The Bonifacio Global City (BGC) development in the heart of Taguig, Manila, is not only a growing business and residential district, it’s also known for its bars and vibrant nightlife, which attract party goers from across the Philippine capital. Here’s our pick of the best clubs and bars in Taguig.
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Serving tasty sandwiches by day, Tipple & Slaw turns into a cosy pub once night falls. Popular with locals, it is a great place to relax after a long day at work. Try its signature cocktail, Blind Gin, which features, lemon juice, gin, egg white and bitters. Watch out for popular promotions such as buy one get one free on frozen margaritas.
An import from the old Manila area, the Tap Station on Burgos Circle offers an extensive line-up of local and imported beers, including an impressive 25 craft beers on tap to choose from. Sip on a refreshing pint of the best seller, Hard Day – a brew made by Craft Revolt, a Tap Station microbrewery in the popular holiday destination of Tagaytay, south of Manila.
If you’re looking to impress, this elegant speakeasy will do the trick. This hidden bar is located behind an unmarked door in a brightly-lit convenience store inside the RCBC building. Catch its Happily Hour After (5pm to 8pm) and choose from an array of cocktails, beer and spirits. It’s not unacceptable to drink this early if no one can see you.
LIT Manila in Serendra has the most extensive selection of Japanese whiskey in the Philippine capital. Inside the cosy interior, a long wooden bar is surrounded by shelves stacked with rare bottles from different parts of the world. LIT also organises regular tasting sessions for whisky aficionados who want to sample the best Scottish single malts, while funky grooves are played by resident DJs.
This Spanish tapas bar, adorned with retro 1980s red and yellow lights, is a lively venue in which to enjoy Spanish-inspired artisanal cocktails and wine. Order a selection of mouth-watering tapas like shrimp gambas in olive oil and garlic, or croquetas de jamon (ham-filled croquettes). If you’re still hungry after all that drinking, share a traditional paella valenciana with friends
This gastropub first made its name in Pasig before opening a second branch in Taguig. The Tipsy Pig is known for its signature cocktails and pulutan (bar snacks). The Tipsy boneless crispy pata (deep-fried pigs knuckles with Asian soy garlic chilli sauce) is a crowd favourite, ideally downed with an ice-cold beer.
This on-site microbrewery may be one of the most unique places to drink in Manila. The sprawling two-storey space showcases massive steel machinery from which its newly-produced beer is served. The Brewery adheres to German brewing standards, offering the freshest pilsner, wheat, IPA and stout on tap.
The Revel masters the art of luxury clubbing, with an impressive lighting and sound system and lush interiors oozing decadence. Such is its reputation, it can hold its own with some of the top nightclubs in Las Vegas. It offers impeccable service, a selection of spirits and specialty cocktails and top DJs flown in from all over the world. The two-level venue rocks until sunrise. If you’d like something more private, reserve a sofa on the mezzanine.
A stone’s throw from Revel, Xylo is one of the hottest clubs on the block. Formerly known as Valkyrie, the stylishly-renovated venue is gaining a steady reputation for bringing top European DJs to Manila to spin the latest EDM hits. Tickets for special acts always come with a free drink. Book in advance to get the best deals.
Yes, Please pays homage to pop icons of the past with its 1980s-90s dive bar complete with graffiti-filled walls, bright neon lights, lush velvet furniture and a football table. This laid-back venue provides strong (and inventively-named) cocktails like the Flying V (a Mighty Ducks film and TV reference), which consists of melon and mango juice, Mezcal and a salty dried plum thrown in for good measure. The menu also offers pub grub such as the Unagi watermelon roll and Japanese eel, a crowd favourite.
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