CHECK IT OUT: Elements Gastrolounge
A new night haunt serving out-of-the-box concoctions opens in Greenbelt 3.
3/f Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center
Geek out over experimental cocktails and vodka-infused chow. Click for more.
Occupying what was once a bed-themed alcohol abode on the third floor of Greenbelt 3 is a night haunt working an after-hours classroom theme (think: science lab meets cocktail hour). Waitresses in a geek-chic ensemble-dark-rimmed glasses, suspenders, mini skirts and knee-high socks-await boozehounds, armed with out-of-the-box concoctions in beakers and bright-hued shooters in test tubes.
The space is part-industrial, part-posh, evoked in part by a deconstructed ceiling that exposes big beams and pipes and other bare bones. A blackboard listing a madcap mixologist’s best is set up in one corner; tall wooden tables attached to a brick wall line another. Diffused light, and lots of it, create a cozy, hush-hush feel.
Experiments are this bar’s game. The menu lists the kind of bar chow you've seen before but in a different light, like rice-less California maki (P199) fried to a crisp and sisig tacos in a soft pita shell. Kitchen standouts (Nilasing na Porkchop, P369; Vodka Crabinara, P219) are vodka-infused, which makes sense once you find out that Elements owner King Dy has been a vodkatology student since ’08, brewing premium and flavored vodka under the Element brand.
The drink list is by far the most fun. The Two Timer (P250) is a party-starter with a his-and-hers theme: blue- and pink-colored shooters, the latter much stronger (go figure). The Power Breakfast (P190) fills a martini glass with yogurt, banana liquor, and vodka, topped with bacon (yes, bacon) and olives skewered on a stick . The Juicy Fruit (P150), patterned after the iconic gum, uses melon liqueur; a green-colored shot meant to remind you of Andes chocolate leaves a sweet toothpaste taste in the mouth (both drinks ideal for a post-toast kiss, they say).
If you're not in the mood for anything crazy, there’ll be something for you in the classic bar list, plus a beaker of Detox (P150)-a light cocktail made refreshing with cucumber, ginger, lemon, and apple liqueurs. The sound system blasts Top 40 tunes, except when guest spinner Sam Milby drops by to play his pop set, usually on Thursdays, we’re told.
Elements Gastrolounge is located at 3/f Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati.
Photos courtesy of Elements Gastrolounge