This new sports bar in Lilac Street wants you to Eat, Drink, and Play

John Christopher Amodo
PUBLISHED August 30, 2017 04:15 pm | UPDATED August 30, 2017 04:42 pm
Comfort foods, house blends, billiards, and beer pong—gotta save a date! (Photos by Shara mae Balce and Mark Renacido/Inside Manila)

(Inside Manila) What used to be the vacant second level of Artisque Boutique & Café now stands as an edifice of late night hangouts in Lilac Street, Marikina City. Now it only needs you!


The central idea of 18.11 Billiards & Lounge is the same idea at the center of most sports bars: Play pools while you munch on comfort foods and drink house’s original concoctions. But as its owner, Martin Arrojado, saw the proliferating food hubs, 18.11 contrast itself from the "conventional" ones by inviting disk jockeys to set a vibe and boost the hype.


So here’s 18.11, where you can eat, drink, and play.



Super Nachos (left) and the Carnivorous Pizza (right)


Eat


18.11’s dishes are quite the attention-grabber. The menu was created by none other than Chef and Restaurant Consultant Irma Peralta Policarpio, who has worked with several known bars and restaurants like Route 196, Epic Boracay, Urbn BGC, and Nest MNL.


One of the best sellers is the "1811 Super Nachos" coming in regular (P145) and full (P235) plate, the latter serving three to five persons. The baked Tortilla chips are topped with spiced beef, red beans, black olives, and Jalapeno, with cheese sauce and tomato salsa completing the snack.


It’s amazing how the pita bread in 18.11’s pizza plates carry the delectable toppings given how thin it is, especially for the "Carnivorous Pizza" (P155) that has ground beef, sisig, and ham, topped with Marinara, and Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.


As for the potato lovers, the bar offers a tray of homemade potato and taro fries (P145), served with truffle mayo and honey mustard ketchup.


Perhaps the best bar chow we’ve tried was the "Buffalo Chicken Popcorn" (P185). The deep-fried chicken with homemade buttermilk breading complements the buffalo sauce and if you prefer a less-spicier dip, the sour cream one.



(L-R) Bank Shot, Butterscotch beer, 8 Ball, Caramel beer, and Corner Pocket


Drink


What’s a resto-bar without drinks? The wide variety of beverages ranges from the 1811 Iced Tea (P55) to the "Handpicked Pinot Grigio" wine (P1350) and a bottle of Jack Daniels (P1550).


Among the best sellers are the sweet-flavored Caramel Beer and Butterscotch Beer, both at P115. For a good P135, you can try any one of their signature cocktails, from the citrus-blended vodka "Corner Pocket" to the fruity and fragrant gin-based "Bank Shot". A glass of "8 Ball," on the other hand, will give you that zesty-zingy taste of white rum concoction. And if ever you’re wondering: yes, the names are punny.


Though, if you’re one of the non-alcoholics but want to appear as one or just don’t want to be left out, "mocktails" (P125) are available in the bar. Four prime flavors include "Mango Tango," "Melon Drop," "Orange Cooler," and "Summer Breeze".



Three billiard pools for your late night hangouts!


Play


Now, for the main attraction. 18.11 currently houses three billiard pools.


"Kaya Billiards and Lounge, by lounge means at home kayo," Martin said. The recreational activities available aims to be flexible to its market just as the menu does, hence the Beer Pong on its recently opened third level called "Apollo".



The staircase going to the third level


In cases that the edifice reach its maximum number of guests (around 30 to 50), such as what its grand launch saw, lining up for the pool is possible. Which is why the resto-bar implements a "first come, first serve" basis to play billiards. Hourly rate is P180 but students, with a proof of identification, can play for only P160.


Moreover, and interestingly enough, guests are allowed to request songs and even play their own playlist. But know: you’ll be responsible for the overall ambiance inside the bar.



The Apollo, where you can play beer pong with friends!


When asked what impression he wants people to have when they hear "18.11," Martin can only say "they’re welcome,"—and we can definitely agree to that.




18.11 Billiards & Lounge is at 39 Lilac Street, Marikina City, and is open from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays to Thursdays, and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit their official Facebook page.

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