All work and no play makes dull drones of us all.
We all know the value of a hard day’s work, but nowadays, work is no longer limited to an eight-hour day in a cubicle. People can take their work with them at home or wherever they choose to work. The downside of flexibility is the blurred line between work-life balance.
This is why it’s important to set healthy breaks for yourself. If you’re looking for after-work activities to break the tedium of the daily grind, fear not because Makati is teeming with a vibrant culture and nightlife. There are lots of things to do and places to see after work!
Whether you want a quiet night out, a lively weekend with friends, or a place to explore the city’s history, there’s always a special hub in Makati for you. Take a look at these suggested activities and spaces for that much-deserved rest and recreation.
If you’re in the mood for…
Live music, check out the many bars and music venues around the city. SaGuijo, Black Market, and The Belle & Dragon are a few of the most popular places to catch your favorite band or DJ perform. The rooftop of Z Hostel has also grown in popularity for its lively parties and music events.
A quiet place to drink, Makati has lots of cafes, bars, and speakeasies to pique your interest. Drop by The Curator, ABV, or 12/10 and grab a bottle or pint of craft beer. If you just want to chill with friends and your favorite cup of joe, cafes like Commune, Dulo MNL, or Habitual Coffee are cozy, quiet places to hang out.
Appreciating art, visit the neighboring Tin-Aw Art Gallery just next to Alt-shift Coworking Space. Go for an art crawl of the numerous galleries and museums in Makati city. Ayala Museum boasts of its pre-colonial Filipino gold collection as well as special gallery shows every month. When you can, attend a show opening at one of the many art galleries like Vinyl on Vinyl, Finale Art File, Archivo 1984 among many other spaces and mingle with the creators.
Endless shopping and dining choices, stroll through the Greenbelt, Glorietta, and SM mall complex at the heart of the city, or take a cab to Century City, Ayala Circuit, or Powerplant in Rockwell. The rows of restaurants and stores can be overwhelming but are sure to make you dizzy from excitement. You can even catch special events such as music or film festivals.
Theater or live performances, catch Manila’s best theater groups at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza, talented up and coming performers at the Ayala Museum and in Greenbelt’s Onstage Theater. There are also various pop-up theater groups that hold performances in bars and cafes in the city. Be sure to check those out as well.
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