Not a vending machine. Through a Latin American restaurant and inside this vintage coca cola machine you will find an approachable cocktail bar that goes by the name RM-16. The interiors of this Metro Manila bar are well thought out, particularly considering the fact that the partners didn’t hire an interior designer. So what you end up with is a product that is reflective of the owners’ own tastes. It’s a solid spot for people around the Kapitolyo area to get after dinner drinks.
A drink here that’s a must try is the Mi Suprendes (Surprise Me), because it’s as much of an experience as it is a cocktail. After a brief and friendly discussion, the bartender chooses ingredients on the spot based off your feelings and personality. It’s a blind order, so you have to give complete trust to their skills in discerning what will best fit your mood. For our order, they pick black and white rum mixed with pineapples, honey syrup, and coconut liqueur. The flavors are refreshing and have a balanced sweetness. Ordering this is a game of chance, and the only way to find out if you like it is if you try one (or two) for yourself.