Have you visited the Philippines' largest Te'kila library?

May 21, 2024 – Alike Editorial

Busy days and a fast-paced life makes time extremely valuable and fleeting. Though the daily grind does not stop, taking a pause to savor the in betweens of life brings beautiful moments that make us love life even more. BGC is one of the Philippines’ busiest sites, but surrounding it are a variety of opportunities to unwind and appreciate culture, food, people, and art. At the heart of Bonifacio is Te'kila,  the biggest tequila library in the country. The name "Te'kila'' was chosen because the business specializes in an extensive and curated selection of tequilas, offering its guests a diverse and exciting experience with the iconic Mexican spirit.

Enter the space and you're stepping into the world of vibrant Mexican culture as well as its culinary scene in Los Angeles. This is then fused with the local Filipino energy and vibe to an unforgettable gustatory and social experience. The interior design features vibrant hues, rustic textures, and artistic elements that pay homage to Mexican craftsmanship and artistic heritage. Its aesthetic incorporates elements like traditional Mexican tiles, handcrafted wooden furniture, and vibrant artwork that reflect the richness and diversity of Mexican culture. 

The atmosphere is infused with lively music, creating an inviting and energetic space where guests can immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Mexico, making an experience at Te'kila Bar truly memorable.

Driven by passion for tequila, the concept behind the restaurant-bar is to create a premier destination for tequila enthusiasts by offering the most curated and extensive premium tequila list in the country: “We aim to provide a unique and immersive experience where guests can explore the diverse world of tequila, from renowned brands to hidden gems, all expertly selected to showcase the best that each spirit has,” shares Atty. Jan Rurik Padiernos. 

What makes a good tequila? 

They’re beautifully and expertly crafted bottles that bring an “oomph” to your day. For many, tequila drinks make get-togethers more lively and gastronomic experiences more vibrant. In the Philippines, the world-famous drink has gained a following, embracing its taste as well as the art packaging the tequila. 

Putting together the collection of tequila and mezcal took months of thorough selection and meetings with suppliers but for passionate owners, it’s all worth it: “Witnessing our guests embrace and enjoy these new flavors brings a sense of joy and fulfillment, knowing that we're introducing them to something truly special and memorable,” imparts  Atty. Rurik.

“Our best selling premium tequila revolves around Mandala, Dulce Amargura, Don Julio 1942 and Clase Azul. But the most recent brand that is growing in popularity is the Komos Tequila. Also, the Anejo Cristalino and Reposado Rosa are becoming crowd favorites, especially when our clientele is eager to taste something refreshing.”

Pairings for the Palette 

Te'kila menu is not limited to their curated collection of drinks, but also savory Mexican dishes cooked by an authentic Mexican local, Chef Jhonny Rodriguez. Indulge in a satisfying gastronomic experience with these delicious dishes from the menu. 

Tuna Tostada

Crispy corn tortilla topped with fresh diced tuna marinated in lime juice, cilantro, red onion, avocado slices, and a drizzle of spicy mayo or chipotle aioli best to pair with Komos Tequila Reposado Rosa: This tequila's subtle sweetness and hints of fruit complement the freshness of the tuna and the creaminess of the avocado, while its smoothness balances the spiciness of the mayo or aioli.


Te'kila’s very own version of Mexican Street Corn. It is best paired with Mezcal Dulce Infierno Joven, known for its sweet and smoky notes. The drink complements the creamy and tangy flavors of the Esquites, creating a harmonious balance on the palate.

Enchiladas de Camaron (Grilled Shrimp Enchiladas with Tomato Cream Sauce)

Succulent grilled shrimp wrapped in corn tortillas, smothered in a flavorful tomato cream sauce, and baked to perfection best to pair with 888 Tres Ochos Reposado. The smooth and slightly woody notes of Don Julio Reposado complement the richness of the tomato cream sauce in the enchiladas, creating a harmonious balance of flavors.

Churros Loco (Tablea Chocolate, Vanilla Bean Gellato) to pair with Mandala Anejo

The rich and complex flavors of Mandala Anejo complement the sweetness of the churros and the indulgent chocolate sauce, creating a delightful dessert pairing.

In the end, sharing a hardworking menu, a massive selection of drinks, and priceless experience is worth it for the Te'kila team. For its five co-owners, starting a bar or restaurant is not just about serving food and drinks; staying true to your vision and embracing challenges with optimism will lead you to incredible opportunities and fulfillment in your business. 

“Remember, every setback is a lesson, every hurdle a chance to rise higher. Stay resilient, stay passionate, and watch as incredible opportunities unfold before you. Embrace the journey with open arms, and let the fulfillment of creating something truly special be your ultimate reward, ” advises Atty. Rurik, business partner and co-owner. 

Te'kila brings a similar experience of traveling to new places and experiencing its world, its food and its people. The minds behind this pioneer concept hope that more and more people visit and experience it. 

Ready for a quick adventure? Come savor flavors, food, and festivities at Te'kila BGC.


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