Where To Eat In Pampanga: 10 Most Authentic Kapampangan Restaurants

Pampanga is known as the “Culinary Capital of the Philippines,” and rightly so. Foodies travel far and wide to taste some of the most authentic Filipino dishes. But just a two-hour ride from Manila is the haven of traditional and mouthwatering cuisine. Take a trip up north and do what the Kapampangans do best: eat until they can eat no more! Here’s a foodie guide of where to eat in Pampanga and 10 of the most authentic restaurants you’ll find in the province!

Test Your Stomachs

Everybody’s Café

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Have you ever tried betute, kamaru, or dinuguan? Well, if you’re up for frog legs, fried crickets, and pig’s blood, then this is the place to try them out! But don’t let those scare you. Everybody’s Café is home to comfort food dishes as well. Try the mami for those rainy day feels. It is composed egg noodles with shredded meat and broth and costs only PHP 140.

If you’re coming for breakfast, get the whole spread for PHP 550 that also includes longganisa and tapang kalabaw (cured buffalo meat that tastes like tocino, but a little more sour). Wash it all down with their signature tsokolate (PHP 95), a rich chocolate batirol that takes three hours to prepare! Everybody’s Café is true to its name for being a staple of where to eat in Pampanga because it’s simply for… everyone!

Everybody’s Café
Angeles Branch: 105-106, BPI Arcade, Nepo Mart, Angeles City, Pampanga
San Fernando Branch: MacArthur Highway, Del Pilar, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Aling Lucing’s

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You can’t go to Pampanga and not have a plate of sisigPampanga is also known as the birthplace to this dish of fatty, sizzling pork bits. Its origin is Aling Lucing’s aka the Sisig Queen. She’s the woman who practically invented the indulgent delicacy back in the ‘70s so as not to waste any parts of the pig. When you ask, where to eat in Pampanga? Aling Lucing’s most likely the answer you will get. Many other provinces of the Philippines have tried to do this dish justice, but it just can’t compare to the Kapampangan way of cooking it.

Aling Lucing’s
Glaciano Valdez corner Henson Sts., Brgy. Agapito del Rosario, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

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ALTERNATIVE: Can’t make it to the pioneer Aling Lucing’s on your visit? Then head on over to its sister restaurant, Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy! Mila’s is another household name that offers just as good of a savory hot plate at PHP 200. Also, try their crispy sisig version! Just don’t count your cholesterol afterward!

Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy
San Andres St., Brgy. San Angelo, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Modern Takes on Classic Filipino Dishes

Café Fleur

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Tucked into a home-like space, Café Fleur is Chef Sau del Rosario’s French twist to classic Filipino dishes. The café alone gives a pleasant vibe, but the reason this restaurant landed on our list of where to eat in Pampanga is that of its unique dishes! Upon visiting, you should try the pako salad, which is made light and zesty with watermelon as an appetizer. Then dig into theburo (fermented rice) and hito (catfish). The catfish is rolled in mustard leaves, giving it a strong yet satisfying taste that you can roll like sushi!

For dessert, take a bite of the Pandan Sansrival, which is Café Fleur’s popular dish and may not regularly be served. Other items on the menu include Crispy Pork Macadamia Kare-Kare, Lamb Caldereta with Kesong Puti, Tamales Mexico and Pampaguena and another delectable dish, Salted Egg Bibingka Cheesecakeall with a twist!

Café Fleur
L-463B Miranda St., Brgy. Sto. Rosario, Angeles City
Open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Bale Dutung

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One of the top restaurants in not just the Philippines but also in Asia, Bale Dutung is the simple food concept of Chef Claude Tayag. It is a must when deciding where to eat in Pampanga not only because of its status but also because of its menu! You can choose from three standard ones: the Kapampangan SpreadLechon 5 Ways, and the Anthony Bourdain menu. Yes, Anthony Bourdain went here and featured it on his show, No Reservations—we weren’t kidding about status.

Make sure to bring a big group, though, so you can devour all ten mouthwatering dishes in the span of four hours and prepare a budget, too! The ambience and experience are definitely worth it!

P.S. The Lamang-Dagat Kare is to die for!

