A Night of Music and Drinking: Top Hangouts for Millennials This 2017

Party with friends at these cool places in the metro

By: Karen Cayamanda | January 24, 2017
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Hanging out with drinks and music is a favorite hobby for a lot of people. They go out and have drinks to unwind or have fun with some good company. In Metro Manila, more and more hangouts are emerging to cater to diverse tastes and preferences. And there seems to be a common thing among them: a perfect combination of music and drinks. It is what people usually look for in a hangout.

Looking for hangouts where you can listen to good music while drinking with friends? In this list, we’ve rounded up several hangouts where you can have a great time with friends.

Route 196

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From upcoming acts to established artists, Route 196 has something for you.

If you are in the Quezon City area and looking for good food and awesome live music, Route 196 may be the ideal hangout for you. The place may be a bit small, but it packs a punch when it comes to live music. Known for featuring local artists, the bar hosts performances from famous favorites as well as up-and-coming musicians. Aside from the diverse lineup of live music, you and your friends can enjoy great bar food and ice-cold beers to chase the stress away. As if music is not enough, you may also catch a mashup of live music and poetry while you’re there—thanks to Words Anonymous, a spoken word collective that joins the party every now and then.

Operating hours: Monday to Thursday, 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM; Friday to Saturday, 6:00 PM – 3:00 AM

19 East

hangouts for Millenials in Manila music drinking

Head to 19 East to watch popular local artists.

Want to see famous musicians on your next night out with friends? We’ve got you covered. 19 East is a premier destination for different music enthusiasts. You can go there to watch popular Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artists like Side A, Sandwich, Franco, and Ebe Dancel. The 200-square meter performance hall of 19 East can accommodate up to 200 people and you can expect it to be jam-packed with music fans.

The outdoor garden of 19 East offers a great view of the city lights at night. And the food they serve at the bar is just the thing for a night of drinking. They have pork sisig, gambas, and chicken fingers that go perfectly well with beer and spirits.

Operating hours: Tuesday to Friday, 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM

12 Monkeys

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Take your spot and watch an acoustic performance at 12 Monkeys.

Music fans in the Makati area are in for a treat. 12 Monkeys features excellent acoustic acts by famous local musicians, including Parokya ni Edgar, Up Dharma Down, and Razorback. With its table reservation system, large seating area, and well-stocked bar, 12 Monkeys is sure to give you a great time with your friends. On some nights, you may also chance upon reunion performances by various bands. And if you get hungry after watching awesome live performances, you can always count on 12 Monkeys to serve authentic Filipino cuisine.

Operating hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 4:00 PM – 3:00 AM


hangouts for Millenials in Manila music drinking

Drink the night away with a cool city view.

If you want a hangout with good food and drinks without too much crowd and noise, Bunk may be the right place for you. Francine Delos Reyes set up the place because she wanted to give people a venue to appreciate art and music. It is a rooftop bar that boasts of great views of the city lights. You may want to drop by Bunk just before sunset to get a stunning view of the city with your ice cold beer. It’s also a good idea to pair your drink with some bar chow like sizzling sisig, pizzanitas, and liempo. As for entertainment, there is live music at the bar from Red Button Production. Are you into poetry? You can watch performances by Words Anonymous as well.

Operating hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

The Yard at Xavierville

hangouts for Millenials in Manila music drinking

Check out this food park filled with unique food items and live music.

Looking for a hangout with live music and a wide range of food and drinks? You’ll never run out of options at The Yard in Quezon City. The two-level food park is home to about 30 start-up entrepreneurs and chefs who specialize in almost every cuisine that you can imagine. You can try Spanish, Filipino, Italian, Korean, and Japanese favorites. There is a wide selection of drinks and finger food that you will definitely love. As for entertainment, DJs and up-and-coming bands perform at the place. Graffiti artists can also show off their creativity at The Yard, which contributes to the cool, relaxed vibe of this hangout.

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday, 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM

TIME in Manila

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TIME in Manila offers a different clubbing experience.

Fancy spending a Friday night with house and techno music? If you’re in the Makati area, you can get your clubbing fix at TIME in Manila. International and local DJs perform deep house, techno, and trance. You can spend the night dancing with great underground house music. You can head to their outdoor roof deck on the third floor if you want to chat with your friends.

Operating hours: Monday to Saturday, 11:00 PM – 8:00 AM

This year, there are a lot of hangouts that people can go to after a tiring week. You can rely on any of these places if you want spend a night of drinking and good music.

Click the store names to see their exact addresses and contact numbers.

Photos are from the official Facebook pages of featured establishments.

Prices may change without prior notice.
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About Karen Cayamanda
Karen has more than 10 years of experience in writing for the web. She has covered a very wide range of topics - from health, lifestyle, and life insurance, to sports, real estate, basic interior design, and current events.
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