CATCH up on the latest sports events at SunStar’s Best of Cebu 2018 awardee First 5 Sports Lounge and Café. Here are five reasons why one should check out this sporty dwelling.
First 5 was made out of the intention to create an authentic space for sports buffs and enthusiasts. There’s a sense of cohesion with the interior, as all sports the owners love are represented in different ways in the sports lounge. There’s the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) octagon booth seating, the basketball free throw table and the football VIP lounge with a mural of sports icons for a backdrop (which by the way, was painted by Aris Avelino Pastor, one of the artists behind the Saints Peter and Paul Church ceiling mural in Bantayan Island). Coupled with TV monitors strategically positioned throughout the place, guests are fully immersed in the sports world.
Adding character to its rustic interior are its cornucopia of sports memorabilia. Look up and admire the autographed jerseys signed by NBA superstars like Steph Curry, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Julius Erving, to name a few; the signed gloves and jacket of the country’s own, Manny Pacquiao; and the autographed memorabilia of tennis legends Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. We can’t forget the signed posters of MMA greats Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor, and you can’t miss the signed picture of Usain Bolt, considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time. There are so many to take note of; it’s like a mini sports museum.
Much like its interior, so much thought was also put in to its selection of food and drinks. Unlike typical sports bars that serves the usual alcohol and “pulutan” combination, First 5 incorporates a fusion of Western and Filipino fare to complete the experience. It’s known mostly for its Gambas El Bimbo (sizzling shrimp in garlic sauce) but there’s plenty more in store including selections like the Margarhetta Pizza, First 5 Sisig, Bradixxx Wagyu Burger, Wild Card Wings and Crispy Pigs Ears. The Pork Chucks are not to be missed, by the way. Pair these with its drinks like cocktails, beverages, wines and beers served below zero.
First 5 keeps its followers and patrons up-to-date when it comes to the latest sports events by giving them a heads-up through its social media page. Apart from that, it holds watch parties on live games and sports events like the FIFA World Cup, boxing events and the recently concluded NBA Finals. First 5 goes all-out, even on non-store hours.
First 5 opened last June 2017 and was founded by longtime friends and sports enthusiasts doctor Bimbo Tequillo, Chlouyd Penales, Arthur Chua, architect Kelvin Armand Go and engineer Kristofer Adrian Go. They came up with the idea of opening a sports bar during one of their after-game hangouts. The idea was to open a place that resonated their love for sports and a place that’s cozy, comfortable and fun, not just for sports lovers but also families, friends, teammates and officemates looking for a place to hang out and relax.
First 5 Sports Lounge & Café is located at Bonifacio District, F. Cabahug St., Kasambagan, Cebu City, and is open from 5 p.m. to 3 am. daily.