20:20 Bar Gives You a Good Reason to Start Early
While its sister club XX/XX has become known for its outlandish theme parties that start late and last until the crack of dawn, 20:20 has always been the venue for more laidback soirées. At least, that’s what owner Anna Sobrepeña Ong had in mind when she designed its interiors. The high ceilings give the whimsical/gothic/industrial space an airy feel, while the strong air conditioning ensures the proper ventilation required by a more discerning (read: older) crowd.
So, fine, while 20:20 does attract a rowdy, hard-partying clientele after midnight, Ong insists that her homage to the semi-retired partyphile needs to fulfill its purpose. Hence, happy hour tapas. From the time their doors open at 7 until 10pm, all the tapas dishes are priced at P100 a plate as well as the sangrias.
That’s definitely a great deal if you’re having their gambas, which are swimming in oil heavily infused with garlic and paprika. Dunking the baguette in the oil might lead to cardiac arrest, but at least you die happy. Since you’re already there, might as well also take bites of the addicting marinated quail eggs and anchoas (that’s Spanish for anchovies, gringo)—it’s kwek-kwek for the adulting coño.
There are lighter pick-me-ups like the piquillo pepper stuffed with goat cheese. However, one does tend to drink more at 20:20, so heartier appetizers like the beef-stuffed empanaditas and tortilla de patata con aioli might be more appropriate and equally tasty alternatives.
From the regular menu, the chorizo and manchego popcorn continues to be a crowd-pleaser, and same goes for the buffalo chicken skin. The sausage pizza—adorned with peppers, onions, and served with a tangy homemade hot sauce—is thin and crispy, a perfect match with beer or their potent libations. If you’re having shots of the Barik lambanog or sips of rum-based tropical drinks like the Mamasun and In Love with the Coco (that one is 50% off during happy hour), you’ll need to munch if you want to stay up until 11pm.
A full meal comes in the form of their 20:20 burger. We had the prototype, and Ong insisted it needs improvement, but there is really not much more to tweak. The all-beef patty is flavorful on its own, but the addition of bacon and crispy onion rings do not hurt. “I think I’ll use gruyere instead,” Ong decides, replacing mozzarella. Definitely a more flavorful choice.
The tapas menu is available all throughout the night, but after 10pm it goes back to regular prices. So, spend wisely and come early.
20:20 Bar is located at La Fuerza Compound (go through the gate next to Mini Stop) Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City.