By Shen Mascariñas
The line separating cafes and bars is blurring, and we couldn’t be happier about it. More and more of these hybrid establishments are serving coffee and cocktails under the same roof and, even better, combined in the beautiful form of caffeinated cocktails. There’s no more need to go to two different places for a dose of caffeine or a shot of liquid courage. These places can perfectly satisfy both at the same, awesome time.
8. UCC Clockwork
GF Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, Pasig City | (02) 942 2142
Open every day from 7am to 11pm
Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue corner EDSA, Libertad, Pasay | (02) 843 4383
Open every day from 7am to 1am
Facebook | Budget for two – P1,100
UCC Clockwork’s extensive selection of coffee and alcohol is impressive. Whether you want a straight-up latte, coffee whipped up into dessert or a spiked dose of caffeine—you can satisfy that craving here. They offer three signature spiked coffee libations: Clockwork Alexander, Caramel Bourbon and Milky Way.
And if you’re just looking to unwind, UCC Clockwork also has signature craft cocktails, beer, wine, premium liquor and even sake.
7. UCC Mentore
2F SM Aura Premier, C5 Road corner 26th Street, BGC, Taguig City | (02) 553 2242
Open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 10pm, Friday to Sunday from 10am to 11pm
Park Terraces, Parkway Drive corner West Street, Glorietta, Makati | (02) 463 8139
Open Monday to Thursday from 7am to 12mn, Friday to Sunday from 7am to 1am
Budget for two – P1,000
Choose from five fantastic kinds of coffee and liqueur concoctions at UCC Mentore. Each one is a careful pairing of refined coffee and flavorful liqueur, producing an exquisite experience. Try the Amaretto Disaronno with Brazil No. 2 single origin beans.
GF Joya Lofts and Towers, Joya Drive, Rockwell, Makati City
(02) 781 0344, (02) 831 2876 | Facebook
Open Sunday to Wednesday from 7am to 12mn, Thursday to Saturday from 7am to 1am
Budget for two – P1,300
Refinery only has two caffeinated cocktails, but those two are definitely worth the visit. The Kentucky Morning is composed of Bourbon, Kahlua, orange, espresso and bitters. There’s also the Refinery Coconut Coffee made up of vodka, coffee grounds, coconut milk and maple syrup. If you want to have coffee and alcohol separately, though, Refinery has a huge and excellent selection for each.
Unit 59-C Paseo de Roxas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
(02) 501 9732, 0917 845 7967 | Facebook
Open every day from 9am to 1am
Budget for two – P1,300
59c is the metro’s first co-working space with a full-service menu. Enjoy coffee, cocktails and fusion Asian food all under the same roof. Plus, they won’t give you judging, disapproving looks for staying from morning to night. Here, you can get work done, host business meetings and unwind all you want.