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Friday, June 23, 2023

StopOver: Unknown13 Pub

06/16/2023 05:01:01 PM

Everyone knows I live near Katipunan, so that said – and as a music lover – Route 196 was one of the places that immediately rang a bell to me. Unfortunately, the pandemic made them close shop, igniting the untimely demise of live music in the area for a few years. 

While Pop Up Katipunan emerged as an event hub on a similar scale as the now-defunct B-Side at The Collective, especially at the height of resurgence, it wasn't enough until someplace from Blue Ridge opened its doors called Unknown13.

Billed as Unknown13 Pub, the newly minted establishment caters to the music of various sorts. Opened last 2 June, the bar has welcomed both mellow and loud sounds from 8 PM-2 AM from Tuesdays to Sundays. Located just at the top of the building where Kopiroti resides, Unknown13 can also provide some moments of respite with the city-light view facing Quezon and San Juan cities.

On the inside, Unknown13 has well-maintained lights, sounds, and ventilation systems. Not to mention, the staff are very accommodating. Plus, its interiors can serve as a backdrop for those Instagram-my models.

Don't get me started with the food. Some delectable items may look too simple for a roadhouse-like bar, but they were damn good and even affordable. Imagine ordering some dishes and pulutan for a price range of 199-699 pesos. Holy shit. 

Their choice of beers, though, is quite limited. So, as a Red Horse guy, I can only settle for Pale Pilsen, although I need to try their salted caramel soon. Nevertheless, they have a wide selection of alcoholic drinks. Maybe, for a budget-conscious individual, it's a bit drawback to take an iced tea regularly, but I can probably give it a try at a random time wherein I'm not in the mood to consume alcohol. 

Accessing the venue is a bit challenging. People who want to go there via commute might need to take a jeepney ride from either Cubao or Project 4, walk from T. Castro, and cross the avenue with a pedestrian overpass. You're lucky if you can ride the bus which routes from Market Market to SM City North EDSA and vice versa. 

As for me? It's a 25–30-minute uphill walk from my house.

Aside from experiencing the usual dine-and-drink hangout, I have to commend the new music hall for committing themselves to give production outfits and musicians a house for live music, whether they're the bigwigs plus up-and-comers like Orange & Lemons, Similar Sky, Join The Club, Brisom, and Dionela, or anywho from the independent and even underground scenes like Shumi, Jana Garcia, Tanakuta, Sean Ilada, and Blind Stereo Moon. 

Well, I can only hope that Ace, JM, along with the entire pool of 13 owners became successful in operating this bar regardless of my opinion of this place. Hey, the founders are known for maximizing the potential of local musicians as "the heart of their brand advocacy" (as per the Latest Chika article), so I'm honestly not surprised if they managed to provide their stage with well-maintained light and sound equipment.

Drop by Unknown13 Pub on the third floor of 226 Katipunan Avenue, Blue Ridge A, Quezon City. Check out their social media pages for gig schedules and promos.

Author: slickmaster | © 2023 The SlickMaster's Files

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