(SPOT.ph) Sure, the perfect date only requires that you be with the person you would want to spend time with, but there’s also something to be said about well thought-out dates. It definitely makes a person feel special and important when a little planning is involved.
Need ideas on where to take the girl of your dreams or your long-time SO? Here’s a cheat sheet for your next weekend date (and all under P1,000!).
Art Gallery Afternoon Date
Perfect for: Artsy couples
So she’s been dropping hints about wanting to go to an art gallery. Go ahead, indulge her and head to Blanc Gallery in Katipunan (one of our top 10 art galleries in Metro Manila) and take in contemporary artwork by local artists. Make it a perfect afternoon by going to Earth Kitchen for merienda and conversation afterwards: The place isn’t as packed on Saturday afternoons and you will like the laidback vibe, the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of lazy lounging. What to order? Get the Tablea Ice Cream (P180) and Vanilla Peanut Butter Crunch (P180) to go with your coffee cups (P85 per cup). Want something heftier? Share a serving of Risotto Balls (P250) or the refreshing Beef and Citrus Salad (P290).
Budget: P850 to P900 for an afternoon meal and coffee for two at Earth Kitchen. Entrance at Blanc Gallery is free.
Contact details: Blanc Gallery is at 145 Katipunan Avenue, St. Ignatius Village, Quezon City. Open 11 a.m. to 7:30 pm. Check out their website for a list of exhibits.
Earth Kitchen is at Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City (961-0572, 577-9138).
Lunch at The Girl + The Bull
Perfect for: The couple who loves an honest-to-goodness meal
When a meal in itself is the high point of the date, head to The Girl + The Bull in BF Homes, Parañaque City, where everything is reliably good. For the pair who appreciates fusion cuisine, there's the Roasted Pork Belly (P440) that should keep your tastebuds wanting more. Guys won’t be disappointed with the beef burger (P385) either: It’s served with their house fries, which you can share.
Budget: P900 to P1,000 for a meal for two without drinks
Contact details: 346 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Drinks at Tipple and Slaw
Perfect for: The couple who likes partying (without going hungry!)
One of BGC’s neighborhood bars, Tipple and Slaw, is the perfect joint to head to when you’re looking for music, drinks, and good grub. Order the Spam Bombs (P250) or the Volcanic Wings (P380) to go with your beers and you’re set for the night.
A thousand pesos might not get you unlimited drinks and a lot of cocktails but if you get there before 7 p.m. (happy hour starts at 5 p.m.), local beers are P50 each. On most nights, Jager and tequila shots are at P100 each.
Budget: P1,000 for food and drinks
Contact details: Block 5 Unit 2A Forum South Global, 7th Avenue corner Federacion Drive, Bonifacio Global City. Open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).
Brunch at The Breakfast Table
Perfect for: The couple who likes starting their days together
If a breakfast or brunch date is your idea of starting the perfect day, head to The Breakfast Table, a soothing affair of comforting denim and white in Teachers Village. The shabby-chic interiors sets up a nice backdrop to your leisurely meal of familiar favorites—French toast, eggs, and build-your-own-silog. The relaxed atmosphere, sans the frantic pace of busy restaurants, will make you want to linger with your date until noon.
Budget: P500 to P800 for breakfast or brunch for two
Contact details: 189 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City. Open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Tuesday to Saturday).
Mexican Food Night at El Chupacabra
Perfect for: The no-frills couple
Couples who only have eyes for each other (or don’t care about being in a place to see and be seen) will find this dive bar in “Williamsburgos,” Makati the perfect place for HOHOL dates. You don’t need to dress up, plus your one thousand bucks will go a long way at this dive bar: Tasty soft tacos start at P100 each, local beers are at P45 each, and cocktails start at P100.
But be warned: Parking may be a challenge, and so is nabbing a table (and service can get a bit slow when it gets busy) so it’s better to hit this joint earlier to beat the crowd.
Budget: P900 to P1,000 for food and drinks
Contact details: 5782 Felipe Street corner Polaris Street, Bel-Air, Makati City. Open from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Afternoon of Archery at Gandiva
Perfect for: Dating couples who have an adventurous streak
The usual movie-and-dinner combo can get tired after a while so why not try an activity you both haven’t done before? If archery is on your “to try together” laundry list, go ahead and try it on a weekend: Gandiva Archery Range in Ortigas offers a one-hour trial package (equipment, lane rental, and instructor included) priced at P980 during weekends. If it’s your first time to try archery, you can split the one hour and take turns channeling Katniss.
Budget: One-hour archery trial package priced at P980 (Friday and Saturday rates)
Contact details: Unit 703-705 One Corporate Center, Julia Vargas corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City (638-4549). Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday) and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday).
Photos from the Facebook pages of Gandiva and Blanc Gallery. All other photos from SPOT.ph archives.