HOT! HAUTE! HAUGHT!
NICOTINA GARDEN PAVILION
110 Williams St. corner Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. (one door down from the Department of Foreign Affairs) tel. 5517906 - 07
I just love this place and I don't know why. Could it be the 2 storey tall strands of tivoli lights dripping from the ceiling? Or perhaps it's the beautiful mid-20th century house snuggled beneath the large Banyan tree in its courtyard? Whatever the case may be, Nicotina is really the nightclub (and I mean this in a positive old-fashioned sense) to see or be seen in these days. And for good reason: it's casual, it's tastefully appointed, and they have fabulous performances in a cabaret setting every week. And if that's not enough, then its reasonably priced Italian food (I particularly like their Porcini Risotto and Beef Carpaccio) will keep you coming back for more. No wonder its become the social epicenter of Manila's notoriously finicky (and insular) fashionista set. When you go, make sure to dress up, but in light fabrics - it's open air ambience is unforgiving for the non-believers of casual chic.
Call them (5517906 - 07) and inquire about the music line up for the week: Sound plays acid jazz; Drip plays electronica; and The Brass Munkeys do Big Band (complete with trombones and stuff). All them a must-see. Oh..and also make sure not to miss...