Nothing to Do? Swing by These 9 Hangouts Where OPM Is Alive and Kicking

Maria Romero
PUBLISHED September 13, 2018 08:56 am
Art by Dani Elevazo.

We often see social media posts saying that Manila’s independent music circuit is in its most flourishing era today. Yep, that's right. But how do you know it’s for real? Do you only see social media posts praising the scene? Or do you immerse yourself in the district itself? If your answers are a yes and a no, then all hail to you because you’re in the right corner of the internet!

Now, go get your phones and jot these important notes down because we're bringing you on a trip where you’ll witness OPM alive and kicking!

Four Monkeys Bar and Kitchen

1228 Santander St, Sampaloc, Manila.

Four Monkeys is a perfect chillnuman place in the University belt. This place is frequented by students, but if you ever drop by Dapitan area in Sampaloc, be sure to check this out. You might catch the likes of Over October and Lions and Acrobats here.


Over October #EmbraceTheChaos // 06.22.18

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Upper House, The Brewery

2/F The Brewery at The Palace, Uptown Parade,Taguig.

Upper House at The Brewery is a new hot pub where most of the cool folks go. If you’re in for a wild night in Taguig, you might want to swing by this place where there’s a chance to catch acts such as Runaway Crimes.


@runwaycrimes_ Familiarity: Runway Crimes Album Launch

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Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Cafe

Icon Plaza Building, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Unit 27 has been serving New York style breakfast since 2015. In just almost two years’ time, they opened another branch in Quezon City. Although known for their delectable menu offerings, they are slowly scuttling towards quenching people’s thirst for anything OPM-related.

Go get your friends to come see the likes of Clara Benin, Munimuni, and I Belong To The Zoo. Unit 27 is also located at and Citywalk 1, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.

Frank and Dean Cafe x Kitchen

Forbestown Center, Taguig.

Inspired from two of the greatest musicians in 1950s - Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, this coffee spot is now one of the well-loved music places where coffee-lovers can also enjoy live music. Recently, Frank and Dean became the cradle for the carefully-curated Common Grounds Fest by Red Ninja Productions.


@reeseypeasy captured by @bplusdg during #STU2 ❤️

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Grab your friends now and discover new music like Reese Lansangan’s tunes at this joint.

Skinny Mike’s Sports Bar

2nd & 3rd Floors F&B Bldg. MC Home Depot, Taguig.

If what you're looking for is a place that fuses sports and music, then your search is over because we’re telling you Skinny Mike’s is the perf place for you! Whether you want to celebrate victory or lament over your fave sports team’s loss, this sports bar will got you covered through good mood, music, and food.

20:20 Bar and XX XX

Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati.

Makati is a swamp of bars and restaurants. One of the rising music districts in the area is the 20:20 bar and it’s sister-club XX XX . The bar’s urban-style vibe is not just perfect for your instagram feed, it is also the best to house live music performers such as Jess Connelly.


Alright, Goodnight. 🔊🔊🔊 #killahurtz

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Spektral Beer Lounge

The Beacon Condominium, Chino Roces, Makati.

More than offering a place for Manila’s independent music scene, Spektral Beer Lounge is known for their craft beer. This means, you can hit two birds with one stone once you set foot in this place. As they say it, it’s always more fun to attend live gigs with some alcohol kicking in your body.

Come by Spektral Beer Lounge and say Hi to musicians like Oh Flamingo!

Dulo MNL
Poblacion, Makati.

Dulo MNL is a Restaurant-Bar-Cafe and Arts Event Space Creative Community Platform. It is a safe haven in the edge of Makati where you either end up unearthing music gems or sparking a fire to start your own creative career. If you’re a creative by heart, then Dulo MNL will suit you well.

My Brother’s Mustache Folk Bar

68 Sct. Tuazon cor. Sct. Madrinan, South Triangle, Quezon City.

My Bro’s Mustache has been around Quezon City since 2001 but little did people know that this folk bar is also a hidden hideout for those who want to enjoy live music with some retro vibes! Its unique 70’s theme is a classic porter of your daily dose of nostalgia.

If you got winded up in the North of Metro Manila, pay My Bro’s Mustache a visit. You might even catch busker Martin Riggs there!

Let’s face the music, there are more hard-hitting struggles that our indie musicians have been facing since day one. We may not see it through their cheerful facade but this is the real world. And to tell you sincerely, not all talented musicians have the budget to produce their music; some of them can only record themselves through their dingy smartphones and play it live on small music bars. So be deeply involved in the scene and see for yourself the vibrant realm that is the Manila independent music.

Once you decided to go bar-hopping, do tag us in your photos or use the hashtag #InsideManila! We’d love to see you find new discoveries. We got’chu, fam!



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