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April 06, 2015
Finders Keepers

With popular party palaces like Pangaea and Valkyrie lighting the way for an ever livelier nightlife scene, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Manila’s revellers are all about the thumping beats and heaving crowds. But you’d be wrong. Ask any in-the-know local about the place to be seen and one name will keep cropping up again and again: Finders Keepers.

From the entertainment gurus behind live music haunt B-Side, this vibey, buzzy little boite is unappealing on first sight, hidden as it is behind an unsigned, non-descript wall of rusted metal sheets. However, once inside, a moody space of hardwood floors, velvet-wrapped chairs, and electrifying neon lights tells another story entirely.

Expert bartender Dondz Bolante mixes up the tantalising tipple selection, which includes original concoctions like the gin-based Rosy Cheeks with hibiscus and lime; and reinvented classics, such as the caipirinha with Brazilian cachaça and passion fruit. Meanwhile, hopheads will feel right at home with the usual bottled brews from Corona to Stella Artois.

Swing by on Sundays and you’ll be surprised to find their Blues and Booze live music night, which has featured talented upcomers from Flippin Soul Stompers to Chocolate Grass. All that foot-tapping got you feeling rumbly? Step outside for trendy food truck, Joe’s Meatshack, where one of the famous cheese-steak sandwiches, with pulled pork and cheese-covered fries, should hit the right spot. Now… where’s that door again?

Warehouse 5 / La Fuerza Plaza / 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave / Makati / +63 2 403 5019 / 8pm-5am Tue-Sun /