This August, we bid goodbye to our favorite bars around UST. Is this the end of “walwal” days for Thomasians?
Upon the arrival of a new mayor in Manila also comes the end of the legendary era of “inumans” in the University of Santo Tomas.
Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno signed an ordinance against the sale of liquor within 200 meters of schools. Unlike mayors of Manila before, Isko strictly implemented this regulation by conducting many surprise crackdowns. The resto-bars, however, are still allowed to operate as regular restaurants.
This incident has been a great loss to many Thomasians and alumni (including ourselves). Where are we supposed to celebrate our victories every UAAP? Where else can we find the comfort of having a place to create fun memories with our classmates? Where do we go every time we’ve reached a slump in our academics?
We will surely miss this once-great era and in case you’re wondering, here are some of our favorite “inumans” in UST that we’re sure you guys would miss!
The historical two-story restobar has been around for more than 30 years and students can’t help but keep coming back to this place. It has been the favorite of most Thomasians because of its cheap karaoke and iconic “masungit” but still lovable waitresses. Tapsi wasn’t able to escape Mayor Isko’s ordinance considering it is 170 meters away from UST. Tapsi sold its last liquor on August 17, 2019.
Tapsi is most definitely the–as what kids say these days–“OG” bar in UST. Don’t worry though! You can still visit Tapsi and eat their widely famous “tapsilog”. Tapsi Restobar is located along Asturias Street and is open daily from 10 am. to 12 am.
2. The Pit
Next on our list is The Pit, famously known for its cheap liquor and “kropek”. The Pit is another favorite of Thomasians because of the affordable yet tasty meals it serves on the first floor. Our personal favorite is the Pork Steak Meal (P85.00) which includes iced tea, side of veggies, and java rice!
On the second floor is where most students enjoy their ice cold beer or cocktails. You can enjoy a free “kropek” when you order 2 bucket of beers. And on the third floor is where they sell their hard liquors. A live band also sometimes perform here. Before, the third floor was always full because it was solely dedicated for beer pong players.
The Pit is also located along Asturias Street is open daily from 8 am to 11 pm. It is exactly 130 meters away from UST perimeter wall.
3. Four Monkeys Bar & Kitchen (4M)
Four Monkeys or 4M recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary and Mayor Isko’s gift for them is to stop their liquor-selling operations (sad). You can see many students, especially at night, crowding the place because it’s new and you can meet new people here.
When you hear you friends say, “tara 4M tayo,” it automatically means to drink at 4M, not to eat. But it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a hefty meal here. 4M prides itself with its food that is lowkey delicious! We suggest you try their Cheesy Bacon Fries (P110.00), BBQ Chicken Pesto (P155.00), and Truffle Pasta (P160.00)–expensive but definitely worth it.
Four Monkeys is located at Santander Street near Laong-Laan. It is open Mondays to Saturdays from 11 am to 12 am.
4. Viewpoint (VP)
We saved the best for last! Viewpoint is an infamous drinking place in UST along Antiono Street. It’s advantage among other bars is that it’s extremely close the university, exactly 43 meters from UST’s perimeter wall. The only thing is, you might have a hard time spotting the place because it’s hidden and cramped. Even though, you can still see students from different colleges flocking to this place because of its extremely cheap drinks priced at less than 200 pesos.
Sad to say, Viewpoint will no longer be operating since it is a bar establishment only. If the owner really wants to continue Viewpoint’s legacy, the best thing to do is to recreate VP into a restaurant, offering cheap food instead of drinks!
Other bar restaurants within 200 meters of UST that are yet to close are: Quesarito Mexican Cocina, Troika Resto & Art Gallery, Breeze Resto Bar, Acustica Bistro & Lounge, and The Roof.
All in all, we respect Mayor Isko’s decision of mandating an ordinance that prevents bars selling liquor within 200 meters of schools. However, considering Mayor Isko’s reason for imposing this, “to prevent students from cutting class”, closing down bars isn’t enough. What would be better is for schools to establish a better understanding of liquor responsibility. Even if Isko closes down these bars, students will find more bars around UST and still remain irresponsible. Drinking itself is not the problem, it is how students handle their intake of alcohol.