6 Awesome Budget-Friendly Barkada Destinations in Metro Manila

Are you planning a #squad goals get-together this weekend? If you’re running out of places to go, then take the barkada out to these budget-friendly hangouts in Manila. Who knows the trip might just become the highlight of the whole week!

A weekender with your friends does not have to be uber expensive to be fun. In fact, there are a lot of new, inexpensive hangout spots that are just within city limits. Here are some of the best ones you should look into.

1.     1. Art in Island

If your squad is looking for a one-of-a-kind art experience, then check out this 3D art museum where guests are encouraged to play with art installations. You can take as many photos as you want for your social media feeds.

Where: 175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Quezon City

How much: PhP500 for adults, PhP400 for students

When: Tuesday to Sunday and Holidays, 9:30 am to 9:30 pm

FB: artinisland

2. The Yard at Xavierville

The Yard is just one of the Metro’s newest food parks. With over 30 food stalls, your barkada can choose from El Chapo’s Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche Style Tacos, Halal Kabab Express’ addicting kababs, Hong Kong Foodie’s all-time favorite HK street food, Dip N’ Dough’s doughnut ice cream, and many more. If you’re looking for a night of drinking, explore Epicure—the only stall that serves cocktails and local beers. The Yard has three floors to accommodate crowds especially during weekends. The extra floors also serve as stage for featured musicians. So, if your barkada is up for some binge eating, then check out the food stalls at The Yard.

Where:83 Xavierville Ave., QC

How much: PhP200 - PhP400

When: Monday to Saturday, 4 pm to 12 am; Sunday, 4 pm to 11 pm

FB: theyardatxavierville

3. Jump Yard

If you guys are diehard NBA or American Ninja Warrior fans, then Jump Yard first and largest trampoline park here in the Philippines.. Your barkada can try out difficult obstacle courses, Olympic trampolines, foam pits,  wall climbing, or even play dodge ball.

Where: Frontera Verde Complex, Ortigas Ave. cor. C5, Pasig City (beside Fun Ranch)

How much: PhP250 per hour per person

When: Monday-Thursday 12 nn to 9pm; Friday, 12 nn to 10 pm; Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays 10 am to 10 pm

FB: jumpyardPH

4. Polecats Manila

If your squad is looking for a place where you can get in shape and make new friends, then why not learn the art of pole dancing with Polecats Manila, the first organized pole dance group in the country with internationally certified pole dance instructors. Aside from pole dancing, Polecats Manila also offers aerial hoops and silk classes. Want a discount? Download FWD’s lifestyle rewards app, Orange World, and get deals and freebies.

Where: 22nd Floor, Strata 100, F. Ortigas Jr. Road (formerly Emerald), Ortigas, Pasig City

How much: PhP600 for walk-ins

When: Monday and Wednesday, 11 am to 8pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 11 am to 10 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

FB: PolecatsManila

5. Zoomanity Group’s Zooper Cruise

If your barkada is into arts, culture, and history, then join Zooper Cruise, a specially arranged tour in Pasig River that lets you rediscover the beauty of historical places likes Manila, Intramuros, Fort Santiago, and the world’s first and biggest Chinatown in Binondo. The tour comes with snacks, photo souvenir, music, and more. Zooper Cruise is just one of the newest projects under Zoomanity Group, a foundation that aims to promote education and environment conservation—while having fun, of course.

Where: Shuttle service from Ayala Circuit Makati to Valenzuela Station, J.P. Rizal, Makati

How much: PhP699 to PhP1,999

When: Every first Saturday of the moth
Fb: zoomanitygroup

6. Ludo Board Game Bar and Cafe

Are you up for a board game challenge? Discover and enjoy tabletop gaming while eating Japanese and Italian cuisines. With over 700 in-store games including the classic Card Against Humanity, your barkada will definitely experience nonstop fun. Ludo Board Game Bar and Cafe is Manila’s first and premiere board game bar and cafe.

Where: 26 Sct. Torillo St. cor. Sct. Fuentebella, QC or 38 Jupiter cor. Planet St., Bel-Air, Makati City

How much: PhP200 to PhP400

When: Tuesday – Thursday, 5 pm to 1 am; Friday, 5 pm to 2 am; Saturday, 12 nn to 2 am; Sunday 12 nn to 12 am

FB: Ludogamescafe