Heads up, dudes and dudettes! There’s a new tiki bar in Coron, and it promises a vibe as chill as the cocktails they serve.
Yes, there are bars in Coron that stay open well into the night, but they’re what we would call “classic” bars: good bar chow, beers, and a couple of drinks here and there. While these places are great, it’s hard to find a place in town that serves cocktails you’d normally find in tiki bars (they’re normally on the islands well outside of Coron)… that is, until you come across Coco Bar along Calle Real in downtown Coron.
Walk through the doors of Coco Bar and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped away from town and onto an island. You’re welcomed with a combination of thin bamboo, thatch, and wood, with small tables and high chairs that encourage standing more than sitting. They want you to socialize and move about the restaurant, hence the set-up.
The cabinet-behind-the-bar is similar to something you’d see in Manila’s bars, lined with the many spirits they can use to either make your night more interesting or put you out of commission for the rest of the night.
As with most Coron bars and restos, they give you their best interpretation of what goes well with their drink menu. The stands outs? the Coco Burger and the Loco Moco. These use the same homemade pure beef patty that’s sure to satisfy any burger lover’s palate, whether it’s in a bun or on top of rice.
In the hunt for something interesting? Try their Spam Musubi, a sushi-style treat from Hawaii that combines the ever-reliable Spam with Japanese rice and nori.
Tiki bars are known for chill drinks that reflect the very essence of island living: laid back with a sense of community. This is where Coco Bar shines, thanks to its lineup of tiki cocktails.
A couple of their best picks (as of now) include the Adonis, the Palawan Sling, and what might possibly be an island exclusive: the Malajon Martini.