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This Little Pub Is Designed for the Southerner Who Refuses to Leave His House

South Pub opens its doors in a location wherein bars have come and gone-the South. Will they succeed in the drinking scene where its predecessors failed?
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Excluding the rowdy beerhouses that line up Alabang-Zapote Road, the South isn’t exactly known for its drinking scene.

Almost a decade ago, Basement, a popular bar in Eastwood, tried its hand in the South. It was right across one of the most affluent villages in the country and came complete with its own "door bitch." It closed after a year—half the time of the average Metro Manila nightspot. 

Southerners are notorious for being chill, preferring to drink casually at home with store-bought bottles, homemade mixes, and nachos. Dressing up for a night out requires too much of an effort. Forget about driving to and fro.  

But brave entrepreneurs aren't about the give up. The owners of the recently opened South Pub are well acquainted with their predecessors: Pep’s, Tequila Joe’s, Fat Tuesday’s—all popular bars in the '90s, whose business dried up when their patrons grew out of partying. Understanding full well the needs of the tippling Southerner, they want to break the monotony of staying at home and designed their joint to fit that psyche. South Pub is steady, comfortable, sophisticated, and affordable. 

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Wooden interiors and exposed flooring add a touch of coziness to the place and the chiller with the wines and beer is about the fanciest thing in sight. There’s a bar, of course, and a still unfinished function room for small parties. An al fresco balcony is also in the works but the owners have put it on the backburner until they get the hang of things.

But response has been positive so far. Millennials come to unwind while families drop by during the weekend. 


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The Allison


Chipirones


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Pulmones de Cierdo


Mushroom Chicharon

The menu is a solid selection of classic bar chow with little deviations every now and then. It reads like a list of someone's favorite foods. perhaps to drive home that, well, concept of hominess. The crowd favorite is the Allison, is a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with sisig and served with tomato soup. Classic bar chow and a classic pairing—sort of. Bopis masquerades as a fancier-sounding but less spicy Pulmones de Cierdo, which is perfectly flavorful and chewy. If you want chicharon, they come in mushrooms which offer a great balance to the heartiness of the dish.

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South Pub Burger


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Fried Chicken


Nachos


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Fish and Chips

Their South Pub Burger comprises two burger patties smashed to create a giant layer of meat that oozes with juiciness. Flour nachos are topped with heaps of ground beef, cheese sauce, and salsa; cod dipped in beer batter for the Fish and Chips—all the ingredients to a good time.

At the moment, South Pub is trying to throw everything in there to see what works. They've recently debuted a corned crispy pata that would undoubtedly be well-received with a few pints. 


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Corned Crispy Pata

South Pub has started drawing regulars for their food, but its goal to go from watering hole to second home. They’re due to add a couple of flat-screen TVs as well as memorabilia that only Southerners will appreciate. Think childhood toys, photos of the old South, and lots and lots of memories, like Big Bang sa Alabang.

The South has always been unpredictable, but with nostalgia, great food, and good booze, here's hoping South Pub gets it right. 

South Pub is at 2/F The Commercenter Building, Commerce Avenue, Barangay New Alabang Village, Filinvest Corporate, Muntinlupa City; open from Tuesday to Sunday (4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends); 0918-439-1606.

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