Poblacion, Makati: Metro Manila’s New Favorite Neighborhood

Have you been?

Barangay Poblacion shines brightly against the dark with neon lights that greet many a weary soul after office hours. It stands out as a hip and happening hub amidst Makati’s red-light district for its unique eats, cozy bars, and vibrant charm that last until the sun rises.

But this neighborhood isn’t just for millennial night crawlers. Homey restaurants and cafes are open during the day to feed hungry folks in need of peace and quiet, and some even open their doors for furry companions.

Poblacion is a place of different personalities. There’s something for everyone. Here’s a nifty guide of what should not be missed when you find yourself exploring the quiet side-streets of the metro’s new favorite neighborhood.

Hostels

Z Hostel

5660 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
 (+632) 856 08 51, (+63) 917 889 8531 | Website, Facebook, Instagram
zhostelreservations@gmail.com
Starts from PHP 649 to PHP 5,500 a night

Z Hostel remains to be one of the Metro’s favorite hostels. It’s simple interiors partnered with sophisticated service will relax any weary traveler or urbanite seeking a brief escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It has its own rooftop bar too where you can unwind with beers or cocktails while overlooking the city.

 

Lokal Hostel

3F, 5023 P. Burgos Street, Poblacion, Makati
(+632) 890 09 27 | (+63) 998 533 9448 | Website, Facebook, Instagram
lokalhostel@gmail.com
Starts from PHP 399 to PHP 1,499 a night

Backpackers who choose to stay in Lokal Hostel will be quickly immersed in local urban culture. The walls of rooms and corridors are painted by well-respected street artists to greet visitors with the same vitality of our local art scene. The roof deck provides a panoramic view of the city skyline. The rooms are comfortable enough, and you can dorm with as many as five friends for a whole weekend of Poblacion-branded fun.

 

Bars and Pubs

House of Joe

 5834 Matilde Street, Poblacion, Makati City
(+632) 400 07 00 |
Facebook, Instagram
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 5 P.M. to 1 A.M.

A recent addition to the nightlife neighborhood, House of Joe gets its name for housing one of the best local craft beers you can get — Joe’s Brew. Have a pint with quality pulutan like poutine and Chili Lime Wings.

 

Pura Vida

Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City
(+63) 919 310 0535 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Monday to Saturday from 6 P.M. to 2:30 A.M.

Chill out at Pura Vida to get good Costa Rican eats and good Reggae beats that’ll put you into a bright mood. Go ahead and try their fresh cocktails (we always get a glass of Summer Melted) and cold beers over at the swing bar, or dance the night away to live DJ sets.

 

A’Toda Madre Tequila Bar

GF, Sunette Tower, Durban Street Corner Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati
(+632) 246 90 69 ext:984 | Facebook
Open every day from 5 P.M. to 2 A.M.

A’Toda Madre takes satisfaction in being the most extensive Tequila Bar in the country, serving a wide selection of Mexican tequila, mezcal and sotol alongside their equally as varied menu of authentic Mexican dishes. If you’re ready for a long night of drunken revelry, this bar will leave you content.

 

Bar Mathilde

8483 Matilde Street Corner Kalayaan Street, Poblacion, Makati 
(+63) 956 229 6048 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Tuesday to Saturday 4 P.M. to 2 A.M.

The moment you step through the door, it feels just like you’re visiting a good friend’s cozy den. Bar Mathilde is one of Poblacion’s well-kept secrets, hidden in the outskirts of the neighborhood, where you can chill to the music of a live DJ set with a cocktail and good late-night comfort food on your table.

 

Hole-in-the-wall food joints

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Tambai

5779 Felipe Street, Poblacion, Makati
(+63) 917 724 4654, (+632) 215 56 95 | Facebook, Instagram
Open every day from 6 P.M. to 1 A.M.

This underrated and unassuming stall catches you by surprise with some of the best quick bites you’ll ever get to indulge in. They serve a variety of yakitori and kushikatsu with a Pinoy twist, like quail eggs wrapped in bacon and deep-friend chicken skin. Like what their name suggests, it’s a great location to hang around before heading to any of the nearby bars.

 

Crying Tiger Street Kitchen

4986 P. Guanzon Street, Poblacion, Makati
(+632) 894 17 69 | Facebook
Open Sunday to Thursday from 4 P.M. to 1 A.M., Friday to Saturday from 4 P.M. to 3 A.M.

You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the streets of Bangkok with the casual setting and street-style cooking, and the taste and quality of the food will seem just as authentic.

 

El Chupacabra

5782 Felipe Street, Poblacion, Makati
(+632) 729 33 58 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Monday to Saturday from 7 A.M. to 4 A.M., Sunday from 11 A.M. to 12 A.M.

A delicious Tex-Mex restaurant during the day and a vibrant pub in the evening, El Chupacabra seems to have everything you could ever need to keep you satisfied the entire time you’re there: great food, an even greater selection of drinks, and an energetic ambiance.