See a place that looks unsuspicious? Think twice, because you’ll never know that it could turn into something fun and wild at night.
Revenge shopping, revenge traveling, revenge partying, revenge everything. Has everybody made up for all the time lost during those two years yet? Certainly. But the party’s far from over, because we just discovered some of the sweetest spots around Manila for your next hangout.
From a quiet café that turns into a dance floor to an admin office that houses a speakeasy, we’ve rounded up six spaces that transform into secret bars at night that you ought to hunt down ASAP.
THIS CAFÉ + BAKERY THAT TURNS INTO A DISCO DANCE FLOOR
@eydralim Wild night at Wildflour 💃🏽🤪 #retronight #wildflour #wildflourgreenbelt ♬ Dancing Queen – ABBA
We love Wildflour’s pastries, pastas, and the homey vibe their café gives us. But did you know that the fancy cafe + bakery transforms into a dance floor after-hours? Sure, it used to be a spot for titos and titas to have brunch, but they helped in turning Wildflour into the popular “Retro Nights” during weekends where anyone from all ages can dance to hits from the 70s and 80s without feeling judged. At the moment, Wildflour’s Retro Nights regularly happen at their BGC and Greenbelt branch.
Location: Wildflour BGC is at Ground Floor Six/NEO 4th Avenue, Corner 26th St, Taguig while Greenbelt is at Esperanza Street Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati.
THIS ADMIN OFFICE THAT BECOMES A BAR
Accidentally discovered this new and hidden party spot in Poblacion! Assembly Hall is a cocktail bar during the night!!! HAHAHA THE PLACE IS SOOOO COOL!♬ Super Freaky Girl – Nicki Minaj
Assembly Hall may be one of the popular cafés along Makati because of its raw and rustic interiors, but did you know that their admin office turns into a speakeasy at night? Just located next door, the bar (named HereAfter) is tucked away in the coffee shop and serves cocktails only after Assembly Hall closes at 6:30PM. You can expect a lot of caffeinated mixes in their signature drinks that are mostly inspired by the café’s menu.
Location: Assembly Hall/HereAfter is at 2nd floor, HMA 773 Building, J.P. Rizal Avenue, Makati.
THIS KOREAN MART’S FREEZER IS THE ENTRANCE TO A HIDDEN BAR
@thekenwarren …a bar inside a freakin’ freezer?!?! 🥶 #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #bar #tiktok #bartok #trending #trendingnow #hiddengems #tomasmorato #hiddenbar #hiddenbars #tokyoseoul #freezerbar #sneakyseoul #nightlife #philippines #kenwarren #pwogs #pinoy #metromanila ♬ original sound – Ken Warren
There’s a new kid on the block and their name is Tokyo’s Seoul by Go Grill K-Mart. What you’d assume to be a typical Korean mart with your favorite snacks has an unsuspicious-looking freezer that actually leads to a secret bar. Two years ago, Tokyo’s Seoul went viral for their all pink interiors, carts and grocery finds, but it’s their new hidden bar that got them buzzing on TikTok’s FYP. As the LED sign on their wall says, “shhh. It’s our sneaky little secret.”
Location: Tokyo’s Seoul is at 34 Scout Torillo Street corner Scout Limbaga Street, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City.
THIS HUGE WAREHOUSE THAT HOSTS PARTIES EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE
Brooklyn Warehouse, the huge industrial area that’s the go-to for photoshoots, as seen on our SB19 cover shoot, music videos and dance competitions, turns into a big party place every few months. It’s in the heart of Recto and is usually jam-packed. Quite reminiscent of Boiler Room sessions and underground raves if you ask us. (If you prefer smaller crowds, there’s also Brooklyn Social in The Pop-Up, Katipunan.)
Location: Brooklyn Warehouse is at 2113 Recto Ave, Sampaloc, Manila, 1008 Metro Manila.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS PHOTOBOOTH IS A VINTAGE-LOOKING BAR
@janellelorzano One of the best cocktails I ever tasted!! 🍸 #fyp #fypシ #foryou #foryourpage #cubao #cubaoexpo ♬ Alapaap – Eraserheads
Cubao Expo’s a cultural haven not just for creatives and artsy kids, but for locals who want a glimpse of the Manila scene. If you see a red photo booth, chances are, you’ve just uncovered a secret hideout called Int.Bar that leads to a chill, speakeasy. Stepping inside this bar always makes us feel like the main character of a 1920s old Hollywood film probably because of the dim lights, red curtains, emerald green walls, and vintage Banker’s lamps.
Location: INT.Bar is at Cubao Expo, Gen. Romulo Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City.
THIS VINYL RECORDS STORE THAT HOUSES A HIDDEN BAR
Quite literally a record bar, Phono is located between a vinyl store and a rib shack in Quezon City. The interiors are pretty neat and nostalgic with colorful lava lamps, neon juke boxes and cassette tapes. You can even browse through their vinyls. It’s how we imagined Marty McFly’s room to be in Back To The Future if set in 2023.
Location: Phono is at 2 Sct. Rallos St. cor. Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City.
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