For better or worse, here’s where you can get wasted.
The Philippines is polarized after the media called the victory of presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Although Congress has yet to canvass the election returns, the unofficial results from the Commission on Elections’ transparency server show too wide of a gap between Marcos and the next closest candidate, Vice President Leni Robredo.
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The results so far have elicited very opposite reactions, from parties to protests.
No matter which side of the political fence you’re on, a drink is perhaps appropriate for the situation. Here are upscale bars in Metro Manila where you can celebrate or process the 2022 election results.
Buccaneers Rum & Kitchen
Location: 5668 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion
Operating hours: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Weekdays), 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Weekends)
Featured in Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2021, Buccaneers promises the “largest selection of rum in the Philippines.”
Location: 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Ayala Centre
Operating hours: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Friday to Saturday)
The rooftop bar that overlooks the Makati skyline specializes in bespoke cocktails.
Location: 5880 Enriquez Street, Poblacion
Operating hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Tuesday to Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Friday to Saturday)
Known for its music concept, OTO was included in Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2019, 2021, and 2022.
The Back Room
Location: 30th Street, Shangri-La The Fort, Bonifacio Global City
Operating hours: N/A
The hidden bar resides within the Shangri-La. Its novelty caught the attention of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, where it landed straight after opening in 2018.
Location: 134 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village
Operating hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Daily)
The Curator is known as a specialty coffee shop and craft cocktail bar. It has been featured on Asia’s 50 Best Bars starting in 2016, or every year since it was established.