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This Newest Bar and Café in Bacolod Lets You Wine, Dine, and Chill; Check out QANTO by Esquinita!

QANTO is the newest spot in Lacson that millennials and youngsters go to for a chill time.

By: Mira Maestrecampo | March 04, 2023
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Qanto by Esquinita, Esquinita BCD, bar and café in Bacolod

Your favorite cocktails and great food by Esquinita BCD are now served at their new branch at Lacson Street.

Images: QANTO by Esquinita Facebook page

Who doesn’t love chilling, taking a break, and eating along Bacolod’s busy streets? The City of Smiles continues to flourish as an urbanized city that offers many travel and lifestyle destinations for anyone who does not want to experience traffic, crowded places, and congested spots. A life in a progressive province like that you can find in Negros can serve as a breather for some who are fond of the nightlife and vibrant lifestyle in the city.

Where do you want to go when you want to wine, dine, and chill in Bacolod City? Yoorekka knows you loved Esquinita Bar and Café along Narra Avenue in Bacolod, but sometimes having a seat at the café can be a problem for some, mainly because the crowd loves the food and cocktails served. Fortunately, they have opened a new branch along the highways of Lacson, and now you will find something new to chill and delight in—QANTO by Esquinita!


Qanto by Esquinita – Esquinita Bcd – Bar and Café in Bacolod, Qanto by Esquinita

QANTO is the newest spot in Lacson that millennials and youngsters go to for a chill time.

Image: QANTO by Esquinita Facebook page

Do you all remember the trending bar and café in Bacolod City called ‘Esquinita’? The café has a unique name inspired by the Tagalog word, which translates to ‘alley’ in English. Now, they have a new branch much closer to the busy highway named ‘Qanto’, also from a Tagalog word, translating to ‘corner’. Like Esquinita Bar and Café, QANTO by Esquinita also lives up to its name since the new chill spot in Bacolod is located at the corner of Lacson Street near other food spots—Nezu, a modern Japanese restaurant and Mushu, a seafood restaurant.

Some customers have encountered an experience of not having a seat at Esquinita BCD due to many customers dining in at the bar and café, which also has limited space since it’s in an alley. Now that QANTO by Esquinita is soft-launched last February 15, you have another spot to chill with your barkada in a bigger location with the same food and drinks by Esquinita that you love.


Esquinita BCD now made larger at QANTO



Qanto by Esquinita – Esquinita Bcd – Bar and Café in Bacolod, Esquinita BCD

Spend time with your friends while enjoying the ambiance, music, and good food.

Images: QANTO by Esquinita Facebook page

You will love the bigger space to chill and enjoy your favorite food at QANTO, offering a new, classy dining spot in Bacolod that you should try. The place is air-conditioned, with more seats and a larger area to relax and bask in the gastronomic delights. QANTO by Esquinita boasts your favorite food like pasta, pizza, sandwiches, main entrees, coffee, cocktail beverages, desserts, and more! QANTO is an excellent addition to Bacolod City’s food and lifestyle spots roster that lets you have more great options.

Another great feature at QANTO by Esquinita BCD is the music, featuring Bacolod’s handpicked artists - from live bands to talented local singers. This newest bar and café in Bacolod is the place to go not just for chill nights but can also be the perfect dating spot with your beau or a relaxing place to enjoy your me-time.


Qanto by Esquinita – Esquinita Bcd – Bar and Café in Bacolod, bar and café in Bacolod

Try these QANTO bestsellers—Aglio Olio Pasta at PhP220 and Toasted Marshmallow Frappe at PhP150!

Images: QANTO by Esquinita Facebook page

QANTO by Esquinita always delivers when it comes to quality food that satisfies every Bacolodnons’ taste. Influencers from Bacolod who were the first to experience the place and the food during QANTO’s soft opening recommend you to try QANTO’s specialties: QANTO Burger at PhP240, Pizza QANTO at PhP390, QANTO Back Ribs at PhP320, Sizzling Cansi Steak PhP340, Honey Garlic Shrimp at PhP240, Qanto Roast Chicken at PhP320 for a half serving suitable for two to three people and whole chicken good for four to six persons at PhP620, Bacon Mushroom Pasta at PhP240, and Bistek Tagalog at PhP240.

As for QANTO by Esquinita’s specialty drinks, you can try Hazelnut Espresso Martini at PhP350, Enqanto Amulet at PhP290, and Haciendera Margarita at PhP270. The best-recommended frappes are Toffee Nut Frappe and the Walnut Brownie Frappe, both at PhP150 for coffee-based and PhP160 for cream-based. More must-tries from their signature drinks are Sangria El Qanto at PhP250, Bacoleño Sour at PhP210, and Qanto Amaretto Sour at PhP240.


Qanto by Esquinita – Esquinita Bcd – Bar and Café in Bacolod, Qanto by Esquinita

Choose from pork, seafood, beef, chicken, pasta, burgers, or sandwiches, and pair them up with one of QANTO’s signature cocktail drinks.

Images: QANTO by Esquinita Facebook page

Other than these mouth-watering QANTO food recommendations, you can also try other modern Filipino delicacies with QANTO’s signature contemporary twist. QANTO by Esquinita and Esquinita BCD is popular and loved because of their variety of unique cocktails and specialty coffee drinks.

You will also love the overall ambiance of the place and the combination of wooden and minimalistic furnishings with leather and wood finishes. Notable works of art can also be seen around the walls of this newest bar and café in Bacolod.

As mentioned, QANTO by Esquinita also features live music performances and local DJs in Bacolod to elevate your overall dining experience.


Address: 20th Lacson Street, Bacolod City; near Mushu and Nezu
Operating Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 3:00 PM to 1:00 AM; Fridays and Saturdays, 3:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Price: Food: PhP150 to PhP620; Drinks and Cocktails: PhP70 to PhP2,170
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qantobar


Bacolod City sure never runs out of food options, and there are so many to try out just at the heart of the city. The City of Smiles brings out the happiness of the traveler in you with a vast array of food spots and lifestyle establishments, like QANTO by Esquinita!


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About Mira Maestrecampo
Mira - with a long surname - is a girl who dreams of becoming a news anchor someday, in God's perfect time. She loves to read books and eat different kinds of cheesy or saucy food. A coffee addict and a dog lover, she loves long hugs, hot coffee on an afternoon break with friends, or simply sleeping all day with her stuffed unicorns.
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