After sadly farewelling the beautiful island of Boracay, we headed back to Manila to stay with our friend Naomi for a couple of nights. While we were only there for a short time we sure managed to fit in a lot of stuff! Even though it was our first time in Manila, we did skip all of the tourist type sites, as we were more there to catch up with Naomi – and anyway, I’m sure it won’t be the last time we ever go to Manila!
We spent most of our time around the Fort and Makati areas (or as Naomi dubbed them “the expat bubble”), and there was plenty of good eating and drinking to be had!
Skippy’s Bar and Grill
The first item on the agenda (after a quick stop back to Naomi’s apartment to drop off our bags and freshen up), was to find a place to watch the huge Anzac Day AFL match. My team, the Essendon Bombers play in this every year, and it’s one of the biggest AFL games for our side outside of the finals. Luckily, with Manila having a decent sized expat community, there were going to be some places airing the game. Naomi had asked her driver to take us to a recently opened place in Fort, Skippy’s Bar and Grill.
Skippy’s is run by an Australian expat, and is a little slice of home in Manila. There’s plenty of flat screen TV’s to show all types of sporting events, a pool table, and a heap of Aussie memorabilia about. One of the owners, Steve made a point of coming and having a chat with us, which was a nice personal touch also. There were some good drink specials as well, along with an extensive Aussie influenced food menu. Check it out if you’re looking for somewhere to watch sporting events in Manila, we had a good afternoon (even though the Bombers lost!).
Stella Wood Fired Bistro
When Naomi got home from work, we headed out for some dinner at Stella in Fort. Stella focuses on wood fired cuisine, with a range of pizza, pastas and meats on the menu. As Ash and I had eaten a late lunch at Skippy’s, we opted to have light dinner and ordered wood fired pizza. The pizzas were quite simple and didn’t have a massive amount of toppings, but they certainly were enough to fill us up!
Craft Pub & Grill
Our next stop after dinner was to Craft in Fort for some after dinner drinks and a proper catch-up. We also met up later in the night with some of our new friends from the Boracay Pub Crawl – it was fantastic to see them again! We spent most of the night in their outdoor bar area, chatting and drinking – definitely a perfect night for it. Craft also had a live band, which was a bit of fun. We had a great night there and ended up staying until closing – oops!
Stay tuned for part 2 next week!
Have you visited the Fort area of Manila? Where are some of your favourite places?