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15 Best Speakeasies in Manila [2024]

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Speakeasies Manila

Best Speakeasies Manila
Best Speakeasies Manila

If you’re looking for a unique and intimate drinking experience, look no further than speakeasies Manila. These hidden bars are perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a quiet drink in peace. Here are 10 of the best speakeasies Manila!

1) Hotel Bar at Pink’s

Key ServiceYouthful and energetic speakeasy
AddressGround Floor, Shangri-La at the Fort, 5th Ave., Bonifacio Global City , Taguig, Philippines
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/hotelbarmanila
Phone(02) 772 1147
Operating HoursDaily 5:00 PM – 2:30 AM

Explore Pink’s, the classic Hollywood hamburger and hot dog joint, before heading over to Hotel Bar: a youthful and vibrant speakeasy with an edgy allure. With various themed nights taking place throughout the week – like Motown Mondays, hip-hop Tuesdays and 90s Wednesdays – you’ll never get bored at this exciting spot!

Key Differentiators:

  • Has themed nights
  • Friendly staff
  • Very cool atmosphere

Customer’s Review:

Had a great time at this speakeasy bar behind Pink’s. Very intimate and cozy setup. It does get loud after 2000h but it’s so much fun. We will take our friends here for night outs. The servers were very attentive esp Arki, thumbs up!

Aira Dimacale

2) The Odd Seoul

Key ServiceModern Korean speakeasy
Address2F 8445 Kalayaan Ave., Poblacion , Makati, Philippines
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/theoddseoul
Phone0906 493 0799
Operating HoursDaily 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM

For a unique atmosphere, head to Gaya’s secret speakeasy in Poblacion. The Odd Seoul is decked out in dazzling neon lights and offers an exciting range of cocktails, kimchi sour and even spam fries. To bask in its electric energy yourself, look for the hidden soju bottle at Gaya!

Key Differentiators:

  • Quirky drinks menu
  • Excellent selection of cocktails and bar snacks
  • Much more energetic than Gaya restaurant

Customer’s Review:

It’s a cool speakeasy accessible through Gaja Korean Kitchen. The drinks menu is quirky; before I tried it, I didn’t expect to like Kimchi Sour (and wow it’s really good!). Zomato gold is honored here so we got +2 on drink orders. For bar chows, we tried spam fries and also torched cheesy corn. Both are really nice.

CK Hermosa

3) Bank Bar

Key ServiceModern speakeasy and hidden bar
AddressG/F, RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th and 25th Street 1634 Taguig, Philippines
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/bankbarmnl/
Phone+639190733304
Operating HoursTuesday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Wednesday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Thursday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Friday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Saturday: 8:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Nestled in the shadows of a 7-Eleven store in BGC, Bank Bar is likely one of the most popular speakeasies Manila. With its stylish design and expert management from The Moment Group, this spot has become an ideal destination for everything from chance meetings with friends to grandiose events. Reserve The Den – a small yet inviting private room – for your next intimate gathering!

Key Differentiators:

  • Great spot for chill drinks, catch-ups or events
  • With a cozy private room
  • Unique speakeasy venue hidden behind 7-Eleven in BGC

Customer’s Review:

One of the famous speak-easy style secret bars in BGC, Manila. Nice and cozy atmosphere. The interior is beautiful.

Hit U

4) The Curator

Key ServiceHighly acclaimed speakeasy bar
Address134 Legaspi Street, Makati CIty, Metro Manila, Philippines
Websitehttps://www.thecuratorcoffeeandcocktails.com/
Phone+639163554129
Emailthecuratordrinks@gmail.com
Operating HoursDaily 7am-5pm

As nightfall approaches, The Curator in Legazpi Village transforms from coffee to cocktails. Rated as the number one bar in the country by Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, its superb bartenders have created a unique cocktail menu that will leave you awe-struck! Peruse through their signature concoctions and helpful charts that explain each flavor profile, or let their knowledgeable mixologists assist you during your selection process. You can also be on the lookout for special guest shifts featuring local and international talent!

Key Differentiators:

  • Serves a unique range of cocktails
  • Experienced and passionate bartenders
  • Has guest shifts with local and international talents

Customer’s Review:

Cozy speakeasy is hidden behind their cafe on the main street. They have a pretty creative menu that helps you visualize the flavor profile of each drink and also the glasses they will be served in. The menu itself is pretty extensive, but you can request a personalized drink.

Berdy

5) The Back Room

Key ServiceExclusive speakeasy bar
AddressShangri-La The Fort, Manila, 30th Street, corner 5th Ave, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines
Websitehttps://slfm.shangrilaphshop.com/web/restaurants-and-bars-the-back-room.aspx
Phone(+63 2) 8820 0888
Emaileats.slfm@shangri-la.com
Operating HoursWed to Saturday 5pm to 2am

Step inside Back Room at Shangri-La the Fort, Manila and you’ll be taken right back to the Prohibition era with its lavish masculine ambiance. Their signature gin Bee’s Knees is a must try for any patron as it features local ingredients such as dalandan and sampaguita. But no matter what drink you desire, rest assured that it will always hit your taste buds in just the perfect way! And don’t forget to indulge in their amazing bar chow while you’re there!

