Manila’s newest watering hole offers pub food, beers and live music – Manila Bulletin

Hilton Manila COO Iulai Sau, General Manager John Lucas, Commercial Director Joanne Gomez and Executive Chef Ryan Hong (Photo by Rey Ilagan/MB)

The Hilton Manila recently relaunched the Port Bar as the city’s premier venue for live musical entertainment and sporting events with an extensive beverage selection. A former multi-purpose venue, the Port Bar is now reopening as a new watering hole set to be a favorite with hotel guests, sports enthusiasts and many more. The launch event was led by Hilton Manila General Manager John Lucas, along with Chief Operating Officer Iulai Sau, Chief Commercial Officer Joanne Gomez and Executive Chef Ryan Hong.

“We want to offer our guests an alternative, casual dining experience at Port Bar where they can simply relax, share drinks and indulge in sumptuous meals with friends and family,” said John Lucas, general manager of the Hilton. Manila. “It was more like a cocktail bar before we closed in 2020. So when we reopened, we didn’t just want to do something the same. We really want a little more relaxation and something that’s probably a little more unique to Manila.

Port Bar at the Hilton Manila (Photo by Rey Ilagan/MB)

Apart from the coziness the bar exudes with its interiors, the culinary offerings of Chef Ryan Hong, the new Executive Chef of Hilton Manila, also bring warmth to guests in search of delicious meals. In his repertoire for Port Bar, menu highlights include Soft Shell Crab Sliders, The Signature Port Cheeseburger, Rustic Paddle Sourdough Pizza and Tamnavulin Whiskey Aged Ribeye Steak, to name a few.

With over 15 years of culinary experience in Australia and Asia, and the recipient of several accolades such as ‘Hotel Chef of the Year 2015’ and finalist for ‘Chef of the Year 2016’ in Tourism Accommodation Australia and According to Hotel Management magazine, Chef Ryan aims to elevate the Hilton Manila’s dining favorites at the Port Bar, along with the hotel’s other dining destinations, including Kusina Sea Kitchens, Hua Yuan Brasserie Chinoise and Madison.

Culinary offerings at Port Bar (Photo by Rey Ilagan/MB)

The chef notes, “I am thrilled to be part of the Hilton Manila and to share my knowledge of the food and hospitality industry with the team. I look forward to delighting our customers with dishes they have come to love in our restaurants, while introducing new and fresh flavors.

While you catch the latest sports matches or relax after a hard day’s work, enjoy a range of iconic Port Bar cocktails such as The Port (Fundador Light, house spice syrup, fresh lemon juice and ginger ale), Tug of War (Olmeca Tequila Reposado, Laphroaig Whiskey, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup and orange bitters), Love Punch (Tamnavulin, lime juice, Prosecco reduction syrup and ginger) and Wild Major (bourbon, lemon juice, gourmet chocolate, chocolate bitters and white egg).

Chef Ryan Hong’s Rustic Sourdough Pizza (Photo by Rey Ilagan/MB)

“The whole concept is to have a nice stylish place to sit in the afternoon with live music and relax. It’s just an opportunity to stand up and get some international flavor,” concludes John.

With its 10-seat bar counter, the Port Bar can comfortably accommodate 50 guests with social distancing. It has a pool table, two flat-screen TVs, and an ice-cold draft beer area. The Hilton Manila strictly adheres to health and safety protocols with its own CleanStay initiative and holds the Ministry of Tourism safety seal.

The bar serving signature cocktails including The Port, Love Punch and Tug of War (Photo by Rey Ilagan/MB)

For reservations and inquiries call the mobile number. 09178266442 or send an email to MNLPH_F&[email protected]. Visit www.hiltonmanila.com or follow @hiltonmanila on Facebook and Instagram.

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