Formerly stationed at the heart of Poblacion, it was hard to miss the neon, pink-lit “NOKAL” sign along Kalayaan. Originally launching with a three-floor concept back in 2018; one had the option to grab a drink and dance to house music on the second floor, make their way up to the rooftop and meet a new face or two, and perhaps end the night with a bowl of their best-selling “Steak Rice”.
Thanks to the partners behind the brand: Marco Viray, Lee Watson, Raul Fores, and Jason Soong, their patrons, known as “Lokals of NoKal”, now have something fresh to look forward to as they relaunch in a thrilling new location in Makati Cinema Square. Bringing with them their core of experiencing community through promoting Filipino talent, self-expression, and creativity, this new NoKal is an elevated version of everything you’ve missed. From new, exciting cocktail variants such as “Studio 54” which has a mini disco ball on the glass curated by Bar Specialist Lee Watson, to classic go-to’s like the “NoKal Burger” made famous by Kitchen Consultant Chef Raul Fores.
This New York inspired club takes you away as you dance to the rhythm of the beat with a crafted cocktail on hand – hopefully giving way to connect with both old and new faces. The establishment is definitely one that has the potential to further elevate the stage for our industry – showcasing our underground scene along with Philippine talent. We now have a new homebase stage to host artists from overseas and get them to witness what our scene has to offer here, too. Co-Founder and Managing Director, Marco Viray, shares that “We’ve always been a safe place to go to. I think the culture that we promote is one that expresses peace, love, and responsibility. ‘In our house we are all equal’, as they say.”