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Back to the 50s: Filling Station Bar & Cafe in Poblacion

If you're looking for a vibrant place to dine in and catch up with friends, you might want to skip the usual cafe and go here instead.

Mouline Rouge neon sign at Filling Station Bar & Cafe | Poblacion Makati

Have a Glimpse of the Booming 50s

Filling Station Bar and Cafe is a 50s-themed American diner popularly known for its retro ambiance. Your eyes will wander from the moment you enter to the second you leave. There are so many things to look at, and they are all interesting too. It's like, while you have not lived in that era, there remains an appreciation for the beauty of the objects you see, and that's because they all tell their stories (God knows what).

Vintage gas pumps at Filling Station Bar & Cafe in Makati City

This establishment never fails to amaze new visitors and returning customers alike. I think I was in college when I first went to this resto-bar with a friend after a gig in Makati. I remember just staring at all the lights and soaking up the vibe. I thought, whoa this is cool. Daming gamit pero di cluttered tignan.

Just the large neon signs are enough to set the mood for a night of good fun.

Vibrant neon signs inside Filling Station Bar & Cafe Makati

As you can see, the seating areas look great. Don’t you love the stylish red chairs adorned with all sorts of memorabilia around them? Even the tissue holders are custom-made using old records.

Dining area | Filling Station Bar & Cafe Makati | Poblacion | A Lifestyle Blog by Andi

To those who want to make the dining experience more fun, you can opt for the car seats, which they offer for ₱2,000.00 (consumable).

Inside a retro diner in Poblacion, Makati City | A Lifestyle Blog by Andi

The amount of effort put into setting this place is commendable. There is no dull corner; from the poster-covered ceilings and checkered floors, there is something you could feast your eyes on.