There are few things Filipinos look forward to more than beer-filled nights with the gang.
A few buckets of our classic local brews are usually enough to do the trick. But the craft beer revolution has slowly taken over, and it’s high time we all get on board. If you and your friends are looking to get in on some beer-y fun nights, these are the places to check out:
The Brewery at the Palace likes to keep things fresh. So fresh in fact that they actually brew their own beer on-site. The two-storey establishment houses the entire brewing process, serving their customers endless possibilities. They previously partnered with the Hinelaban group to design ULI coffee beer, infused with beans harvested by indigenous communities in Bukidnon, while their latest creation, Compadre Craft Beer, is currently available on tap.
The Brewery at the Palace
The Palace, 9th Avenue Corner 36th Street
(0917) 507 3442
Open from Mondays to Thursdays, 3 PM - 2 AM;
Fridays and Saturdays, 3 PM - 4 AM
2. Tap Station
With such a small and intimate space, Tap Station in Burgos Circle gets you up close and personal with your craft beer experience. They have dozens of variants of craft beer available, which may seem intimidating at first, but their servers are well-prepared to thoroughly steer you towards the drink that suits your preference. You can decide based on the kind of flavor you’re looking for, level of alcohol content, and even the glass to keep your beer in, with a couple of free sample shots thrown in for good measure.
Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle
(02) 946 3797
Open from Sundays to Thursdays, 11 AM - 2 AM;
Fridays and Saturdays, 11 AM - 4 AM
3. Hotel Bar
Come for the craft beers, stay for the hotdogs.
The Hotel Bar is a secret little speakeasy, hidden just behind the popular hotdog joint Pink’s located in Shangri-La at the Fort. They offer over a dozen craft beers, both from the bottle and straight from the tap. The Hotel Bar is equal parts casual and sophisticated, with contemporary pop and hip-hop playing within its timeless old-fashioned interiors.
The best part? You can pair your ale with one of those hot ‘n fresh dogs you started craving the moment you walked through the door.
Shangri-La at the Fort
30th Street corner 5th Avenue
(02) 772 1147
Open daily, 5 PM to 3 AM
When it comes to beer, they say Germans know best.
The German Bier Bar & Restaurant, Brotzeit certainly doesn’t disappoint. They’re best known for their fine draft beers featuring renowned German brand Paulaner, but you can also ask for a bottle or two of their Weihenstephaner to try some of their more traditional craft brews. They have an extensive culinary menu to go along with your beverage of choice as well.
5. Big Bad Wolf
Thirsty as three little pigs? Time to pay a visit to the Big Bad Wolf. The establishment prides itself in sourcing everything locally. From the ingredients that go into their dishes, to their interior design and kitchenware, Big Bad Wolf has kept things homegrown. The same goes for their craft beer offerings, with the restaurant carrying ten local craft beers on tap and ready to drip for the next unsuspecting little red riding hood who comes in for a taste.
Big Bad Wolf
Forbes Retail, Forbes Town Center
(02) 8225 833
Open daily, 11 AM to 3 AM
6. The Bottle Shop
You can’t have too many trips to The Bottle Shop in BGC, which boasts the widest selection of craft beers in the country, local or otherwise. They have over a hundred different brands from all over the world, and are the first in Manila to have 14 local craft beers on tap. Guest beers are introduced every week, so there’s always something new to try. If you’re looking to widen your craft beer vocabulary, this is the place to go. Bottoms up!
The Bottle Shop
Ground Floor, Net One Center
26th Street corner 3rd Avenue
Open from Mondays to Saturdays, 1 PM - 2 AM
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