After hours is that precious time when the day’s work is done and we can finally sit back to relax and spend time with friends.
After Hours is also the name of a newly opened bar in foodie haven Tomas Morato. This is where my foodie friends and I, shortly before the Covid-19 and the ECQ came down upon all of us, were able to enjoy a few hours chillin’ in each other’s company while discovering all the fun to be had after hours.
1) The buzzy welcoming vibe
You would think that Tomas Morato would already have its fill of concept bars but there’s definitely room for more, especially this one.
With its ample parking space, trendy decor, comfy furnishings, a playlist made up of 80s and 90s hits (which my friends and I sang along with!), excellent chows and a well-stocked bar, After Hours is a haven for those looking for some well-deserved R ‘n R.
2) Chill drinks
According to co-owner Rey Trillana, the focus of After Hours are on cocktails, whiskey and a bit of wine, drinks to chill with after work. Each cocktail is handcrafted (no pre-mixes). For whiskey connoisseurs, the bar also boasts of a well-curated whisky collection. Guests even have the option of getting the bartender to craft something Out of the Blue, based on their favorite liquor and taste profile.
During our visit, my foodie friends and I were able to sample:
Jack Estate’s Pink Moscato. A fresh and fruity wine from Australia.
Perfect Pear. A fruity non-alcoholic mocktail for lightweights like me.
Smoked Old Fashioned. The classic mix of bourbon, simple syrup and Angostura bitters, served with a bit of smoke and flair.
Red Sangria Spritzer. Handcrafted sangria made with wine, brandy, mixed berries, chamomile honey, calamansi and soda.
After Six. Gin mixed with elderflower liquor, lavender syrup, egg white and lemon juice.
Punch Drunk Love. After Hours’ signature cocktail made with spiced rum, chai pandan syrup, lemon and pineapple juice, Angostura bitters and clarified milk, served with a dehydrated pineapple.
3) Tasty bar chows
Of course, we needed some chows to go with those drinks, and After Hours has a very good kitchen going managed by Chef Miggy. He and his crew whipped up some tasty bar chows to complement our drinks, such as:
Beef Salpicao. Tender USDA beef tenderloin sauteed in a garlic butter sauce, definitely a favorite among tipplers and foodies.
Buffalo Style Chicken Poppers. Spicy, salty and slightly sweet bite-sized chicken breasts.
BBQ Beef Pockets. Crispy wonton pockets stuffed with ground beef doused with bourbon BBQ sauce and cheese.
Four Cheese Pizza. Mozzarella, feta, parmigiano reggiano and gorgonzala, all the good stuff on a thin-crust pizza.
All-Meat Pizzadilla. Gooey mozzarella sandwiched in two flour tortillas and topped with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, BBQ sauce and even more cheese.
Pork Binagoongan Pasta. Spaghetti with crispy-fried pork cubes tossed in shrimp paste.
Bacon Mushroom Truffle Pasta. Creamy truffle spaghetti topped with crunchy bacon.
Oh, such a happy time! There were good food, good drinks and good company.
But then, the community quarantine came and, sadly, After Hours had to close its doors for a while.
It seemed like the entire bar industry had been severely affected by the community quarantine.
However, a few weeks ago, I had the pleasant surprise of finding out that it had resumed operations to enable its loyal customers to get that After Hours experience even while at home through Buy One Take One offers on its wines, its signature cocktails by the bottle, as well as a selection of its bar chows, all available for delivery or pickup!
Thanks to Rey Trillana and the rest of the management and staff of After Hours Bar for having us and congratulations for succeasfully pivoting your business to operate in The New Normal.
So until the next time I can visit After Hours again, I can enjoy my after hours at home.
After Hours is located at 125 Don A. Roces Avenue, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City. To order its bar chows, wines and cocktails for pick up or delivery, fill up this form, send a message over Instagram or call +63 917 1767383.
Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant. All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.
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- Alegria Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar, BGC
- Moonshine Pub, Ortigas Center
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- Tiyo Craft Kitchen & Bar, Tomas Morato
- Alchemy, Poblacion
- Vitto’s Wine Bar & Restaurant, Tomas Morato
- The Nautilus Whiskey Bar, Tomas Morato
- Sabor Bar de Vinos, Cubao
- Don’t Tell, Tomas Morato
- INT.bar, Cubao
- Wyld Kitchen x Bar, Tomas Morato
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- Tap Room, Ermita
- Versus Barcade, BGC
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