on your must-try list!
For a second, it feels like you’ve escaped to Paris for a secret rendezvous. We love their meticulous decors inspired by the Eiffel Tower. For something refreshingly light (and a bit of a traydor), why not go for their best selling cocktail Peruvian Sour? Another is Cilantro Fresco that has a mixture of fresh cilantro juice, green apple, lime, and white rum. How to spot this speakeasy? Look for a misplaced vintage-looking item inside Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew.
16 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Felipe and Sons’ barbershop is reminiscent of how tasteful it is to get a clean haircut and proper shave. Notice that neon light at the back of the room? Once it hits 6 p.m., that’s when Thirsty Barber is revealed through a secret passageway. This man cave spells out masculinity with its clean bricked walls and dark wooden interiors. Definitely lovin’ that old school vibe. Their wonderful creations stick to the theme like
Their wonderful creations stick to the theme like Bloody Razor and The Under Cut. With MasterChef’s (Pinoy Edition) winner Chef JR Royol behind Luzon cuisine-inspired dishes like Dinakdakan and Pulpog.
G/F Promenade Building, Wilson Street corner P. Guevarra Street, San Juan City
Open Thursday to Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. and Sunday to Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
What’s exciting about these speakeasy bars in Manila? Discovering them, of course! One could be behind a secret entrance or located in an inconspicuous store. If you’re tired of the party scene filled with obnoxious youngsters, it’s time to unwind and have some drinks. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, let these bars become your after-hours refuge one Saturday night. Dress up nicely and soak in the laid-back ambiance of these speakeasies.
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