Polilya is the home of Engkanto Brewery and is one of the pioneers of creating an upscale cocktail bar that offers craft beer on tap. They started a couple of years ago, back in 2017. At that time, it’s arguable that the Makati Poblacion crowd was still used to drinking cheap beers in the area. They’ve managed to create a following that is of a slightly finer persuasion.
Their space is filled up with art and is designed carefully: velveteen chairs, decorative floor lamps mixed with neon lights, paintings and plants scattered all over the place. It’s a mishmash — and you think that it might not work — but it does and the overall theme makes you feel like you’re in a tropical paradise tucked inside the city. We had the chance to enjoy some drinks in Polilya during Manila Cocktail Fest last September, and we had amazing cocktails from Gerry Olino during his guest shift. It was definitely a treat because Gerry matched his cocktails with Polilya’s tropical theme and it made for refreshing and cozy drinks!
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