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A Beginner’s Guide to the Poblacion Nightlife

Poblacion Nightlife Guide
Macky Arquilla

The Poblacion Nightlife Guide to navigate the busy streets

When the sun creeps back into the horizon is when the crowds come flocking. One of the more populated areas in the metro (especially during Fridays and the weekends), Poblacion, Makati is recognized for its authentic and lively nightlife experience.

The late evening/early morning scene has elevated in recent years, inviting crowds from different walks of life. The area may seem daunting given its mysterious demeanor, though its beauty and life hide in places you may never expect.

Oh, the places you’ll go, as here’s a Poblacion nightlife guide before heading off on your journey around the neighborhood.

You can dance, you can Jive.

Poblacion is known for its vibrant clubs and resto-bars of varying themes and flare. You would never have to worry about a 2313, regardless of the doors you enter—each breathing flavor and anticipation for what is to come.

The night is young, and the music's definitely high, so do your thing dancing queens and kings.

Agimat at Ugat Foraging Bar and Kitchen

Instagram: @agimatbar

Schedule: Every day, 5:00 PM – Onwards

Situated at Alfonso corner Fermina St., is where you’ll find the rustic and inviting establishment of Agimat. Its appearance is quite captivating so to speak, featuring a fine-dining menu on the ground floor, coupled with exquisite cocktails, exotic food options, and beats on the upper level. The Destileria Barako Corp. owned-establishment houses both live bands and DJ sets, procuring a unique nightlife experience depending on which day you choose to visit.


Instagram: @japonesapoblacion

Schedule: Every day, *schedule is dependent on the day of the week

Opening in doors mid-2022, Japonesa offers an extensive selection of fusion dishes and cocktails. The branch is one of Notorious Concepts’ many restaurant-bar chains in the area, though a unique provider of this cuisine. The Japanese-Peruvian restaurant recently introduced its newest delicacy, Moqueca, consisting of succulent shrimp, tender squid, clams, mussels, and white fish filet, all cooked to perfection in the most fragrant, delectable seafood bisque.


Instagram: @kampaiph

Schedule: Tuesday – Sunday, 5:00 PM – onwards

The Japanese-inspired watering hole was one of the few that continued to thrive before and during the pandemic, with its reopening integrating a new look and menu. The two-story izakaya features a sit-down dining area on the ground floor as the second level pays homage to the original Kampai branch. With neon red koi signage dangling above the staircase, owner Marco Viray pays tribute to Tambai Alley, showcasing ornaments and glimpses of the branch’s original home.

The Spirits Library

Instagram: @thespiritslibrary

Schedule: Every day, 6:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Recognized as the “purveyor of rare bottles, books, and paraphernalia,” The Spirits Library houses one of the most extensive collections and premier concoctions with the intent of fostering continuous curiosity. The appearance of the establishment may seem indistinguishable from the alleys of Poblacion, though the magic is recognized when crossing its doors. The space does not distinguish itself as a mere cocktail bar but a place filled with discovery—housing exclusive bottles sourced through the travels of the owner and esteemed mixologist, Lee Watson.

Ugly Duck Tapas Bar & Rooftop Lounge

Instagram: @uglyduckpoblacion

Schedule: Tuesday – Sunday, *schedule is dependent on the day of the week

Making noise in the weeks leading up to 2023, Ugly Duck incorporates disco-centric flavors of the ‘90s-early 00’s era. The resto-club offers Asian tapas partnered with a live DJ set [to culminate the night.] The newly opened establishment would be an ideal recommendation for food lovers and youthful souls—just be wary of the several flights of stairs you’d have to climb on the way to the top.

Here’s to the Moments that Matter

By choosing to set foot into the heart of Makati, It’s also important to note that though many of the locations we’ve mentioned are relatively walkable, we’d recommend arriving at the scene early (say around 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM). Parking may be scarce, especially along its narrow streets.

Night owls will be greeted with both excitement and curiosity. Though likened to any after-hours experience, we’d suggest bringing a friend or two (just in case), being wary of the strangers you may encounter. Holding your drink is preferred, but in case you may be filled with too much, it’s best to have a sober or fellow drinking buddy at your disposal.

If you ever find yourself sleepless in the city, take this Poblacion nightlife guide and openly discover and wander into its arms.

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