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There's A Magical Bar Behind This Photo Booth

Yes, speakeasies do exist, and there's an accessible one in Cubao

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Photography: Jilson Tiu Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba

Speakeasies are not meant to be found. If you go back to its original definition (meaning: An illicit store or club during the Prohibition era), the reason why these particular bars or pubs were located behind a nondescript door of a grocery store or Laundromat was so that the policemen wouldn’t barge in.


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And INT. Bar is just that. You’ll find it behind the red velvet curtain of a clever photo booth entrance (above) that mingles the whole speakeasy experience with the charming modesty of Cubao Expo.

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Everything about INT.Bar felt right to me—the furnishings, the just-dim-enough lighting, and the bar itself (an industrial wonder with slight Steampunk touches) wasn’t over-the-top, because every detail served its purpose—they weren’t there for Instagram’s sake.


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It was apparent that a lot of thought went into everything, from the mid-century furniture and bankers’ lamps to the cocktails that I ordered. The cherry in my Amaretto Sour was a fresh one that was soaked in something fabulous and alcoholic; it gave an extra kick the moment I chewed on it. And as I munched on my nachos with generous toppings, some customers walked in to ask the bartender if they paid for last night’s drinks.

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The overall vibe is relaxed, which makes it a great place to kick back and decompress and not be noticed—because you know you’re not there to impress anyone.

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INT. Bar is open from 5pm to 1am and is located at Cubao Expo, General Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City; mobile 0917-806-9991, or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @int.bar

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