KONDWI: Secret Art Cocktail Lounge in Poblacion (A Review)

Kondwi is a two-level art space/cocktail lounge in Poblacion by artist Leeroy New and restaurateur Marvin Agustin. As its name—which means “conduit”—suggests, it’s designed to provide a fluid space where creatives, artists and passionate people can connect. Here are tips for an awesome experience at the latest creative hangout place in Poblacion this 2020…   KONDWI PH 6109 Albert St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati Telephone: +632 7943-7451. Mobile: +63 917 777-1633 Operating Hours: 1:00 PM – 1:00 AM Email: kondwiph@gmail.com Facebook: Kondwi PH


First Things First I love how muted the facade is. Set in the middle of the residential side of Pobla, it’s a place only for people in the know. Kondwi Menu | Supah! Cocktails, Classic, Beer, Wine | Wines by the Bottle | Spirits Best to go at night after dining somewhere or watching theater to unwind with pica pica and alcohol.


Our favorites

Kondwi Sour
Kondwi Sour (₱400). Laphroaig 10 years, bourbon, ginger shrub, egg white
I like my cocktail sour, not sweet, to enjoy every sip.
Duck Cigars
Duck Confit Rolls (₱300). shredded duck, chili, yogurt
Start with some cigars of duck wrapped like lumpia.
Oysters
Oysters (₱350). choice of chili or herb
Before ordering the oysters, ask the waiter where they come from and how fresh they are. If he or she has a hard time answering, don’t order.
Pork Sinigang
Pork Sinigang (₱250). tamarind, kangkong, radish
Their most raved about skewer of pork cube topped with kangkong and radish slices with a sinigang asim-sarap taste.
Tofu
Tofu (₱280). Chili, fermented beans, floss
For something light and healthy that can last the entire night.
Kondwi Roasted Duck
Kondwi Roasted Duck (₱420)
As for something substantial, order the slices of roast duck that you can share and enjoy even without rice.
Kondwi Beef Short Ribs
Kondwi Beef Short Ribs (₱380)
A nice pulutan to eat with your hands and to savor the meat off the bones. Sarap. 🙂


Art Event Space After eating and drinking a bit, make sure to visit what’s happening on the 2nd floor event space. It’s inspiring to see that the exhibit changes every two weeks, with a guide who can help you understand more about the works of art. Bring a glass of wine as you try to understand the meaning of the crazy multimedia art installations. Sometimes you have to peek into a hole to experience and make sense of death. A black mirror kind of multimedia installation that’s best experienced up close and personal. Every artwork is a celebration of the different kinds of love and an articulation of our being. Go when the artist is setting up and chat with them about their creation, like Pauline Alvarez’s flower garden of choices. Loved talking to Cabnov (Danica Novio), a Filipina in New Zealand, about her Maori art dealing with psychedelic heartbreak. Sometimes only art can connect, explain and empathize with our emotions and what we are going through.  


Final Thoughts Overall, it’s an awesome place to unwind, be creative or just be with friends and family. It’s the perfect place to enjoy supper and late night sessions in Poblacion and be inspired by art by Manila’s young artists as curated by Leeroy. Budget about ₱800/head for your choice of drink and some skewers or pica-picas. A bit expensive but you are paying for the ambiance and the unique concept. Congratulations to Marvin and Leeroy for an awesome concept. More success to come! Check out Kondwi on your next bar hopping and creative session in Poblacion! KONDWI PH 6109 Albert St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati Telephone: +632 7943-7451. Mobile: +63 917 777-1633 Operating Hours: 1:00 PM – 1:00 AM Email: kondwiph@gmail.com Facebook: Kondwi PH Live an Awesome Life, Anton Founder, Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: We paid for our mealI wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights. P.S. If you still have a Valentine hangover, catch the Love Not Love exhibit at Kondwi.

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