We are saying “Yes Please” to this new place in hip The Fort, which is like it’s cut for the Gen X. From 80s and the 90s inspired decor to great cocktails named after the era’s icons, the newest concept bar by celebrity vlogger Erwan Heussaff will definitely, as Queen’s song goes, “rock you!”
Celebrity food vlogger Erwan Heussaff’s newest concept bar, Yes Please in hip Uptown Bonifacio in The Fort, is putting a playful spin on retro fun, specifically on all things 80s and 90s.
Yes Please celebrates the things we love about that decade. It’s alive with neon lights, pastel-colored murals, and sofas upholstered in a mishmash of velvet and floral.
Nostalgia runs deep into Yes Please that even the menu is filled with pop cultural references. Its selection of cocktails are named after the 90s characters and icons like Devon Sawa (remember the movie Casper?), Carmen San Diego (the main villain in a TV show called Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego), and Le Gaston (Beauty and the Beast’s super villain). On the other hand, The Three Broomsticks might be up for some competition as Yes Please is also serving a cocktail called Hedwig’s Vacation whose claim to fame is that it’s much better than butterbeer.
The cleverly-made menu and take-me-back-in-time interiors are punctuated by, what else, on point music. Once the DJ starts spinning then you’re in for some funky groovy tunes and experimental hip hop—signatures of the near turn-of-the-century era.
But what makes Yes Please a remarkable concept bar are its low-key vibe and the casual yet fun environment without the rowdy crowd. Everyone can blend right in and enjoy their personal space.
For Erwan, drinking and eating always go hand and hand so there should be a balance of having dinner-worthy meals and bar chows. This philosophy is well-reflected in the menu. Some of the must-tries: elote corndogs, chicken satay, fried chicken thigh, tuna poke. Other delighting bites: garlic parmesan fries, Asian sticky wings, mussel and artichoke dip, and classic cheeseburger.
“We have a mix of strong classics and our own signature drinks and specials. We also take inspiration from some of our favorite 80s and 90s references and some of the great bottles of liquor we can get in Manila today,” says Erwan.
You will say “yes, please!” to these cocktails: Girl Scout Colada, Yes Please’s version of piňa colada made with plantation white rum, no-pulp fresh pineapple, lime juice, aromatic bitters, coconut orgeat, and marshmallow foam; Dick Dastardly, a Tanqueray gin, pandan, suze, calamansi, and lemon concoction; Maverick, a mix of Rittenhouse Rye whiskey, elderflower liquor, sauvignon blanc, amaro montenegro, and vanilla bitters; and Darla’s Fizz, a combination of gin, fresh strawberry, almond milk, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white.
About Php600 (USD12) per person
11th Avenue corner 38th St., Uptown Bonifacio, The Fort Taguig. Facebook.com/yespleaseph/