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Bonifacio Global City

Exploring the Top 5 Bars in Manila’s BGC District

Once a US military base, now an upscale district packed with luxury condominiums and bars – Bonifacio Global City (also known as the BGC district) has undergone quite the transformation since the Philippines won its independence in 1946.

Bars in BGC

Busy bars fill the pavements with revelers most evenings and, with a drinking establishment on almost every corner, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your tastes in the BGC. <o:p></o:p>

1. Lit Manila

Hidden in Serendra, you’ll find an unassuming black door. Go through said door, and you’ll enter into the stylishly subdued interior of Lit Manila. <o:p></o:p>

Boasting an exhaustive collection of Japanese whiskies (and a whole host of hard to find sake and shochu), Lit Manila is the brainchild of Francis Hasegawa, who brings Japanese precision and flair to Manila’s lively bar scene. Small details, including ice cut from charcoal filtered water and wafer thin serving glasses imported from Japan, make Lit Manila a stylish, stand-out option in the BGO district’s bar scene.<o:p></o:p>

2. Stella

That said, it’s not all dimly lit bars and rare whiskies in Bonifacio. Those seeking out a casual drink (coupled with tasty comfort food) should look no further than Stella. Set off by a tasteful décor, this stylish eaterie offers an extensive cocktail menu (order the Stella Sip to see what we mean) and a menu heavily influenced by Italian cuisine.<o:p></o:p>

3. Rocket Room

Feeling suitably full after sampling the menu at Stella? Settle for a nightcap (or, alternatively, kick start your night out) at the neighbouring Rocket Room. Both establishments share a love of cocktails and a common owner, but the latter promises a lively atmosphere if you fancy getting the party started.<o:p></o:p>

Food choices at the Rocket Room share Stella’s Italian influence, albeit with an Asian twist – expect seaweed and spicy sesame chicken sitting side by side with fettucini and arugula – and the highlight of the drinks menu is undoubtedly the aptly named Rocket Fuel. That’s a mixture of triple sec, tequila and jalapeno infused vodka for the uninitiated!<o:p></o:p>

4. Tomatito Manila

The 1980’s means many things to many people, but to the people behind Tomatito Manila, it can only mean tacos    <o:p></o:p>

True to its name (meaning ‘little tomato’) Tomatito is finished with a 80’s inspired red colour scheme, decorated with flamenco outfits/dresses and soundtracked with the soothing sounds of Spanish guitarist Jose Fernandez Torres – who, it turns out, also shares his nickname with the restaurant.<o:p></o:p>

The menu focuses on pairing traditional tapas flavours with a mouth-watering array of prawns, steak and ceviche, alongside the obligatory (and extensive) list of Spanish wine. <o:p></o:p>

5. The Brewery

Last up on our list is the Brewery which, true to its name, offers a wide range of international beers as well as a delicious local IPA (brewed in-house no less) that’s backed up with a bar menu that’ll keep you coming back for more. Case in point? The Brewery Nachos, made with a special order of garlic/chipotle aioli and cheesy beer sauce. <o:p></o:p>

With seating for over 300 people and a happy hour designed to get even the tightest of purse strings loosened, the Brewery ticks all the boxes and is our natural starting point for a night out in Bonifacio. <o:p></o:p>

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