I was pretty excited when one Friday night my colleagues and I went to one of the secret bars here in Manila. We went to 2 secret bars that night btw. The first Speakeasy bar that we visited was tucked in a basement behind a burger joint and it's called ABV.
ABV stands for Alcohol By Volume. After going down a few steps you will find Lazy Bastard and then there's this wooden door on your right which will lead you to a small space that resembles an antique elevator shaft.
Upon entering you will be immediately go back in time. The lights are dim, stool and high tables everywhere, an old-looking wooden bar with leather stools, lush leather couches, leather cubicle seats with vintage bulb lights up above your heads. And then there's this showcase cabinet full of bottle of liquors, the plentiest display I've seen in my life so far. The vibe at ABV is what I have been looking for all these years. Everything is just so chill, even the music is vintage!
I love it so much! If one can fall in love with a place, that just happened to me. A staff greeted us and asked us what we would like to have for that night. I am a big whiskey fan so I got the Whiskey Sour but asked him to use Jameson instead. T ordered the Whiskey Sour on the menu: Old, But Gold (Bacardi Gold Rum, lemon, maple syrup, egg white, Arugula, served up); while P got the Señorita Marquesa (Gran Centenario Reposado Tequila, ginger liqueur, lime, agave nectar, orange bitters, rosemary, served on the rocks) and H just ordered their cheeseburger because he doesn't want to drink that night. ABV also serves free popcorn by the way, I just can’t remember if it's refillable.
I have never tried well-curated drinks until ABV, and man, I didn’t know whiskey sour would taste that so f*cking good! Yes the cursing was necessary! Hahaha! The whiskey sours I've tried before are garbage if I would honestly going to compare. It's pricier than what I would usually drink but yeah if it's so worth my money, I don't have any problem with that.
ABV Cheeseburger – 100% chuck charcoal grilled patties on a soft potato bun served with pommes frites with melted 100% real cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce, ripe tomato, fresh onions and avocado. The cheeseburger that H ordered was just ok, I just got a bite since I am already full and I'm saving whatever stomach space I have left for alcohol.
Another thing that amazed me at ABV was the waiter, I forgot to get his name though. Not only that he was looking so dapper and hot, but he speaks so well and knows what he's talking about. Kudos to that! Ambiance, drinks, service I'm giving them all two thumbs up! And oh, yes, I am definitely going back!
Basement Floor, 22 Jupiter Cor Galaxy Street,
Bel-Air, Makati City, Philippines
Contact no: +63 9175201608