Restaurants / Bars

Try This: Batala Bar’s Cocktails Made with Local Liquor and Herbs from Their Garden

September 17, 2017

Batala Bar was started by Philippine Artisan Trade this year, a group that focuses on supporting fair trade and environmentally-friendly local production. Founder Bryan McClelland tells us that with his partners Mia Guerrero and Hans Co wanted to create a space that could function as a gallery to showcase Filipino products, but the idea eventually grew to include a bar that would be able to allow people who visit the space to enjoy a cocktail or drink as they check out the gallery space.

Check out the sharp bamboo bowties on their bartenders, which match the all-bamboo interiors.

Because of their local and sustainable thrust, all of the drinks at Batala Bar use local liquors as a base, and they also offer a selection of local craft beers both on tap and in bottles. Part and parcel of that same thrust, Batala Bar worked with Urban Greens to install a hydroponic garden system to produce fresh herbs used in their cocktails. Oh, and they named it Batala (an alternative spelling to Bathala, the creator of the universe according to Filipino mythology) because of their dedication to local spirits—get it?

Here’s what we think you should drink during your visit:


Left: The vertical garden growing fresh, organic herbs. | The signature bambanog is a must-drink.

The bambanog is a shot of bamboo-infused lambanog (or coconut liquor), which gives it a grassy and fresh taste. Priced at PHP 63 (after the Philippine country code), you can hardly complain at the price, and the bamboo infusion definitely helps the hard coconut liquor go down with somewhat ease (It’s still lambanog, after all). And if you’re at Batala Bar at 8:30PM (another clever number game they play, as 830 is the address of the venue), you get a free shot on the house.

Signature Cocktails with Filipino Flavors


Three of their signature cocktails, garnished with herbs from their hydroponic garden.

For those who want something sweet, go with the Old Manila. It has a dark rum base with caramel notes, and is tempered by a bubbly ginger beer. If you want something cleaner tasting, go for their MOMOL (which stands for Mojito Mojito Lang!), offering a local twist on a familiar drink with a perkier and sharper flavor than its international counterpart. Or if you’re feeling really adventurous, go for the Luntian (our personal drink of choice). Flavored with malunggay powder that has a surprising matcha-like taste to it, the Luntian has a savoriness to it that we dig in cocktails which often tend to lean on the sweet side.


A sustainable bar specializing in local beer and liquor that supports local enterprises.

ADDRESS: 830 Arnaiz Ave., Makati City
VISIT: 3AM-12AM Tuesdays to Sundays
CONTACT: 0918-908-2262
SPEND: PHP 150-450
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Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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