Gone are the days when you’d crave to go to a club in Makati or Fort to hear heart stomping music, bump into sweaty bodies all cramped into a small space, people who thought they were having the time of their lives for a few hours, overdosing on overpriced drinks, poorly lit and ventilated areas. The next morning you’re struggling to get up because the night was hazy although fun. It leaves you feeling empty. There were no good value conversations that happened, not much sincere smiles and you end up tired with a vague recollection of last night’s shindig. Now I am in my early 30’s and I am trading that Wednesday ladies night to Sunday brunch or a quiet sit down on a Saturday night having thought provoking conversations. As human nature dictates we still need to socialize and interact.
In search for a decent hang out place we stumbled upon this cozy nook down south. We have a number of tapas bar already in Manila. We have Vask and Tomatito. But one joint caught our attention that serves authentic Pintxo aside from the usual Tapas. Bar Pintxos Tapas Y Mas provides the closest Pintxos experience in Manila. Just as you would enjoy in San Sebastian, Spain. Its location is still hidden, which adds to its appeal as a go-to Pintxos Tapas Bar in the metro. Pretty hard to find since it is not fronting to where foot traffic is. Full every day (closed on Mondays) this place serves nice tapas, Pintxos and always has some nice specials. You have to understand the concept of a Spanish tapas bar which is not a restaurant that serves full meals. As Filipinos, we expect filling meals that are meant to be shared. Don’t expect a good sit down family style serving.
The Spaniard’s game for a relax and chilled watering hole is strong. They serve good small plates paired with Sangrias or wines.
Difference between Pintxo and Tapas
Pintxo is a Basque word that literally means a “spike.” So, when the term “pintxo” is used in reference to food, we’re talking about skewered foods. For the record, “pintxo” is pronounced “peen-cho”. In the Basque country, they serve Pintxo which comes from the Spanish verb ‘pinchar’, which means ‘to pierce’. Pintxo’s are traditionally pierced with a cocktail stick attached to a piece of bread, however, since the food has evolved it’s less likely to be pierced nowadays.
Tapas, on the other hand, are savory finger foods using all sorts of ingredients from fish to vegetables to cured ham lynching from the ceilings as well.
This bar is intended for those who has a discriminating taste from the neighboring subdivisions who live within the area.
A well-curated selection of drink list. Well-priced Spanish wines and their signature beer, among other things.
The vibe is all about being on the south side of Manila. Expect a very laid back and relax atmosphere. Price are quite expensive as they are targeting certain niche in the market. Nevertheless, the quality and authenticity of its products are excellent and well curated. You’d go here if you want to take your girlfriend out on a nice date night or world want to take your parents for a nice pitcher of Sangria and you’re old enough to pay for the tab.
- Pintxos are priced per piece
- Don’t go here if you’re too hungry. Get some light snacks first elsewhere
- Prices are geared towards their niche target
- Location is pretty hard to find if you’re not from the area. They are on Waze though, but make sure to go behind the Don Gesu Building
- Restrooms are located outside the restaurant
- Ample parking space
- Bring extra cash
- and most of all – Wine, Dine and Enjoy!
Three extra rice CX rating for this place.
Bar Pinxtos y Tapas, Alabang
Address: Don Gesu building, Don Jesus Blvd, Cupang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines
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