The Cebu’s music scene will never be the same. Outpost Restobar, located along Veteran’s Drive in Lahug, Cebu City, is finally calling it quits.
Let me describe what this place means to me, and means to a lot of Cebuano people out there.
A place to ogle and watch nice looking kayaks and artifacts from all over the world. Especially the guitar collection! Ok I’m lying. It’s actually the beautiful ladies that seem to ooze out from this place. From the singers to the takatak girls to ladies just sitting pretty, my evening would be complete stealing glances at them. Our eyes roll and necks twist from side to side when a cute girl catches the corner of the eye. Sometimes, when takatak girls sell cigarettes, we employ dilatory tactics so they would stay with us long enough and hopefully get their number.
Mob with the crowd and dance to reggae or dance rock! Especially with my favorite band, The Line Divides! This band gets as many mobbers as Urbandub in Outpost when they play here. Well the place is quite tiny so the comparison could be moot. But once they play, man, the flooring seems to cave in every passing second. Just like what happened last night.
The Line Divides surely don’t disappoint their fans
Be awed by budding excellent local bands. I’ve seen Purple Helmets and Sefyla and I can say Cebu really has an inexhaustible supply of music talents. Outpost, much like the Kahayag that closed down a few years ago, serves as a breeding ground for local artists. This is the place to be seen and be known, if you plan to make it in the Cebu music industry.
Sefyla performing at Outpost. Tamax idol!
Get starstruck seeing local music talents like Urbandub and SaTI. It’s pretty cool seeing your local celebrities just chilling out and they seem to be normal people. The reason that they seem to be average people is because people don’t mob them. For me, most Cebuanos just appreciate them from afar, we don’t act like groupies and wild fanatics. A reason behind could be what Orven, the vocalist of SaTI said in his blog post, to quote,
“Cebuanos tend to think that whatever anyone does on stage, he can do better. And even if he clearly can’t outdo the performance even in his head, he still won’t show that he’s impressed at all.”
We just got starstruck at this guy who has an MTV video
I’ve spent so many hours with friends and even alone here. Countless of times I’ve jammed with bands playing, stoned or not stoned. I brought a date here on the first night and because it was kind of empty on a Sunday night, and the only other people were Budoy and his friends, we had the opportunity to make out. Hahahaha … I brought non-Cebu friends here and liked the place; they keep badgering me every time they come back here in Cebu to bring me to Outpost. I met George and Izzy of http://www.wherethetravels.com/, people of Travel 101, RoadRev, 350.org, and plenty of bands. I’ve spent nights drunk bike driving because of too many intoxicating drinks offered by friends left and right.
You, what will you miss in this place?
Photo credits: some photos by Charito Tan