Oh being 25. It’s that awkward age in one’s life where you’re torn between taking life seriously aka doing everything to pay the bills and enjoying it. That age where you want to climb the career ladder but want to have a thriving personal life, as well. It’s funny because this is the age where half of your friends are getting engaged and having kids while the other spends their weekends hopping from one club to the other. I, myself, find this part of my life confusing but I’m surviving. I’m literally in that perfect middle of the two polar sides – where I’m not yet engaged but not in a confusing no label relationship nor I’m fist-bumping my heart out to whatever the kids these days do but prefer a good gin and tonic, great music and a bar with the ambiance that’s just right – tasteful but not uptight.
Ever since I entered my mid-20s, I’ve always been on the look out for spots just like that both here and abroad. It’s a good time to be alive in Manila because the selection of amazing bars is rapidly increasing in number but the price isn’t as high as our neighbouring countries just yet. Sure, you can find a 700 cocktail somewhere in the mix but the price range for a good smoked whiskey is still bearable for our wallets. One of my recent finds is this two and a half month old 205 in BGC. It’s the answer to every person finding themselves in that perfect middle of the sphere. Where a great night out consists of a place where a conversation is more than a “how’re you??” “What???” “HOW’RE YOU?” “oh, I’m good! You?” “huh? Sorry please repeat that. I didn’t hear you.”, with curated cocktails and a music playlist that feels like it was made for your very mood. 205 is a cafè-lounge in High Street Central that looks just like the living room of your friend’s o-m-g house because the owners wanted you to feel exactly that.
It opens at 8 am as they serve comfort food breakfast and specialty coffee while for lunch, they serve food that’s perfect for meetings and for dinner where it’s a way for you to treat yourself for a job well done today. The place is open till 2am for those needed a night cap. What makes this place unique though is the 205 Gold Cart Service. You can order any premium bottle and you’ll have a personal bartender just for you! Yup, you read that right – you can request for any cocktail or mix and they’ll make it just for you right by your table. Each cart comes with mixers, spices and everything you need for that drink you’ve been wanting to try. You can even ask them for some fun facts to impress whoever you want to in your table and they’ll help you out. haha! You can even keep your unfinished bottle for your next visit. Told you it’s just like in your friend’s house ;)