Bale Dutung
Villa Gloria Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga
By reservation only
+63917 595 0218

1956 Downtown Café

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As if Chef Claude Tayag couldn’t do enough, he created another restaurant inspired by Bale Dutung. Although this time, instead of signifying his Kapampangan heritage, he’s giving an ode to the year of his birth! 1956 Downtown Café is a retro-styled diner that serves dishes with a twist too like Pork Adobo ConfitLechon Tacos (Did someone say lechon? And tacos?), and the creamy yet refreshing, Halo-Halo with Crema de Pastillas!

We recommend for a full meal, best-selling Crispy Aromatic Spring Duck, the meat is tender and has a secret nine-spice recipe! And another crowd-favorite, Crispy Crablets with Pure Talangka on Rice! This dish may not be a full meal, but it’s an extra you have to go with!

1956 Downtown Café
Nepo Quad, Plaridel St., Angeles City, Pampanga
Open on Mondays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Different Cuisines in the Heart of Pampanga

Piccolo Padre

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When we say the culinary capital of the Philippines, Pampanga encompasses almost allcuisines, not just the local or native food. If you want to skip all the crispy and fatty goodness and load up on carbs instead, Piccolo Padre hits the spot. Get your fill of gnocchi, risotto, and pasta with recipes that date up to 80 years ago! Piccolo is not just a feast for the stomach, but also a feast for the eyes, given all the artwork on display! Although the meal course will set you back at around PHP 1,500 per head, the fine-dining experience is worth a stop on your trip!

Our recommendations for starters are the Ahi Katsu (PHP 450), silky tuna smothered with lemon-butter sauce, and the Live Oysters Inferno (PHP 680), both fresh and tart numbers! Then for the main course, try the Capellini de Angelo (PHP 950), red sauce pasta stacked with seafood or for the meat lovers, the Osso Buco Alla Milanese (PHP 950). The veal shank comes with a side choice, as do all the dishes whether you want veggies or more carbs!

Piccolo Padre
Prime Asia Hotel, Narciso Street, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Binulo Restaurant

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What makes this a destination of where to eat in Pampanga is not what’s on its menu, but the way its dishes are cooked. Binulo is a traditional way of cooking food inside bamboo. The method is taken from the Aetas and makes the meat tender. Binulo Restaurant serves many Kapampangan dishes along with some American specialties like grilled steak, but their must-try is Pangat na Ulang. Think giant shrimps in creamy, sour sauce oozing from the end of a bamboo pole. Yuuuuum! It had us at prawns! Save some room for the Suman with Mango Ice Cream, and you’re one happy camper!

Binulo Restaurant
Bldg. 6410-6413, Manuel A. Roxas Highway, Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Cisan’s

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If you’ve heard of Historic Camalig, well, here is another creation by the Nepomuceno clan. Cisan’s is a Japanese-Thai-Vietnamese cuisine restaurant nestled into the new food hub, Nepo Quadrangle. You’ll get your usual spring rolls, curry, and pad thai, but if you want to go all out, you have to order the following off the menu. Grab the Beef Thai Salad as an appetizer and follow it up with the Grilled Pork with Bagoong Rice with a side of chicken satay or yakitori BBQ! That way you get a mixture of flavors and textures you can share with family or friends.

Bring a big group on your visit and order even more. Their Green Beef Curry is a great main, and their mango sticky rice is just perfect! Budget around PHP 500 per head seeing as the items are a little pricey but health is wealth, right? Don’t forget to get a sweet brewed Thai milk tea, too!

Cisan’s
Nepo Quad, Angeles City, Pampanga
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The Oldies But Goodies

Didi’s Pizza

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Didi’s Pizza has been serving Filipino-style pizza since 1972. That makes them one of the oldest establishments in Angeles City that serves over 200 boxes of pizza a day. They’re so popular that there is a line to get your hands on the rectangular-shaped, locally produced, cheesy goodness. With sweet tomato sauce and tons of toppings, we’re pretty sure it’s easy to finish off a 16-piece pie! Didi’s prides itself in not tasting like your regular Italian pizza, but being unique with orders like the Combination Pizza and the Pizza Burger. These won’t cost you more than PHP 279. You should also try their Didi’s Tacos, barbecue ribs, and pancit canton!

