227 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati /
+63 917 549 2264
The Blind Pig
In the world of hospitality (and bar trends in particular) you’d be forgiven for thinking that ‘speakeasies’ and the fashion for prohibition-themed cocktails has become all but mainstream. But the key attributes of a true speakeasy – difficult to locate, the absence of advertising or website, word of mouth recommendation – are for the most part lacking in the myriad wannabe start-ups (and all too often soon-to-be-shutdowns). Manila’s The Blind Pig, on the other hand, is a different animal altogether, and an exceptionally welcome one in a city where all too often fruity, slushy and sickly-sweet confections pass as cocktails.
Turn down a side street in Makati’s Legaspi Village, locate a braille sign on the wall, and (presuming that you’ve made a reservation) knock on the door. If you gain admittance, you’ll be shown to your table, given a drinks list (London and NYC’s famed bar Milk & Honey consulted) and addressed for the rest of the evening by your name.
Needless to say all the modern libationary requisites are present – house-infused syrups, triple-frozen, hand-carved ice, and a host of premium spirits. But waste no time settling in for the evening, and order the Dark & Stormy with dark rum, ginger syrup and lime juice, and a carb-comforting side of divine parmesan truffle fries, rosemary popcorn or homemade shepherd’s pie. Oh, and of course, don’t tell anyone.