16 Bars and Restaurants in Metro Manila with the Best Pulutan


The perfect pair~

Life can get you down, but nothing turns your day around like alcohol. Good and bad days are better with friends, just like alcohol is better with bar chow.

Go as fancy as cheese platters or as familiar to the palate as sisig and good ol’ chicken skin. There are so many to choose from, all surrounded by the perfect concoctions! Inom na!

Also read: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Bars Around Poblacion, Makati for Your Night Out

Prima Facie – Tomas Morato

Prima Facie is a speakeasy hidden inside Vitto’s Wine Bar & Restaurant serving bar chow to go with a hefty drinks list. Apart from hard drinks like vodka, whisky, gin, tequila, brandy, and rhum, Prima Facie also has a nice selection of local and imported beers.

What to eat: Parmesan Truffle Fries, Prima's Sisig
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114 Scout Lozano Street cor Tomas Morato, inside Vitto’s, Laging Handa, Quezon City
(02) 374-2299

Planet Grapes – multiple branches

Planet Grapes is an upscale wine shop and restaurant that caters to anyone who wants to enjoy wine with local comfort food. It is place where budding enthusiasts can discover wine, one grape at a time.

What to eat: Cheese Platter, Street Food Platter, Sisig
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Tipsy Pig – Burgos Circle

Tipsy Pig is a man pub most popular for it’s signature brews, extensive beverage list and good food. It’s the newest venture from the group that brought us Locale Gastrobar and Reserve.

What to eat: Tipsy's Boneless Crispy Pata, Beer Can Chicken
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TETSUO – Esteban Abada St.

Constantly reinventing their brand, TETSUO serves their signature fried chicken, soba, baos and katsudon in their own standalone bar.

What to eat: Karaage + soba
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88 Esteban Abada St, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(0917) 852-1567

Nikkei – multiple branches

Nikkei is Manila’s first ever Japanese-Peruvian sushi bar and restaurant serving curated specialties like ceviche, sushi, causa, tiraditos, and Japanese craft spirits. It is refreshing and new to the palate, boldly marrying the finest Eastern and Western cuisines together.

What to eat: Fresh oysters, Rolls & Temaki
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Backwell by BBZ – Poblacion

Backwell by BBZ is a resto bar tucked between the bar strip of Poblacion and the Rockwell area in Makati. It’s the first and only restaurant concept from the same guys behind the famous Beer Below Zero freezers.

What to eat: Grilled Tiger Prawns, Bone Marrow
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Rockwell Drive cor Kalayaan Ave, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 777-2229

Tittos Latin BBQ + Brew – Kapitolyo

Tittos is the newest taco place located along foodie strip of Kapitolyo. It serves a menu of unique Filipino dishes with a Latin American twist. The sisig tacos uses pork maskara, chicharones and melted cheese.

What to eat: Dos Tipos Calamares, Street Tacos
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16 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 532-3414

Gringo – multiple branches

Gringo is a homegrown restaurant serving Latin American and Tex-Mex specialties such as ribschickenburritos and more. It has become a favorite stop for lunch breaks and quick bites thanks to their meals which are quite affordable, considering it’s located at the heart of the central business district.

What to eat: Nacho Grande, Southern Spice Chicken
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The Bowery – BGC

The Bowery is a 24-hour hot spot for some of the best musical talents in Manila. So if your gang is looking for some strong drinks and sick beats, this is the place for you. It’s by the same group behind Borough, so you know its NYC-inspired food is on point too.

What to eat: Sweet Potato Ricotta Gnocchi
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Forbeswood Heights, Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0936) 929-6073

Vengo – Legazpi Village

When they first opened in Kapitolyo, Taco Vengo rose to popularity as a modern taqueria. Today, the brand’s new concept – VENGO Neighborhood Cafe, is proving itself to be a hit among the working set as it’s the perfect spot to transition from coffee to cocktails

What to eat: Vengo Street Corn, Nachos Todos
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G/F, Jose Cojuango & Sons Organizations Bldg., C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati
(0917) 164-6655

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.

What to eat: Chicharon Bulaklak, Crispy Bagnet Slices
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G/F Promenade Building, Wilson St., cor P. Guevarra St., Addition Hills, San Juan
(0977) 360-8130

El Chupacabra – Poblacion

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. 

What to eat: Street Tacos or Enchiladas
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5782 Felipe Street cor Polaris St., Poblacion, Makati
(02) 729-3358

Kite Kebab Bar – Makati

Kite Kebab Bar serves authentic Mediterranean street food such as hummus, falafels, Wagyu sticks and various kebabs.

What to eat: Classic Chicken Kebab, Shawarma Turmeric
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117 Finman Bldg, Tordesillas St., Salcedo Village, Makati
‭(02) 851-9103‬

TAS Roofdeck – Aguirre Ave.

You don’t need to go camping to see the stars. Hit a hip and happenin’ bar where you can stargaze with your lover at TAS. It offers Filipino and international fusion dishes including grilled skewers, street pizzas and wraps. Try the crispy adobo flakes or s’mores. P.S. They’re closed on Mondays.

What to eat: Steak Salpicao, BBQ Platter
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3/F 31 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque
(0917) 719-4840

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.

What to eat: Samosa Nachos
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4992 P. Guanzon St, Poblacion, Makati
(0975) 694-9176

The Perfect Pint – Molito Commercial Complex

The Perfect Pint is the perfect place for those on the look out for the best local beers and barchow. Proudly claiming to be the first gastropub to specialize in finding the perfect pairing of local craft beer and Filipino cuisine classics, The Perfect Pint is the bar to go to for a fresh and fun night out.

What to eat: Oyster Sea-Sig, Crispy Pork Knuckles with Mango Salad and Tom Yum Dip
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