Restaurants / Bars

Making Gimlets with the Curator

June 29, 2017
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The Curator is divided into two parts: the front store that can be seen when walking along the sidewalk on C. Palanca is their coffee shop, open early in the day to service the neighborhood with specialty coffee. Behind a wooden sliding door in the back is the bar, which stays open ’til late at night every evening and which is where we sat down with owner David Ong to talk cocktails.

One of Makati’s iconic cocktail bars, The Curator is known for its laid-back, homey atmosphere and its well-designed cocktails. A peek into their menu shows that they definitely know what they’re talking about when it comes to cocktails, with each drink having a spiderweb chart mapping out their flavors and sensations.

Designing the cocktails is often a group effort, with the tastes, preferences and experiments of their bartenders contributing to each of the menus, as they change periodically. But what the Curator loves to do is play around with the classics and put their own spin on the world’s best-loved drinks.

In this video, Ong shows us how to make a classic gimlet as well as a version by the Curator.


The Curator is a craft coffee and cocktail bar.

ADDRESS: 137 Legaspi Street cor. C. Palanca Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
VISIT: 7AM-2AM Mondays to Thursdays / open ’til 3AM on Fridays and Saturdays / open ’til 6PM on Sundays
CONTACT: 0916-355-4129 /
SPEND: PHP 150-700
FOLLOW: Facebook / Instagram

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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