It looks like bars have come in from the cold—you no longer need to step into dimly lit (and preferably smoky) pubs in the mid-afternoon to get a shot of vodka. It is now socially acceptable to get your drinks out in the open, in well-lit surroundings.
Case in point: Refinery in Rockwell, Makati, which throws open its doors today. Located on the far end of Joya Drive, the same street where Rambla and Wooden Fire are, the space has a high ceiling and large windows that allow the sun to cast a dramatic glow on the wooden panels that define the bar area.
We’re tempted to call Refinery a bar, but this establishment doesn’t just serve alcohol, it also has artisanal coffee and a carefully selected wine list on its menu.
The coffee beans are supplied by Lamill, a high-end brand from the US, and they are prepared manually, drip-style, to please your inner coffee nerd. Refinery also has interesting souped up espresso-based drinks, like the orange-infused cappuccino (PHP160) and espresso with cream (PHP140).
The bar is manned by one Travis Halverson, who refuses to be called a “mixologist.” His drinks list will persuade even the most sober diner to have alcohol in the afternoon—with lunch, of course.
The Refinery Coconuts Coffee (PHP230), containing vodka, coffee grounds, coconut milk and maple syrup, is a nice crossover from virginal coffee to something dirtier. The Espresso Especial (PHP200), with tequila añejo, creme de cacao and a shot of cofee, is really something special.
Lagrade wines from Argentina are perfect for dinner, just select from the all-day brunch menu, which includes the Hangover pasta (PHP260), Angry pasta (PHP196) and steak and eggs (PHP790).
Refinery, G/F Joya Lofts and Towers, Joya Drive, Rockwell, Makati. Daily 7am-10pm.
Main photo from Refinery’s Instagram account