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The Blind Pig

By sanju on 3 July, 2012

A tumbler-full of mint julep.

Have you ever been to a bar, ordered a cocktail so awful that you think to yourself:  “My next drink is going to be a beer.”  I know, as I have felt this way many a time.  Enter The Blind Pig.  The supposedly not so secret bar that has been one of our favorites since it opened a few months back.

The bar has a speakeasy concept that harkens back to the days when the Volstead Act was in effect.   Darkened room, muted music, old artifacts, and a locked door, completes the theme. Once you are buzzed in, you know that you are going to be well taken cared of, as everything that is done at The Blind Pig is done very, very well.

Once seated, the servers ask for your name in true speakeasy style, and give you a menu card with a few drink specials.  They will also ask you if you would like a tailor made drink based on your specific tastes and preferred libations.  All servers are knowledgeable and personable.  Trace and Dave, who have been my regular servers, have to be commended on their memory and attention to detail.  They have never failed to give a credible answer to my many questions.

Be assured that only high quality spirits, and liqueurs are used for all drinks.  Ingredients and fruits are always fresh plus citrus is squeezed to order. Ice is also a serious matter at The Blind Pig.  Depending on the type of glass and drink, ice is either finely crushed, molded or hand carved following the shape of the glass or tumbler.  The use of had carved ice impresses me to no end as this ensures that one’s drink is cooled at an even temperature.  Galing!

On a recent visit with Anonymous Paul and our better halves, I ordered a Mint Julep (P300) while he had a Whisky Sour (P300 most cocktails range in the P300-P350 level).  I have been partial to the Blind Pig’s Mint Julep.  It has bourbon, sugar syrup, and lots of fresh mint.  This is served in a steel tumbler. I always ask for mine to be heavy on the bourbon and light on the syrup, making it an extremely stiff drink.  AP’s classic Whisky Sour was topped with some fresh, whipped egg whites and Angostura Bitters.  Quite refreshing.

We all ended our night with Dave’s recommendation called Sunflower.  A gin based shooter with elderflower liqueur and an Absinthe rinse.  Fragrant notes coupled with a hint of anise makes this potent drink a must try.

Judging from the way he was laughing at all (!) my corny jokes, I have to admit that I may have gotten Anonymous Paul a wee bit tipsy.  That being said, I was still struck by what he told me as we were saying our goodbyes:  “The Blind Pig makes it difficult for one to drink anywhere else.”   To that I say Salute!

 

The Blind Pig
227 Salcedo Street
Legaspi Village, Makati
Tel: +632 4786990
Open Mon-Sun, 6PM onwards
Reservations Essential

 

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  • JULY 3, 2012 3:24 PM

    Richy said...

    I really have to try this one. The problem is in fact the opposite... If the cocktail is so/too good, at some point I have to force myself to say 'my next drink will be a beer'

  • JULY 3, 2012 4:02 PM

    Anonymous Paul said...

    Along with the proper cocktails is the fact that you can actually have a conversation in this place without shouting your head off. Though on some visits tables sometimes get too rowdy out of inebriation. I was quite "happy" on this visit.

  • JULY 4, 2012 11:32 AM

    sanju said...

    Hello Richy, Yes you're right on that point. But as you know it rarely happens. Thanks for stopping by. Please keep reading

  • JULY 4, 2012 11:33 AM

    sanju said...

    AP, Happy you were! Till the next one!

  • JULY 4, 2012 8:53 PM

    aids said...

    Thing that I like about this bar is that one could just say surprise me. haha

  • JULY 15, 2012 9:16 PM

    Carlo said...

    Whenever dave recommends something new, I am always confident that I'll enjoy it. I also wouldn't discount the truffle fries and rosemary popcorn! I end up ordering 3 whenever I'm there! Their DOB is also a must try!

  • JULY 16, 2012 10:24 AM

    sanju said...

    Hi Carlo, As of the moment, those guys are rockstars in my view. I also love the fries and popcorn. Recently, I tried the Boulevardier: Laphroaig single malt, Campari and sweet vermouth. Very good as well.

  • SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 10:28 AM

    Adele said...

    I'm really glad I stumbled upon this blog review :) My friends and I have been meaning to try this place but our schedules don't match. Will remind them of our "quest" :)))

  • SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 11:29 PM

    sanju said...

    Hi Adele, Go now! Thanks for stopping by. Sanju

  • DECEMBER 4, 2012 11:58 PM

    Lynne-Enroute.com said...

    Seriously. Blind Pig spoils you so much that any place that serves a cocktail feels substandard. The only place where we can replicate the drinks is here at home, but there's not much fun in that :P It's been quite some time since the last visit here, so I think I should give them a ring before the year ends.

  • DECEMBER 29, 2012 12:20 AM

    Jane said...

    I made reservations for tonight at The Blind Pig. I sent text messages, then called the number, but I didn't get a response until half a day later. This guy named Andrew asked me about the details of my reservation: for how many folks, what time, et al. When I said, "2 people, 9:30 pm, thanks," he replied with "You're welcome!" Come 9:30, we weren't buzzed in. We happened to tail gate this other girl and when we went inside, a waiter said that we don't have a reservation. Since my text exchange with the Andrew guy does not have a confirmation, they said that they couldn't give us seats. So, they are asking for a "confirmation," which, for some reason, they omitted to mention during my text correspondence with their rep. I went inside and I saw that it's a small, highly overrated place, with a staff that is eager to treat you shabbily in the guise of exclusivity. I live in Makati and we have wonderful bars and restaurants here. The Blind Pig is just a pretentious and boring hole-in-the-wall.

  • DECEMBER 29, 2012 11:29 AM

    sanju said...

    Hi Jane, I am sorry that you had a problem with the Blind Pig. Personally, I have been there countless times and I have never had a problem. Maybe the guys from the Blind Pig can address this. Thank you thoough for stopping by.

  • DECEMBER 29, 2012 11:47 AM

    Andrew from the Blind Pig said...

    Hi Jane! I'm very sorry for my late reply and this terrible misunderstanding. You asked me "when do people usually arrive," and after I told you it gets really busy around 10pm, you just answered that "My friend said 9:30. thanks, Andrew!" My fault for not understanding that this was your reservation request. I also apologize if we didn't treat you as well as we should have. Though your assessment of us is generally accurate in that we are a small (we sit less than 50 people), highly overrated (the praise we get is far kinder than we deserve), boring (same music day in-day out), hole in the wall (it's hard to tell we're even there), I hope that we can change your mind about being pretentious and our eagerness to treat people shabbily. In fact if you're willing to give us another chance, I'd be more than happy to invite you and your friend to a round of cocktails (or beers if you prefer) on us to make amends for the unacceptable experience you received last night with full apologies. I live in Makati too and and agree with you that we do have some wonderful bars and restaurants here. Hopefully if you accept my invitation, we can both agree that Blind Pig is one of them. Sincerely, Andrew from the Blind Pig

  • JANUARY 3, 2013 4:29 PM

    Joseph said...

    I tried calling the number mentioned on this post but no one is answering. I hope someone can help me because I really want to make reservations

  • JANUARY 4, 2013 7:27 PM

    sanju said...

    Hi Joseph, You can try to call +639175492264 to make a reservation. Thanks for stopping by.

  • FEBRUARY 26, 2013 7:19 PM

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  • APRIL 27, 2013 9:17 PM

    Jacqueline Lee said...

    Hi, I just want to ask till what time Blind Pig is open? thanks, jackie

  • APRIL 29, 2013 10:46 AM

    sanju said...

    Hi Jackie, The Blind Pig is opened from 6pm till late. Thanks for stopping by!

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