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We are creatures of the night. Aside from the fact that Ron and I work in the medical management/contact center business, our age group is known to survive 48 hours without a shut-eye. It is but natural for us to find refuge during wee hours. Tired with the usual noisy and rowdy scene, we convoyed along the streets of Makati together with a couple of friends to a place called “Driveway.”

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Owned by Grace Domingo, Alice Galang, Buboy Arriola, Alden Torres and Ron Coronel, the concept of the bar and restaurant is fit for yuppies seeking recluse. Being yuppies themselves, they surely know what the greater urban population want, a place with a doormat with COOL written on it. Driveway sits on top of a third floor ramp overlooking Makati skyline. With a steady cool breeze wafting inside the bar, it is a perfect place to enjoy a couple of beers with the company of friends at any time of the day, especially at night. Part owner Grace even graced us with her presence, recommending the best of the best in their menu. Speaking of hitting two birds with one stone, bring your car and while you chill out, have it detailed, repaired or cleaned as the ground floor houses a car shop.

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The menu does not contain your usual bar chows. Their chef slash DJ Gerard whips up the ordinary into a sumptuous meal. My personal favorite, and as what Grace said the most popular among their guests, Liver Pate in Filo Flowerettes (140php). Chicken liver in wanton wrapper fried to crisp was enough to make me go back to this place.

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Among other interesting food on their menu are the Tenderloin Tips in Mushroom Sauce (190php) and Tofu in Asian Barbecue Sauce (120php). The food are especially prepared that you won’t think you are in an ordinary bar. Even the plating of these entrees has an attitude.

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And perhaps the most interesting, or better yet, the most exotic among their line-up of food is the Fried Chicken Ass (160php). With the way they prepared it, you will forget that ultimately, “you are what you eat.” And Filipinos definitely love their chicken asses.

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Their concoction of bar drinks awed me. I was staring at the pitcher of Carafe (PhP 250) for a good 10 minutes. It was almost fluorescent. And here, Ron and I learned a very important lesson on cigarette smoking. To reduce the nicotine intake, we were told to dip the cigarette butt in liquid, in our case, the Carafe. The nicotine gets stuck in the butts creating a lot of dark spots. Voila! A healthier cigarette smoking life!

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And the Driveway experience doesn’t end there. The host asked us to sign on their fancy notebook, telling us we’d get our nameplates when we go back. I think it’s high time for a second visit.

DRIVEWAY BAR & GRILL

9817 Kamagong St. cor. Acle St., San Antonio Vill. Makati City, Metro Manila
(0917) 868-8661
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