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Nokal bids goodbye to Poblacion

Nokal bids goodbye to Poblacion

BYE FOR NOW. Nokal says goodbye to its Poblacion spot. Photo from Nokal's Instagram

The Poblacion bar promises a comeback 'once the timing is right'

Makati City bar and restaurant Nokal, a Poblacion favorite, announced on Sunday, July 26, that it’ll be closing down.

“The current pandemic has taken a toll on our business and employees, and with our business as a bar still not being allowed to operate, and our landlord still demanding full rent payments, we have no choice but to leave the current premises in which our lease is tied unto,” the bar said in a statement posted on its official social media pages.

Nokal, which had shifted to take-out orders during the coronavirus pandemic, thanked its patrons and regulars.

“Our business was built for one primary purpose, it was to spread good music, good vibes, good drinks, and good food to whoever wanted to come in our establishment,” its statement read.

Nokal also thanked musical acts, promoters, and brand sponsors who worked with the bar since it opened 3 years ago.

“We would like to thank our hardworking staff who’ve been with us from the start. Their dedication and hard work was outstanding and without them we wouldn’t have gone this far.”

Nokal also said it is looking for new possible venues once bars are allowed to operate again.

“Rest assured that our home Nokal will live on and will definitely make a comeback once the timing is right,” the bar said, while urging regulars to support its partner establishments Kampai, The Spirits Library, and Ebi10.

Nokal is only one of many establishments that have been forced to close down in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants and bars have been among the businesses worst-hit by the pandemic and safety protocols that it necessitates, even as most have shifted to new modes in accordance with government rules.

Metro Manila, which Makati belongs to, has been under quarantine since mid-March. –