Didi’s Pizza
#237 MacArthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Susie’s Cuisine

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Also established in 1972, Susie’s Cuisine is a great place to get dessert and last on our list of where to eat in Pampanga! Famous for its signature Pampango kakanin (sweet, sticky rice), you should grab your pasalubong treats here: the mochimaja blanca, and leche flan are Susie’s specialties! While you’re waiting for your goodies to be wrapped, sit and have their delicious palabok!

Susie’s Cuisine
MacArthur Highway, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
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BONUS: Angeles Fried Chicken

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Or popularly known as AFC (kind of like KFC), is the oldest running restaurant and is a staple in Kapampangan authentic cuisine. Of course, their menu offers a variety of food, but you shouldn’t leave without ordering a bucket of fried chicken. Locals frequent the house-like establishment, and foreigners come to visit for some “heavenly tasting” fried chicken. You can get a family-sized serving for just PHP 425 to satisfy your cravings and can choose from crispy or deep fried regular chicken. Angeles Fried Chicken is a must-try for all fried chicken lovers out there!

Angeles Fried Chicken
#1992 Marlim Ave., Diamond Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
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Ten, no, eleven of the most authentic restaurants in Pampanga probably can’t be covered in a day’s trip. That only gives you a reason to go back again and again! One thing any foodie will tell you when scouring the Pampanga scene for good places to dine is that more so than the food, the owners and staff complete the experience.

All of these restaurants have been around for a long time or are well known and loved for their hospitality. The quality of the food is excellent, the servings are huge, and the prices are affordable—and that’s the real bonus there. Eating in Pampanga is incomparable to other cities and provinces, and there’s no bias in that statement. A food trip up north is just one of the many things you can do on a long weekend, too!

Did we miss any places? Any other suggestion on where to eat in Pampanga? Leave your comments below and until then, mangan tana!

10 Of The Best Ice Creams In Manila To Beat The Summer Heat

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! As the summer is rolling right along and the heat is intensifying, a cup of dairy goodness is what we need. We’ve rounded up the cream of the crop (get it?) from artisanal flavors to old-time favorites. Let’s survive and enjoy the summer with ten of the best ice creams in Manila!

1. Morelli’s Gelato

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Let’s start with the most traditional kind of ice cream. Originating in Italy, gelato basically means more milk and less cream. Morelli’s definitely knows the difference and that’s why they’ve been in business for more than 100 years.

They source their ingredients locally and abroad and a scoop will start you off at PHP 130. The Caramel Dulce de Leche is their must-try but Pistachio and Hazelnut are good choices too!

Morelli’s Gelato
East Wing Bldg, Shangri- La Mall, EDSA corner Shaw Bldg, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Other branches at Rockwell and BGC
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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2. Bono Artisanal Gelato

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What makes Bono Artisanal Gelato one of the best ice creams in Manila is the fact that it’s homegrown. And unlike most gelato shops where the selection is proudly displayed in glass cases, Bono keeps theirs tucked away. They won’t keep their ice cream for more than 20 hours, keeping the gelato fresh and natural.

Bono is the more affordable choice with small cups at only PHP 85 and tubs at PHP 850! Try their Movie Night (potato chip), Milo Dinosaur or Baci (dark chocolate) when you visit.

Bono Artisanal Gelato
Branches at LG/F Aura Premier, G/F Mega Fashion Hall, 2/F SM Makati, G/F The Podium
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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3. Carousel Creamery

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If you’re looking for offbeat flavors, well you only have 101 to choose from here. Of course, they stock the classics such as Chocolate and Coffee, but why not try beer-flavored ice cream? Or chicharon-flavored ice cream for that matter?

Go wild with their crazy concoctions and don’t worry about trying more than one, Carousel Creamery is generous with samples! On your first go, you might want to check out the Bacon n’ Cheese, but a sampler of five will only cost you PHP 395. Plus, you can always go back to taste 96 more!

Carousel Creamery
8 Missouri St., San Juan, 1503 Metro Manila
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
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4. Sebastian’s Ice Cream

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Let’s keep the craziness going! Landing on our list of the best ice creams in Manila, Sebastian’s Ice Cream is a pioneer in artisanal Pinoy flavors. Ever wondered what Green Mango at Bagoong might taste like as an ice cream? What about Champarado at Tuyo

Sebastian’s does local flavors proudly! Make it a date at PHP 300 for two and try both of these favorites. If you’re not feeling too adventurous, then you can opt for their Vanilla or Salted Caramel.

