Friday night traffic is just as bad as Monday morning traffic. But it’s also the day when you can do whatever, because, well, it’s Friday!
So while waiting for the rush hour to die down, here are a few places in Makati you can hangout in before you head home.
HOLE IN THE WALL
4/F Century City Mall, Makati
Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sun-Thu), 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Fri-Sat)
Where else can you find a food stalls with great food all in one place? Here! Choose from a variety of smoked meats and sandwiches, beefy Viet-American noodle soup, delicious shawarma, or umami fried chicken, just to name a few.
Photo from willflyforfood.net
TAMBAI Yakitori Snack House
5779 Felipe Street, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
Open 5 p.m. to 12 mn (Mon-Fri)
Nestled in the streets of Brgy. Poblacion, this place used to be a sari-sari store. The owners turned it into a yakitori snack bar where they serve yakitori and Filipino street food. The al fresco setting, and of course the skewers, give it that authentic street vibe.
Photo from phonebooky.com
Guazon St., Makati Ave, Makati
Open daily from 6 p.m. to 12 mn
Crying Tiger Street Kitchen is tucked along Guazon Street, much like those hole-in-the-wall spaces we just love discovering. They serve delicious Thai street food. Never leave the place without trying their Thai fried chicken (P69-P499) that comes with a sweet spicy sauce.
Photo from Shenna the Gemini
Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi Stree, Makati
Open 5:30 p.m. onwards (Mon-Sat)
How often do you find a bar with an exit sign at the door as an entrance? If dimmed lights, music turned down low, and some great conversations with friends is what you’re after, then this speakeasy bar may just be the perfect place to unwind while you wait out on traffic. You’ll be impressed with their list of beers and cocktails lined up, you’ll have to shell out a little extra bucks though, but when you’re in this cozy place, that few extra will be worth it.
Photo from Spot.ph
5660 Don Pedro Street, Makati
Roofdeck bar open daily starting 5 p.m.
More into an easy vibe? This place could be your hideaway. Yes, it’s a hostel, but the roof-deck bar overlooking Makati CBD is what gets people coming. That, and meeting travelers, both local and foreign. Make your Friday night count by meeting new people from different walks of life over a bottle of beer, or two. Or more.
Photo from GMA News
SAGUIJO BAR + CAFÉ
7612 Guijo St, Brgy. San Antonio, Makati
Open 6 p.m.-2 a.m. (Tue-Sat)
Because Friday nights are party nights, catch some of Manila’s local bands rocking it in Saguijo. It’s an oldie, but definitely still a hip goodie. Check out the schedule of gigs, and who knows, you might just catch your favorite band playing live.
Photo from Miguel Ambrosio
MAKATI CINEMA SQUARE
Makati Cinema Square, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati
Open daily 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (Armscore)
Open daily 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Kodanda)
Open daily 9 a.m.-12 mn (Billards/bowling)
It still has its old school charm to it no matter how much you compare it to other malls. Play grown-up games that range from firing a gun at the Armscore Shooting Center and blow off 50 bullets full of the week’s stresses, or learn a bit of Archery at Kodanda Archery and practice your inner Katniss Everdeen, or for a little team effort, some billiards and bowling would suffice.
Photo from manila.coconuts.co