LOOK: There's a Luxe New Lounge at Promenade for Your Next IG-Filled Night Out

Don't lie: Your city-starved soul has been looking for this type of place.

Arcana Lounge
2/F Outdoor Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan City
www.facebook.com/ArcanaLounge/
Contact: 0920-987-7997
Open from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Friday to Saturday), 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday)

(SPOT.ph) Alright, so we’re sure you’ve caught on a certain vibe these past few months. You know, the one that’s got you and a whole lot of others heading back out during previously ungodly hours of the night in the search for something to do out in city streets.  If you’re part of the pack looking to get back wasted time, then here’s a tip: Promenade is just as much the place to be as you remember it. You might remember fun nights at this San Juan City staple from before the pandemic—and it's keeping up with the times. Looking for a new spot to go to on your next night out? Head on over to Arcana.

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Imagine sipping a drink at this bar.
PHOTO Courtesy of Arcana Restaurant & Lounge Bar
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Tucked into the second floor of the Promenade, complete with an al-fresco area along the balcony, Arcana—Full name Arcana Restaurant & Bar—is the type of place you'd go to for a relaxed night out, provided you're in it for a bit of a luxe feel. Step past its doors and you'll see what we mean. Decked out in sleek sophistication, the lounge is one big space filled with surprisingly comfy chairs—a rarity in bars—cozy booths, and to one side, a stunning can't-be-missed bar with a massive array of drinks, glass, and lights all framing one big A for Arcana. 

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Yep, your feed is going to be on fire thanks to this spot.
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Spot those comfy-looking chairs.
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So you've got the visuals laid out all clear. But if the inside with a bunch of strangers isn't quite your thing just yet, then don't worry as there are also a couple of seats outside. Enjoy people watching on a chill night out—after years of being stuck indoors, who wouldn't enjoy settling back into open spaces with other humans? 

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Don't miss out on the treats at Arcana in Promenade

The vibe is all set thanks to the lounge's chic space—but don't worry as the food and drinks are at par. It's not just looks that matter, folks. Start off the night by fueling up for the rest of it. Arcana's got a slew of dependable bar chow and yup, full-on meals to satisfy a truly empty stomach, so you can go straight here even without dinner. 

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Give this new take on sisig a try.
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Or go back to all things familiar with wings.
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Sisig is always a go-to during any night out. Give Arcana's leveled-up take, the Sisig Rolls (P475), a try if you're looking for something different. Their lighter version is rolled up in crisp rice wrapper for a mini meal-in-one; think a clean but no less satisfying bite of meat and carbs. Don't forget to dip it in the spicy mayo or chili vinegar for added oomph. Then, of course, there's the ever-dependable Buffalo Wings (P475) for something tastefully familiar to munch on while sipping on your drinks. The punchy pepper-and-butter sauce gives these wings a different edge. 

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Full table, anyone?
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Hey, might as well treat yourself, right?
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If you're looking to do more than just pica-pica though, we say go straight for the absolute bangers on their menu. They've got a fair range of protein, but up on the list is the Rib-Eye Steak (P2990), a plateful of grilled USDA beef in a mushroom demi-glace sauce. Hey, if you're going out, might as well go all out. 

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Can't go wrong with a classic.
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Meet someone, we mean, something new with this signature drink.
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And after all that, be sure to reach for the drinks. Arcana has a slew of cocktails and mixes for any type of palate. For something that can't be beat, give their line of Forgotten Classics a try. Front and center is the Whisky Sour (P330); match the drink with a seat at the bar and you're sure to get that perfect bar vibe just right. Don't miss out on their Signature Drinks line either. The Arcana Breeze (P330) has a fruity punch to it, but not of the sticky sweet kind. Prep for a fun punchy sip with an edge of bitterness in this one. 

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No doubt folks all over the Metro feel like they've missed out on a lot these past few years. And while not being able to go out and party—or just have a good time with friends—was definitely the least of our problems, there's no denying being able to do so now is extra gratifying. So hold on to your drinks and your cameras, folks, it's time to make memories.

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