This excellent hostelry, once known as The Curator Coffee and Cocktails and now, simply, The Curator, is dedicated to two of the very finest things in life: caffeinated beverages and mixed drinks. Since its 2016 opening in Legaspi Village, Makati, it has been in and around the 50 Best list, again winning the accolade as The Best Bar in The Philippines 2023 as it did in 2019 and 2021.
The coffee is taken in the space up front, a bright-and-breezy area with an excellent range of coffees from across the Asian region. The suitably impressive cocktails are served in an intimate back room. The understated bar plays host to a regular schedule of global bartender takeovers and majors in Filipino spirits. A beautifully designed cocktail menu is filled with fun descriptions, a flavour map and, crucially, a credit for the bartender who invented them.