Oarhouse has been the pub of choice for some of the most creative and interesting people in Manila. Here, you’ll see the most interesting mix of people—local artists, backpackers, medical students, musicians, office workers, photographers, even Anthony Bourdain—knocking back a few beers over long conversations.
What used to be owned by a retired US Navy pilot, Oarhouse has moved from Mabini Street to J.Bocobo Street but still attracts the same colorful crowd, old and new. The bar is fully stocked with the right essentials for a good cocktail: Amaretto Sour is our drink of choice here, though the mango daiquiri is also pleasantly surprising. Oarhouse also has an extensive hearty menu that houses both classic pub grub and local dishes with heavy Kapampangan influences. Longganisa Gua-Gua is a revelation. The longganisa is dried to release all the oils, which are bottled up and used for frying before serving. The result is a garlicky, bold explosion in your mouth that will make you come back for seconds.