After an incredible weekend, the familiar pounding of a post-party headache almost always triggers a reckless promise to never party again, and prompts fleeting thoughts of a new lifestyle. But, despite that, the truth is undeniable — the rebellious spirit within us remains untamed.

And that spirit lives and breathes in an unassuming but vibrant neighborhood in Makati: Poblacion. With so many corners and alleyways that boasts their own charm and distinctive sound, this has become one of the most exciting nightlife scenes in the Metro. In Poblacion, hearts heal, friends reunite, and strangers become fast friends over cocktails and conversations.

If you’re ready to paint the town red, here’s your quick guide to quenching your thirst for fun in the ultimate playground for after-dark escapades.


With its entire space allocated as a dance floor slash stage for live performances, Apotheka stands out as the ultimate destination for those craving a night of dancing. The best part? Apotheka hosts monthly drag shows, injecting an extra dose of flair and excitement into the vibrant atmosphere. Featuring an eclectic mix of disco, house, and pop music, Apotheka’s live performances promise an unparalleled experience where patrons can immerse themselves in the one-of-a-kind culture of Poblacion.

Apotheka is located at G/F, White Rabbit Bldg., 5672 Dona Carmen St, Cor General Luna, Makati.


At Kampai, the ambiance is bathed in the glow of red lights, reminiscent of Tokyo’s nightlife. As you sip on their best-selling beverages and lose yourself to the beat of EDM, it’s just you and the electric energy of the moment. Yet, what truly distinguishes Kampai is its fusion of carefully curated Japanese cuisine with its innovative cocktails. At first glance, an amaretto sour may not seem like the typical pairing, yet the bold flavors of Japanese dishes elevate the drinking experience.

Kampai is located at 5857 Alfonso, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila.

Nolita Joe’s

Nestled in the heart of Poblacion, Nolita Joe’s offers a dining experience that seamlessly blends the best of two worlds: a casual slice shop and a local beer brewery. Proudly boasting the title of the only New York-style pizza place in the area, it’s your best bet whenever you’re in the mood to indulge in a symphony of flavors and textures.

From the earthy depths of wild mushroom ricotta to the savory embrace of chicken parmesan pizza, Nolita Joe’s has something to satisfy every palate. Pair your slice with a refreshing local craft beer straight from the tap, and settle in for a relaxed evening at the bar. The tunes of acoustic and indie rock provide a mellow backdrop to your dining experience.

Nolita Joe’s is located at 5666 Don Pedro, Poblacion, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila.


With its al fresco dining and indoor partying spaces, Sanctuary seamlessly blends relaxation with pulsating energy. The nightlife of Poblacion comes alive through themed music sets curated by both guest and resident DJs, creating an atmosphere that effortlessly oscillates between laid-back and exhilarating revelry. Complementing the experience is a diverse menu that tantalizes the taste buds with a fusion of flavors, ensuring that every visit to this urban refuge is nothing short of unforgettable.

Sanctuary is located at5060 P. Burgos cor. Guerrero, Poblacion, Makati.

The Spirits Library

An essential destination for aficionados of both literature and libations, The Spirits Library is the perfect place to taste-test handpicked drinks. As for its interior, imagine stepping into the Hogwarts library, but with a twist—booze bottles everywhere. And here’s the best part: they cater to book lovers too, proudly hosting the world’s oldest cocktail book, dating back over a century.

The Spirits Library is located at4963 Guerrero, Makati.

Ugly Duck

From Hallyu Hype to trivia nights, Ugly Duck effortlessly metamorphoses with a fresh theme every weekend, ensuring each visit is a novel experience. This retro-inspired rooftop lounge, bedecked with checkerboard tiles and neon-lit accents, transports patrons to the nostalgic allure of 80s-era bars.

Far from its namesake, Ugly Duck captivates visitors with its eclectic ambiance and versatile offerings. Whether indulging in their diverse food-to-drinks menu or grooving to the tunes of their impressive DJ lineup, Ugly Duck caters to both lively evenings and laid-back brunch gatherings.

Ugly Duck is located at White Rabbit, 5672 Doña Carmen Street corner General Luna Street, Makati City.

Xin Chào

Stepping through the secret doors, the ambiance of Xin Chào transforms with sultry red lights, signaling the start of an evening destined for memories. Within this intimate enclave, the bar showcases a meticulously curated drink menu, each blend beautifully complementing the ambiance. Whether your palate craves the familiarity of classic cocktails or the excitement of a daring mix, Xin Chào promises an experience that caters to every taste and desire.

Xin Chào is located at 1210 Valdez, Makati.