In­sider tips on where to eat, drink, and shop in the Philip­pine cap­i­tal.

Think the Philip­pine cap­i­tal is worth just a cur­sory stopover? Think again. Manileños are adept at mix­ing cos­mopoli­tanism with Fil­ipino flair, and it shows in the pro­fu­sion of cre­ative new restau­rants, shops, and wa­ter­ing holes all across town.


In the Drink

Try th­ese four new places for in­spired cock­tails with a play­ful twist.


A bar­ber­shop-cum­s­peakeasy bar, this spot on Wil­son Street in San Juan City clearly de­liv­ers on the prom­ise of its name. In line with its dual func­tion, it serves up cock­tails such as Blunt Scis­sors and The Un­der Cut, the lat­ter be­ing a heady blend of tequila, sour mix, or­ange, and pow­dered cayenne ( fb .com/thirsty­bar­berph).


Walls here are fres­coed with skulls, a ouija board, and other mys­ti­cal sym­bols, mak­ing for an edgy Makati bar that looks like the per­fect set­ting for a gath­er­ing of black-magic prac­ti­tion­ers. Don’t miss the po­tent 20:20 Mule (to which you can add pep­per­mint and sliced ginger), the Bas­ter­dized Pomelo Mar­garita, and That Thing in the Jar (


Boni­fa­cio Global City is home to an airy, apothe­cary-themed venue that draws hip­sters who are dead se­ri­ous about their drinks. Served in beakers, cock­tails here are made at a bar de­signed to look like an op­er­at­ing ta­ble. Try the Medicinal Mar­tini or Herb Gar­den, which fuses Zubrowka vodka with Bianco ver­mouth, lemon juice, fen­nel bitters, and a sprig of tar­ragon (


Named af­ter the hero­ine of an 1859 poem by No­bel lau­re­ate Frédéric Mis­tral, this chic al­fresco rooftop bar on the 10th floor of the Raf­fles Makati is an ex­ten­sion of the ho­tel’s Provence-in­spired brasserie. Sun­down­ers like the spicy Frenchy Rita and the Mirèio—a sweet­sour meld of Grey Goose, cran­berry and lemon juice, and green char­treuse—are as en­tic­ing as the view ( mireioa­traf­

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