Restaurants / Bars

The Back Room Is a Speakeasy in Shangri-La at the Fort with Its Very Own Gin Laboratory

July 24, 2019

The Back Room is a speakeasy that pays homage to the genre, with it’s discreet entrance, 1920’s-inspired interiors, and Prohibition Era-like house rules. They were recently awarded the 50th spot in Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2019—one of only three bars in the country to be part of the prestigious list. Keeping to the speakeasy theme, they primarily highlight gin; however, they are not strictly just a gin bar. They actually have over 1,000 different bottles of spirits displayed on the shelves behind the counter!

The Ransom Note: a sour yet refreshing drink made using French pistachio cream.

The Back Room only serves their signature drinks, all of which are “classics with a twist”: creative mixes grounded on the values of staple bar cocktails. Their menu features a profile guide to help you choose what to drink based on taste and strength. Each cocktail has a note attached, with questions like “Would you ever take back someone who cheated?” They’re meant to be conversation starters, especially for single parties. *wink*

Unless otherwise specified, they use their own in-house gin (called “The Bee’s Knees”) in the cocktails. It uses a combination of local fruits and spices; and it took seven attempts to get it right. They make it—as well as handful of other spirits—in their own gin laboratory in a room behind the bar. Keep an ear out; we hear they’re opening it up to host gin masterclasses soon.

The Back Room

A speakeasy that makes its own gin.

ADDRESS: Ground Floor, Shangri-la at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
VISIT: 6PM-1AM Mondays to Thursdays, Sundays / 6PM-2AM Fridays to Saturdays
CONTACT: (02) 265-3844
SPEND: PHP500-1000
FOLLOW: Instagram / Website

Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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