With its grimy alleys, smoggy air, and traffic-infested roads, “pretty” probably wouldn’t be the first best word to describe Metro Manila. But take in the metropolis from a distance—preferably at night, with a cold bottle of beer in hand—and you’ll see just how beautiful the city can actually be once you give it a chance. And if you're in the mood for just that, here are seven Antipolo establishments where you can do exactly that:
1) Cafe Lupe
267-269 Comoda Ville Inc. Don Juan Sumulong Ave., Valley Golf, Brgy. Mambugan, Antipolo
Cafe Lupe has been around for nearly 15 years, and it’s a reliable place to kick back and enjoy the Manila skyline. It’s best to visit when they have live bands performing, but you can always make your own music at their KTV. Local beers start at P70.
Sumulong Highway, Across Valley Golf, Mambugan, Lower Antipolo
Grilla has several branches, but their Antipolo outlet remains a must-visit for its lovely view of Metro Manila. We recommend pairing your beer with their sinful bestsellers, the kare-kare and crispy pata, for an indulgent evening. Local beers start at P60.
Ground Floor, Comodaville Building, 267-269 Sumulong Highway, Brgy.Mambugan, Antipolo City
This cozy restaurant, located along Sumulong Highway, never fails to draw people in because of its baby back ribs and generous servings. Enjoy the sunset while savouring your meal, then head to the recently opened gastropub on the top floor for music and beer pong. Local beers start at P55.
Cloud9 Antipolo Hotel, Sumulong Highway, Santa Cruz, Lower Antipolo
This popular Antipolo tourist spot has a terrace with a 360-degree view of the city, which you can reach by walking on a hanging steel bridge. If you’re scared of heights, get some liquid courage first by downing a few beers at the restaurant, which serves great Pinoy food. Local beers start at P45.
23 Sumulong Highway, Antipolo
El Kano offers affordable beer, great views, and good grub at decent prices. They also have VIP rooms with karaoke machines, as well as kubos for chilling with your gang. If you’re lucky, you might even get to meet the resto’s resident dogs! Local beers start at P47.
456 Taktak Road, Sitio Sampaguita, Santa Cruz, Lower Antipolo
Vieux Chalet has all the ingredients you’ll need for a special date: delicious home-cooked Swiss food, beautiful sunset views, and impeccable service. Need a nightcap? They also have a selection of wines and cocktails, as well as local and imported beer brands. Local beers start at P80.
Sumulong Highway, Santa Cruz, Lower Antipolo
Leonardo’s is another Antipolo gem with a great view of the Manila skyline. Get the barbecue and the sizzling sisig, and ask to stay in the kubo—some of them have karaoke machines, so you can sing your heart out while taking in the city lights. Local beers start at around P50.