I’ve been eyeing this place for a few months already and I was so happy my boyfriend agreed to visit this place on my birthday (last October). A few months ago, I told myself that I was going to buy a new ukulele as a birthday gift to myself. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve prolly read that a few times.
After choosing a spot, I went around the place to take photos. It’s actually a bit small and if you’re going there as a group, I suggest you come in early so you could sit around the tables on the left side. The ones in the right side can only accommodate three-four persons max, I think. Also, it was near Halloween that time that’s why the set up for Uke Box Caffe was a bit spooky-themed!
I loved the ambiance and the music being played were, of course, original uke songs and other song covers. Uke Box Caffe has “chill pill” written all over it. It’s a nice place to relax, make music, or just enjoy some food.
The menu they hand out includes food and drinks different from the ones written on the board. I only ordered a cake and a drink, since I already ate my lunch before we went there. I really would’ve wanted to try their selfie coffee but I figured I can always try it next time. I was in the mood for something else that day.
Here’s the view from the top. I personally liked it better there as I can see almost everything that’s going on in the place but it would be uncomfortable sitting here that time because I was wearing a dress. (Shout out to Kuya who’s taking his break from preparing our food *waves*)
The place was filled with ukuleles hanging on the walls, both for sale and for rent (during their ukulele workshops), all so perfectly Instgrammable and lovely to look at. Well, aside from the ukes, basic uke chords are also painted on the wall. This is very helpful to newbies! (Yes, that green ukulele on the picture was what I bought!) The “green wall” usually has more ukes hanging there based on what I saw on their Instagram account but I think they were still waiting for their stocks to arrive. It still looked good even without four-stringed instruments hanging there.
Every Friday night, they have an open-mic session here (8 PM onwards). Saturday nights are for live music (8PM onwards too). Aia de Leon, Aria Clemente, Reese Lansangan, and other known artists have already played here. We weren’t really able to watch someone perform because we went there around 12NN or 1PM.
I SRSLY LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THE PLACE. I couldn’t stop gushing about it. I think I said thank you a lot of times to Nichole because he agreed to go there with me. And, here’s a picture of me holding this very cute uke!!! (Gahd, it’s so small, I couldn’t really play it well huhu.)
While waiting for our order, Nichole told me I should already get the green ukulele and buy it because someone else might pick it up first (it was the only green one there that time). So I did! I bought it for only P1,900 with a free gig bag included! I named it Obi Wan Kenobi just because (I know, it should’ve been Yoda because of the color, but I already named my previous phone that and I don’t want a Yoda 2 LOL). And then there’s me trying out my new uke.
I forgot the name of the cake I ordered but my rough guess would be a Banana Nutella cake (?), not quite sure, and a Blended Mocha. Food was great (well, for me). The cake was not too sweet and my drink complemented it well.
Aside from the food and the ukuleles, they also have board games that you can use while staying there or waiting around for your order. My boyfriend and I played Jenga thrice and I lost 2 out of 3 games (I suck at it, TBH).
This board at the entrance pretty sums up my Uke Box Caffe experience! I was glad I spent an hour or so of my birthday there. I was not disappointed at all. I would definitely go back there one of these days(/nights) so I could enjoy the open mic session and try out other food.
Some important things you might want to know:
- Every Sunday, they have free ukulele workshops: 2PM – 3PM for Kids (6-16 years old) and 3PM – 5PM for Adults (17 years and up).
- Their Makulay Ukuleles (just like the one I bought) are still on sale until December 31, 2015! Price starts at P1,900.
- They accept party packages: birthdays, Christmas parties, reunion, baby showers, and any other events!
Anyway, you can visit their social media accounts or contact them through their telephone and cellphone if you want to ask a few more questions! 🙂
Uke Box Caffe
187 Village Center Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Quezon City
1110 Metro Manila, Philippines
Monday – Saturday: 9:00am-10pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-9:00pm ️
Telephone No. 374-7467
Cellphone No. +63 915 181 8115