We’re so over last year’s stressful moments, and we’re kicking them to the curb! This year, we’re all about starting over and embracing life with tons of positivity.

DrinkManila gathers a list of hotspots around the metro where you can delight in a good drink and have a fun new experience, too! Check out these fun, quirky hideaways that will leave you in high spirits.

  1. Bunk (Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong)
Photos courtesy of Bunk’s Facebook page

Bunk caters to the up and coming Mandaluyong art scene, and does well to inspire the inner artist in you. They regularly hold some interesting events like live art shows, poetry-reading sessions, and live bands. At Bunk, you get a fresh hip vibe against the backdrop of the city’s skyline.

Located at the Rooftop of Jovan Bldg., Shaw Blvd., this cool outdoor bar is pretty laidback with plenty of cheap beer promos. They also serve plenty of cocktails, mocktails, and strong drinks, with munchies and desserts on the side.

Contact Bunk at bunkph@gmail.com. or follow www.facebook.com/bunkph

  1. 78-53-86 (White Plains, QC)
Photos courtesy of 78-53-86’s Facebook page

We’re not quite sure how they got their name, but we’re sure their story is as awesome as the experience they offer. Step through the doors and be transported to another time. Relive the glory days of those vinyl records and delight in some really good jazz, indie, electronica, and rock.

78-53-86 is located at White Plains West, 42 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City, open every day from 3:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.. For inquiries, call (02) 819 9297.

  1. Sip & Gogh (Ayala Heights and Eastwood, Quezon City; Kapitolyo, Pasig; Atelier, Rizal; or Alabang)
Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo

Want to make your own Post-Impressionist Starry Night? Whip out your brushes, bring out your inner Van Gogh and paint your obra maestra. Whether it’s scenic views, a vision of abstract art, or something more contemporary, find yourself more inspired making art at Sip & Gogh, because you can drink while you paint! Sip & Gogh will provide you with all the painting essentials as well as complimentary drinks and snacks, so no need to bring anything!

Photos courtesy of Sip & Gogh’s Facebook page

Visit their many branches in Ayala Heights and Eastwood, Quezon City; Kapitolyo, Pasig; Atelier, Rizal; or Alabang. You can also email info@sipandgogh.com or check out their website at https://www.sipandgogh.com/.

  1. Ludo Boardgame Bar & Café (Bel-Air, Makati; Scout Torillo, Quezon City)
Photos courtesy of Ludo Boardgame Bar & Café’s Facebook page

If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic for those days when kids weren’t glued to their iPhone screens, head to Ludo Boardgame Bar & Café where you can spend quality time with your friends and family. Make family game night a tradition at their trendy spot at Bel-air Makati City or at No. 26 Scout Torillo St. Corner Scout Fuentabella, Quezon City. Ludo offers a wide variety of games, and you can pick them off from the whole stretch of shelves! From classic Monopoly to Jenga and more exciting editions, Ludo has it all. Challenge your friends and put on your game while you sip beer, hard drinks, and themed cocktails. Choose your weapon, roll the dice, and win to play.

For more information, visit http://www.ludogames.ph/contact-us-2/.

  1. The Nook (Maginhawa, QC)
Photos courtesy of The Nook’s Facebook page

Harry Potter fans, look no further! Potterheads are lining up to get into the magical cozy Nook located at the heart of Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. Be greeted by Proclamation Coffee Decree List No. 16 at the door with instructions for all us Muggles, Purebloods, and Half-Bloods. Try out your spellmaking as you borrow a magical wand from the counter or test Hermione’s time-turner. Like in the books, find a cupboard under the stairs. On the second floor, you can try on Hogwarts’ house robes and borrow books to read. The Nook offers plenty of food, cakes, and drinks—including, of course, the famous, scrumptious Butterbeer!

Open from 1-10 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheNookCafe.

  1. Velvet Friends Cat Company (Macapagal Avenue, Pasay)


Photos courtesy of The PET Cafe by Velvet Friends’ Facebook page

Calling all cat lovers! Travel to Blue Bay Walk along Macapagal Avenue, cor. EDSA, Libertad, Pasay City for a unique feline experience. The cafe boasts a shabby chic interior with pastries, coffee, cold coffee, and milkshakes on the menu. There’s a cover charge in order to get into “cat haven,” but it’s worth it as you can spend endless hours of fun with your feline friends. With cat condos, scratching posts, and walkways, the furry creatures can entertain themselves but you can also borrow toys from the counter to attract their attention. Certified by the Bureau of Animal Industry, Velvet Friends has a veterinarian on site—so don’t you worry about bites and scratches.

For inquiries, call (+63925) 557-0384 or (02) 834-5608.

  1. Uke Box Caffé (Eastwood, QC)
Photos courtesy of Uke Box Caffé’s Facebook page

Ukulele fanatics know only one place, and that’s Uke Box Caffé in front of Eastwood, along Libis. The place exudes calming, and cheery beach vibes with its wooden chairs, bean bags, and tropical posters. It features a wall display of different kinds of ukuleles with drawings of the different chords. Feel free to rent one if you already know how, or learn how to play it yourself with the help of the friendly staff. You can even order a customized ukulele for yourself! Coffee lovers will immediately feel at home as the rich aromas of coffee fill the entire venue.

Call (02) 374-7467 for more information.

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