No trip to old Manila would be complete without a visit to at least a couple of bars in Malate. Spending time in Malate is an unmatched experience due to the breadth of the district’s drinking establishments.
The Minokaua, one of the newest bars in Malate has set up shop on the famous Adriatico Street. There, hipster, metal heads, jazz lovers, and yuppies co-exist. It’s also the kind of place where you should start eating first, and then drink later. Whatever the case, just be sure to come hungry.
The menu offers plenty of snacks, bites, and entrees that go hand-in-hand with beer or their signature cocktails, including Salted Egg bone-in Chicken Wings, Wilted Taiwan Pechay with Grilled Tomato and Fried Egg, and Chicken Chicharrones. The food menu isn’t an afterthought and their dishes prove that bar kitchens can hold their own against dedicated restaurants.
Do try the Kimchi and Laksa-style Mussel Pots. These dishes are the specialty of the house for a reason. The mussels themselves are big, tender, and briny. And the fragrant, perfume-y broth is best sopped up with the accompanying bread, but I couldn’t help but dive in with a spoon as well.
And then there’s the flavorful Minokaua Rice. Heavy on the topping, perfectly-cooked—it’s savoury and really delicious!
Make no mistake, The Minokaua is also home to a mix of live sets and jam sessions. Music-themed nights pay tribute to Jazz and Blues, light rock, and more. This place takes one spot as testament to Malate‘s thriving nightlife scene.
My recent trip to The Minokaua tells me that drinking and eating in Malate are rarely equalled anywhere. This is the perfect place for after work drinks or weekend hangs. Don’t forget to check out the Gig Guide on their official Facebook Page.