CHECK IT OUT: Relik Tapas Bar at The Fort
The Fort’s newest bar fuses Old World charm with satisfying tapas plates.
Relik Tapas Bar
2nd Floor Commercenter Building, 31st Ave corner 4th St.,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. No. (0917) 529-8333
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5 p.m. onwards (Monday to Friday);
5 p.m. onwards (Saturday and Sunday)
Old World charm, tapas + drinks. Click for more.
(SPOT.ph) Nights out, for some, may still be about drunken debauchery, to see and be seen. But for those who just want to enjoy a cocktail or three without needing to impress, bars with a laid-back vibe and a hard-to-find address provide the ideal backdrop for a casual night of drinking and nibbling. Relik Tapas Bar at The Fort, which opened its doors in November, fits the bill perfectly.
Relik Tapas Bar sits on the second floor of a Bonifacio Global City high-rise and can be found by way of a flight of stairs or an elevator ride to the building's parking lot. Outfitted in brick walls, a mix of benches and booth seats and antique pieces like typewriters and an old-school turntable, Relik fuses Old World charm with modern touches, including an open kitchen which gives customers a glimpse of how the kitchen churns out Relik's tapas and entrees. "[The place] is very casual but we also wanted to give customers a bar with a high-end feel without the expensive price tag," says Relik's Patty Cortez.
A quick look at the menu with mainly Spanish Mediterranean dishes reveals a mix of the usual tapas plates with Relik's signature dishes. Beer drinkers who like downing more than a bottle will like Relik's Sausage and Fries (P230), their version of Huevos Rotos with fat potato wedges and spicy sausage slices, all topped with a fried egg with a runny yolk, while the Baked Austrian Brie (P530) pairs nicely with a glass of wine. Local beers start at P74 while Relik's shooters (P140 each) play with mint and fruit flavors: drinks include the minty Green Demon while the Killer is for stronger, can't-be-licked-by-liquor drinkers.
Relik's VIP room, an enclosed, cozy non-smoking area perfect for intimate parties of 30 people, may also be reserved for private drinking get-togethers. The bar, which caters largely to the yuppie crowd working in the Fort area, also introduced their executive set lunches this January.
Photos by Trixie Zabal-Mendoza