Martin del Rosario is now a bar owner.
Last May 20, Friday, the Kapuso actor formally opened The Armory, which is located somewhere on Congressional Avenue Extension in Quezon City.
This is not the first time he ventured into business. He used to have an online store, which did not fly due to his lack of time for it.
Learning from his past mistake, Martin has been very hands-on since he and his friends sat down for the concept of The Armory.
And one of the things he had to do was hop from one bar to another.
In an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other bloggers, Martin said, “Di naman ako party boy, di rin ako masyado mahilig uminom, mahilig lang akong makipag-mingle with friends.
"Mga business partners ko din, mahilig lang kaming lumabas.
“Ang concept na ito, mga pinaghalo-halong mga gusto namin sa mga bar na pinupuntahan namin.”
Asked how much capital they allotted for the bar, Martin roughly estimated five to six million pesos.
Now why his bar is worth a visit, we'll give you six reasons.
1. The area is not notoriously known yet for traffic.
Roads are wider, and parking space is still manageable.
It's like a booming Maginhawa St. on U.P. Teacher's Village, and is less crowded than Tomas Morato area.
2. "First time magkakaroon ng underground club bar na first time magkakaroon ng premium drinks."
He explained, “Kasi, usually, ang mga premium drinks, nasa The Fort, Makati.
“And ako, taga-QC, and kailangang magpunta ng The Fort or Makati para lang mag-enjoy ng masasarap na drinks.
“Kung gusto mo ng premium drinks na affordable, dito sa Bunk at The Armory.”
The first floor of the establishment is called The Bunk, which is mainly a lounge, while the second floor is the party area.
3. Must-try: cocktail mixes.
“Nagbebenta kami ng craft cocktails, premium alcohol na mas affordable, since nasa Quezon City tayo."
4. It's an intimate chill place.
The bar's design is rugged, rusty, warehouse-style, which is a far-cry from the typical flashy bars.
Martin added, “Para siyang community. Pansinin niyo yung place, maliit lang siya. It’s easy to mingle with other people.”
5. Surprise, surprise: there will be times when Martin himself will mix the drinks.
“Nag-attend ako ng two-week training kung paano mag-mix ng drinks. Ako talaga mismo marunong,” he beamed.
“So may mga days na pag wala akong taping o wala akong school, minsan timpla-timpla din ako.
“Siguro once a week o pag hindi naman busy, sobrang hands-on din ako dito."
He is actually in charge of "marketing, promotions, operations."
But school and showbiz will still be part of his plate.
“Gusto ko lang maging equal. Gusto ko, I do best sa lahat fields na pinapasok ko, kahit pagod, hands-on pa rin dito.”
6. The Armory operates from 9 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The first floor is open from Monday to Sunday, while the club area on the second floor is open from Wednesday to Saturday.