G and I both smoke. We don’t encourage it, but we do it. We drink too, by the way.
But times have indeed changed when I would sit through long Pan-Am flights where I would play with ashtrays on the armrest with traces of ash dust. Or window shopping around Shangri-la Mall, cigarette smoke reflecting on the glass panes. And before you start thinking, “Mad Men,” it was much more a practice in “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”
As a result, we are always on the lookout for bars and restaurants in the Metro which accommodate an old style of recreation and socialization.
Below is a list of airconditioned establishments with provisions for smokers
This time-cherished restaurant has a separate smoking room without feeling excluded from the rest of the dining area.
210 Nicanor Garcia Street, Makati City/ (02) 895.2451
Having recently gone through a renovation, the smoking area is now much smaller so you might want to make reservation or go early if you’ll need a few tables.
Ground Floor “The Spa Bldg.” Lot 5, Quadrant 8, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City/ (02) 856.1798/ (0922) 816.7127
Here you’ll find the smoking area on the 2nd floor where they keep the windows open for ventilation aside from the aircondition.
Ground Floor, Wumaco Bldg., Lane P, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City/ (02) 831.3543/ (0915) 827.1913
This joint is class all the way. Their impressive selection of whiskeys are meant to be paired with cigars. And although the smoking area is just a few feet away from the non-smoking portion of the room, the highly efficient exhaust and airconditioning systems will hardly leave anyone noticing the divide.
SB Cards Bldg., Mezzanine Level, 114 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City/ (02) 810.3565/ (0918) 810.3565
You’ll find most of their restaurants with a smoking area, but with some larger than others so call for a reservation, especially on weekends. Check their Facebook account for a complete listing of branches in the Ortigas and Makati areas.
It’s not just for the burgers. Their branches In Greenhills and Tomas Morato have large smoking areas, except on Sundays. Visit their website for a complete listing.
Little Tokyo restaurants have smoking areas inside the establishments with the exception of Seryna.
Chino Roces Avenue, Pasong Tamo cor. Amorsolo, Legazpi Village, Makati City