A few weeks back, a friend showed this link to me; I was redirected to a website that showed a list of 8 Speakeasy Pubs in Makati.
Just to give you a brief (but nonetheless geeky) background, Speakeasy Pubs are hidden bars famous during the Prohibition era; the time when selling, manufacturing, and transporting (bootlegging) alcoholic beverages were declared illegal throughout the United States.
Moving on (before I get too history teacher-ish here), I was really amused that there are actually such places here in the Philippines. So one night the curious git in me decided to come out and play. I texted one of my good friends to check out this pub just a few blocks away from my office and as the list indicated, this speakeasy is on top of the list. — The Curator is located at the back of a Wine and Deli shop in Palanca and is open from 7am to 1am.
The room was discreetly awesome; dimly lit (just how I like it) and the smell of coffee was still up in the air. We agreed to be seated by the bar so my friend and I can watch the bartenders (Yoma, Potch and their Boss (who also happened to be the owner) are walking mixology textbooks) craft our drinks.
That’s what they do best; they customize cocktails for you depending on how you feel, what spirits you crave for, or at times, how you look. Just tell them what you want and they’ll be more than happy to make them for you (except on weekends or on days when the bar gets really full and there’s not much time to customize and experiment).
We tried one cocktail after the other and everything were just awesome. Don’t be fooled by the simple presentation, just wait for the flavors to blow your mind away. I even challenged Yoma to craft a drink based on a word/act; betrayal. He made this drink aptly named, “The Last Word” which i enjoyed in say, 5 happy and long sips. The unassuming drink actually made me tipsy. lol. After 5 cocktails and 2 rounds of chips, my friend and I decided to go home and just before we leave, we promised Yoma and Potch that we will back soon.
So we returned the following day (after a mishap with another speakeasy place that served what tasted like watered-down fruit juices instead of cocktails) and brought two of our friends. To cut the crap and because I was really happy to share this bit, Yoma gave me the privelege to name one of his creations which is basically a combination of Orange and Cinnamon flavors ( I challenged him again lol). The name? The Orange Armada: "A fleet of contrasting flavors; perfect fit for the knight who has just won his battles" That bit made me like the place even more. haha. I mean where else can you get the chance to name a cocktail right? ANNND, name it after your blog! I was really a Happy Kid!
I got to sign his blackbook!
from L to R — Orange Armada, Brandy Alexander, Blind Date, and Left Coast
We ordered for another round of crafted cocktails and each tasted so good I almost had dreams of them. Lish’s #butterbeer tasted just as I imagined the actual HP butterbeer would taste like, sans the child-friendly image though.
To be honest, I can’t seem to find anything wrong with this place; The service, excellent. The cocktails, more than awesome. In a few months, when most of the missing bits are hopefully in place already, this might be the next big thing for yuppies who’d like to ditch the noisy bars and settle for something more intimate.
I can’t wait to try more of their drinks! I wouldn’t mind paying 300-500Php for a glass if what they’re serving is made out of pure passion and artistry. Of course, bring your friends with you, talk, socialize and most of all, have fun.
That’s it for now kids. I will try other speakeasies in Makati soon, but for now, my bet for the best will be THE Curator.
10 out of 10. or can I make that 11 instead?
(All pictures are from gelodc’s iphone, so if you steal some or all of these, F you)
"the parched lips said hi.
thru sheath of desperation,
you called for a bird”
— You really are thirsty as fuck. lol