Must-Visit: Writer's Block

Be inspired to work while enjoying excellently crafted beverages in this laid-back cafe

Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

Writer’s Block isn’t your run-off-the-mill cafe. It may be a small space at The Alley, a new lifestyle hub in Makati City, but it definitely doesn’t fall short of one’s expectations of a hip hangout place. 

“Writer’s Block is actually part of the Local Edition group,” says owner Jackie Arceo, who co-owns Writer’s Block with her business partner Julia Sevilla. Whereas Local Edition is a cafe along Perea St., Makati City that serves coffee and tea, Writer’s Block is both a cafe and a bar. “Writer’s block is like its more carefree sister,” adds Jackie.

Aside from coffee and tea, Writer’s Block even offers coffee- and tea-based cocktails. “Since we’re really a cafe, we thought that adding cocktails to the menu should stay true who we really are as a cafe that‘s why we thought of creating the menu with coffee- and tea-based [cocktails].”

If you’re a freelance writer or journalist, you might have had writer’s block every now and then as you go about your work. This is where the name of the cafe sprang from. “It wasn’t always on our mind to have a lot of freelance writers or journalists in Local Edition, but we knew we wanted [Writer's Block] to be a space where people can be inspired [to] create. It just so happened that there are a lot of freelance journalists, writers, and graphic artists who work in the cafe,” says Jackie, adding that Writer’s Block is also a play of words, with The Alley being a place or a “block” where people can work or hang out. 

The cafe’s interior space is actually small—it fits only the bar or serving counter and a handful of chairs and floating tables. But its al fresco area offers a bigger space, with additional bar tables and stools as well as a wooden three-seater sofa where people can lounge around.

Writer’s Block offers its beverages all day—meaning, if you want to have a cocktail at 11 a.m, you are more than welcome to do so. The Earl Grey Martini and Irish Cream Coffee Cocktail are must-tries. And during the cafe's happy hour, you can enjoy unlimited cocktails for only P599. On Saturdays, there are blues or acoustic performances outside, which is also part of The Alley’s hallway. You can actually enjoy the music wherever you are at The Alley. 

Jackie says they are planning to have movie nights, where old movies from the '70s and '80s will be shown. “The Alley is where you can relax and lounge. It’s a chill and relaxed place, and it’s very informal. It’s easy to get lost in the space,” says Jackie. And indeed, it is so, especially if you have a cocktail in hand. 

Writer’s Block is open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm (it closes at 6pm on Mondays) and Saturday from 11am to 10pm. It is located at The Alley at Karrivin, 2316 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati City. Check out The Alley’s Facebook page and follow them on Instagram.

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