Sebastian’s Ice Cream
G/F, Regis Center, Loyola Heights, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
Other branches at The Podium and Mall of Asia
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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5. Papa Diddi’s

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Straight from the farm is as natural as it can get. That’s why Paul Perez, owner of Papa Diddi’s made it a point to continue his father’s legacy of healthy goodness. They make their ice cream in little batches, creating the freshest products that turn into fruity and interesting flavors!

If you’re looking to cut down on the sugar, rest assured that Papa Diddi’s offers delights such as Roasted StrawberryMango Ginger, and eve Roasted Forbidden Rice (bestseller). Try the indulgence size and get three flavors at just PHP 95!

Papa Diddi’s
168 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Other branch at Sapphire Bloc Bldg., Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
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6. Merry Moo

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Carrying on the homemade tradition of the best ice creams in Manila is Merry Moo! From the name alone, you already want to get a scoop or two! Kelvin Ngo and his team source their milk from Laguna dairy farms, making their artisanal creations naturally creamy.

Their bestseller is the Sea Salt Caramel, but you might also want to try unique flavors like Candied Bacon or Pop Rocks & Mallows! It’s only PHP 70 per cup for a classic like their Sea Salt, and PHP 75 for a premium cup like Pop Rocks & Mallows!

Merry Moo
SM North EDSA, North Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Other branches at SM Megamall, SM Aura, Legazpi Sunday Market, Midnight Mercato Market, and Salcedo Saturday Market
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7. Farmacy

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After a dose of artisanal, let’s go back for a second to old-time goodies. Farmacy keeps things simple with American classics such as floats, banana splits, and ice cream sandwiches. Its selection consists of well-loved flavors like Vanilla and Cookie Dough.

But if you’re looking for a good time, try some of their alcohol- infused shakes. Besides its specialties and sundaes, you can enjoy the ambiance with its pharmacy-inspired interior, perfect for your IG snaps and stories! You can order a pint to-go for PHP 350, a sundae for PHP 270, or a milkshake for PHP 260.

Farmacy
Net Lima, 24th Street, BGC, Taguig City
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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8. Mad Mark’s

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Known for its American frozen desserts, Mad Mark’s is easily one of the best ice creams in Manila. They get their high-quality ingredients from Madagascar, Sumatra, and Java, and their flavors are named right after those places! The most popular one has to be the Half-Baked Madagascar.

A single scoop will cost you PHP 95 but for sure, one scoop won’t be enough. Go ahead and get a double scoop for PHP 185 and try the Javan Hot Chocolate as well. Their servings are generous anyway, so these ice creams are definitely for sharing.

Mad Mark’s
23 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Other branch at Glorietta 5, BGC, and UP Town Center
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9. Kool Kids

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Now the act you’ve all been waiting for. Any ice cream shop that uses liquid nitrogen has to be one of the coolest. Kool Kids puts on a show for its customers as they freeze custard into ice cream right before your eyes! This creates a softer, smoother version of the treat and the flavors, bolder.

The Yuzu is a crowd favorite, with its distinct Japanese lime taste at PHP 150 for a regular. If you still have room, you should also try the Nuts 4 Nutella FroDough (PHP 90), which is liquid nitrogen ice cream squeezed in between a baked doughnut!

Kool Kids
Mega Fashion Hall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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10. The Iscreamist

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What makes this place even cooler than its liquid nitrogen delights, is the bowls they come in. They will have you screaming, “Oh, science!” We’re pretty sure The Iscreamist was the first of its kind and one of the best ice creams in Manila to be found.

Have a look for yourself when you’re up north in Teacher’s Village. It’s one of Maginhawa’s most popular dessert spots and gets packed quick! So make sure to come earlier on in the day and try their Dragon’s Breath Smores for only PHP 79!

The Iscreamist
Magiting Street, Teaher’s Village Quezon City
Open daily from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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And there you go! We hope you get your fill of creamy goodness to beat the heat this summer with the best ice creams in Manila!

