by Mich Escultura
Ah, beer! The one ever-present drink that’s pretty much a requirement for a night of fun. Whether in bottles, in buckets, or in a glass filled with ice, beer never ceases to disappoint. But why stop short at a bottle or a bucket when you can get a free-flowing fix with a variety of draft beers?
If you’re looking to get a truly satisfying beer experience with that old school pub feel, here’s our picks for the best draft beer places to get a hefty pint of keg beer!
1. Tap Station
Undoubtedly the first option when it comes to getting your craft beer on tap, Tap Station offers ten varieties of draft beer, from Indian Pale Ales, Indian Red Ales, Fruit Ales, and more! And who can resist the intriguing names they give their beer like Shut Up IPA, Hard Day Blonde Ale, and Wild Ride?
And yes, they do have serve some chow to go with your pint. But you know you’ll be going here for your craft beer, and craft beer is what you’ll get!
Address: 1313 Adriatico St. corner Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila
2. Big Bad Wolf
If you’re looking for a place where partying, art and great beer come together, you’ll love Big Bad Wolf. Early in the evening, the place starts off homey enough, and you can start ordering food like their Aged Porterhouse Steak or their Santol Smoked Pork Belly. Wash it all down with their extensive selection of craft beers as the party starts to pick up.
Take your pick from 10 local craft brews like Goitia Brewhouse Back Hand, Nipa Brew Midnight Blur, and Baguio Craft Englishman in New York. Don’t feel like going local? They’ve also got imported draft beers too like American IPA 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Address: Forbes Retail, Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
3. Draft Gastropub
As with most gastropubs, Draft Gastropub makes sure you’re both drunk and at least a little tipsy by the end of the night. Their menu is filled with all sorts of dishes from healthy options like the Nicoise Salad to their guilt-inducing Bone Marrow munchies to go with your draft beer. And speaking of draft beers, they’ve got quite a selection of popular beers like Hoegaarden, Chimay Red, Becks, Stella Artois, Leffe, and Paulaner.
Address: Greenbelt 2, Esperanza Street, San Lorenzo, Makati City | Facebook
Unit C, The Fort Entertainment Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City | Facebook
4. Fred’s Revolucion
This al fresco pub in the heart of Cubao boasts great food, an awesome crowd, and of course, lots of alcoholic options to choose from! Recently, they’ve installed their beer taps for an assortment of craft draft beers to choose from. Aptly called the Hop Revolt, their newly installed taps serve free-flowing Easy Bright, Red Head IRA, Rustic Trip Pilsner, and Respect IPA.
Address: Shop 66, Cubao Expo, General Romulo Ave., Quezon City
5. Rue Bourbon
You’re not a true-blue Metro Manila drinker-slash-party-goer until you’ve visited at least one Rue Bourbon branch. We’re pretty sure you already know all about how Rue has all sorts of events and a huge assortment of drinks, but there’s one beer of theirs that you absolutely must try from their array of flavored beers – their signature Caramel beer! It’s a sweet and creamy craft beer on tap that’s been likened time and again to the Butterbeer of Harry Potter fame.
Address: They’ve got quite a few branches all over the city!
Called the “Home of the Sticky Bones”, Morganfield’s boasts the juiciest ribs you’ll ever find in the city, and at a fair price, too! Morganfield’s is the go-to place for huge servings of meaty dishes, all to be washed down with a glass or a pint of their draft beers. They serve the Pinoy classic Pale Pilsen, Beck’s, Paulaner, Stella Artois, and Hoegaarden.
Address: 2nd Floor, Uptown Place, 36th St. corner 9th Ave., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
7. Tipsy Pig
Whatever your comfort food may be, you can be sure that Tipsy Pig has it! This gastropub boasts a multitude of dishes, whether you want some pica pica for your bar chow, like their scrumptious Pier 39 Platter of seafood, or you want a big plate like their Beer Can Chicken (yes, it’s a chicken roasted with a whole can of Pale Pilsen.
But hold on, you’re here for their draft beer selection, right? Well, you’ll be glad to know that they’ve got the usual beers like Pale Pilsen, San Miguel Light, and Tiger Beer, but they also have flavored brews ranging from their buttery salted caramel to the refreshingly fruity peach brew!
Address: Unit 2A, NR-2B, Capitol Commons, Meralco Avenue corner Shaw Boulevard, Oranbo, Pasig City
Forbestown Road, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
8. Backyard Kitchen + Brew
Hands down, Backyard Kitchen + Brew, has everything you’ll ever need. With huge servings of fresh food, a multitude of drinks, and the perfect ambiance for dinner, drinks and music, this place has you completely covered. They even have daily themes to suit your tastes like Wine Thursdays, Acoustic Fridays, and Sunday Slow Down. As for their draft beer selections, you can’t go wrong with their version of the famous Butter Beer alongside other beers like Joe’s Brew, Fish Rider Pale Ale, and Sierra Madre Wheat Ale!
Address: 2nd Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman Quezon City
The Grove by Rockwell, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
Lower Ground Floor 125 & 126, Circuit Lane, Ayala Mall Circuit, A.P. Reyes Avenue, Carmona, Makati
9. The Perfect Pint
With 13 beers on tap in their arsenal alongside a few other bottled craft beers, The Perfect Pint is indeed the perfect place to get a pint of ice cold beer! Whether you want a light bodied, a fruity beer like Skyline White IPA or a strong and full-bodied beer like Message in a Bottle Black IPA, The Perfect Pint will cater to whatever your taste buds (or liver!) may be craving!
Address: 2nd Floor, Crossroads Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Molito Commercial Complex, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City
10. Pivo Praha
Fine dining down below and sports pub up top, Pivo Praha welcomes beer drinkers from all walks of life! Pivo Praha gets its name from their best-selling brew, a buttery Czech beer with a bittersweet scent. It comes in four different flavors (classic, light, Weizen, and dark), all of which have an alcohol content of 4.5%. Oh, and the best part about this place is that even if you live far away from Makati, you can still take home some of their bottled beer in the same four variants!
Address: 1331 Angono St., Makati City
11. Pong Dang Beer Café
Let’s top off this list with another gem in the heart of Cubao, Quezon City. The Pong Dang Beer Café is a Korean Restaurant that boasts a handful of beer options to wash down your savory bulgogi. They’ve got a selection of creamy draft beers, namely their regular draft beer, green grape, and grapefruit. The regular, green grape and grapefruit draft beers can also be served frozen for the same price. Now that’s one option you’ll consider when you want to beat the heat!
Address: 2nd floor, Unit 201, Spark Place, P. Tuazon Boulevard, Barangay Socorro, Quezon City
Hoppy, citrusy, floral, full-bodied, creamy… Whatever you’re looking for in your glass of beer can be found on this list of perfect draft beer spots in the city. Every self-proclaimed beer drinker absolutely must have a favorite among the draft beer variants at these venues.
So let us ask you this: What’s your favorite draft beer of all time, and where did you get your first sip? Share your story with us in the comments below!