Two weekends ago, my friends and I decided to spend the afternoon with the furry little babies at Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe in Quezon City. This was my first time to visit a dog cafe, so I had a lot of high expectations. I checked out Barkin’ Blends’ website first so that I have an idea of what to expect: expenses, the dogs that I will meet, etc. Here’s a sneak peek of my afternoon at Barkin’ Blends:
WHERE: 91 Rosa Alvero St., Loyola heights, Quezon City, Philippines. Landmark is Shakeys across Miriam College. It’s just behind it :)
Operating Hours: 12 NN – 9 PM, closed on Tuesdays
Reservation Required: No reservation required.
Barkin’ Blends is divided into two zones: the human zone and the dog zone. If you want to eat first before playing with the pooches, you can stay at the Human Zone. They also have charging stations in the area. You have to pass by the human zone to purchase your ticket for the dog zone, too. Ticket price for the dog zone is Php 190 good for two hours, and inclusive of one free drink from a list of select beverages.
Food: The food isn’t much to write about. The serving is small, and the taste failed to satisfy. Tip: if you’re hungry, eat somewhere else, like Shakeys or Mcdo, located along the same street. I guess this isn’t really what they’re trying to sell here, so they didn’t put in as much effort trying to improve this aspect.
The Dog Zone: The Dog Zone only lets in thirty people to avoid stressing the barkin’ buddies. Guests are required to put their items inside a locker (locker is provided free of charge), and wear slippers inside the premises. Guests are also discouraged from carrying dogs and waking them up when they’re sleeping.
During our visit, there were about fifteen dogs roaming around the Dog Zone. I can tell they were under stress with the number of people trying to handle them, especially since there were about thirty people then, all competing for their love and affection. Kids were especially being difficult, trying to ride the dogs, picking them up, trying to catch their tails, among others on a list of things YOU SHOULD NOT DO IN A DOG CAFE. Aside from that, the dogs had to pose for pictures for the guests. This is probably what guests are really paying for.
Don’t get me wrong, though! The dogs were incredibly cute and adorable! However, I have a dog, too, and I know how stressful it can be for them when you have them stay put for photo ops and selfies. I couldn’t bring myself to have my photo taken with the rest of the bunch knowing this.
The dogs are also well-behaved unless provoked, so there’s no fear of the dogs biting kids, or dogs suddenly chasing or attacking guests. Not all of the Barkin’ buddies are let out as they follow a shifting schedule. I was really expecting to see the cute duo of toy poodles Bonnie and Clyde, but I guess it’s for another visit :)
- Don’t let the smell of the Dog Zone throw you off when you first visit. While the area is well-maintained, the distinct smell of dogs is there. (If you have a dog, you’d understand) Your sense of smell will get used to it after a few minutes.
- Try to visit on a weekday afternoon, so that there are less people as well.
- Eat somewhere else. Don’t come with an empty stomach.
- The Barkin’ Buddies perform tricks, so watch out for that, too!
- Wear socks.
Dog lovers, especially those who live in condos who are not allowed to own dogs, will definitely enjoy their visit at Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe! There are plenty of furry babies to get to know, so you’ll never run out of reasons to come.-HANA