The upscale BGC district is not exactly what anyone would think when planning a booze-filled unli-night out with friends because, well, anything within the perimeters of Bonifacio Global City a.k.a The Fort in Taguig is not really cheap and bar-hopping here would suck your wallet dry. The neighboring Makati may already be a tad expensive, but BGC is something else – just ask the working BGC chap who crosses EDSA just to drink at hole-in-the-wall bars in Makati.
But contrary to popular belief, there are actually a number of cheap bars in BGC – you just have to know where to find them, so this article guys, will be your ultimate guide to the best budget bars in BGC. Our main criteria is that they must be serving some drinks for P100 or less.
Chihuahua Mexican Grill
With their daily “hoppy hour” (4-10PM) where you can get an ice cold glass of San Miguel draft beer for only P35, this is probably one of the cheapest glass of beer you can find not only in BGC, but the whole of Metro Manila. Plus, their pulutan of chips and queso (also cheaply priced at P95) perfectly matches their equally cheap beers. Chihuahua also hosts salsa nights on Saturdays which makes this place a bang for your buck.
“Early Night?” is a great choice for when you want to party on the cheap. Come here especially on weekends and you’ll find this place packed with a crowd of 20-30 something year olds, chilling after work and dancing to great music. Drinks are aptly priced at P60 to P90 for a bottle of local beer, P100 to P150 for cocktails, and P120 for a shot of tequila. There’s also no entrance fee, so that only means with those prices, you can have your drinks ’til early morning.
Good Earth Roasts
Aka GER, Good Earth Roasts is one of the long-time bars in The Fort Strip that serves local beers ranging from P70 to P100. Better if you come in a group, because beer here gets cheaper when you order in buckets of 6 (P400-520). Wine lovers will also love this place because a glass of red/white wine at this place is only at P138. As for food, among their P88+ paos and P160+ rice bowls, you can also get Pinoy chicken/pork isaw as beer match for P38 per stick.
If summer feels and inexpensive drinks are what you’re craving for, head over to The Island for its tropical vibe and drinks starting at P80. There is no door charge and no dress code in this “island” club so you can come over and party in your tropical attire – they also host pool parties so be ready with your swimwear. There are different bars and food stations inside where you can get a glass of Cuba Libre for P80 and other beers/drinks for P100-120.
Cable Car BGC
A great place to relax over a drink and some finger food while listening to live music or perhaps playing beer pong/billiard on the side – this is what Cable Car is known for. Most local beers here are priced at P90 including San Miguel and Red Horse, while their rice bowls and appetizers (generous servings) start at P190. Quite reasonably priced for BGC, if you’ll ask me.
The Coconut Club
Imagine sitting at a beach bar stool at night at some Philippine island, listening to some funky tropical music and mingling with other beach-goers and locals – that’s what you’ll instantly get when first stepping inside The Coconut Club that hosts “yacht” parties on some days and “baewatch/tiki/jungle” parties on others. During their happy hour (2-7PM everyday) you can get their signature slushies at P95 per glass and 2 (two) San Miguel bottles for a cheap price of P100. Obviously everyone would want to get their hands on another drink after 7PM so it’s good that drinks are still fairly priced, with slushies at P120 and local drinks at P75 at regular price.
Tucked inside The Fort Strip parking lot is Whistlestop, a gastropub known for its cozy and friendly “chillax” ambiance plus their even more affordable menu consisting of cheap bar chow and drinks. Appetizers here starts at P55 for a generous serving of garlic nuts and P75 for a plateful of fries, to P180 for sizzling pork sisig and P175 for buffalo chicken wings. A glass of house wine is inexpensively served at P195, while local beers are cheaply priced at P50-75, perfect for pre-game drinks before heading off to the more expensive clubs. Plus, they’re open 24 hours daily so you bet you can have cheap food and drinks in expensive BGC all day and night, every single day.
Drinking on the cheap in MNL
These little drinking places should be at the top of your mind when thinking of budget bars in BGC for your thirsty self. BGC is one of the best places for a night out each night and especially on weekends, including Makati, Manila proper, and Quezon City. For more ideas on where to drink in the rest of MNL, check out our Eats & Drinks section, plus our post on the best spots in Makati’s Poblacion to enjoy a glass of cocktail or wine.