You know you’ve found the perfect city to live in when it melds business and culture seamlessly. Nothing says life-work balance like a bustling city with little pockets of sanctuaries where you can escape from the daily grind of city life. Only one such city can offer you the best of both worlds. This is Quezon City and here we list down the top 6 spots for young and emerging artists.
Conspiracy Garden Café
59 Visayas Ave., Quezon City
Now on its 10th year, Conspiracy (or Conspi to mainstays) has become more than just a bar and garden café; it has turned into a cultural institution bringing together artists, writers and musicians of all ages and from all walks of life. Established singers and songwriters like Joey Ayala, Noel Cabangon, Ebe Dancel, and Tres Marias (composed of the lovely trio Bayang Barios, Cookie Chua, and Lolita Carbon), as well as young and promising musicians such as Bullet Dumas and Bugslife hold gigs at Conspiracy. The bar is also known for its live poetry readings and art/photo exhibits. It is home to the art group ArtVentures@Conspi composed of various emerging and veteran artists. The group holds live portrait and nude sketching sessions every Saturday afternoons at Conspiracy.
40 K-1st St. cor. Teodoro Gener St. , 1007 Kamuning, Quezon City
When all you want to do after a tiring day at work is guzzle down some ice-cold beer and talk to like-minded people, Taumbayan is the place to go. Owned by veteran journalist and actor Joel Saracho, Taumbayan is an old house-turned-restaurant catering to everyone from all walks of life, but most especially to artists and writers. Taumbayan also holds regular gigs and functions as a gallery for various artists.
Tago Jazz Café
14 Justice Lourdes Paredes San Diego Ave. cor. Real Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
Simply put, Tago Jazz Cafe is Quezon City’s best-kept secret. It is the brainchild of Nelson Gonzales, who also acts as the bar’s chef and operations and marketing manager. With only three years behind it, Tago Jazz Cafe has already established a foothold in the local jazz scene. The bar opened its door to the public in 2011, and has since been doing jazz music aficionados a huge favor by providing up and coming jazz musicians as well as old and present Philippine jazz treasures a venue to showcase their talents. Gigs featuring the finest Filipino jazz musicians like Noli Aurillo and Pete Canzon are held from Tuesdays to Sundays, while art/photo exhibits and film screenings by both veteran and amateur filmmakers are organized monthly. Aside from a commendable roster of performers, Tago Jazz Café also boasts of a diverse menu offering Filipino, American, Persian, and Italian cuisine.
154 Maginhawa Street
154 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City
154 Compound along Maginhawa Street houses restaurants and cafes that double as venues for art/photo exhibits namely: Blacksoup Café and Artspace, Van Gogh is Bipolar, Galli Village Café, Antiteasis Books and Brews, and Jeepney.
272 Ermin Garcia Street, Quezon City
Boho Sarapsody is as boho as boho can get. Its Facebook Page proudly says, “We’re a restaurant, we’re also a bar and music/art venue, but most of the time, we’re a halfway house.” Boho Sarapsody is a house-turned-bar tucked away in a side street in Cubao. It holds regular gigs and art/photo exhibits by up and coming artists. A bar so quaint and inviting that some frequent visitors like artists and musicians have started calling it “bohomey”.
46 Anonas Street, Project 2, Quezon City
70’s Bistro has been around for quite some time, having outlived most of its contemporaries. Since its inception in 1992, it has served as a venue for some of the country’s best musicians. Radioactive Sago Project, Razorback, Wolfgang, Kalayo, Imago, Brownman Revival, you name it. If there is a bar that holds the title for the music-lover’s Mecca, it would be 70’s Bistro, where bands that truly matter play.