Weekends call for a night out with friends in an effort to dance and drink the past week’s stress away. For these kinds of situations, images of posh bars in the BGC and Fort Strip area come to mind.
And then there’s Poblacion, an area known to most as the red light district. But don’t let the grit and grime faze you—this unassuming barangay has so much to offer. Home to an eclectic mix of hole-in-the-wall eats, laid-back inuman joints, and hip hostels, Poblacion has definitely outlived its sketchy reputation and transformed itself into a booming place-to-be.
The Social on Ebro
Location: 5770 Ebro Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati
The newest kid on the block has been making waves in the past few weeks since its opening on June 16. What they may lack in space, this parking-lot-turned-food-park more than makes up for in personality and culinary genius.
The Social houses two stalls–Kashmir, serving fuss-free Indian food, and Crosta, a fresh and unapologetic take on pizza. Inside you’ll also find an in-house bar, retail pop-ups, and lots of Instagram photo opportunities.
Location: 4992 P. Guanzon Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati
Art? Check, check, check.
Another newcomer to the Poblacion scene, Dulo has gained quite a following despite having only opened a few months back. Maybe it’s the come-as-you-are attitude that draws the people in. Maybe it’s the ever-changing art scene inside that has everyone curious. Or maybe it’s their delectable Taiwanese-Filipino fusion food we simply cannot get enough of. (Get this: They serve spiked milk tea.)
One thing is for sure: This creative collective is one part restaurant-bar-café, one part arts event space, and all parts awesome.
Location: 5779 Felipe Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati
From their straightforward menu to the chill street side setup, Tambai has got the essence of tambayan down pat.
Yakitori, or grilled skewered meat and veggies, is a Japanese tradition that sits well with the Pinoy crowd. We even have our own versions–barbecue, gizzards, liver, and our ever beloved isaw.
Tambai offers these all-time favorites, while serving good vibes with their awesome playlist and badass interiors. Wash down your skewers with some cold beer or sake available from their wide selection at the bar, and get ready to say “isaw-an more time!” because their U.S. Beef isaw is absolute bomb.
The Wild Poppy
Location: 2/F Menakor Building., 5666 Don Pedro Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati
Brunch food and cocktails on a rooftop? We’re sold.
The Wild Poppy carries a garden theme that pairs well with their unique Asian fusion small plates. The menu is co-developed with Chef Nicco Santos of Hey Handsome fame, so it’s safe to say that these dishes are sure to make any foodie go wild. Try the Pok-Pok Bites and Lazy Lemons cocktail, but the Hoi, Belly! and the Chicken Ren Damn baos are non-negotiable. Bao down, bitches.
Location: 4986 P. Guanzon Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati
Following the success of El Chupacabra and Señor Pollo, the team behind these two Poblacion favorites launched yet another crowd pleaser in the form of Thai street food.
Crying Tiger brings the offbeat charm of Bangkok eateries with its dingy walls, mismatched furniture, and floral plates. And while the vibe is a definite winner, the food doesn’t disappoint either—generous servings of their fiery, flavor-packed dishes leave you wanting more. Mee Goreng? Yes, please!
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