Living in a fast-paced world can be exhausting. We de-stress through drinking or by seeking refuge in places only you and a handful of people know about. We, at TheFortCity.com, have uncovered places in Fort Bonifacio that you can get a drink or two by yourself, or where you and your friends can have a deep meaningful conversation, beyond the prying eyes or ears of strangers.
The Bottle Shop, Net One Center
Sample Prices: P250.00 for an imported beer
The Bottle Shop is actually a beer bar.
Hidden behind dark glass windows and with a name that makes you think it only sells bottled drinks for take out, The Bottle Shop actually has a few tables for customers and a large selection of draft and craft beer, they also sell bottles for take out. And with the price that they charge, you wouldn't want to do that anyway. They have posh chairs to make customers feel as if they were in a high-class hotel lounge.
Bar in Pink's Hot Dogs, Shangri-La at the Fort
Sample Prices: Gin and tonic P350, Sangria P320, a shot of Jack Daniel P240, a bottle of Heineken P150
Pink's Hot Dogs is a diner-style restaurant. But below a red sign in the eatery that reads "Bar" is a door that leads to a different world: a secluded bar that is sophisticated and is also one of the coziest places to drink. This bar opens at 11 am. If you want even more privacy, then you need to walk past the comfort rooms and push open another door. There, you will find a bar within the bar: a speakeasy bar that opens at 5 pm.
The speakeasy bar of Pink's looks nothing like the hotdog place outside.
The interior design of the speakeasy bar is relaxing, yet luxurious. You can feel the intimacy inside their small but comfortable bar. According to one of their staff, the hidden bar is a favorite spot for celebrities who visit Pink's.
Yes Please, Uptown Parade
Sample Prices: San Miguel Pilsen P150, Heineken P150, Whiskey Sour and similar cocktails P320
There are signs of the bar on the exterior walls of the building, but to get to the bar, you have to climb a steep staircase on the outside of the building.
Yes Please has a modern yet classy interior.
The main bar area is spacious with a high ceiling. It has several seating areas, so if you are there early, you can choose the type of seats that suit your mood. There is a balcony outside the bar that overlooks the pool area of The Palace Pool Club, allowing its customers to view the actions in the pool.
Comic relief. Its toilet facilities are a fun place to visit. Each cubicle has a long paragraph written on the wall that will keep you amused for as long as you can hold your discharge.
Bitters, Forbestown Road
Sample Prices: Lychee Tarragon Sangria P380, a Happy Hour cocktail starts at P200
Bitters Bar looks like a chemist's candy store.
Bitters Bar is located on top of a restaurant, but there is no sign outside the building indicating its existence. It is a place where you can get customized cocktails made from a large range of botanical ingredients, such as angelica roots, lavender, and chamomile. There is even a drink that they will serve in the style of intravenous drip, and the bartender will put on a lab coat when he serves the drink.
INSIDER TIP: They have unique cocktail infusions that can be made from a wide range of botanical ingredients, so you can request the staff for a walkthrough of their menu for educational purpose.
Bank Bar, RCBC Plaza
Sample Prices: A cocktail starts at P300, a snack like fried green olives costs P195
This bar reminds me of Ricky Lee's "Si Amapola Sa 65 Kabanata," where Emil escorted a very confused Amapola to a secret aswang gay bar inside 7-Eleven called Heaven Eleven. However, that's where Bank Bar's similarity with the published literature ends.
This is probably the most discreet drinking place on our list. Of course, you can also locate the entrance by looking for the bouncer.
The establishment is very particular with their dress code. NO SHORTS ALLOWED.
The interior is like a regular hotel bar. The music played is soft enough for people to chat, and the bartenders are very friendly. They offer a wide range of drinks, from cocktails to hard liquor, and European bar snacks.
INSIDER TIP: If you want even more privacy, they have a small room behind the bar that you can book, as long as you spend at least P20,000 in 3 hours.
Ocean's Telephone Company, Forbestown Road
Sample Prices: A shot of whiskey starts at P240, San Miguel Light P98, imported beer starts at P200
If you're feeling a little retro and want to call the 80s you, visit this hidden gem located above Frank & Dean. There are a lot of old telephones on display or mounted on the wall where the bar is hidden. If you push the right telephone, you'll find yourself inside Ocean's Telephone Company.
Unlikely Drinking Places
Farmacy, Net Lima Building
Sample Prices: Bottled local beer P100, craft and imported beer starts at P220, wine at P320 per glass
A paradise for those who love ice cream and more, Farmacy is not just for the young and the young-at-heart. They also serve beer and wine. So the next time your husband/wife tells you that he/she's going out to get some "medicines" from the pharmacy, make sure the word spelled with 'ph' and not an 'f'.
Farmacy has a wide range of ice cream flavors as well as craft beers
The Lounge at Felipe and Sons, Net Quad Building
Sample Prices: Local beer starts at P60, imported beer from P175, tequila and liquor start at P195
Felipe and Sons is a one-stop shop for any gentleman who wants his hair to be groomed and his suits tailored. While waiting, you can chill in their bar (The Lounge at Felipe and Sons) which has any alcohol a man desires. Their lounge is open from 10 AM to 9 PM. You may or may not like your haircut, but you can be sure to get lightheaded, which can be a way to get temporary relief from any weight on your shoulders.
Felipe and Sons: a one-stop shop for any gentleman.
The Last Resort Bar, Burgos Circle
This is a bar that may or may not be there any longer, so it is definitely for drinkers who are very curious. We list it because it is very visible, yet obscure, as there is no sign outside whatsoever. We want to find out from you whether it is still open. We went there on a Friday night on June 2017 at 8pm, the door was open but there was nobody, even bartenders, there. From a flyer we found there, it had cheap beer (P50) and tequila shots (P99) during happy hours, plus the promise of "a happy ending."
The Last Resort Bar: is it only for the absolute night owls?
Now that the secrets of these bars are out, go on and try out these not-so-hidden-anymore drinking places! Do you know a bar that is hidden but not on the list? Share it on the comments below!