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Draft Gastropub (Manila)

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Draft Gastropub is a small chain of European-style pubs in Manila. They have 3 locations at the moment in the expat-heavy areas of BGC (The Fort) and Makati (Greenbelt 2 and Rockwell). They serve European food, including Mussels, Steaks, Pastas, Sausages, Burgers for around 400-500 PHP per person. It is above average but far from the quality you would actually get in Europe. On the menu, they do offer a wide range of imported beers.  Don't get your hopes too high as they often have problems with their stocks. Prices range from 170 PHP (Heineken) to 550 PHP (Delirium Tremens). That's a bit higher than in most pubs in Manila. For this reason, Draft attracts mostly young executive and expats instead of students.

Today X Future Bar (Metro Manila)

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Today X Future is one of the hippest bars in Quezon City (Metro Manila). It is located in the area of Cubao Expo or Cubao X, a shopping center famous for its artsy boutiques and alternative drinking joints. Prices are low: 60 PHP for a San Mig Light and 220 PHP for a Jack Coke. Today X Future is not fancy at all, yet it attracts a sophisticated crowd of hipsters, both locals and expats. If you are not in that particular bohemian state of mind, you might not enjoy it as it looks more like a mess than a place. Naturally, no dress code.

Gramercy 71 Rooftop Bar (Manila)

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Gramercy 71 is one of the most popular rooftop bars/sky bars in Manila . Also a restaurant and nightclub, it is located on the 71st floor of the Gramercy Tower in Makati. The tower is not far from other clubs like Time and Royal . The rooftop area is rather small and surprisingly, it is not as busy as the inside. The view is honestly not that great as there is no skyscrapers to look at. Manila is also very dark at night so you can barely see anything apart from a few lights. It might be better if you come at sunset (they only open at 6pm, might be too late for that). I paid an entrance  fee of 500PHP with 2 drinks included. That's quite a good deal I thought. The music was a mix of famous hits remixed by house and Rn'B DJs.

Ringside Bar - Midget Boxing - Manila

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The Ringside Bar is a must-visit in Manila if you like weird places and oddities. Located in the red light district of Burgos in Makati, it is a hostess bar with a boxing ring instead of your usual podium. The boxing ring features all kind of shows including midget boxing or bargirls oil fighting. How much fun you'll have in the Ringside Bar probably depends on how much alcohol you've drank. It's probably best to be a bit tipsy before entering to make sure your mind is prepared.

Black Market / Finders Keepers (Manila)

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Black Market is one of the trendiest clubs in Manila for the alternative crowd. It's a secret place with barely any entrance sign, yet everyone knows about it. It's underground yet populated only by rich people. It has a no dress code policy, yet if you don't have a proper hipster look, you feel you don't belong. It attracts mostly foreigners and Westernized Filipinos who are tired with EDM, VIP seating and stilettos. They are obviously not tired with expensive drinks as Black Market is not cheaper than Privé for instance. To be fair with them, they do have open bar on selected nights for 600PHP (includes beer and rum coke), which is a decent deal even if you are not a huge drinker.

B-Side Reggae Bar (Manila)

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B-Side The Collective is a bar particularly famous in Manila for organizing the Irie Sunday Reggae Nights. While Reggae is not at all the kind of music I listen to, I have to admit the place is pretty cool. It attracts an alternative crowd that you don't see elsewhere in the city. I was also surprised there was so many hot girls.

Fred's Revolucion (Cubao X, Metro Manila)

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Fred's Revolucion is a Cuban-themed dive bar / neighborhood bar located in Cubao X in Quezon City, Metro Manila. It is one of the most popular drinking joints in that area along with Today X Future . Drinks are cheap, from around 50-60 PHP for a local beer to 180 PHP for cocktails. They also serve some popular international dishes, mostly junk food though, for less than 200 PHP.

Hobbit House (Midget Bar, Manila)

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Hobbit House is a bar, restaurant and live music venue located in Ermita, Manila. It also has a branch in Boracay. It is themed after the hobbits from the Lord of the Rings and in particular, all its waiters are midgets, small people, dwarfs. At first I thought it was not really appropriate as I felt they were made fun of, but in the end it is a great way for many of them to get a steady job. People don't come to the Hobbit House to mock but first and foremost because of the friendly and unique atmosphere and the music.

Hooch Bar at Lulu Restaurant (Makati, Manila)

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Hooch is a trendy bar located in Salcedo Village, Makati, Manila. It is attached to the gourmet restaurant Lulu, headed by Chef Tom Hines. It is surfing on the global trend of "speakeasies", those bars that are popping up everywhere recreating a Prohibition-era atmosphere. If you travel a bit, you've probably seen a few of these, with a hipster mixologist behind the bar and a complex cocktail menu. In the case of Hooch, the mixologist is Englishman Jay Doy, one of the main reasons the bar is so popular with expats and local girls. You might not enjoy every drink he does, but for sure trying all of them is a good excuse for getting drunk (they have 104 signature cocktails so it might take a while though). You can also get food from Lulu, which serves a range of excellent comfort food from all over the planet.

Cable Car (Manila)

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Cable Car is a chain of pubs with currently 4 locations in Metro Manila. I visited the branch in The Fort, BGC, which is one of the happening drinking spots there. It is more lively than its closest competitor, Draft Gastropub , but the quality of the food and the choice of drinks is smaller. It is also cheaper. They serve international food, including many Filipino dishes. Prices start at around 200 PHP for a meal up to 600 PHP for a large pizza and 450 PHP for a pica-pica. Taste is average. A pint of Hoegaarden costs 240 PHP and a Rum Cola only 90 PHP.
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