We have all been there before. Amid a hectic day of beating deadlines and showing up for meetings, a sudden realization dawns that you are indeed in need of a quick break from it all. Worry no more! For these “I need a break!” feels, Drink Manila has prepared a list of where to go for quick “me time” to day drink and even eat tasty dishes at the same time! Here we go…

1) The Curator Coffee and Cocktail. There’s more to The Curator than just having your fix of good coffee. It’s right within the Makati Central Business District so you can easily de-stress and find your way there. Maybe after having a good cup of handcrafted coffee, you can wind down with any of the cocktails they offer such as Amalfi Mule (limoncello, ginger shrub, club soda) and A.O.J. (Amaretto, Orange Juice). It also helps that they have mouthwatering meal selections which include the signature “WeLoveLegaspi Breakfast (Cage Free 64 egg, bread, jam and butter),” Beef Tapa on Toast, Apple Pie French Toast, and Bacon and Cream Cheese in Croissant.

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The Curator is located at 134 Legaspi Corner Don Carlos Palanca Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. Business hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

2) Caravan Black Coffee. If you are in need of comfort food and comfort drinks, head over to Caravan Black Coffee. Take a bite and sample their tasty Shrimp Roll, Hot Turkey Sandwich, and Goeey Cheese Melt. Caravan Black also serves all-day brunch, which includes The Caravan Breakfast (eggs, mini-pancakes, potato salad, with bacon steak, glazed ham and garlic sausage) and The Breakfast Biscuit (bacon steak, ham, egg, homemade buttermilk biscuit and country sausage gravy). They have a standard coffee menu but if you’re feeling adventurous, try their signature cocktails like Frontman (Bourbon, choco cigar bitters) or the Caravan Black Mojito (Lambanog, cold brew, soda water).

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Caravan Black Coffee is located at GF Net Park Building, 4th Avenue, BGC, Taguig. Business hours: MWF: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 9 a.m.to 6 p.m.

3) Escolta: Champagne Brunch. Ever heard of the Champagne Brunch at Escolta Peninsula? Imagine free-flowing champagne paired with unlimited buffet of brunch favorites like home-baked breads and pastries, smoked salad, continental charcuterie and varying kinds of salads. If you’re feeling fancy, then this is the place to be.

Ultimate Champagne Brunch – Peninsula

The Champagne Bruch is available every Sunday, from 12 nn to 3 p.m. at Escolta, The Peninsula Manila, Makati Ave. cor. Ayala Ave., Makati City.

4) Cartel Deli. There is no shame in admitting that your favorite past time is to eat and drink—and daytime at that! Check out Cartel Deli so you can indulge in this guilty pleasure. Caffeinate yourself or have a taste of delectable sandwiches like Pork Adobo Loin and Cheese; Bacon and Cheese Baguette; or Roast Beef, Cheese and Roasted Peppers. You could even eat salads. Best of all, Cartel Deli houses a wide range of wine selections be it Sparkling Wine, White Wine, Rose Wine or Red Wine.

Cartel Deli is located at 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Business hours: 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

5) Tomatito. From Shanghai to Manila! Eat, drink and be merry at this beloved tapas bar which serves Spanish cuisine with Mexican influences. Tomatito offers sumptuous delights such as Salmon TNT (salmon with honey and truffle), Atun con gazpacho y olivas (tuna loin with gazpacho and olives), Montaditos de gambas (prawn snacks), and Croquetas Don Julio (croquettes with spicy chorizo and cheese). This is a fitting place for lunch and for moments when you feel like treating yourself to glasses of Sangria. Tomatito can also customize a drink for whatever mood you’re in.

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Tomatito Manila is located at 11th Ave. cor. 30th street, BGC, Taguig City. Business hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., 12 midnight to 1 a.m.

6) Wildflour Café & Bakery. Who says Wildflour is only for breakfast? Not only does it offer your favorite baked goodies, salad, sandwiches, and pasta, Wildflour also offers local craft beers and a fine selection of wine. PR practitioner Tricia highly recommends Wildflour’s Mimosa!

Wildflour Greenhills is open everyday from 6am – 11pm. Call 775 3543 for inquiries and reservations.

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Check out their branches at Fort Bonifacio; The Podium; Legaspi Village; Greenhills; and Salcedo Village. Business hours: Mon-Thurs: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7) Belle & Dragon. If you want a fancy lunch, head out to Legaspi Village and go to Belle & Dragon. Apart from the impressive, cozy interiors, the gastropub satisfies the tummy and quenches your thirst for unique cocktails. Try the Soba Salad, Double-Fried Kimchi and Waffle and Mac N Cheese Pie with interesting signature cocktail drinks like Lucy Liu (Soju, Midori & Yakult), The 86 (Tanqueray, Calamansi, Coitreau, Grape Fruit, Angostura, Basil, Cucumber) and Dirty Gold (American Honey, Cuervo Gold, Honey, Lemon Juice, Cinnamon).

Afternoon drinks. Major🔑 ||#TheBelleandDragon

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Belle & Dragon is located at OPL Bldg., 100 Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. Business hours: 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.

8) Tipsy Pig. Wolf down Tipsy Pig’s delectable plates of Belly Good Sisig Tacos, Tipsy Wings, Boneless Crispy Pata with their famed salted caramel beer and the world becomes a better place. Millennial Samantha enjoys eating and drinking in this place so much, she finds herself frequenting Tipsy Pig.

Beer Can Chicken is looking awesome today. So start your Humpday eating at #TipsyPig! 📸🐷 @honnohbee

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This. For your much-needed mid-week chill at #TipsyPig and #TipsyFort.  So come and gather everyone! 📸🐷@stephanie_myr

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Tipsy Pig is located at Capitol Commons, Pasig City and at The Fort BGC. Business hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-4 a.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.


9) Rambla. When in doubt, go Spanish Mediterranean! Treat yourself for a weekend of day drinking and dining at Rambla. Enjoy the Saturday and Sunday brunch specials and get a taste of huevos estrellados (scrambled eggs with french fries), churros, goat cheese burgers, or passionfruit sorbet & yogurt foam dessert. Order a glass of Spanish white or red wine from their menu after a hearty meal.

Rambla is located at Joya Tower, 28 Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City. Business hours: Sun-Thurs: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fri-Sat 11.30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.

10) Frank & Dean. Recover from stress by choosing to visit Frank & Dean. Enjoy pizza, salad, pasta, chicken, and grilled cheese sandwiches and later drink to your heart’s content. Drink red or white wine from Frank & Dean’s selection or try the Malibu Coconut Rum. If you love alcohol and coffee then Frank & Dean is the perfect place for you. Enjoy coffee cocktails like Espresso Martini (Kahlua, Absolut, espresso, simple syrup, coffee beans), The Truffle (Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur, Absolut, espresso, simple syrup, whipped cream, chocolate power) and Frozen Mudslide (Kahlua, Baileys in Irish Cream, Absolut, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, chocolate power, chocolate stick).

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Frank & Dean is located at Forbestown Road, Burgos Circle, BGC, Taguig City. Business hours: Sun-Thurs 7 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Fri-Sat 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Take this as your “Happy List” so feel free to roam around, explore the world, eat, drink and enjoy!


Grace Diez is a PR practitioner, events host, and writes for a living. She loves chocolate, cupcakes, rice meals but hates weight gain. She documents her happy moments on her blog: gracegetshappy.wordpress.com

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