It seems like I’m making a habit of reviewing all the restaurants/bars I’m going to recently, but it’s also a great way to challenge myself in writing something that’s not my forte. So without further ado, I give you another restaurant/bar review!
A week ago, We Are Choosy Beggars held a gig in The Woodman’s Head. It’s a somewhat swanky bar in the stretch of P. Burgos in Makati City. I’ll have to admit – my first impression when I went inside was that it was a little intimidating. I guess it was because it’s not my crowd, but the longer I stayed there, the more I felt in place.
I’m trying out a different color grade in the photos, so let me know how I can improve in post-processing! Also, I took lots of photos, so to refrain from bombarding you, I will just post here handpicked ones!
My best description would be that The Woodman’s Head has a dark aesthetic with pops of colorful lights. It has an actual bar, which I believe is the highlight of the entire venue. I’d say the entire restaurant/bar is a fusion between a music bar and a gentleman’s bar if that even makes sense!
It was pretty spacious when we went there, but if it’s a Friday night, it’s easy to guess that the place can be packed easily. And when it does, I’m thinking it would be harder to walk around and get from point A to point B.
SERVICE + AMENITIES
Their service was excellent. I’d like to think it’s because there were only a few customers when we went there so there was not much going on. It was easy to get their attention, so that’s a plus. What I didn’t like was how long it took for them to serve the food. I think we waited for about 20 minutes before our orders arrived. I’m not very sure, though, since I didn’t watch the time while waiting.
With the amenities, I like how they have a clean C.R. with a roll of tissue inside. That’s really what all this tita needs. It also has a sink and a mirror so you can freshen up. I remember seeing this beer fountain and dart board on one side, but I wasn’t able to take photos and check out what more was in there.
FOOD + CUSTOMERS
Jec and I both ordered Bangusilog (P150). It was nothing special, but it didn’t taste bad either. I also had a mango shake, which was a little too sour, but it’s fine. Whether it’s a ripe mango shake that tastes like green mango, I don’t mind. LOL. I ordered two because the table beside us gave us free rounds, but more on that later!
The customers are a mix of locals and foreigners. It was funny because our ages were on both ends of the spectrum, but, when mixed, went fine. There were millennials my age, 20 somethings, and millennials Jec’s age, 30 somethings, and then there were the oldies but goodies. I’m guessing they’re about in their 50’s. Not saying they were old old, but, so far, it was the oldest crowd I’ve encountered.
On that rainy Saturday morning, we watched a hodgepodge of performers from different BPO companies. Each band or duo had their own genre, which was nice especially since I enjoyed most of the songs they played. Most of the performers were millennials, so we were all on the same level.
Performance wise, I can really say We Are Choosy Beggars has greatly improved. I heard songs that weren’t in their previous line-ups and they settled for instruments that suited them best. Jec passed on the acoustic guitar to Ryan to play the Cajón, and, overall, they just sounded better. *heart, heart*
The customers from the other table really liked their performance so they treated our table to two rounds of drinks! How about that? *wink, wink* I don’t drink alcohol, so I ordered another glass of mango shake. I know, I know. Don’t judge me.
I went to The Woodman’s Head via Uber so I don’t know how to commute going there. But I asked Jec and he said that from Guadalupe Station (MRT), you can take the Jeepney going to J.P. Rizal, drop off at Makati Ave, and walk towards Kalayaan. Since I’m bad with directions, I’m not sure if Jec’s directions are enough. So here’s a map for “second opinion”. LOL.