The Hobbit House

Hobbit House Manila

It’s not the Shire and there are no wizards in sight but The Hobbit House in Manila is a good place to relax, have a drink and get a bite to eat.  There are bars and music venues all over the Philippines. Manila has scores of places to listen to great music and have a few drinks however The Hobbit House is a little different.

Hobbit House Manila

Since 1973 when a former Peace Corp volunteer and college professor opened the bar it has been staffed with nothing but “little people”. Jim Turner found his inspiration for the bar in J.R.R. Tolkiens books and discovered a way to employ and help Manila’s little people be financially independent.

With a rich history of being the gathering place for artists, expats and tourists alike the Hobbit House has been the home of some great local music throughout the years.

Hobbit House Manila

Located at 12 M.H. Del Pilar Street in Ermita the bar opens at 5pm. The day I visited I had somewhere to go later that evening so I managed to stop by when the place opened. Since nobody ventures out much until 9 or 10 in the evening I had the place pretty much to myself as I looked around.

Hobbit House Manila

The bar offers local beers and a wide range of imported beers from various regions in the world and has a pretty good variety of food. I noticed a good many imported foods on the menu.

A stage is prominently located at one end of the bar and depending on when you visit there might be a local music legend or two playing.

Hobbit House Manila

Before you run off and check Trip Advisor reviews, I too looked at them. With a wide range of reviews from terrible to terrific the Hobbit House in Manila ranks in the 80’s out of over 500 places listed. I would suggest if you’re in the area, a few hours spent at the bar would prove to be a memorable experience.

About thetravellingfool

Bob aka: The Traveling Fool is a History buff, cigar lover and enthusiast of different cultures and places. He has had the privilege of living, working and traveling all over the world. A proponent of getting off the "tourist path" and experiencing all that the culture and people have to offer. Happiest on a white sand beach in SE Asia or anywhere Tropical.Written By: Bob follow on Twitter @thetravelfool

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  1. How much San Miguel? Is this close to Slouch Hat Inn< Bob's place?

    • thetravellingfool says:

      The San Miguel is about 60 pesos if I remember correctly. I am not sure how far it is from the Slouch Hat Inn but it is about a five minute walk from Manila Bay Club going towards Rizal Park.

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