Attention, Balikbayans: Here Are 10 Bars In Quezon City Where You Can Catch Up With Friends

Where to get the best drinks and bar chow this side of the Metro.
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When it comes to nights out with the squad, Quezon City usually doesn’t get a lot of love. Although this city is one of the largest in the Metro, most people would usually prefer to go to areas like Makati or Bonifacio Global City to get their party on. But there’s plenty to love about Quezon City too, especially when it comes to its growing nightlife scene. Here’s a list of 10 of the best bars in the city.

  1. WYLD Kitchen x Bar

    Address: 2/F The Grandia Place, 143 Mother Ignacia Ave, South Triangle, Quezon City
    From its name to its interiors, it’s clear that this bar-slash-restaurant along Mother Ignacia Avenue takes its inspiration from the wilderness. All of WYLD’s tables and chairs are made out of recyclable materials, while their drinks and bar chow come infused with all natural ingredients. Take a walk on the wild side yourself and order a round of their Piñalaya cocktail for the table: It’s a bittersweet drink made with ampalaya!

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  2. Boa Kitchen + Socials

    Address: ABDC Bldg, Sct Rallos St cor Sct Tuazon St., Laging Handa, Quezon City
    Sometimes going to the same bar means just ordering the same things over and over. That’s not the case at BOA Kitchen + Socials. In the morning, the restaurant is a cheery breakfast place that serves hearty brunch items like avocado toast and pancakes. At night though, it totally transforms into a neon-lit hot spot that sometimes has a live DJ! Make sure to get their Purple Potion, an Instagram-worthy drink that changes color right before your eyes.

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  3. Lan Kwai Speakeasy

    Address: 42 Esteban Abada Street, Quezon City
    If a trip to Hong Kong with your friends has always been on your bucket list, then you’ll be happy to know that you don’t actually have to go far to see what HK has to offer. Enter Lan Kwai Speakeasy, a bar that takes inspiration from the busy streets of Lan Kwai Fong, a popular nightlife spot in Hong Kong. The menu here ranges from rice bowls topped with lemon chicken to drinks like sangrias and tart cocktails, all with Hong Kong-inspired names, of course.

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  4. Prima Facie

    Address: 114 Scout Lozano Street corner Tomas Morato Street, Timog, Quezon City
    Sometimes all you need is a quiet place to chat and catch up. Located behind the walls of a popular QC-restaurant, Prima Facie is an Art Deco-inspired bar that may just remind you of the speakeasies from the 1920’s. This bar’s menu is a little bit unconventional too, with cocktails being made with ingredients like balsamic vinegar and bar chow being topped with bonito or fish flakes.

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  5. INT.

    Address: Cubao Expo, General Romulo Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City
    Inside an unassuming photo booth in Cubao Expo lays a completely hidden bar! INT., which takes its name from the shorthand for “interior” is the ideal place for friends looking for an unconventional night out. This fun and quirky bar sometimes plays host to mixology classes, where you can learn to make your own cocktails, and even trivia nights.

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  6. Cable Car

    Address: Ground Floor, CKB Center Tomas, Tomas Morato Avenue, corner Scout Rallos Street, Quezon City
    If you and your friends were the reigning beer pong champions at your university, you can relive your glory days at Cable Car along Tomas Morato. One round of beer pong already includes four bottles of beer. Don’t worry if you’re not much of a beer drinker though, they also have regular cocktail promos.

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  7. The Rooftop

    Address: CCA LRC building, 40 Esteban Abada St, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
    On the top of a culinary cooking school in Katipunan is a rooftop bar that only serves cheap but delicious drinks, but also offers spectacular views of the city. Aptly named The Rooftop, this spacious bar with its garden chairs, potted plants, and fairy lights gives off a chill and tropical vibe. Their cocktails are tropical-inspired too! There’s the fruity Lychee Mojito and the minty and herby Dark & Stormy.

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  8. Little Winehaus

    Address: 2 Scout Lazcano St cor. Scout Magbanua Stand Mother Ignacia Ave, Paligsahan, Quezon City
    If wine is your squad’s choice of drink, then head on over to Little Winehaus in the Scout area. Inspired by the wine cellars of Europe, this small and cozy bar offers a wide selection of wines from places like Australia, South Africa, and France. They also have a variety of cheeses and even caviar pies that can be perfectly paired with your favorite bottle.

  9. Rue Bourbon

    Address: 312-B, Tomas Morato Avenue Corner Scout Borromeo Street, South Triangle, Quezon City

    Do you and your friends find the taste of beer a bit off-putting? Then Rue Bourbon’s line of flavored beers may just convert you. They offer a whopping eight kinds of flavored beer, ranging from sweet caramel to fresh cucumber and even tart green apple.

  10. Salamangka

    Address: Eastwood Citywalk, Eastwood City, Quezon City
    Looking for a spot that can easily transition you and your friends from day to night? Look no further than Salamangka in Eastwood City. This Filipino mythology-inspired bar-slash-restaurant has everything you need for perfect day out with friends. Start off your morning with a cup of their single-origin coffee, share some of their Corned Beef Mac and Cheese for lunch, and finally, for a nightcap, have a big glass of their craft beer.

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