Posh minus the pricey menu.
This liquor lounge houses the most extensive varieties of international and local spirits, some of which are really hard to find, but also boasts of affordable prices compared to other night spots and bars.
In Labeled, buying the bottle is encouraged. A risqué move as Cebuanos are known to be tihik (thrifty) on night outs. It clearly has paid off as the place is always packed due to bottles sold at almost supermarket-like prices. Even the location was a strategic move to capture the market in the south. This saves them from the traffic of going to where the bars are mostly located.
The two floor establishment can accommodate as much as 50 – 80 people with a bar, tables and a DJ’s booth located on the top floor. Here’s a warning for the claustrophobic or anti-social type, it can get really crowded on weekends. I usually hit the place on a weekday (I prefer to sit comfortably while drinking). On a weekend, you can reserve a table with a minimum consumable amount. The best thing about Labeled is the two clean and tidy washrooms which are conveniently located in both the upper and lower floors. Also, no worries on dress code, as long as you’re dressed appropriately everyone is welcome!
They will always have your favorite drink available (You can even have the bottle kept). But what about their food? Labeled’s pulutans are all reasonably priced, ranging from 100 – 280 pesos a dish. My favorites are the Potato Wedges, Gambas and Beef Tips. My potato wedges were not greasy and even though fried to a crisp, the insides were still moist and tasty (not at all salty). The gambas was cooked to perfection, not rubbery with a perfect blend of sweet and spice enhanced with garlic. The beef tips were tender, almost the melt in your mouth kind, infused and sautéed in garlic and olive oil marinade. The owners would like to develop Labeled into a restaurant serving rice meals soon, but as of the moment they want to concentrate on making sure your alcohol cravings are served.
Photos by Irene Francisco and Michael Jo.
What ya waiting for? Get Labeled.