Looking for a place to hang out with your barkada? You won’t run out of great drinking places with these drinking spots around Metro Manila!
Everyone has their own idea of walwal. It can be a night full of drinking and dancing in a space with vomit hanging in the air, or a catch up in a private room in a bar with college friends. Either way, we all deserve a break from all the responsibilities that come with adulthood.
We’ve curated a list of 10 drinking spots in Metro Manila that should fit your differing preferences for walwal.
10. Today x Future
32 General Malvar Ave, Cubao, Quezon City
Today X Future is part of Cubao’s animated nightlife albeit located some meters outside Cubao Expo, the then-shoe arcade stationed in the busy, chaotic area of Cubao in Quezon City. Sandwiched between two pawnshops, don’t let the tiny space deceive you, because Today X Future will give you one unique bar experience: it’s not a drinking spot through and through. Sometimes, it’s also a performing space for musicians, other times it’s a flea market for vinyl records and secondhand books—so you can already tell that it’s frequented by ‘hipsters.’ Some nights Today X Future can get extremely packed by much more people than the small space can actually accommodate—but that’s how you go all-out walwal: you’ll feel the music bounce from corner to corner as you dance away what has been a stressful week.
Get drunk on: Banana Rum Smoothie (P150/glass; P460/pitcher), Johnny Depp (P140) paired with Talk What Baboy (P190) or Finding Dory (P190)
Get updated on Today x Future’s announcements and promos here.
9. Cable Car
CKB Topcenter Building, 303 Tomas Morato Ave, Laging Handa, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Are you on the more ‘wholesome’ side of walwal? You can still add zest to your walwal nights and that’s through Cable Car—a sports bar. It’s got an exciting game of Beer Pong for just P250 per game, and that includes four bottles of beer! On Fridays and Saturdays, you may avail of this package for P300 per round. It also offers a wide range of delicious dishes—perfect as pulutan. Although Cable Car doesn’t stay true to its name—there isn’t a ‘cable car’ insight—it remains relevant over two decades since it was established.
Get drunk on: Hoegaarden Draft (P300/pint) with Sizzling Sisig (P245)
Get updated on Cable Car’s announcements and promos here.
8. 77 Bar and Café
51 Kamuning Rd, Diliman, Quezon City
PHOTO: 77 Bar and Cafe
A walwal night with your friends and only your friends would be memorable and not to mention comfortable at 77 Bar and Café. It’s a great drinking spot for such a night because it offers private rooms for barkadas. A house-turned-bar, it’s also got the homely feels plus the couch you can get cozy in. You can indulge in the succulent dishes of the café while you rid yourself of the tipsy feeling that comes after all that alcohol.
Get drunk on: Tequila Rose (P137/shot; P1747/bottle), Absolut Vanilla (P147/shot; P2427/bottle), White Russian (P177)
Get updated on 77 Bar and Café’s announcements and promos here.
Inside Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew, 16 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
When you find yourself staring at that Coca-Cola storage door inside Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Kapitolyo, open it and get inside. Welcoming you with open arms is RM-16, another fresh adventure for drinking enthusiasts. In RM-16 is an interior inspired by the Eiffel Tower. Their cocktails are to die for—just be careful because they can be that strong. RM-16 can only accommodate fewer than a hundred people for now, but that’s a plus so you can solely have the barista’s attention, who can craft a drink that suits your mood!
Get drunk on: Peruvian Sour (P280), Katipunan (P245), Jose Cuervo Gold (P2100/bottle)
Get updated on RM-16’s announcements and promos here.
6. Tago Jazz Café
14 Main Ave, Cubao, Quezon City
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We’ve had enough of pop and EDM music in bars, so how about a little jazz? Feel the soothing yet arousing sound only a saxophone can give at Tago Jazz Café. The bar/café is tiny, having been converted into a commercial space from an old house. It features the most exceptional jazz musicians around Metro Manila, so expect drunkenly listening to only the best jazz music as you drink. Don’t be afraid to get to know the crowd for a more special, intimate experience at Tago.
For Tago Jazz Café’s menu, send them a message on their Facebook page.
