The TNO Bar Guide:
Where to Go
for a Titas’ & Titos’ Night Out
By Shen Mascariñas
If your idea of a fun night out still consists of tugs-tugs music, grinding strangers and ending up sh*t-faced, then this list is probably not for you. If, however, old school R&B, wine or hard drinks and going home before 2 am is more your jam, then by all means, carry on! Welcome to the Titas and Titos club, where ironically, clubs (the Embassy kind) are pretty much avoided.
Here are bars perfect for unwinding over the latest chika and perhaps even getting your content game on (before it goes into social media abyss once again).
White Plains West, 42 Katipunan Avenue, White Plans, Quezon City
092 819 9297 | Facebook
Open daily from 3:30pm to 12:30am
Budget for two – P600
Satisfy the audiophile in you without distractions and with your choice of poison. A speakeasy with a wide selection of vinyl records, 78-53-86 is an intimate, Japanese-inspired bar you can definitely unwind in. For first time visitors, don’t miss their signature cocktail A Silent Way. It features Japanese whiskey, cinnamon schnapps, and orange liquor.
Lanai Lounge at Antonio’s
Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City
0917 899 2866, 0918 899 2866 | Facebook
Open daily from 11:30am to 10pm
Budget for two – P1500
How about a Tagaytay road trip? Contrary to high school up to college days, you know finding a ride won’t be an issue anymore. Cars and willing drivers in the barkada are more abundant now.
Upgrade that TNO, and head to the Lanai Lounge at Antonio’s. You’ll be welcomed with lush greenery, gorgeous furniture and only the best libations you can expect from one of the country’s most esteemed restaurants.
Bar Pintxos Tapas Y Mas
Refreshing sangria plus tasty tapas is a combo that’s hard to resist. Add unlimited chika into the mix, and you’ve got an awesome TNO. Bar Pintxos Tapas Y Mas is perfect for that. It started out as a neighborhood tapas bar, well known for its homey atmosphere and high quality offerings. Don’t miss the Jamon-Allioli and Salmon Pintxos, plus one or two from their off-menu specials!
134 Legaspi cor Don Carlos Palanca Street (inside Cyrano Wine Bar), Legaspi Village, Makati City
0916 355 4129 | Facebook
Open Monday to Friday from 1am to 7pm. Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 1am
Budget for two – P700
The Curator is an obscure coffee shop by day and a sophisticated cocktail bar come nighttime. The place is quite small, which most Titas and Titos will appreciate. While youngsters might complain, limited space is optimal for a TNO for more privacy and less chances of small talk.
Here, there are usually 11 cocktails to choose from, but the bartenders are happy (and more importantly, skilled) to whip up something more of your fancy.
8483 Mathilde Street cor Kalayaan Street, Poblacion, Makati
0956 229 6048 | Facebook
Open Monday to Saturday 4pm to 2am
Budget for two – P1000
When a bar calls their drinks list “liquid sunshine” and their food menu “sustenance”, it can pretty much have “TNO-appropriate” as its tagline. Nestled in hip and vibrant Poblacion is a haven for Titas and Titos; go forth and seek refuge at Bar Mathilde! You can get a little tipsy without worrying about getting hungry as they offer hearty dishes like pizza and Arancini.
GF RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th and 25th Street, BGC, Taguig City
(02) 801 4862, 0917 857 0852 | Facebook
Open Monday to Friday from 5pm to 3am, every Saturday from 8pm to 4am
Budget for two – P2000
Hide away at this accidental speakeasy, and blow off some steam with expertly crafted cocktails. Bank Bar is by The Moment Group (makers of Ooma, Manam, and other winning concepts), so you can expect topnotch hospitality along with your orders. And if you come on a weekday, anytime between 5pm and 8pm, you can take full advantage of unlimited cocktails!
La Petite Parisienne
Looking for more of a nightcap rather than a full-blown night out? La Petite Parisienne, a French deli, bakery, wine library and import from Cebu, will do the job for sure. They offer hearty mains, too, perfect for doing dinner and drinks in one place. And for the wine-aficionados, make sure you catch their wine tasting classes for an educational TNO!
The Black Pig
We know you, Southern Titos and Titos; crossing EDSA, C5 or Skyway for a TNO is daunting (and some nights, just really won’t happen). So it’s a good thing there are fantastic places like The Black Pig in the south, where you can devour an excellent meal with a few drinks. This resto-bar specializes in charcuterie and European-inspired dishes executed using local ingredients. The Black Pig also offers micro-brewed craft beers, craft cocktails, and a well-curated wine selection.
Any other bars we should hit up for a TNO? Sound off below!