If you didn’t know about these by now, then it’s time to get busy. This one’s for the pub crawlers who believe that all the best bars are hidden in all the strangest places. From Naria-like closet entrances, to exits signs leading you anywhere but out, we’ve mapped out eight hidden drinking dens that are waiting for you to find them.
Today x Future
There is never a dull moment at resto-bar Today x Future, which frequents as the go-to venue for some of the craziest parties in town. Sitting in what could only be described as the cracks of the quieter part of Cubao, this is one place that always has something up its sleeve.
#7-T Gen. Malvar. St., Cubao, Quezon City
Mandalay Whisky and Cigar
A world of luxury awaits behind gastropub The Belle and Dragon’s secret closet door, which serves as the entrance of single malt speakeasy bar Mandalay Whisky and Cigar. Specializing in none other than whiskey, you’re sure to stir up some whiskey business.
100 Don Carlos Palanca, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Happy Hour Manila
“Every hour is happy hour” at cocktail bar Happy Hour Manila. Tucked inside City Golf Plaza, their impressive menu of innovative dishes and drinks—like their original Beary Sour Whiskey, which has gummy bears bathing in a bourbon and lemon-mix drink—is perfect for the adventurous.
City Golf Plaza, Julia Vargas Avenue,Ugong, Pasig
Camouflaged as RCBC Corporate Center’s 7/11 back storage room, Bank Bar is a quaint speakeasy bar where it’s okay to be dressed to impress. Brimming with displays of liquor bottles, their playful cocktail menu is complimented with bulletproof vest-clad waiters.
G/F RCBC Corporate Center (inside 7/11), 25th & 26th St., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Propped up in the middle of Felipe St. across bigger bars and restaurants, this tiny bar that goes by the name Tambai serves ice cold beers and Japanese inspired street food like yakitori. If you’re looking to wind down after a long day, then this is the place to go.
5779 Felipe St Poblacion, Makati
Hidden behind a large wooden door inside the underground hole-in-the-wall burger joint, Lazy Bastard, is an elevator shaft that will take you to the 1920s themed speakeasy bar, Alcohol by Volume. Once you’ve whispered the password, go on ahead and ask for the secret “Bible”.
Basement Floor, 22 Jupiter St., Bel-Air Village, Makati
Ocean’s Telephone Co.
Make your way up to the second floor of Forbestown’s Frank & Dean Café and find the red telephone booth that tucks the rogue-lit elegant Ocean’s Telephone Company bar. Here, it’ll be like you’ve teleported into another country as the bar only serves imported liquor.
Frank & Dean, Forbestown Rd. cor 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Enter Corinthian Plaza into sandwich shop Plaza Café and exit at the back, into the dimly lit rock n’ roll playing Exit Bar. Boasting a wide selection of exotic beers and whiskeys, its subdued atmosphere is ideal for a chill night out.
Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo De Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati