22 of Manila’s Coolest Hidden Bars, Revealed


These places are just too cool to remain hidden.

Whether it’s on a roof or in a basement, behind a second exit door, through a big closet or in a shady warehouse or street, get ready to be fascinated with these mysterious ‘hidden’ bars that you probably didn’t know existed. The list is a basket of sorts serving happy drinks ranging from cheap beers to hand-crafted beers, from signature cocktails to high end vintage whiskies.

If you’re the exploring type of foodie who find fun in mysterious and/or shady, then this list is for you. Don’t forget to add these restaurants to your ‘Must Try’ lists on the Booky app.

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Skybox – Kapitolyo

Skybox Sports Bar is a hidden gem giving you the best live sporting events with an overlooking bar area. It serves straight up booze and bar chows, making it the best place to chill with friends and de-stress after work. Read more here.

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3/F 16 United St, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(0928) 505-3190

Dulo – Poblacion

Dulo is a unique find in Poblacion as it’s a cafe by day and a bar at night. From the beginning of your day to the end of your night, Dulo has got you covered.

Insider Tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Latte and Chicken Bao from Dulo! See more deals here.

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4992 P. Guanzon St, Poblacion, Makati
(0975) 694-9176

Polilya – Poblacion

Polilya serves reinvented global bar chows. Some dishes and cocktails are infused with local craft beer by Engkanto Brewery.

Insider Tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Drinks, Blame It On The Heat & S*x on the Beach, from Polilya! See more deals here.
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5658 Jacobo St, beside Z Hostel, Poblacion, Makati

The Wild Poppy – Poblacion

The Wild Poppy is a hip garden rooftop inspired restaurant serving modern Asian specialties like fried baos, other small bites and signature cocktails.

Insider Tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Thai Me Up at The Wild Poppy! See more deals here.
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2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
(0995) 990-8737

Empingao – Poblacion

Empingao serves Latin American comfort food such as Pork Belly Churasco, Salmon Tacos, and Cubano Sandwiches. They also serve cocktails and imported beers. 

Insider Tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Margarita from Empingao! See more deals here.

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5739 P. Burgos Street cor. San Lucas, Poblacion, Makati
(0917) 926-4487

The Social – Poblacion

The Social on Ebro, an outdoor venue currently featuring 2 restaurants, a bar and a pop-up store. 

Insider Tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Calamansi Cooler and Special Drink from The Social! See more deals here.
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5770 Ebro, Poblacion, Makati

Cafe Curieux – Poblacion

Cafe Curieux claims to serve the best steak-frites and house rhums in the Metro. To sum up a great night, they hold live performances as well. 

Insider Tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Citrus Drink and Local Spirit from Cafe Curieux! See more deals here.
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Bel-Air Soho Polaris cor Badajos St, Poblacion, Makati
(0905) 482-6371

Cư Chi Bar – Poblacion

Cư Chi Bar is Makati’s very own Vietnamese themed bistro and balcony bar hidden right in the heart of Poblacion. It’s got a mix of indoor and open air seating similar to pubs in Vietnam. And what would a bar in Makati be without good music? Cư Chi Bar has an array of DJs and performers who come to entertain every weekend.

Insider Tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Signature Cocktail from Cu Chi Bar! See more deals here.
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5767 Ebro Street, Poblacion, Makati
(0927) 244-5409

Fuct MNL – Pasong Tamo

Fuct MNL is a fun hangout spot hidden in La Fuerza building. The first floor has a bar, fun neon lights and a dance floor while the second floor has a speakeasy cocktail bar which you can play whatever music you like. 

Insider Tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 White B*tch and Chicken Skin from Fuct MNL! See more deals here.
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Unit 7, Chino Roces Ave, La Fuerza Bldg., Magallanes, Makati
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Z Hostel Roofdeck – Poblacion

 Z Hostel is the first and biggest luxury hostel in the Philippines. On top of it is the newest and hippest rooftop bar that is first to use RFID bracelet technology for easy cashless transactions. They open at 5pm everyday. P.S. Their game room is available for private party reservations. Also check out 15 New Specialty Restaurants to Try in Poblacion, Makati

Z Hostel
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8464 Kalayaan Ave., Poblacion, Makati
+63 2 519-7276

Thirsty Barber – San Juan

Thirsty Barber is a new neighborhood barbershop and speakeasy bar that serves bar chow, rice meals, specialty cocktails, beer, and more. Read our full feature here.

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G/F Promenade Building, Wilson St., cor P. Guevarra St., Addition Hills, San Juan
(0977) 360-8130

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Prohibition Liquor Lounge – Greenbelt 3

Look for: Dillingers 1903, Greenbelt 3

Found inside Dillingers 1903 in Greenbelt behind an , Prohibition is the ultimate speakeasy. It is an exclusive VIP liquor lounge inspired by the mystery and glamour of the underground partying spots during the Prohibition era of the 1920s. 

