The latest Instragrammable addition to The Palace complex, this trending spot is frequented by those who enjoy hip-hop, trap, and pop music in a laid-back atmosphere. Short for “breakfast all day,” B.A.D. serves comfort and breakfast food by executive chef and all-around cool guy, Mikko Reyes. Popular among college students and yuppies for the affordable bar selection and finger-licking grub, this late-night breakfast bar has become the top-of-mind choice as the first stop for a fun night out or to eat and dance until the sun comes up.
Like all good speakeasies, Bank Bar’s hidden entrance (you have to go through an inconspicuous door from within a local 7-eleven) leads you to a high-ceilinged, hip loft-inspired drinking den where you can enjoy bespoke cocktails, and what is hands down one of the widest selection of spirits in Manila. From akvavit to absinthe, sake to single malts, grappas to gin—an impressive podium of choice bottles lights up the bar. As music specially curated by Anton Ramos plays, two trolleys rove the floor; one for small-batch crafted cocktails, the other for tableside gin and tonics. And if that isn’t enough, the small plates served include the likes of chicharon bulaklak with pork floss, baby squid calamari, chicken skin chicharon, and even sister establishment Manam’s house crispy sisig during happy hour.