The Manila nightlife scene is getting a visit from one of its national neighbors this month, when Singapore’s swanky MO Bar takes over three of the metro’s trendy establishments.
From June 17 to 19, MO Bar’s bartender Michele Mariotti will be taking over the reins in bars in Makati and BGC. This includes The Curator Coffee & Cocktails, Yes Please, and Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen.
The Curator is part cafe-part bar and serves third wave coffee during the day and craft cocktails at night. It consistently ranks as one of the best bars in Asia and landed on the 37th spot out of 50 this year.
The MO Bar takeover at The Curator is scheduled for June 17, Monday from 8pm – 12mn. There, Mariotti will serve MO Bar’s signature cocktails.
FIND IT: The Curator Coffee & Cocktails, 134 Legaspi St., Legazpi Village, Makati City
Open Monday – Thursday, 7am -2am; Friday & Saturday, 7am – 3am; Sunday, 7am – 6pm
Phone: +63 916 355 4129
Yes Please, on the other hand, is a dive bar located inside The Palace complex in Uptown Bonifacio. It’s trendy yet chill and is known for its mix of house and ’90s music.
The MO Bar takeover at Yes Please is scheduled for June 18, Tuesday from 10:30pm – 1:30am. This event is part of the pop-up series Nomadic Foragers that started in Hong Kong in March. It has Mariotti learning about local fruits and spices that will then be incorporated into a one-night-only cocktail menu.
FIND IT: Yes Please, The Palace, 11th Ave. cor 38th St., Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City
Open Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 2am
Phone: 63 917 140 7777
Agimat is located in Makati’s hip Poblacion district inside a refurbished old residential building. Like MO Bar, it focuses on showcasing local flavors in its cocktails and bar chow, making it a perfect fit for the takeover event.
The MO Bar takeover in Agimat is scheduled for June 19, Wednesday from 8pm – 12mn.
FIND IT: Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen, 5972 Alfonso St. cor. Fermina St., Makati City
Open Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 2am; Sunday, 6pm – 12mn
Phone: 63 917 890 4039
MO Bar is located inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Singapore. It opened in September with a menu inspired by flavors and places in Southeast Asia. It has 14 cocktails including Twilight by the Bay, composed of fermented mangosteen and cinnamon rum, and the Boracay Bling — named after the popular Philippine beach — that’s made with peppermint gin julep.