Just two and a half hours away from Manila, we have been regularly visiting Bataan as a quick weekend getaway. And when we just want cold beers, some no-frills cocktails to get drunk on, and a bright, energetic atmosphere, we hit the local bar: Esquinita Kitchen + Pub in Balanga City is the locals’ choice for having a good night out with friends.
There’s no air of pretentiousness here: it’s a straightforwardly fun bar where you can come as you are. There’s great music: some nights it’s an acoustic set served up by Bataan’s best acts, other nights it’s a pumping venue with the best top 40 hits. Show off your beer pong skills against the regulars. Feel right at home.
Esquinita can also get pretty creative with naming their cocktails: with names like Basag, Swabe, and Gewang, you pretty much know what to expect.
They also have butterbeer and caramel beer, definitely a must-try for those with the sweet tooth.
Check out the other things that we tried:
Their sizzling plates, side-by-side: Hotdog and tofu
Straight-up bar chow, some fun drinks, and a chill space: what’s not to love about this place? Their prices are also really affordable, which is always a plus.
If you find yourself in Bataan, drop by and grab a cold beer at Esquinita.
Esquinita Kitchen + Pub
182 Magnolia Street, San Jose, Balanga City, Bataan