The Trap Door Tasting Room by Illusion Brewery isn’t your usual bar though – it is speakeasy.
What is SPEAKEASY? Otherwise known as ‘blind pigs’ or ‘blind tigers’, these underground cocktail bars first came into prominence during the U.S. Prohibition era in 1920, when a nationwide ban on alcoholic beverages prompted the creation of secret drinking joints. Naturally, people spoke quietly about these word-of-mouth places in public hence the term ‘speakeasy”.
The Trap Door Tasting Room by Illusion Brewery is the only speakeasy bar in Bacolod where people can enjoy quality drinks, conversations and relaxed night out with friends or loved ones. Finding the place is a bit tricky. The place is located at the back of Pizza Republic and beside the Orange Karinderia on 22nd Lacson Street. Make sure you have a sharp eye if you plan a visit. The place is hidden in a concrete wall, with nothing but a small ace spade door knob. When you pull the door knob, the door opens to show another set of door. Cool isn’t it? It create a bit of mystery and fun before stepping into the bar.
Stepping inside the pub you have this feeling of being transported into an old speakeasy with lounge and library with a dimly lit chandeliers that added charm to the place. The bar’s wall line up with faux shelves filled with hardbound books and on the other side are frames of photos of famous magicians hanged.
Quilted leather couches run on the other side of the wall of the bar which are ideal for groups who want to occupy more than one table and watch the waiters do some magic card tricks to entertain their guest. There are also few seats by the bar up front, and the area is made intimate by the dim lighting and dark interior.
The restroom is hidden within the bar, behind a trick bookshelves.
The antique grandfather clock is another eye catcher. It is a swing door leading to their kitchen area.
Since it is a very cozy and small speakeasy, its best to call for a reservation. Please bring cash with you when you visit the place. They don’t accept credit card. The business started its operation last year, September 2016.
What makes people keep on coming back here beside from being a magical place thrilled with lots of mystery is their craft beers brewed by the owners itself. According to the waiter, the owners brewed the beer in small batches and uses only the best ingredients imported from Belgium. Their beers are premium kind, carefully crafted and brewed to perfection.
Aside from beers they also served meals and appetizers. Price of their drinks and food are affordable. Their head twister gambas is a must try!
A great place! Magical speakeasy bar, the service is best, something so unique. We will definitely return.
I urge everyone to visit this place and see for yourself. HOPE YOU FIND IT! 🙂
Tuesday to Saturday 3:00PM to 2:00AM
Sunday 3:00PM to 12AM
For reservation you may contact their mobile number +639270269030 or
you may visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Trap-Door-Illusion-Brewery-pub/621703368011534