8 Places

You Have to Check Out

in Poblacion, Part 2

By Naveen Ganglani

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A year ago, we wrote about eight places to check out in Poblacion for a fun weekend evening. With so many new bars/restaurants popping up left and right, we decided to do a part two in order to give you guys more ideas on what to check out around the popular area.

8. The Workshop

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Every Friday evening, a small-scale retail store turns into a bar that sells mouth-watering buko juice mixed with gin. With its specialty drink served in an actual coconut that’s ice cold and fresh, The Workshop is an ideal place to go to on a Friday evening – especially if you want to get away from the busier areas of Poblacion.

The store-turned-bar is simple, neatly designed, and has a great drink to satisfy your end of the work week needs.


7. Dr Wine

Let’s face it: the love for wine just continues to grow. While most of Poblacion’s bars specialize in cocktails and beers, Dr. Wine gives you a nice place to check out if you’re feeling a little more sophisticated.

With affordable bottles, yummy food, and a terrific ambiance, it’s a great choice if you and your friends want a spot to mellow down and have a chill time.


6. Dulo

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Ever thought of what it would be like to go drinking at a chemistry lab? Dulo’s got the answer for you.

Located on the same street as Crying Tiger, one of Poblacion’s most popular new locales offers a wide array of food, drink, and coffee options. The best part is that it will barely hurt your wallet. On some nights, there’s even poetry or art exhibitions.


5. Wantusawa

Wantusawa is one of Poblacion’s newest and yummiest dining experiences. Specializing in oysters from Aklan, the restaurant gives a seafood experience unlike any other. Other dishes like the Grilled Prawn Laksa and Miso Braised Short Rib are also exquisite.

Make sure to go early because the place tends to get packed really quick. Don’t forget to order some beers to wash down the food.

4. The Apartment

Want to have a house party but you’re too lazy to do the setting up before and cleaning up after the event? Poblacion’s got you covered.

Located on the fifth floor of the building across Z Hostel is a new attraction called The Apartment, which has a pair of rooms with a bar where guests can chill, meet friends, and listen to live music. There’s also a rooftop if that’s more of your vibe.


3. Kampai

In our last article, we wrote about Tambai. Well recently, they expanded and added a new side called Kampai. It’s good yummy food, awesome original drinks, plus fun bartenders who #gotchu for the evening. Oh, and they do Sake Bomb nights, too. Dope, right?


2. Antidote

We won’t lie to you, the prices of this new bar located at the roofdeck of I’m Hotel are deadly expensive. But there’s a saying that once in a while, you have to treat yourself. And when that time comes, you might as well do it while having the best vantage point of the entire Makati.

There’s no overestimating how incredible the sight from Antidote is. Just make sure not to have too many shots of El Hombre.


1. Polilya

The hipster in me is dreading making Polilya number one because of it’s insane popularity, but there’s just no denying it. Having opened only months ago, it’s quickly become Poblacion’s hottest attraction.

The drinks aren’t too pricy but yummy, the vibe is really chill, and chances are you’re going to run into someone you know. Maybe it’s that college classmate you secretly had a crush on, or maybe it’ll be your biggest rival from high school. Point is, if you’re going to Pob this Saturday night, you have to pass by Polilya.


Any other Poblacion joints we should know about? Share them with us below!


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