I am kuripot. In fact I have turned that into an art form in of itself. I am notorious amongst my friends for being able to go through the whole evening with only 300 php in my pocket. It doesn’t limit me from going to the posher places either. It just about knowing logistics and tenacity.
Due to my previous occupation and my now hobby, I have been on a constant quest for the perfect place to camp for hours on free wifi.
Although I haven’t found perfection, it’s been fun looking. So for the kuripot like me grab your laptop and go ahead camp away. If you have any other suggestions please dont hesitate to post it here.
Cheers and may the “ paws” be with you
Chaotic neutral geek cheerleader, nitro nerd ,wannabe 3p1c alpha geek of the new dork renaissance and generally slightly confused half of the time.
Youtube: the highest level you can hope for in a free wifi situation
Facebook: median level of connectivity
Wikipedia: stick to pages that are generally text based like your email and Wikipedia , trying anything more taxing will make you want to rip your keyboard out
I. 121 Bar and Restaurant
Address: 121 Bar on Pasong Tamo ext, 200 meters ( ish ) from the MRT station on the right side (if you’re coming from Edsa
The upside: Have interesting events like trivia night for geeks and drunkeoke for the frustrated rock stars. Personally I like frat night since I don’t own an xbox and getting to play for free is always a good thing.
Price of coffee: 60 php and most meals and drinks go for . 200 php
Ambience: Brick walls , wooden floors and looks like a guys dream loft. Has beer pong, xbox games, band set, and flat screen TVs to watch sports on.
Wifi speed: youtube level
Downside: The guilt. The staff and management are really nice AND remember your name.
BOTTOM LINE :Mooching indefinitely will not last so you end up buying something eventually.
II. Capitol Hills Coffee Bean and Tea leaf
Address: Capitol Hills Golf club on Capitol Hills Drive. Just keep going on Katipunan past all the land owned by University of the Philippines and turn right on Capitol Hills Drive . You will see the golf course on your right.
The upside: a great view of the golf course, quiet location and makes you forget you’re in the middle of the city
Price of coffee: Starbuck prices
Ambience: Homey in a coffee meets Martha Stewart kind of way. The location has a large veranda facing the golf course and the wind is usually enough to keep you cool so you don’t have to lock yourself away in an air conditioned box.
Wifi speed: YouTube level. I wouldn’t watch movies here but the connection is fast enough so you don’t have to wait long to watch that silly Japanese show that pit man against cooking oil or whatever it is you watch
Downside: Coffee is expensive and the sockets are limited. Apparently I’m not the only person with a laptop that knows about this place.
BOTTOM LINE : It has a few comfortable sofas and a quiet atmosphere. Most people do work ,study, and surf the internet in a library like calm. So it’s like your room but with better coffee and no television.
III. Clawdaddy High Street
ADDRESS : Bonifacio High Street
The upside: open late and has the cheapest coffee on High Street and is next to a bar so it does serve liquor
Price of coffee: 70php
Ambience: its family oriented, so you have kiddie toys and some sort frescos on the wall
Wifi speed: Wikipedia level
Downside: The connection is great for reading simple websites but I anything that is more complicated might be a pain.
BOTTOM LINE : It has liquor and is open late. Drink enough and you won’t notice the speed of the connection.
IV. Murphy’s Bar
http://www.murphysmakati.com/murphys_location.html Address: Ground floor Citiland II Building V.A. Rufino Street corner Estaban Street, Legaspi Village
The upside: wifi speed is not bad and has European beer
Price of coffee: forget the coffee get beer
Ambience: think Cheers with La Salle colour scheme
Wifi speed: YouTube
Downside: The connection is great for watching more silly videos on YouTube
BOTTOM LINE: It has liquor, granted it is expensive liquor but European beer is never cheap, even in Europe
V. SM Makati lounge
Address SM near Glorietta , Makati
The upside: no guilt wifi , sofas , and free nokia charging stations
Price of coffee: its a lounge so no coffee served here
Ambience: modern minimalist , looks ,feels and smells like a business hotel
Wifi speed: varies
Downside: you have to own a shoe mart credit card
BOTTOM LINE: Its free and has no guilt associated with it , plus clean bathrooms