6 Local Craft Beers In Manila

We know a brewski or two relieves the stress from daily work and can be the best pairing to a hotdog or burger. We also know you like your beer cold, straight from the tap or freezer. And it’s safe to say; we know a thing or two about local breweries and signature styled beer. So if you’re up for a night cap or a few rounds, here are six local craft beers in Manila and where to find them! 

1. Fat Pauly’s

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From Iligan City, Fat Pauly’s is a brewery that mixes imported malt with local ingredients like Timoga Spring water and wild pukyutan honey. They name their beers after Sting songs such as the Desert Rose. This ale happens to be their best-seller due to its balance of strong lager and floral flavors.

But if you want something more honest, try the Iligan Single Hop Origin Pale Ale, which is crisp and freshening. Both, however, are deceptively strong. You can find them at Global Beer Exchange or Barley Gastropub in Scout Esguerra.

Global Beer Exchange
Tritan Ventures Bldg, Paseo de Magallanes, Magallanes, Makati City
Barley Gastropub
Tomas Morato Sgt. Esguerra Ave. corner Sct. Bayoran St., Quezon City

2. Katipunan Craft

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From Quezon City, Katipunan Craft started with their Indio Pale Ale. The Indio is an amber-colored, fruity ale with a hint of spices. Having been one of the very first breweries to branch out in Manila, you can find many of their lagers around town.

Big Bad Wolf is home to some of the best craft beers in Manila but notably, Yardstick Coffee is one now too! They’ve partnered up with Katipunan Craft on the “Dear Fred”, a combination of cold coffee and pale ale.

Yardstick Coffee
Universal LMS Bldg., Esteban St., Legazpi Village, Makati City
Big Bad Wolf
Forbestown Rd., Burgos Circle, Taguig City

3. Craftpoint

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From Manila, the local company of Craftpoint is one that has its branding down. Its brewery creates blends in three custom lagers: the Summer Passion, the Forbidden Fruit and the Liberation. Try all three if you want to go from a mix of passion fruit, to sour-y peach rose, and then to a good old American/Belgian pale ale.

Each beer is unique and bold in its own way making it a set of the best craft beers in Manila! You can find them at Hungry Hound and Smoky Bastard.

Hungry Hound/Niner Ichi Nana
Globe Tower, 32nd St. corner 7th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Smoky Bastard
Hole in the Wall, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave., Poblacion, Makati

4. Pivo

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From Makati, Pivo Praha has not only their own microbrewery but also their own restaurant, and sports bar! Bravo Best Foods serves Italian cuisine along with their Czech-style beer. Their Pivo Praha dark lager is what they’re known for, which is 100% pure malt, caramel-flavored, and combines boldness with smoothness.

Check out the Bravo’s Sports Bar and get your fresh home-brewed beer on tap!

Bravo Best Foods
1331 Angono St., Poblacion, Makati City

5. Joe’s Brew

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From Manila, Joe’s Brew prides itself in being 100% Filipino craft beer and made from all-natural ingredients. Just like Craftpoint, they are a title of the trinity ale as well! That being the Fish Rider Pale AleSierra Madre Wheat Ale, and Soothsayer Ale. All of these are made full-bodied and very bitter, just right for the meat lovers!

You can find a bottle of Joe’s in many places around the metro, like Backyard Kitchen and Brewor the popular The Perfect PintRecently, they’ve grown their own home in Poblacion! The Fish Rider Pale Ale seems to be the number one choice of craft beers in Manila.

Backyard Kitchen and Brew
UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave, Quezon City
The Perfect Pint
Securities St., Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City

6. G-Point

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And last on our list, from Ermita Manila is the G-Point. Just like Bravo’s Sports Bar with Pivo, G-Point Smorgasbord and Bar carries the rich and dark lager that is rightly entitled, “Black Bitch”. Notably, their own version of a Scottish Stout/Porter Ale. They don’t joke about their beer.

Another must-try is the intense British Pirate IPA, which can be found at Hooch in Salcedo Village, along with their Black Bitch.

G-Point Smorgasbord & Bar
510 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila
Hooch
V Corporate Center, L.P. Leviste St., Makati City

We leave you with a little advisory to always drink moderately! Have fun taste-testing these craft beers in Manila. Cheers!