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3/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
+63 2 621-6790

The Curator Coffee & Cocktails – Legaspi Village

The Curator is a backdoor cafe and drinking lounge hidden inside Cyrano Wine Bar that serves handcrafted coffee all day and cocktails by night from the finest ingredients. It also serves a small day menu including pastries and sandwich.

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194 Legazpi Street cor. Palanca Street, Legaspi Village, Makati
+63 917 585-9005

Red Rabbit – Salcedo Village

Look for: Bugsy’s Bar & Bistro

Red Rabbit is a speakeasy cocktail bar specializing in world-class craft cocktails, fine wines, single malt whisky/scotch, rum, tequila, and mezcal. 

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Unit 1 Paseo Park View Tower, San Agustin cor. Sedeno St., Salcedo Village, Makati
+63 926 624-4685

Exit Bar – Legaspi Village

Look for: Plaza Cafe

From its name, The Exit Bar can be found through a 2nd exit door at the back of Plaza Cafe, a sandwich shop known for their generous servings and limited in-house board games. inside Corinthian Plaza. It it the perfect hideout bar for beers and cocktails after dinner. Also check out: 15 Board Game Cafes to Visit for the Ultimate Bonding Experience

Exit Bar
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Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo De Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati
+63 2 551-1283

ABV Cocktail and Absinthe Bar – Jupiter St.

Look for: Lazy Bastard

ABV or Alcohol by Volume is an underground speakeasy-style bar that’s reminiscent of the secret lounges of the 1920’s. They serve classic and signature craft cocktails using local and imported, century-old and other premium alcohol. It is located behind the large wooden door inside Lazy Bastard which looks like an old school elevator. P.S. When someone asks for a password, answer with ‘A glass of giggle water, please.’  Also check out: 10 Hidden Treasures in Legaspi Village, Makati You Should Know About

ABV Bar
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ABV Bar
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Basement Level, Jupiter St. cor. Galaxy, Bel-Air, Makati
+63 917 520-1608

La Cueva del Chupacabra – Poblacion

Look for: El Chupacabra

El Chupacabra is a Mexican-American restaurant serving street tacos, barbecue and cheap beer. It used to be just an open street diner with no air-condition until they opened La Cueva del Chupacabra, which literally translates as ‘cave of chupacabra’.  The place originally served as the comissary of Mexicali. 

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5782 Felipe St. cor. Polaris St., Makati
+63 2 895-1919

Blind Pig – Legaspi Village

If the obscure signage (in braille!) weren’t cool enough, the place screams speakeasy from the entrance to its awesome interiors and service. First you knock on their door and await access from a staff via a sliding peephole. Once you receive access, be prepared to be transported into a 1920s exclusive lounge where signature cocktails are concocted by bartenders trained by Milk & Honey Member’s Club of New York and London.

Blind Pig
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Blind Pig
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227 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati
+63 2 478-6990

Finders Keepers – Chino Roces Ave.

Look for: Black Market

Finders Keepers is an obscure warehouse lounge with an intimate long bar, curated music, crafted cocktails, draft & bottled beers and the ever-present wide selection of superb spirits. It has a no smoking policy in the warehouse, but feel free to do so outside. 

Finders Keepers
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Warehouse 5, La Fuerza Plaza, Chino Roces Ave. corner Sabio St., San Lorenzo, Makati
+63 2 403-3959

LIT Manila – BGC

LIT Manila is a small and upscale specialty bar offering the largest and most extensive collection of fine Japanese whisky and spirits, including Nikka Whisky, Suntory and Kirin among others. The attention to details, cultured bartenders and attentive waitstaff make this the perfect mancave. They’re open 5pm-2am.

LIT Manila
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G/F Serendra, 26th St., Fort Bonifacio,Taguig
+63 917 510-0014

Bank Bar – The Fort

Look for: 7/11 RCBC Corporate Center

Bank Bar is a speakeasy bar by the Moment Group where you can make “fun investments”. The best part is actually finding it inside the storage room of a 7/11 branch. Aside from its extensive bar selection, it also serves delicious bar chows including porchetta.

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Bank Bar Manila
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G/F RCBC Corporate Center (inside 7/11), 25th & 26th St., Fort Bonifacio,Taguig

Mandalay Whisky & Cigars – Legaspi Village

Look for: The Belle & Dragon

Inside the new restaurant pub, The Belle & Dragon, is another new place to sip whisky and smoke cigars–Mandalay Whisky & Cigars. It is the newest Indochine-inspired speakeasy found behind an old closet you’d find in a Narnia movie.

Mandalay Whisky & Cigars
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Mandalay Whisky & Cigars
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Mandalay Whisky & Cigars
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100 Don Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati

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P.S. Share your own hidden drinking spots with us through the comments section below!

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