The old downtown of Barangay Poblacion is probably one of Makati, Metro Manila’s hottest nightlife hotspots around – from the red light P. Burgos street to the hip neighborhood of Z Street, the upscale Rockwell Center, and all of Poblacion’s clubs and pubs in its inner streets and alleys, there’s too much nightlife energy in Poblacion to keep the night owl in you pumped for hours.
But sometimes, all you want from Poblacion is to relax, unwind, and enjoy great wine (or your choice of spirit or cocktail) paired with something good each of these spots has to offer, and of course, great company to hangout with. Check out these best spots to enjoy great wine in Poblacion.
Dr. Wine Manila
First on this list is just aptly named for this post: Dr. Wine Manila. Dr. Wine focuses on everything related to wine and all the tapas, cold cuts, cheese, food, and all the works that are centered on wine, so if you’re a wine lover you’re gonna have fun looking at their vast wine bar menu and the overall wine, unwind, and dine ambiance. Dr. Wine is just a stone’s throw away from Poblacion’s Rockwell Center, Z Street, Burgos red light district, and Makati Avenue. And the coolest? They have a happy hour everyday – all you can drink red and white house wine for only P550 (too bad their happy hr only runs from 5-7PM).
Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen
Located just a few steps near the hip Z Street is Agimat, one of Poblacion’s best Filipino gastropubs centering on the good ol’ native Filipino design and uniquely magical Pinoy dishes and cocktails. Agimat means “amulet” or “charm” with special powers, and there’s no doubt Agimat has a way of conveying that folklore magic through its signature spirits and specialty food. Bugnay Red Wine at Agimat is at P700 per bottle.
Barcino has long been a staple among Manila wine lovers with their sizeable selection of wines and signature cocktails, and their dark, wine cellar inspired ambiance adds to that feeling of warmth when enjoing your favorite glass of wine. Barcino also offers fresh tapas and food selections to complement their selection of fine wine, perfect for a wine & dine nightout with friends. Barcino’s Powerplant Mall branch in Poblacion’s upscale Rockwell Center also adds that feeling of exclusivity just a few minutes’ walk from the red light district. A nice bottle of wine at Barcino starts at around P500.
Located atop an actual apartment along the hip Z Street neighborhood is The Apartment, one of Poblacion’s best kept hidden bars and speakeasies. Live jazz is the main flavor of this speakeasy, and the music just soothes and relaxes as you swirl your wine and listen in on the saxophone. There’s no signages outside the building so you would have to ask around, but once you hit the iconic Z Street, you’re literally a couple of steps away from this hidden penthouse bar. Wine is at P150-300 per glass at The Apartment.
Antidote is a great addition to Manila’s slew of rooftop bars. Located in the heart of Poblacion along Makati Avenue, Antidote sits on top of I’M Hotel’s towering skyscraper and offers a spectacular skyline view of Makati and the rest of Metro Manila, plus it also has this tank of Jellyfish that’s nice and relaxing to look at as you enjoy your wine, which starts at P350 per glass.
Buddha Bar Manila
Buddha Bar Manila is one of the top restobars in Makati. This fine, three-storey restaurant-bar-lounge is known for its Asian fusion cuisine and a sophisticated dining/bar experience, and add to that its impeccable service and great atmosphere that seemingly transports you to an old/new exotic bar that’s overlooked by a giant Buddha. Buddha Bar has an extensive wine list, which starts at P310 for a glass of Tall Horse Chardonnay 2010.
Tucked inside the unassuming Tambai Alley along Felipe Street, Wantusawa Oyster Bar serves fresh, succulent Philippine Aklan oysters from the Visayan province. Wantusawa is a play on the Pinoy expression “one to sawa” which roughly means “have it until satisfied”, a saying that works well with their P50 per piece oysters (fresh, baked, or fried) you can really have ’til you’re done with it. The open kitchen concept, the chill vibe of the place, plus the reasonably priced fresh oysters is perfect to enjoy a glass of wine. Sauvignon wine at Wantusawa is priced at P200/glass, P1000/bottle.