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Monday, October 14, 2013

The Tap Room Bar of Manila Hotel - re-launched and newly renovated gentleman's watering hole in Manila

Last October 9, 2013 was the re-launch of The Tap Room bar of Manila Hotel. I’m not familiar with this bar before, I visited Manila Hotel many times in the past but I never heard about this bar. I think the re-launch is like bringing back the old bar’s energy and now ready to face the new generation of bar goers. I’m not sure also what was the scene here before and after the re-launch, they now say that the Tap Room bar is a new gentleman’s watering hole in Manila.

I went to the re-launch and check out what’s inside the Tap Room Bar.

Here’s the Tap Room Bar in Manila Hotel.

according to Manila Hotel’s website
”The Taproom, with its old English pub-inspired interiors, dark timber ceiling, and plush armchairs accented by a magnificent Tiffany bay window, offers a unique soulful and friendly atmosphere, making it the perfect place to unwind after a tiring day’s work. It offers an extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to accompany our sumptuous bar menu delights. “

for hotel guest who want to have a table reservation they can just email at

Opening hours from 10am-2am Mon-Sun
They say that jazz music artist/bands are regular performers here

According to Mr. Joey Lina, President of Manila Hotel --- “We celebrated the Manila Hotel's 100 years of existence last year 2012. Last October 6, we celebrate our 101st founding anniversary. But in time for 100 years last year, we opened the doors again of Manila Hotel with our new renovated rooms,I hope you have seen it and stayed in our full renovated rooms, its the only hotel in the country to have a television inside the bathroom, so you can truly enjoy yourself here even you are in the bathroom.

We have our own Cafe Ilang Ilang, its different from the old Ilang Ilang, the Cafe Ilang Ilang is just around the corner at the back of this Tap Room bar, we also have the Mabuhay Palace, our Chinese restaurant which serves excellent Chinese cuisine. We have renovated our Centennial Hall, and we're refurbishing the other function rooms, too.

It means that we are doing everything to update and improve the hotel in full scale, tonight we are reformatting The Tap Room, as before it was only a quiet music and now we have live bands here at the Tap Room. This is part of our continuous effort to update and to make your stay here truly pleasant and memorable, I hope you can dance here with the music in a little while and if you are hungry, you can go to Cafe Ilang Ilang, we have the best international buffet.

If you will stay here in our Manila Hotel, we have our 6-3-0 special promo, The 1st night stay that you pay for Php6,000 for two and with free breakfast for two and on the 2nd night you just pay for Php3,000 also for two, and on the 3rd night of stay, you don't pay for anything, the room and everything is FREE, and you are entitled for a 50% off for lunch or dinner, so that's a treat, we are doing this as a way of thanking our friends, our guests, for continuously supporting us all these years, so enjoy the evening, this is just a beginning of the reformatted Tap Room Bar of Manila Hotel. “

Inside is very warm and old style of a bar. I’m sure some oldies out there are still looking for this kind of setting, but for us younger bar goers, this is the real bar thing!

The re-launch event for media, press and bloggers are in 80’s attire. I didn’t know that there’s an attire for this event, I’m glad that I brought my black jacket with me, I just learned about the attire after Enzo mentioned it to me while we are on the way to Manila Hotel. I told him…hey look my porma can be like those male dancers in Grease movie hahaha.

There’s a disco mirror ball up above hahaha

Here’s a side view of the bar

peanuts for everyone

I like this lamp design…so vintage!

A set of glasses for a ready made Chamberlain drinks

Here’s President of Manila Hotel, Mr. Joey Lina, opens the event and re-launch The Tap Room Bar to the public.

They serve below zero beers!!

The Chamberlain drink is a signature drink of The Tap Room bar

on the table with me Raffy of and Enzo of

KO Jones band performs the night in full blast and lots of energy!

We started to rock after they played Sweet Child of Mine.

Guitar solo makes me go closer to the stage and watch all the guitar leading action!

The Tap Room bar is a perfect place for hotel guest and walk ins to have a social gathering and meet up with new people, at first I didn’t even know the purpose of having a gentleman’s watering hole venue in Manila, but then after I experienced the Tap Room bar’s aura, (for two times) I finally realized that men who are young and old deserves a break, they need to meet new people around them and start to have a conversation over a nice cold beer and live jazz rock music.

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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