If good taste and ambience are what you’re looking for, the bar scene in QC will surely not disappoint. So pick a pub and get crawlin’ as we take you to 5 of Quezon City’s inuman hotspots!
1. Cable Car Beer Pong
The folks at Cable Car have been around since 1992 and boy do they have a following! The moment one walks in, the ambience of a South Francisco pub is immediately felt from its wooden interiors and cozy lighting. And yes it may be a bar, but the drinks aren’t all that these big crowds come for.
Who doesn’t love a game of beer pong? P280 buys you a round, enough to get you buzzed and pumped up for a night out! If you’d rather sit out the game, take a sip from their wide selection of other alcohols to get the same result.
Live sets are held here once in a while, so there’s good music to complement a good drink in your hand. As for the after party and late night cravings, their famous sisig rice (P120/solo) definitely hits the spot.
This is a typical weekend night hotspot, so come early for good seats.
Location: CKB Centre, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Rallos, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 12nn-5am (Monday to Sunday)
2. Tomato Kick
If you feel like blowing off some steam after a stressful day, Tomato Kick is the place-to-be.
For one, its budget-friendly bar chow selections are never compromising in taste. Their version of Gising-Gising (spicy seafood in gravy; P150) is to die for. Same goes for their crispy bacon liempo (P140), which, paired with their onion soup (P80), is a definite bellybuster.
Second, beer guzzlers will be happy to know that booze runs incredibly cheap at Tomato Kick. P40 a bottle? One bucket, please!
Third, Tomato Kick is a no-frills establishment where you can come as you are. The Malingap branch has a grunge, beerhouse-y feel while the one in Tomas Morato is more youthful and artsy, complete with band sessions and live sets. Yuppie and student-approved!
Good food, good booze and good crowd. What more can you ask for?
Location: Malingap Street, Diliman, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 12nn-1am (Monday to Saturday)
3. Loading Point
Everyday feels like a weekend at Loading Point.
The place is the definition of chill: cozy lights, good ventilation, and with no overpowering music that would merit a shouting match with your friends.
For the hungry customers, the place offers an affordable selection of finger food, rice meals and sizzling plates. Let it be known that their chicken tenders (P145) is the holy grail of all pulutan. (Regulars will swear by this.)
A bucket of beer runs cheap at P270, P350 if you feel like adding some chow. Fancy shots instead? Their Friday’s Choco Special (Boracay rhum, milk, chocolate; P280/liter) is guaranteed to take you back to your childhood… until you feel the buzz.
If you’re not from this side of town, trust Katipunan natives to take you here for dinner, drinks, and a damn good time.
Location: 47 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 6pm-2am (Monday to Thursday), 6pm-2:30am (Friday and Saturday), 6pm-1am (Sunday)
4. The Malt Room
Looking for a classier affair? Here’s one of Tomas Morato’s best-kept secrets.
Located at the basement of Hotel Rembrandt, The Malt Room is a watering hole for jazz lovers and liquor enthusiasts. Its plush sofas, dim lighting, and dark-wood-and-leather interiors are all reminiscent of an Old English pub, but the place still exudes a cool and contemporary vibe of a modern lounge.
The Malt Room has an extensive drinks list, including 24 kinds of imported beer and a vast selection of iconic Scottish single malt brands. A full-service kitchen is also available for all your pulutan needs.
A roulette of good music is guaranteed every night, without drowning out good conversation. If you are a fan of the 80s, come over on a Friday night!
Location: Hotel Rembrandt Basement, 26 Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 10am-2am (Monday to Sunday)
Budget: P750/head (approx.)
5. Central BBQ Boy Grill and Bistro
Their famous Bad Boy comes with a warning: “Traydor ‘to, chong!” (“This is a traitor drink!”). You’re in for an interesting night at this one.
Central is a playful take on the classic Pinoy inuman, with menu entrees named straight out of street slang. Whether you’re looking to have a few bottles to chill, or go all out wild celebrating, this place has got definitely got you covered.
Their food selection consists of the classic go-to pulutan and a few heartier choices. You’ll be sure not to miss the bestselling Sizzling Tuna, served in a foot-high blazing flame. Then there’s the good old Sisig (P79), Sizzling Hotdog and Chillies (P149), “Anak ng Tokwa’t Baboy” (95), and forever the crowd favorite, Vhong (isaw; P30/2 sticks).
Note: The noise level can get pretty high so if you don’t enjoy high-density crowds and loud chatter, you better skip this one out.
Location: Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Operating Hours: Weekdays til 2am, Weekends til 3am
From cheap beers to artisanal cocktails and premium spirits, Quezon City is a definite haven for pub crawling. So pick your poison, and keep the alcohol flowing til the wee hours of the morning!