Poblacion, Makati, Manila, Philippines.
Poblacion, Makati, Manila, Philippines.

Our Favourite Bars In Poblacion, Makati, Manila

The neighborhood of Poblacion, in the subcity of Makati, located in Manila, capital of the Philippines, has some of the liveliest nightlife in the whole country, which means that the best bars in Poblacion are some of the best in the city. While it’s famous for its red light district, there are plenty of mainstream bars and restaurants to visit. In this neighborhood, you can find some of the best cocktail bars, great craft beer and night clubs of all kinds.

Note that I am making this list according to my own tastes. I’m not a fan of extra-loud, smoky-sweaty night clubs, so I’m not including any of them here. I do not, either, enjoy sex-work-related establishments, so they have been left out.

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One last note: Filipinos tend to go drink at establishments that also offer food – they’ll usually load the table with food, nibble on it all night, and order drinks. This means that some of these bars are labelled as restaurants in Google Maps.

The Spirits Library

There is no sign on the front door. Double-check the address, and try to pull on the door. If it opens, you’re in!

This speakeasy-type of cocktail bar has reasonably-priced craft drinks and a felt-and-velvet-like atmosphere. The cocktails are very good, and so is the service. They have their own list, but ask for any classic cocktail, and they’ll make it for you.

It’s also a good spot for a date!

4963 Guerrero, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
https://goo.gl/maps/R9B6PU45WDSEVp4r5

The Social

The Social isn’t a single bar, but rather a group of different establishments serving food and drinks out of repurposed shipping containers stacked on top of one another. Outdoors seating only. It’s a lot of fun, and one of the best bars in Poblacion.

5770 Ebro, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
https://goo.gl/maps/tgfECjbVzNKJFK7k7

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Filling Station Bar And Cafe

This restaurant/bar isn’t really a nice place to visit – overpriced drinks and bad American food – except maybe to take a look at the quirky decor. But it’s one of the most famous establishments in the whole country. It’s also smack dab in the middle of the busiest part of the red light district, so watch your pockets. At night, the people-watching around this spot is second to none.

5012 P Burgos, Brgy Poblacion, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
https://goo.gl/maps/XPM7hffRCWexca4C9

Evolution

Evolution is a sports bar in Poblacion, Makati, Manila, Philippines
Evolution is a sports bar in Poblacion, Makati, Manila, Philippines

This sports bar is the most fun in the area. Expect a lot of white dudes screaming at screens and chanting.

GF, 8479 Kalayaan Ave, Poblacion, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
https://goo.gl/maps/79MA7sf8WgvyhBJx9

Handlebar

You can’t make a list of the best bars in Poblacion without Handlebar. It’s an old rock/biker bar that’s been open for ages. Pool tables, buckets of Pale Pilsen, and either live music or ZZ Top on the stereo. Even the great Anthony Bourdain visited a few years ago on his show Parts Unknown!

31 Polaris, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila
https://goo.gl/maps/BFXQ2dD2xgtt2TM57

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The Apartment

This nice, quirky, fun bar has many floors and a cheeky decor. The atmosphere goes from pub to club later in the night. Prices are fair. It’s been part of the best bars in Poblacion for quite a while!

5663 Don Pedro, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila
https://goo.gl/maps/WP5Nk2bQAVVGaQom6

Kampai

When this bar is on, it’s on! Head straight upstairs – if it’s busy, take a seat and order a few drinks. The menu isn’t as overpriced as other bars in the area and the ambiance created by the young-hip crowd is perfect for either a date or a drink with a few friends.

5857 Alfonso, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
https://goo.gl/maps/ewLAQG7vmKBubB2UA