Who says hanging out sans alcohol with friends is boring? Your tita or tito sensibilities aside when it comes to spend the weekend away, choosing to stay sober than heading out for a wild nightout might just be the best thing ever. You look your best in photos, you spend less on overpriced shots, and you have less chances of being in a fistfight once it gets nasty at the club. You also get to rest more as you don't have to cure your hangover the next day.
“Getting sober means you realize how unfulfilling these things are and you stop wasting your time doing them,” an article on Hipsobriety explains. Instead of alcohol, why not spend time interacting with furry friends or outwitting your barkada with board games? “It’s really about people having like-minded, shared experiences. We’d lost access to that, and places like board-game cafés have opened up access,” neuroscientist Jon Freeman explains in an interview with The Atlantic.
Whether you and your barkada would like to hang out with furry friends, or want a night of strategizing your next move in a board game, here are a few alternative "party" spots to consider visiting in the metro!
Barkin’ Blends Dog Café
Why we'd want to 'party' here: They have dogs of all sizes, from favorite breeds like shih-tzus and Golden Retrievers to rarities like Lhasa Apso and Chinese Sharpei.
Location: 2nd Floor, J&R Concon Center, 91, Rosa Alvero Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Contact: (02) 533-7290
Miao Cat Café
Why we'd want to 'party' here: All of the design elements inside this cafe is cat-themed, from the wall prints to the chairs. Imagine a Hello Kitty fan haven, only cooler.
Location: 7 Congressional Avenue, Quezon City
Contact: (02) 274-7937
Whole Pet Kitchen
Why we'd want to 'party' here: Next to being a dog café, they also serve legit gourmet and organic meals for both you and your furry buddy. If you wish to indulge, they also have doggie cakes and treats that you can take out for your dog.
Location: 349-D C.M. Recto St., Addition Hills, San Juan City
Contact: (02) 357-2753
Cat Cafe Manila
Why we'd want to 'party' here: True to their love for their adopted felines, this establishment is an advocate of pet adoption in partnership with CARA Welfare Philippines. Visitors can choose from a variety of puspins to adopt, too!
Location: 2nd Floor, 189 Maginhawa Street, Teacher's Village, Diliman, Quezon City
Contact: 0922 836-4441
Board game cafés
Ludo: Boardgame Bar and Café
Why we'd want to 'party' here: Variety of board games to choose from? Check. Tournaments? Check. Looking for a rare board game? They might have some of these gems you're searching for even up for sale.
Location: 26 Sct. Torillo St, Diliman, Quezon City
Contact: (02) 791-8634
Puzzles: Board Game Lounge BGC
Why we'd want to 'party' here: Bigger than its original branch in BF Homes, Parañaque City, the place is spacious enough to host as much as 90 players in one night.
Location: The Fort Strip, 28th Street Corner 5th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Contact: (02) 815-1030
Cedric’s Boardgame Café
Why we'd want to 'party' here: Aside from food and board games, this establishment also has a mini pool table, stacking games, and Twister for those who want to try out different activities instead. Geeks, behold–they sell card accessories such as card sleeves!
Location: 43 Nicanor Roxas St, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City
Contact: (02) 533-7310
Neighborhood Game Café
Why we'd want to 'party' here: Past the usual board game offerings, they have a special menu offering called HALF—Half A Little Faith for short, where you let the barista craft a special drink for you. Pretty dope for coffee lovers!
Location: 48 Ubay St., Banawe, Quezon City
Contact: (02) 742-8735
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Banner photograph from Unsplash.com. Photographs from the establishment's respective Facebook pages.