Sip some wine & channel your inner Van Gogh

Sip & Gogh

This is exactly the principle behind the first paint-and-sip studio in the Philippines, Sip & Gogh. 

My cousin Beverly had messaged me the week prior, asking what I was doing on Tuesday. “I’m bringing you out. We are going to have fun. NO BACKING OUT.” “Where are we going?” I asked. “Basta, it will be fun.” “What time is it and where?” “Stop asking, just go with me!”

Five hours later, she relented. “OK fine, we are going to Sip & Gogh. On Tuesdays at 8PM, they have Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) night and they teach you how to paint whilst drinking wine.” Yay!!!

And so that Tuesday night, Bevy, her best friend Gretchen Chua and I found ourselves braving the heavy downpour to Quezon City, carefully maneuvering past Commonwealth until we got to Capitol Hills.

Sip & Gogh looks like an art studio, with several long tables each with easels and canvases– but with a wine/ cocktail bar next to it. For a fee of P900, they provide you with all the art materials you need: canvas, easel, apron, paint, and an instructor to guide you through your process.

According to GMA News Online, the idea came to the owners while they were stranded in Marikina during last year’s habagat, sharing a glass of wine. Everytime there was a calamity, they would do a fundraising by painting cards and selling them, so they thought, what if they created a permanent place to create art for fundraising, similar to the paint and sip studios abroad? Alas, Sip & Gogh was born.

 

Sip & Gogh

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Sip & Gogh 3

Some of their wine selection that can be had by the bottle or by the glass. They even have Indian wine! If wine isn’t your thing, they also serve cocktails and imported beer.

Wines at Sip & Gogh

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Van Gogh Quotes

Painting Tools

Here are their rules:

Sip & Gogh Rules

I wanted to paint a scene from a cruise we recently took at Vancouver’s English Bay during my brother’s wedding– in Van Gogh or Post-Impressionist style. Bevy wanted to paint a Napoleon Wrasse (or the mameng fish as it’s known locally), and Gretchen wanted to paint a sunset in Anilao. Our other friends Jay Espinas and Bill Tan who joined us later on wanted to paint a school of Trevally, and geometric patterns, respectively.

Beverly Tiu, Cheryl Tiu, Gretchen Chua

Beverly Tiu

Cheryl Tiu and Gretchen Chua

Since it was BYOB night, we brought our own bottles instead, nice Rioja and Bordeaux courtesy of Gretchen, and a Pomerol I picked up from Wine Story, which is interestingly by the same owner of Chateau Angelus, made famous by the James Bond movie “Casino Royale” ;)

Our BYOB Wines

Sip and Gogh doesn’t have a proper kitchen but they do serve crackers and cheese. We ordered takeout from Pho-Hoa next door instead.

Cheese Platter

We were assisted by their very patient instructors, who answered all our questions, helped us sketch, and guided us through the process. That’s Kevin sitting across Bevy.

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And here we are with our finished products– which we all get to take home as well :)

Me and my “Van Gogh” version of Vancouver’s English BayCheryl Tiu- English Bay Post Impressionist

Bevy and her Napoleon Wrasse aka mamengBeverly Tiu- Mameng

Here’s a close-up so you can see the details. Try to spot her signature “Beverly” somewhere there!Bevy's Painting- Mameng- Close up

Gretchen and her Anilao sunsetGretchen Chua- Anilao Sunset

Jay and his school of TrevallyJay Espinas

Bill and his geometric patternsBill Tan- Geometrics

We all had such a blast! What a “feel good” evening. Jay Espinas, Bill Tan, Beverly Tiu, Cheryl Tiu, Gretchen Chua at Sip & Gogh

Instead of the usual nightcap at a bar, we enjoyed some of our favorite bottles while channeling our emotions and energy– into something fun! You get to drink (always a plus :)), learn how to paint (anyone and everyone can do it!) and you get to produce a piece of art that you can take home and hang in your room! The fact that it’s set in a kind of studio-bar, allows you to go at your pace, unlike traditional art schools, and is much more relaxed. Such a genius concept, and definitely a feel-good “gimmick.”  Quick, come with your family, friends, kids, loved ones now! :)

Visit their website to check the calendar of schedules and reserve your slot online or by phone; and their Facebook for more information, and photos of your session. 

Sip and Gogh is located at 1 Capitol Hills Drive, Quezon City. Phone (02) 961-1248 or (63999) 887 – 6190. Email info@sipandgogh.com. 

3 thoughts on “Sip some wine & channel your inner Van Gogh

  1. Ramon

    What a cute concept! And so well executed, this looks like a great alternative “gimmick”. Are they related in any way to Van Gogh is Bi Polar? I am making the connection because of the feel good and therapeutic benefits of both establishments.

    All of you paint so well! I am embarrassed to even try if that is what everybody’s work looks like after :D

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    1. Cheryl Tiu Post author

      Hi there! No, not the same owners as Van Gogh is Bipolar, although both are really fun, unique concepts in the city. You should definitely check it out, anyone can paint! You will be amazed :)

      Reply

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