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Tuesday, January 7, 2014


A NEW hangout in town caters to some favorite ways of unwinding: eat, drink, dance and karaoke with family and friends.

The Tio family has managed to offer all of these to their customers in one venue at Basic Bar and KTV Lounge, which soft opened in July 2013 and had its grand launch in October. Managed by Tonyo’s Bar and Restaurant, Basic wants to provide options to kick back, fuss-free.

The place is usually packed on the weekends, indicating its popularity. For those who happen to have their days off mid-week or just feel like hanging out before the party crowds arrive, there are plenty of items for dinner on the extensive menu.

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Combo meals are only P80 to P95 including rice and a small drink. Aside from the bestsellers shown on this page, there’s still a long list of appetizers, sizzling plates, grilled food, silog, noodle dishes, seafood, vegetables and sandwiches. There is an equally long list of drinks, with local beer at P45 per bottle and margarita mixes at P400 to P500 per one-liter pitcher. The bar also offers plenty of cocktails and different kinds of liquor.

Towards midnight, the indoor dining area transitions from a restaurant to a bar. A lot of customers like to enjoy their drinks in the large outdoor area. There’s a self-service Beer Station in the al fresco area so that customers can easily buy drinks there. The outdoor and dining areas double as function areas for baptisms, birthdays, reunions and other events, with buffet menus that can cater from 50 to 450 people.

Basic has 10 karaoke rooms, nine of which can accommodate up to 10 people and with one large room for up to 25 people. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the smaller rooms rent for P200 per hour, while the large room is at P400 per hour. From Mondays to Thursdays, the rooms are only P150 and P300 respectively, and their current promo offers 2+1 on those days. Sing for three hours, but pay for only two; it’s music to karaoke lovers’ ears.

As a restaurant, watering hole and KTV lounge in one place, there’s something for everyone who’s in the mood to have fun. Basic is located on Gov. Cuenco Ave., Banilad, beside Holiday Gym and Spa. It is open daily from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m, or even later if the party is still going.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 08, 2014.

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