Key Differentiators:

  • Serves an extensive range of gin-based cocktails
  • Carrying their own signature gin, Bee’s Knees
  • Bar chow menu is widely recommended

Customer’s Review:

The Back Room, Asia’s 50 best bars 2019 has Tales and Spirits global top 50 in the house on Oct. 16. Amazing fancy drinks in a hidden speakeasy and comfortable atmosphere bar also they have excellent trained friendly servants. Highly recommended.

Rita

6) Kampai

Key ServiceJapanese speakeasy bar
Address5857 Alfonso, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/kampaicocktailsph/
Phone0917 318 1385
Operating HoursDaily 2PM–3AM

Upon entrance of Kampai, you may expect to find the typical Japanese bar. However, much more awaits when exploring further: a carefully crafted menu with an extensive selection of classic and modern Japanese dishes as well as a unique second floor experience that changes into a cocktail lounge at night – complete with talented live DJs and signature drinks.

Key Differentiators:

  • Cocktails paired with live DJ music
  • Extensive range of Japanese food and drinks
  • Offering cocktails, yakitori 

Customer’s Review:

Very friendly staff and delicious drinks. The decor is also very nice.

Zack Han

7) Prima Facie 

Key ServiceSpeakeasy bar hidden inside Vitto’s Wine Bar & Restaurant
Address114 Scout Lozano Street cor Tomas Morato, inside Vitto’s, Laging Handa, Quezon City
Websitehttps://www.instagram.com/primafaciemanila/
Phone(0906) 136-1712

When it comes to first impressions, Prima Facie located inside Vitto’s Wine Bar & Restaurant won’t disappoint. From its extensive drink list consisting of vodka, whiskey, gin, tequila, brandy and rhum to an array of both local and imported beers – the speakeasy bar serves delicious bar chow that compliments their hefty drinks selection perfectly!

Key Differentiators:

  • Hefty drinks list with hard drinks and beers
  • Good selection of local and imported beers
  • Bar chow selection available to go along with drinks

Customer’s Review:

This speakeasy bar is tucked in Vitto’s restaurant. The drinks were on point and so was the food. I had a great time with my friends here. Such a cozy atmosphere and friendly staff too. Highly recommended!

Alexander

8) Almacen

Key ServiceMexican speakeasy bar
Address5910B Matilde Street, Poblacion, Philippines
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/AlmacenPH
Phone0977 119 1021
Emailforefrontcmvinc@gmail.com
Operating HoursTues to Sun 7:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Step into a vibrant Mexican-Filipino paradise, Almacen, illuminated by dazzling neon lights and adorned with colorfully decorated interiors. Enjoy the flavor of traditional Mexican food while experiencing an added twist of Filipino cuisine – all perfectly paired with your favorite beverage!

Key Differentiators:

  • Authentic Mexican and Filipino dishes to choose from
  • Neon lights and colorful interiors
  • Affordable food

Customer’s Review:

Great place with great music! Loved DJ ko beast who was playing and the drinks and food was super affordable.

Edward

9) RM 16

Key ServiceIconic speakeasy bar located in Kapitolyo
Address16 East Capitol Drive, Pasig, Philippines
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/TheRM16/
Phone0917 812 2243
Emailtittos@eatupmnl.com
Operating HoursWednesday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Saturday 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Are you always on the hunt for hidden speakeasy bars? Well, here’s one more to add to your list: RM 16 in Kapitolyo. The entrance is a bit different this time around; instead of searching for an unmarked door, you’ll need to find Tittos Latin BBQ and its iconic Coca-Cola vending machine secret entryway! All that stands between you and unlimited fun are the passcode – so start brushing up on those clues!

Key Differentiators:

  • Coca-Cola vending machine entrance guarded by a passcode
  • Interior designed with vintage furniture and neon signs
  • Unique food and drink menu

Customer’s Review:

This speak-easy place is great! Good ambiance and good food! Drinks are a-plenty!

Ben Alberto

10) The Spirits Libray

Key ServiceUnique speakeasy interiors
Address4963 Guerrero St, Makati, Philippines
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/TheSpiritsLibrary
Phone0917 160 1162
EmailOmniscient@TheSpiritsLibrary.com
Operating HoursDaily 6:00 PM – 3:00 AM

The Spirits Library is a renowned cocktail bar, serving up some of the best drinks you will ever taste. But it’s much more than that; they are also a provider of rare bottles, books and other miscellaneous items related to bars. The name says it all – let them be your go-to resource for everything spirits!

Key Differentiators:

  • Purveyor of rare bottles, books and bar paraphernalia
  • Excellent cocktails, beer and wine selection
  • Mixology classes for those who would want to learn more about the spirits industry

Customer’s Review:

I’ve been to this speakeasy multiple times and I always have a good time whenever I go there.

Eliza Alcuiza

Speakeasies Manila

There are many speakeasies Manila and each one has its own unique selling point. Whether it’s the cocktails, food, decor or music, these bars offer a great experience for those who want to step out of their comfort zone and enjoy an evening out. Have you been to any of these speakeasies Manila? If so, we would love to hear about your experience in the comments section below!

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