Three Secret Speakeasies in Manila

The Philippines has landed on more than one ‘Top Destinations’ list in the past year and its popularity is no surprise, given that its beaches rank among the most scenic on Earth. However, the country’s capital holds a rather unexpected secret: Manila’s forte for craft mixology and penchant for speakeasy-style romance. Down some dark alleys, you’ll happen upon doors without signs, hiding a slice of pre-Prohibition-style bartending within. Push the correct panels of a sandwich-shop wall and you’ll stumble into a Led Zeppelin–loving lounge that makes a mean Gin Fizz. While the country’s beaches are the main draw for most travelers, its capital city’s speakeasies are worth a stopover for a nightcap. Here are three hidden cocktail bars in Manila.

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