Filipinos have a special way of drinking that is unique compared to other nationalities. Pinoys love to drink AND eat at the same time. Well, not really eat like eating a regular meal, but we love to have what we call in our vernacular as, “pulutan.” This pulutan has symbolized the Filipino way of social drink so much that there are certain “viands” that specialize in being, well, “pulutan.” The most popular that we know of are the common kinilaw and sisig, while the more “homely” pulutans are the peanuts, ding-dongs, and mixed nuts.
Since Kagay-anons, like every other fun-loving Filipino loves to occasionally go out and have some socialized drinking with great food, we picked some love drinking spots that also serve really good food that goes well with your beer, liquor, or wine.
The Oak Room
This new drinking spot that only opened in December 2016 is located along Corrales Avenue beside The Nest. It is considered the city’s first gentleman’s lounge that specializes in serving whiskey. Aside from this specialty they also serve scotch, vodka, cognac, brandy, champagne, tequila, and a host of wine selections.
They also serve Japanese and Taiwanese (not Chinese, there’s a big difference) liquor and beer. The sort of whiskey they serve is nothing short of high quality with names like Southern Comfort and Wild Turkey.
Their mostly imported beers include names like Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Blue Moon, Hitachino Nest White Ale, Heineken, and Corona Extra.
The ambiance of the place has to be experienced since describing it alone is not enough justice for the place. What is obvious is that The Oak Room is cozy and comfortable.
Burrow Bar and Brew
This bar is located at the Jacinto Tan Building at the corner of Capistrano and Mabini Streets.
This almost-at-the-center downtown destination in Divisoria is described as a hole-in-the-wall café and bar like those you would find in the urban neighborhoods of Paris.
They serve a wide variety of drinks for those group gatherings and social drinking in a friendly ambiance and atmosphere.
This bar even serves really good coffee, having sponsored a few Latte contests in the past.
Pete’s Patriots Filipino Gastropub
They’re located at the Rosario Arcade at the Limketkai Mall. Their main concept is to be the first ever Filipino Gastro Pub based on the gastro pub concepts of British pubs, but with its own Mindanao or “Kagay-anon” lifestyle concept.
Customers who have been to Pete’s Patriots will certainly experience unforgettable delicious food, quality service, edgy ambiance, good music, and great drinks. They serve their famous Revolution 15 Shots as well as their Flaming Patriot Killer and Blue Ocean.
Aside from the drinks, they have great food selections on their menu, especially their Lunch Specials at only P150 each. There’s the Batol Patong Sisig, Beer Braised Sausage, Sisig + Lumpia, General Tso (chicken wings), and Salt and Pepper Squid. They also have their Sampler Platter good for around two or three persons with heroic names such as Luna, Aguinaldo, and Del Pilar.
Junno Deli Café and Gastropub
This gastro pub is located inside the Lifestyle District along Corrales Avenue Extension.
They serve good Dutch and fusion dishes prepared, cooked, and served in a different way. Aside from the good food, this is probably one of the few places in the city that sells San Miguel Draft Beer and a wide selection of wines, other beers, wines, and other liquor drinks.
Many will swear to the restaurant’s bestsellers such as Chicharon with Tinapa Mousse, Hanger Steak, and Buttermilk Chicken.
This restaurant at the corner of Tomas Saco and 8th Streets in Nazareth is actually known more for its all-you-can-eat buffet that only costs P99.
The food is very delicious as many will testify. Mostly the lineup consists of sliced baby back ribs, pancit, vegetables, fried chicken, pork hamonada, sisig, beef, rice, juice, and perhaps something new now and then. For their beers and liquors, they only sell these after 9:00 p.m.
They also have a live band every Saturday night starting at 10:00 p.m. Thus, they usually close at 2:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Most of the bands that perform at this place are the popular rock bands that are still around the music scene in Cagayan de Oro.
Pearlmont Inn Veranda Palmera
Veranda Palmera is located on the rooftop of the Pearlmont Inn, itself located along Limketkai Drive, if you’re passing through Cogon Market.
The al fresco rooftop veranda can also shift into a party venue or wedding venue that can seat up to 100 persons.
The obviously a great night spot and they have been known for serving good food and a wide selection of drinks.
It’s surprisingly quiet for a hotel that’s located beside one of the busiest streets in the city leading to the city’s busiest malls.
Its ambiance and coziness is great for groups and social drinking.
Mango Mania Al Fresco
Mango Mania located inside the Lifestyle District along Corrales Avenue Extension is well-known as the city’s primary healthy desserts place for healthy and fruity foods.
We bet you didn’t know that they have an al fresco area outside the restaurant that serves liquor and beer. Their liquor choices are a mixture of foreign and local whiskey, rhum, bourbon, etc., and some are mixed with fruity drinks made from their fresh fruits on hand.
Who says you can’t have healthy drinking as well. As for food, they serve an array of fruit selections that goes well with your liquor.