Continuing my coverage of Epitome (which was started here), I'll give those of you who are brave enough some pointers on how to reach this "bathhouse in the heart of Malate."
First off, you should probably know that Epitome's address is 1922 Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila. But, just like any city address, the 1922 number is quite useless and you're better off using a map or looking for landmarks. Discreet Manila to the rescue! (Heh.) Kindly hover your eyes below and see the nifty map I made based on Google Maps. As you can see, Leon Guinto is the next road parallel to Taft Avenue and Epitome is located very near the intersection with Remedios. If you're familiar with the prominent gay district of Orosa-Nakpil, Epitome is only about 600-700 meters away, which makes it quite walkable (comparable to walking the whole length of Megamall back and forth, though not air-conditioned). The perennial landmark marking Epitome's nearest intersection is a Mini Stop branch, although the last time I was there, the convenience store seemed to be under renovation.
Epitome's entrance is just a simple doorway immediately leading to a stairway ascending to the second floor. You know you've found the door when you see the Epitome logo as a sign on top of the doorway. You'll also know that you've found the right place (and know that the club is still open) when you spot their security guard wearing a polo barong outside by the door.
If you're commuting via bus or jeepney, the best place to get off is at Remedios if you're traveling on any route that goes along Taft Avenue. If your route is along Quirino Avenue, then get off at Leon Guinto St. There are also numerous jeepneys that have Leon Guinto itself as a route; I think it's the Baclaran-Sta. Ana route. Finally, if you're taking the LRT, the nearest station is Quirino Avenue Station.
Bringing your own car? I've done this a few times and I've found parking along Leon Guinto St. quite safe. You can opt to park very near the entrance (the manong guard is quite willing to direct your parking) or you can park across or somewhere down the street. There are no pesky "parking attendants" here and there's very little risk of carnapping since Leon Guinto St. is a relatively busy jeepney route (but not too busy that you'd be embarrassed to be seen by jeepney passengers in that area). Oh, unlike other side streets in the area, Leon Guinto is two-way, so you should have no problem making U-turns in case you missed the place.
Yep, I'm still not done with Epitome so stay tuned for future posts.