“”Cockhouse” …more wholesome than it sounds, although not the kind of place where you’d bring your Bible study group,” says Rafe Bartholomew (author of “Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin’ in Flip-Flops and the Philippines”) in his blog after he visited Ilocos in December 2006.
Cockhouse is actually a resto bar, with live band entertainment, which attracts foreign and domestic tourists as well as locals who love the nightlife. The owners used to be fighting cock breeders, which explains the rather intriguing name.
Beer is the bestseller as expected. I’m not a beer drinker, though we go to Cockhouse every once in a while to eat kimlo (misua or vermicelli with fresh egg soup) or sizzling mushrooms or cheese sticks. The menu is pretty varied. Besides pulutan (hors d oeuvre) like crispy bagbagis (intestines), they also have tapsilog (rice with beef tapa and egg), lomi (thick noodle soup with fresh egg), pancit guisado (fried noodles), etc.. We sometimes bump into prominent people enjoying a beer or two. Some politicos too. Laoag is so laid-back, and we know how to enjoy what is there. We don’t crave for posh establishments. If a bar imposes entrance fee, I tell you, it’s dead sooner than you think. Ilocanos are known to be kuripot (tightwad) that is why establishments, like the no cover-no dress code Cockhouse have longevity. Not to mention, Cockhouse is the only place with good girl band entertainment. I think even Aegis has performed there before.
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