When planning to go out for a night out of food and drinks on a budget, I’m sure Bonifacio Global City (BGC) isn’t the first place you would put on top of your list. Well-known for its upscale ambiance and lavish lifestyle, BGC is probably the last place you would even consider going to when running on tight funds.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to break the bank just to experience the great nights this city has to offer. With a little bit of exploring, you can find hidden gems offering inexpensive food and drinks disguised in plain sight just because they look oh-so-nice.
With a little bit of luck, and a lot of hunger for the best bang for your buck, I compiled a list of 4 different establishments offering different experiences that serve unbelievably affordable drinks and eats without compromising on quality – all within BGC.
4 Unbelievably Affordable Spots for Beers and Eats in BGC
The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Already 3AM and can’t decide where to go? Just wanna relax and talk ‘til the break of dawn over cold beers and good food? Or maybe you’re just tired of the loud club scene? Whistlestop is the way to go! Being the only 24/7 joint on the list, this is the perfect place to hangout for any occasion – any time of the day.
Gob-smacked in the heart of BGC inside The Fort Strip, Whistlestop is a melting pot for all kinds of profiles. Whether you’re in for a few rounds of pre-game, a night of unwinding after a hard day’s work, a small get-together to catch up with friends, or just want to mellow down after a night of partying; Whistlestop is your sanctuary.
People flock to this place for a very good reason: their 58-peso beers. Not only are the beers cheap, their food is also very affordable! But that doesn’t mean quality is sacrificed. Everything on their menu is a hit. For the price, the quality of food is unbelievably good and the servings? Unbelievably generous.
3. Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings
2nd Floor, Crossroads Building, Bonifactio Global City, Taguig
You can never go wrong with wings, let alone with some of the best in the Metro! Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings sports a wide variety of mouth-watering yet affordable wings (Garlic Parmesan, anyone?) paired with a lineup of BELOW-ZERO beers starting at Php55.
If you’re looking for a fun night with a group or with a date over really good food and cold beers, then Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings is the way to go. It’s light-hearted – a place for light conversations and easy talks. It’s non-pretentious; skip the formalities and dig right in. It feels like home; go wild and make a mess and nobody will judge you.
Be warned, though: the place gets really packed and the line can get pretty long, even on weeknights. Plus, they don’t accept reservations, so you;d better come in early. We can’t blame them; it just proves how good of a joint Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings is. Whether you come in alone, with a date, or with a group of friends, you’re bound to have a hands-on good time here. Just make sure you leave room for their Oreo Cheesecake!
2. Reserve Gastro Tavern
Forbestown Road, Burgos Circle, Taguig
Sitted in Burgos Circle, Reserve Gastro Tavern is the place to be when you’re looking to really impress your date. Flaunting fancy interiors, warm and intimate ambiance, and close seats; this is the perfect spot for the classy connoisseur.
Whether you’re out on a nice, romantic date or a high energy night out over drinks; the place has it all! One hour, you’re in an intimate, candle-lit dinner over cocktails; another, you’re jamming to the latest hit by Drake. Reserve Gastro Tavern offers the best of both worlds transforming from a cozy speakeasy to a head-banging club showcasing different DJs every night starting from 10PM onwards.
I know what you’re thinking: a place like this is sure to be expensive, right? Wrong. In fact, Reserve Gastro Tavern has arguably the cheapest beers in BGC. At an insane Php45 on Sundays to Thursdays, 4PM-9PM, I’m sure you can’t find any joint serving lower than that!
Can’t make it during those hours? Worry not! Their Beer and Bites promo lets you get 5 local beers paired with a mouth-watering dish for only Php299! Plus, they’ve got many more promos to watch out for, so follow their Facebook page for their latest offers.
1. Bugsy’s Sports Bar and Bistro
Forbestown Road, Burgos Circle, Taguig
Overlooking the beautiful neighborhood of Forbestown sits one of the classics when it comes to BGC nightlife: Bugsy’s Sports Bar and Bistro. Being one of the longest-standing hangout joints, you might even consider it as the cornerstone of the city’s nightlife and there’s a very good reason to that, which we we’ll get to later.
The place has it all: Good food, fast service, great drinks, and a very nice neighborhood. The music’s not too loud nor too quiet – perfect for conversations. The ambiance is pretty relaxed and laidback. Walk in with your flip-flops and short shorts on a Friday night and the crew will welcome you with warm smiles; but this doesn’t mean that the place compromises on class. And the food… oh, the food… The list can go on and on, but to put it simply: Bugsy’s Sports Bar and Bistro is a no-frills place where you can go in, drink, and let loose.
Bugsy’s Sports Bar and Bistro might not be the cheapest one on the list, but that doesn’t mean the frugal spender can’t go there. With tons of promos happening every hour of every day, you’re sure to find the best bang for your buck here! Watch out for their 3 for Php199 Heineken Beers (that’s right, Php66 per bottle) and a whole lot more on their Facebook page.
BGC can be intimidating for many, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t welcome the frugal spender. This list is just a fraction of the treasures the city has hidden under its trove. High quality doesn’t always mean high prices. With a bit of adventure, you may find more places like the ones I mentioned. Stay tuned for more cheap drinks and good food as we further explore what the colorful city has to offer.
Meanwhile, if you’re up for some good coffee after a night out of binge drinking affordable beers, you can check out these 11 Cafes in BGC Where You Can Order Coffee Without Getting a Heart Attack to cure that hangover without the headache of dealing with expensive prices.