May your next barkada hangout leave the chat room.
Whether it be school, work, or whatever life throws at us, the week can be tiring, which is why the weekend is always a welcome sight. TBH, two days aren’t enough to get that R&R after all that work, especially with how many things can be done with your friends around the city. Who says revenge partying and hangouts are over? From themed cafes and bars to an Airbnb made to be a gamer’s paradise, we’ve rounded up a few new places around the Metro that will have those barkada meetups leave the chat.
GRAB SOME COFFEE WITH YOUR FELLOW EXO-LS AT CAFÉ-408
Photo from Cafe-408’s Instagram
For EXO-Ls, by EXO-Ls is the vibe of Café-408. Named after the anniversary of the K-pop group, Café-408 is the first EXO-themed café in the Metro and is decorated in a mix of EXO paraphernalia and white minimalism. From the group’s magazine covers, a playlist that’s all EXO, and staff wearing EXO shirts, the café will have your EXO-L friends spotting all the details. Enjoy all that with their selection of coffee, teas, and sodas, as well as their savory items like rice meals, pasta, baked goods, and more.
Café-408 is located at 2/F The Rock, Holy Spirit Drive, Quezon City.
DESTRESS AT THE ADULT ARCADE OF THE FUN ROOF
@the_funroof 📍The Fun Roof– new bar in Poblacion 🔥 #fyp #poblacionmakati #poblacion #makati #thefunroof #manilanightlife #bar #viral ♬ gimme gimme gimme BOBW party – The Best of Both Worlds Party
Poblacion is known as one of the go-to areas for drinks with its many watering holes. But a new bar in this lively corner of Makati is about to bring the fun to 11. The Fun Roof is a newly-opened rooftop bar that doesn’t skimp on the drunken fun with its neon lights that pop and welcome you to an adult’s version of an arcade.
Aside from the typical bar chow and drinks, The Fun Roof has a variety of games and activities to try out, from basketball, curling, bowling, pinball, mini-golf, and more. A door charge of 500 pesos is implemented on Fridays and Saturdays, and reserving a table is going to cost. But guests are free to walk in and out on other days, and they only charge for the activities you want to try.
The Fun Roof is located at 4/F Matheus Building, 5382 General Luna, Poblacion, Makati. They are open from Tuesdays to Wednesdays, 5 PM – 2 AM, and Thursdays to Sundays, 5 PM – 3 AM.
UNLEASH YOUR INNER ARTIST AT ARTBOOM
Photo from Artboom’s Facebook
Did someone say art? From the makers of, among other attractions, the Omniverse Museum and Tales of Illumina comes Artboom, the newest arts hub in QC. Located on the fourth floor of the Eastwood City Mall, the space has vibrant walls and IG-worthy corners that house interactive installations for kids and kids-at-heart to unleash their inner artists. Take part in a whole host of activities, from slime-making, ceramics painting, and bracelet making (just in time for The Eras Tour in Singapore and Japan). Other DYI experiences to check out include baking, candle making, soap making, and lotion making. With activity prices starting at 100 pesos and packages begging at 350 pesos, there’s a lot to do at Artboom.
ENJOY THE MANILA SKYLINE AT CAFÉ ROO
Photo from Cafe Roo’s Instagram
In the hustle and bustle of Malate, Manila lies Café Roo, a rooftop lounge where you’re free to let your hair down and enjoy the vibes and ambiance. Take in the Manila skyline and enjoy their selection of coffees, drinks, and meals with your friends. And if you’re feeling brave, you may want to check out their hanging chair, a transparent seat that lifts into the air, giving you an even better view of the city and night sky. Do note though as of this writing, Café Roo is closed for maintenance. But when they do reopen, put the spot on your itinerary.
Café Roo is located at 465 Remedios St, Brgy 699, Malate, Manila.
PLAY A VARIETY OF GAMES AT SM GAME PARK
Photo from SM Game Park’s Facebook
What if we told you that there was a mall that had an archery gallery, bowling lanes, billiards, and arcade games all in one space? Sounds like your next weekend ganap. Located on the second floor of SM Fairview, SM Game Park Fairview is chock-full of activities that could fill up an entire afternoon. Archery, bowling, billiards, foosball, arcade games, and even KTV all await you. And if all this gets your stomach grumbling, you can sate your hunger at the game park’s snack bar.
BUILD AND RACE TAMIYA CARS AT THE BRICKYARD
Photo from The BrickYard Makati’s Facebook
Chances are, you probably know someone who has an interest in or likes collecting miniature cars. If you’re that someone or would like to dip your toes into this growing hobby, then you may want to pay a visit to The Brickyard. With two locations at Glorietta 2 and Vertis North (great spots for Northies and Southies), The Brickyard caters to all things Tamiya racing.
Here, you’re free to buy and build Tamiya kits, as well as test out the mini-four-wheel-miniature cars with their mini-four-wheel-drive racetrack located in both branches. And the best part is that you don’t have to break the bank to make your own with kits costing as low as 300 pesos. Who knows, your barkada may soon be competing in tournaments organized by the store.
SKATE TO K-POP AT ROLLER FEVER
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Do you know what’s better than a roller rink? A Korean-themed roller rink, which is what Roller Fever at Ayala Malls Manila Bay is all about. Skate around the neon-hued rink to your favorite K-pop tunes and chow down on Korean food and snacks when you’re done. What’s not to love? Rates start at 280 pesos, but you can also avail of a whole day pass for just 500 pesos if the music of your biases is too much to resist.
LIVE YOUR GAMER DREAMS IN GAMEPOD
If an out-of-town trip with the crew isn’t on the cards, then consider this staycation pad in the Metro that is a gamer’s dream come true. Gamepod is an arcade-themed Airbnb condo unit that can fit up to you and five of your friends. The place is filled with the usual amenities, a main bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a dedicated workspace, and a kitchen.
But the real star of the show is the gaming living room that’s covered wall to wall in all things gaming. And on top of it all, you get access to a PlayStation Plus Deluxe subscription. If ever you want to pause the video games for a moment, you can catch a movie or two with the two smart TVs with Netflix subscriptions.
Gamepod is located at San Lorenzo Place, Makati. Rates start at 1,800 pesos per night.