Speakeasy is an English word in the Philippines that has evolved from its original meaning in America. Nowadays, it refers to an upscale Resto Bar & Grill. The speakeasy has fabulous food, a large variety of alcoholic beverages, designer coffee drinks, smoothies & shakes and specialty ice teas. They may or may not have live entertainment. Most at least have piped in music on their sound system but not too loud. Jazz and Latin are popular music in a speakeasy.
Last year, I went to a Sports Bar in Cebu City for the first time since the year 2000, while still in Florida. The Sports Bar’s patrons are 99% foreigners. Their menu is 100% pure pub grub! Buffalo Wings, Pizza, Burgers, bowls of Chili, Potato Logs with Bacon and Sour Cream, Jalapeno Poppers and Chili Cheese Fries. That’s it! Take it or leave it.
Las Flores, Bar Pintxos, and Txacho are 3 examples of a modern day Speakeasy in the Philippines. As found in Cebu, Manila and Bacolod. You will not find pub grub there. You will find skewers of Padron Peppers and Chistorra Sausage, Sauteed Chorizo with Pearl Onions, Mushroom and Ham Croquettes, Garlic and Parsley Grilled Squid, Shrimp Gambas, Ham with Goat Cheese and Artichoke Hearts, Grilled Oysters, Platters with fresh sardines, olives, quality cheese, salami and other cold cuts, as well as other similar dishes. It costs more than pub grub but not an arm and a leg more. I refer to this type food as Tapas. No full course meals in a speakeasy. Order several tapas, something good to drink, kick back, relax and enjoy. You will not spend $50 or $100 in a speakeasy in the Philippine unless you just want to.
Spanish Red Wine, Craft Beer and Imported Beer are the drink promotions in a speakeasy. You will not find San Miguel Pilsen or Red Horse. You will find Paulaner Pilsner from Germany and Estrella Galicia Lager Beer from Spain. As well as many other imported beers, craft beers and selected imports on tap.
I think you will find at least one speakeasy in every mid size and large city in the Philippines.
I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.
~ Gary ~