Because expensive doesn’t always mean great
Back in college, quite a number of my friends—like most fresh-blooded, bright-eyed kids just short of their twenties—defined a good night as an evening spent at one of the countless college parties held by our university orgs, making half-intoxicated memories and soaking in what they believed to be the essence of growing up. When we made it out of school and got our eventual welcome into the workforce, that definition changed a little, taking on a less rowdy, less kids-trying-to-be-cool-at-a-college-party kind of energy. Now that we're well into our twenties, neck-deep into this whole adulthood thing and trying to make bank, good nights have less to do with where we are, and much more to do with who we're with, what we're listening to and how much (or little!) we need to spend.
All of this is really just a build-up to the overarching question behind this piece: how do you define a good night out? Because if it's also good music, grub and drinks at reasonable prices that you're after, you've come to the right place. Ahead, we list down some of the best places to sit back, listen up, and eat and drink to your heart's content––without stressing over the tab.
Image via The Minokaua on Facebook
Where is it? 1951 Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila
How much should I expect to spend? Approximately P350 to P400 per person
Why this place? Not too far up North nor too deep down South, The Minokaua gives the middle-grounders of Manila a place for good evenings and even better nightcaps. Their menu is full of bar chow and dishes perfect for sharing with friends––best enjoyed with their selection of Cocktails of Malate, of course.
Craft Rock & Grill
Where is it? The Fort Strip, 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City
How much should I expect to spend? Approximately P600 per person
Why this place? Weekly nightcaps are common practice around BGC. When it comes to location, value for money, and service, it seems this place just can't be beat. Craft Rock & Grill delivers on all fronts, but stands out among the rest of the establishments on this list thanks to its extensive drinks list and delicious food options.
Tago Jazz Cafe
Where is it? 14 Main Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City
How much should I expect to spend? Approximately P300 to P400 per person
Why this place? While watering holes with live music are easy to come by in the Metro, ones that cater to jazz music aficionados are far and few. This place is a jazz lover's haven, what with its authentic music and laidback vibe.
saGuijo Cafe + Bar
Image via saGuijo Cafe + Bar on Facebook
Where is it? 7612 Guijo Street, San Antonio, Makati
How much should I expect to spend? Approximately P400 per person
Why this place? A hotspot for some of the best musical acts in the local scene, saGuijo isn't a place you go for the sake of being seen. It's a place for authentic, indie music, decently priced beer and good food. A big yes in our book!
Jess & Pat's
Where is it? 63 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City
How much should I expect to spend? Approximately P300 to P350 per person
Why this place? Great food, accommodating staff, intimate space. You could come into Jess & Pat's alone, without knowing a single soul there and leave having found a few companions to knock back a few drinks with the next time. They have pretty exciting gigs from time to time, too––always worth checking out!
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If you do see us in any of these spots, don't be afraid to say hi!
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Art Alexandra Lara