IMAGE Jericho San Miguel

FIRST LOOK: This Hip Jellyfish Rooftop Bar Might Just Cure Your Work Stress

Antidote has a chill vibe with a great view.

Antidote
I’M Hotel, Roof Deck, 7862 Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City
Open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Monday to Thursday), and 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Friday to Saturday)

 

 


 

(SPOT.ph) Makati’s nightlife never falls short of options. But just when we thought we’ve already seen all sorts of cool stuff, I’M Hotel surprises us with a new concept bar—not only with a killer view, but also with jellyfish pulsing through the water as you sip your cocktails.

 


 


 

Antidote, the first jellyfish bar in the country, features a stunning jellyfish aquarium bathed in colorful luminescent lights. The ambience is hip, and every corner, with plush lounge chairs and intriguing design elements, bursts with character and charm. The vibe here isn’t intimidating but refreshingly laid-back, making it perfect if you just want to chill, drink in hand.

 

The bar is expansive (it’s the whole top floor!) and the unique layout provides a stellar 360-degree view of Metro Manila and beyond. The city lights look romantic at night and tucked-away private corners make it easy to withdraw from the crowd, and have proper conversations while soaking in the view.

 


 


 

Antidote has indoor and outdoor seating so you’ll never have to worry about bad weather ruining your night. The jellyfish aquarium (which, by the way, you can still enjoy even when you’re outside) is located in the main bar. There are more seats on the upper deck and another illuminated bar area on the mezzanine. “Inside, it has a bit of a party vibe while outside, it’s more private. So in a way, it feels like you’re bar-hopping without leaving the area,” shares Marketing Director Melissa Lim.

 

Christian Dominguez

 

To complement the experience, Antidote collaborated with the chief bartender of Bar Mace, a New York City gem that was included in the World’s 50 Best Bars list. Christian Dominguez crafted the drink list with classic and modern tipples so you can always order your favorites or surprise yourself with new flavors. Not sure what to get? Let their bartenders know whatever tickles your fancy and they’ll make something for you.

 

Clockwise from left: Ananas in Pandanus, Tokyo Soujourn, Leek'n Good

 

A must-try is the Ananas in Pandanus (P390) which has pineapple-infused rum, pandan, and lime. Its refreshing taste will remind you of summery nights. The Tokyo Sojourn (P390), with Mezcal, pandan, egg white, and togarashi spices, has a kick to it but the egg white wonderfully balances the taste. Also give the eccentric Leek’n Good (P390) a try. It’s a perfectly-concocted drink with roasted leeks, gin, vermouth, and spiced Filipino vinegar.

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You can also expect nothing but good stuff from Antidote's kitchen. The menu is well curated and features dishes with vibrant flavors found around the world. The open kitchen also adds a nice touch to the overall feel of the place.

 

Shellfish

 

Mozzarella Jalapeño Cigars

 

The Gambas Prawns (P320), with extra virgin olive oil hollandaise and garlic gel, is fresh and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. There’s also the Shellfish (P430), with black Chilean mussels and local clams sautéed in chardonnay with garlic melba. The contrast of flavors will make you want to have it all to yourself. If you’re looking for something light but still with a kick, you can order the Mozzarella Jalapeño Cigars (P320), which has a pleasant flavor contrast of onion, white wine, and raspberry coulis.

 

Kueh Pie Tee

 

Dragon Nigiri Brulee

 

Baby Squid

 

The Kueh Pie Tee (P250) is also a must-try. It’s served in three ways: Atlantic salmon and caviar, smoked oyster and wakame soba, and prawns and root vegetables. The Dragon Nigiri Brulee (P320), which is torched wasabi shrimp with mangoes, is perfect when you want something more theatrical as it’s served with dry ice. You also can't go wrong with a simpler order like the Baby Squid (P320) or sautéed baby squids with paprika gelee and extra virgin olive oil.

 

Antidote Anti-Pasti

 

If you’re a cheese lover, you must order the Antidote Anti-Pasti (three for P900, five for P1,500). They have different selections from Jamon Iberico to Black Forest Ham and Red Wine Kesong Puti but ask for their Homemade Boursin and you won’t regret it.

 

Earl Grey Lemon Sultana Brioche

 

Craving something sweet? Their Sphere of Oreo (P200) with Maldon salt and extra virgin olive oil gel will make you sigh with contentment. The Earl Grey Lemon Sultana Brioche (P250) with caramelized Irish creme liqueur is also a refreshing palate cleanser. The desserts are all alcohol-laced which just make them so much better.

 

Aptly named, Antidote wants to be the cure to your daily stress, especially when you want to add some sparkle to your nights out.

 

Photos by Jericho San Miguel

 

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