8 Places You Have to Check Out in Poblacion
By Naveen Ganglani
It’s a Saturday night. After a long and tiring week at work, you just want to unwind and enjoy your time with friends, having drinks and great food without necessarily emptying your wallets as you might have done were you at a club instead. Who wants to dance to tugs tugs all the time anyway, right?
If you’re in the mood to catch up with those closest to you via good conversation over mouth-watering dishes and a little buzz from alcohol, then Makati’s Poblacion area is the place to be. At one time more known for it’s R-18 attractions, the up-and-coming location now boasts of more friendly hotspots which draw different types of crowds and has the environment that will leave you saying, “That was a great night.”
Here are eight places you should check out (in no order):
8. Pura Vida
Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City
Open: 6:00 PM-2:30 AM from Monday-Saturday; closed on Sunday
Want to feel close to Costa Rica with a Jamaican Reggae music vibe? Want to be like Bob Marley (Minus the Cannabis, of course)? How about swinging on a swings as you order drinks from the bartender? All that and a lot more are available at Pura Vida, one of the newest places to check out in the Poblacion area today. Don’t even get us started on the music – it’s top notch. And it features authentic Costa Rican food! Tan delicioso!
Suggestion: Get the Enyucados, Arrroz Con Pollo, and either the Guaro Sour or Summer Melted signature cocktail
36 Polaris Street, Poblacion, Makati City
Open: 8:00 AM-12:00 MN from Monday-Saturday; 11:00 AM-7:00PM on Sunday
At first look, the comfortable and cozy setting of Commune Cafe+Bar doesn’t exactly scream “Wild Saturday night!” But the assortment of delicious meals and caffeine can still make for a substantial evening. Their choices of panini are to die for, and the latte art on top of your coffee is totally worth the order – plus you’ll get all the Instagram likes!
Suggestion: Get the panini with longanissa, onion jam, mozzarella cheese, and rye batard, then pair it up with an 18-hour cold brew with milk
6. Crying Tiger Street Kitchen
4976 Guanzon Street, Makati
Open: 5:00 PM-12:00 MN from Monday-Thursday and Sunday; 5:00 PM-2:00AM from Friday-Saturday
Crying Tiger is your best choice in the Poblacion area for street Thai and Indonesian food. While you’re munching on some really good noodles (which, by the way, can be made vegetarian) or the different bar snacks, also get the chance to meet backpackers from different countries who frequent the place, mostly looking for friends to make while indulging on the restaurant’s deep menu of drinks.
Suggestion: Get the Mee Goreng noodles, Chicken Satay, Moo Ping, and bottles of Tiger beer
5. Jose Cuervo Tequileria
5015 P. Burgos Corner Durban Street, Poblacion, Makati City
Open: 2:00 PM-6:00 AM from Monday-Sunday
Yum. That’s the first thought that comes to mind when thinking of Jose Cuervo Tequileria, especially if you’ve developed an infatuation with Mexican food. While the restaurant may seem a little rowdy and noisy from the outside, you’ll feel right at home once you’re settled in, licking quesadilla sauce from your fingers and washing down burritos with beers.
Suggestion: Get the Carne Mexicana Burrito/Quesadilla, Barbacoa Taco (Corn Tortilla), and a Corona.