So far, I’ve mentioned places to eat and to shop. And I’ve mentioned a few of the hip bars of the city.
Distillery on Jupiter (my choice for American beers)
Beers Paradise on Polaris (not so hip, but used to have a good selection of European beers)
There are other bars and clubs, but I’m not privy to them. I’ll try to find a young buck or doe to tell you about it some other time.
The only real pub in Metro Manila: Murphy’s in Makati
Let me talk about the alternative bars of the metropolis.
Probably the best place to watch the alternative rock scene in Metro Manila is Sa Guijo in Makati. The second best would be 70’s Bistro in Anonas. And the third bar would be Penguin Bar in Adriatico Circle (whenever it chooses to open).
For just good old drinking in a community atmosphere, Big Sky Mind on E. Rodriguez Avenue, across the McDonalds.
For a more “indie” scene, Cubao-X in Cubao.
The “new” “indie” scene seems to be thriving now on Maginhawa street in Quezon City. At the epicenter seems to be Van Gogh is Bipolar.