7612 Guijo Street, San Antonio, Makati City
SaGuijo: the little paradise lost among the sea of residential houses. In fact, jeepneys don’t stop in front of saGuijo so you’ll have to walk a few meters from the corner street. You can typically hear music blasting from the inside, as it also serves as a performing space for musicians, particularly Pinoy indie bands. Live performances and great and affordable booze go way too well for a walwal night. But—don’t worry about the prices, they’re quite fair, considering it’s in Makati City.
Get drunk on: Insulin Shots (P380/shaker), Isa Pa! (P425/pitcher), Long Island Iced Tea (P180), Malibooty (P180)
Get updated on Saguijo’s announcements and promos here.
4. Big Sky Mind
Broadway Ave. cor. E. Rodriguez, New Manila, Quezon City
PHOTO: Big Sky Mind
If you’re artsy, an intellectual, and prefer to shy away from more chaotic party scenes, Big Sky Mind is the place for you. It’s also perfect for those who just want to sing along to Foo Fighters or perhaps some classic Filipino rock music. You have the option to get cozy on one of their plenty sofas or chat with your friends at a table. Boasting just the right blend of people, music, drinks, and food, it’s not a surprise that some travel all the way from the southern part of the Metro to experience Big Sky Mind.
Before we forget, here’s a tip: ask for a welcome shot.
Get drunk on: Adios Motherfucker (P400), Red Blood Cells (P195), Elektrikoolaid (P195)
Get updated on Big Sky Mind’s announcements and promos here.
3. Blind Pig
Central Bus. Dist. 227 Salcedo St, Legaspi Village, Makati City
(PHOTO FROM http://blindpig.ph)
When drinking to escape, we usually choose the hardest, strongest drinks in the menu but like the usual, we don’t get to drink our own choice of a mixture. Not at the Blind Pig. The real deal at the Blind Pig is that they have such skilled baristas that you can request a drink to suit your feelings, mood or whatever you just want to escape from. One of the few and probably the most authentic speakeasy in Makati City, it’s quite popular among adventurous drinkers so you may want to book a reservation first to make sure you have a seat when you do visit. It’s going to be a pricey experience, but it’s also a must.
Get drunk on: Bartender’s Choice (prices may vary), Smokey Old Bastard (P700), Cellar Door (P700)
Book a reservation here.
2. The Barn
2226 Fidel A. Reyes St, Malate, Manila
PHOTO: The Barn
Although it’s only open from 10 am through 12 mn, drinking at The Barn undoubtedly passes off as walwal because of the crazy crowd it normally houses—especially on Thursdays or as they call it, Happy Thursday. Situated near De La Salle University, don’t be surprised by the crowd of college students. Get yourself ready too, if you ever, you know, walk in on youngsters acting upon the call of their hormones. During the day, The Barn is one the best eating spots at DLSU but overall, it serves as a stout reminder of how we were on our younger (and wilder) years.
Get drunk on: Black Label (P100/shot; P1,800/bottle), Red Horse (P60/bottle)
Get updated on The Barn’s announcements and promos here.
1. Black Market
Warehouse 5, La Fuerza Plaza, Chino Roces Ave Corner Sabio St, San Lorenzo, Makati City
Sure, Makati City houses a gazillion bars and nightclubs, but for that authentic nightlife experience, you might want to check out Black Market. The venue, which looks like a warehouse, transforms as soon as the clock ticks 10 in the evening.
Brace yourself because the crowd is diverse and intimidatingly carefree for first-time partygoers. The music they play here isn’t what you would hear on the radio but tracks especially mixed by the DJs. Oh, and who says parties are only for the weekends? Dance, enjoy the booze at Black Market on ‘Bad Decisions Wednesday’—just make sure you can get up to work the following morning.
Get drunk on: Their “usual suspects” (bestsellers) such as Russian Standard (P180), Bombay Sapphire (P220), Patron Silver (P350)
Get updated on Black Market’s announcements and promos here.
There’s nothing like a good ol’ night of booze with friends—and strangers.
Where do you usually go on walwal nights? Tell us in the comments!