Restaurants / Bars

The Refinery: Rockwell’s Newest Watering Hole

June 23, 2019

Taking the place of what used to be Joya Drive’s iconic coffee location—Figaro—is The Refinery. Just a few steps from Rambla, it holds the monopoly for specialty coffee and cocktails in the Rockwell neighborhood.


The Refinery is definitely a breath of fresh air compared to its predecessor. You’ve got the interior that sets it apart from the mainstream—high ceiling, earthy wood paneling, halogen lamps, and mismatched furniture. I won’t go to great lengths and ramble on why I think it looks like something inspired by a Pinterest board (like most current establishments are), but one thing for sure is that The Refinery is certain of the crowd it wants to attract.


La Mill coffee is siphoned in various coffee machines, which is then prepared according to your liking. A stand-out is their Salted Caramel Latte, which was a good contender to their Valrhona Mocha—something I would order by default. Organic loose leaf tea is also available, as well as specialty concoctions such as the Blanco Y Negro, made from La Mill coffee granita and house-made Madagascar vanilla ice cream.


Bees Knees (PHP 280), Hot Salted Caramel Latte (PHP 150), Bees Knees

They also have an impressive cocktail menu that’s succinct but approachable—no complicated mixology here. The Bees Knees is a straightforward mix of gin, lemon, and Barenjager honey-flavored vodka, finished with egg whites and bitters. The Espresso Especial caters to coffee liqueur fanatics, while the Refinery Coconut Coffee presents a tropical alternative. The Sir Wiliam Soda is easy to down with a slight, prickly effervescence that turns it to a deceiving soft drink.

Hangover Pasta (PHP 260), Refinery Benedict (PHP 288), Grilled Cheese with Bacon (PHP 320)

Aside from breakfast, The Refinery also has an All-Day Brunch selection that makes good use of eggs. Try their Refinery Benedict or their Shirred Truffle Eggs with Toast, or if you’re in the mood for a heavy filler, the Hangover Pasta is a fine choice.

Creme Brulee (PHP 175), Shirred Truffled Eggs with Toast (PHP 288)

Open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight, The Refinery is a place worth bookmarking should you find yourself in the Rockwell area, or make every day feel like a Friday night.

Blanco Y Negro (PHP 150), Refinery Coconut Coffee (PHP 230), Cable Car (PHP 240)

G/F Joya  Building
Joya Drive, Rockwell
(02) 781-0344

Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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5 responses to “The Refinery: Rockwell’s Newest Watering Hole”

  1. JDLS says:

    “You’ve got the interior that sets it apart from the mainstream…it looks like something inspired by a Pinterest board (like most current establishments are)”

    I’m confused. Which is it?

  2. Volts Sanchez says:

    I tried this place out on their second day.Pretty good (the sausage platter was excellent). Bang-for-the-buck, coffee-wise (yeah, I love me some hyphens) is the Chemex pour-over, which is good for about four cups.

    The wine selection isn’t bad, either. Cocktails are ok, too.

  3. Vicky says:

    overrated. good but not for worth it for the price

  4. mark says:

    mediocre, pretentious, and too pricey. their choco fudge cake is really not to die for. too sweet and you can instantly tell it’s instant mix.

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