Go to these cafes and bars if you need a spoken word fix

Anne Marielle Eugenio
PUBLISHED September 18, 2018 03:24 pm
Art by Dani Elevazo

Heartbroken? In love? It's complicated? Then maybe spoken word poetry is the outlet for you. This involves reading your piece out loud, complete with gestures and voice intonations. It has been years since this kind of performance came into popularity in the country, and it even gained attention when it was featured in teleseryes (Yes, we’re talking about Juan Miguel Severo in OTWOL)

If you want to satisfy your poetry (and tummy) cravings, here are some of the cafes around the Metro that offer spoken word nights from time to time. Maybe you can even uncover the closet poet in you during their open mic events!

Moonleaf Tea Shop
103 Maginhawa street, UP Teacher's Village Diliman, Quezon City

This Moonleaf Tea Shop along the restaurant-filled street of Maginhawa holds open mic spoken poetry sessions where attendees to share their own pieces and stories. If you just really want a spoken word fix, you can pair it along with the goodness of their milk tea. You know you want it.

Dulo MNL
4992 P. Guanzon St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati

This bar-slash-cafe in Poblacion is getting the attention for it provides space for art events, such as spoken word and indie music nights. Somehow, it became a haven for the creative community to share their words and art. Check their Facebook page for a schedule of events.






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The Warrior Poet Art Cafe
64C Cubao Expo, General Romulo Ave., Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City

From its name, you would know that it already houses creativity. It holds open mic sessions, themed poetry nights, and even writing events. Truly a haven for the lovers of written and spoken word.






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Mow’s Bar
Kowloon House Basement, 20 Matalino St. Quezon City

Underground bar you say? You don’t have to look that far. Mow’s bar is just around the Quezon City area. Even though it usually holds music nights and open mic events for stand-up comedy acts, it also frequently provides space for spoken word artists and their crafts.






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Jess and Pat’s
2/F 63 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Quezon City

Another artsy cafe to check out is Jess and Pat’s. This neat little cafe not only offers comfort food and local coffee, but it also provides an avenue where artists can share their works—be it in forms of music, poetry and such. This is Jess and Pat’s own way of supporting the local art scene.






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Tavern at the Crossroads
Unit 61-62A, Cubao Expo, General Romulo Avenue, Quezon City

This little place in Cubao expo is a cafe, library, and pub all wrapped up in one. Tavern at the Crossroads hosts open mic nights, poetry events, and even gaming tournaments! Plus, bookworms can even enjoy the store’s library and board games collection. Is this nerd heaven or what?

Good food, hot coffee and tea, and soothing rhymes are good combination to feed your tummies, souls, and minds. The next time you need  a spoken word fix, you’ll know where to go.

Have a favorite cafe that holds spoken word events? Share it with us!



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