Metro Manila · Barhopping Tomas Morato
Never heard of Tomas Morato before? Then it is time to go there! The HotDot is located in the north of the Megacity Manila, more specifically in Quezon City. Whenever you are up for something a bit more adventurous outside of your comfort zone in Makati or the Fort, Tomas Morato will most certainly welcome you.
We named the HotDot after the main street – where almost all the bars and restaurants are located. The stretch of different bars is Tomas Morato's offer to the Megacitzens. You can enjoy great live music here or just chill out in one of the bars, shielded from the traffic and stressful life outside. Some of the bars might not be what they appear to be at the first sight, so just have a second look before you walk in one of the places the HotDot has to offer.
Whatever you are looking for, it is definitely located on the main street Tomas Morato, so no reason to leave the well-lit and vibrant street when you are out to party with your friends and sip a beer to celebrate a new business deal.
A typical day in the HotDot is actually a night. If you arrive there and it does not seem to be a vibrant nightlife, you are too early! Come back when it's dark. To be ready for the night, you might want to frequent one of the local chains there and indulge local fast food. When we go to Tomas Morato, dinner is the least of our concerns. After dinner, it's time for music! We choose a nice bar with live music and enjoy the great voices of our hosts. To kick the night of, we decide to order a Weng-Weng. I am not gonna tell you what it is, but it tastes sweet. After that it is time for bar-hopping. One drink in every bar usually ends in a nice corner establishment with a lot of plants and trees and food directly from the barbecue. The pulutan (food that goes good with drinks, usually eaten after dinner) goes best with some local beers and the place is great to cool down from all the bar-hopping, before we make our way back.
Pictures (Metro Manila HotDot Tomas Morato)
On a Sunday evening at around 8 pm the Megacities Team met in Quezon City to check out some places in the northern part of the Megacity. One of the real hotspots in the area is without a doubt Tomas Morato Street. Just a three-minute cab ride away from GMA-Kamuning MRT Station, the interesting part of Tomas Morato is located between Timog Avenue and Kamuning Road, where bars, clubs, and restaurants flock both the left and right sides of the street to form a long, lively strip.
With its high definition TVs and more than 40,000 English, Philippine, Korean, Japanese and 35,000 Chinese songs, Center Stage guarantees for perfect Karaoke nights - for Filipinos as well as for Megacitizens from Asia and the rest of the world.
A dainty little house with a lush garden and small terrace in front, tucked away in a side street of Tomas Morato Avenue: welcome to Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Café, one of the first addresses for vegetarian dining in Quezon City.
Alfredo’s Steakhouse is one of the oldest restaurants in the metro and is even considered by many of its patrons as an institution when it come to steaks.
Pink and pristine, JoeMonkey is not your usual milk tea place. Complete with modern décor and polished chairs that may remind new customers of chic salons, JoeMonkey brings the milk tea experience to a new level.
1952 – Don Anastacio de Alba set foot in the Philippine islands with his Casino Español experience in tow. He opened his first restaurant two years after arriving in the Philippines and called it Alba Cocina Española – a restaurant that sat on Peral Street now known as United Nations Avenue.
Teresita’s has a carinderia feel without having to deal with the Philippine heat outside.
Known for its burger and roast beef, Dayrit’s is one of the old-timer restaurants in the metro.
Mario’s is popular for its Sunday lunch buffet, making it a favorite go-to place for families.
Mesa Filipino Moderne, more popularly known as Mesa, is a Filipino restaurant chain that serves yummy Philippine dishes in a comfortable modern setting.
Lounge in Tomas Morato is one of the old timers in the area. Apart from being a happening place for those who want to have a few drinks while listening to live music, the place has established itself as a great venue for parties and functions.
Crispy shrimps, Gambas Al Ajillo, Minced Chicken with Lettuce Cups and a number of mouthwatering appetizers and meals are served by Little Asia.
Agave Mexican Cantina offers authentic Mexican dishes in a very Mexican setting.