Mysterious, Magical, Fantastic, One of a kind! – These are the words that I use to describe Bacolod’s newest watering hole – The Trap Door Tasting Room. This unique place is the first Magic themed pub in the Philippines. Filled with illusions, gimmicks and magic-related stuff, there’s no place like it in the Philippines!
Getting to The Trap Door Tasting room is an adventure in itself. To find it, head to 22nd street and to Pizza Republic’s and Orange Carinderia’s parking lot.
Once you’re in the parking lot – look at the stone wall at the side.. There will be an Ace of Spades. Turn the Ace of Spades and the doors to The Trap Door Tasting Room will be revealed. What an awesome entrance!
The feeling of adventure and magic heightens once you’re inside. Suddenly, you feel as if you’re transported hundreds of years back into the past – into a strange and amazing new place.
As you enter, your eyes are drawn to the rows of bookshelves. Framed pictures of Magicians line the walls, their eyes welcoming you, the viewer to a most fantastic pub atmosphere which evokes the late Victorian era and early 1930’s speakeasies.
The Trap Door Tasting Room is the brainchild of Jiggs Santiago, Paolo Sanson, Chris Laino, JM Padilla, Jolo Santiago and Leizl Sanson-Gaston. A group of friends who also run the amazing illusion brewery that we had also featured in our website. These friends decided to veer away from the common industrial look that most bars and pubs have in Bacolod and instead decided to go all out with a magic and illusion themed speakeasy. An amazing and unique concept that is the first in the Philippines.
The owners believe in letting their customers enjoy the unique bar experience that they have created. There is amazing attention to detail that extends from the washroom that houses a scary secret for those who linger inside – and the waiters and waitresses who can perform magic tricks to entertain the guests!
But it’s not just all smoke and mirrors inside, The Trap Door serves excellent craft beer from Illusion Brewery along with appetizers and snacks for your drinking pleasure.
We tried some of the appetizers and snacks that The Trap Door had to offer. They’re still working on their menu and so main dishes are not yet available. But what they have is very tasty and satisfying!
The Trap Door Tasting Room is a great place to come and visit. Come and visit them, bring your guests and have an amazing, magical experience!
The Trap Door Tasting Room is Located at 22nd street, Bacolod City Beside Pizza Republic and Orange Karinderia.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 5:30 pm to 1am. Closed on Mondays
Remember to look for the Ace of Spades secret door.