5 Jan 2011
Rockville, the bar co-owned by Arnel Pineda, and one of the latest night destinations that recently got opened in Quezon City is located along Timog near Boy Scout Circle of Tomas Morato and Timog Avenue Junction. It's one of the establishments next to Imperial Palace Suites.
From south of Metro Manila e.g. Alabang, Pacita, Metropolis Star Mall, Filinvest Mall, Ayala Alabang and southern tagalog provinces of Laguna, Batangas and Quezon. Take the skyway and exit in Magallanes. Turn right onto EDSA via Magallanes interchange. Stay to the middle of EDSA and drive all the way to Quezon City, passing through Ayala Tunnel, Cubao tunnel and flyovers of Ortigas and Santolan. After passing through tunnel of Cubao or Cubao underpass, you must avoid getting onto the Kamuning Flyover because this flyover passes through two intersections - Kamuning/Kamias and Timog. Your destination is Timog so you need to go under the flyover. Cross the intersection of Kamuning/Kamias. If you're confuse, Kamias is the opposite road of Kamuning. Kamias is to the righ of EDSA if you're coming from Makati. Kamuning is it's opposite road to your left if you're coming from Makati. Next intersection is for East Avenue to the right and opposite to it is Timog Avenue. Cross that intersection and make a U-Turn onto Timog Avenue . Turn right onto Timog Avenue where the GMA Network, Inc. (Channel 7) is located. Stay to the middle of Timog and drive all the way until you see up ahead the Boy Scout Circle, it's a rotonda or roundabout where Timog Avenue and Tomas Morato Avenue intersect. Stay to the right of Timog Avenue after you cross Scout Torillo Street, the last street before the Boy Scout Circle. Rockville is located before the Boy Scout Circle, around 50-100 meters from the circle, to your right. Next to it is Music Bank. There's a lot of parking space along Timog so all you need to do is make a right turn when you already see Rockville.
The driving direction given above can also be taken by those drivers from Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig and Pasay vicinity who'd like to get to Timog Avenue, GMA Network, Inc. (GMA-7), Imperial Palace Suites and of course Rockville via EDSA.
From north of Metro Manila, e.g. Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela - Take EDSA all the way to Scout Borromeo. Stay to the middle of EDSA, crossing the Congressional/Roosevelt intersection in Munoz and West Avenue where SM City North Edsa is located to your left. After West Avenue, you must pass through the Quezon Avenue Flyover. While you're on the flyover, stay to the right of the flyover. After passing through Quezon Avenue flyover, stay to your lane. The first street after you descended from the flyover is Eugenio Lopez. As soon as you passed by Eugenio Lopez Street, watch out for the broken white lines that gives direction for private vehicles from EDSA into the Scout Borromeo Street. Avoid MMDA apprehension, drive smart, follow traffic rules and regulations. Once you see the white broken lines running diagonally to the next street after Eugenio Lopez which is the Scout Borromeo, turn on signal lights, change your lane, follow the broken lines and turn right onto the Scout Borromeo Street. There's a Jollibee one block before Scout Borromeo. Drive on Scout Borromeo, cross Samar Avenue. Next intersection is Sgt. Esguerra Avenue. After Scout Borromeo crossed Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, it turns to the right and another road appears to the left of Scout Borromeo. This street is Scout Ybardolaza. Take this street. Cross the next street of Scout Madrinan and finally turn right onto Timog Avenue. (Imporant: Scout Borromeo Street closes before 11 pm. If the gate is closed by the time you get to Scout Borromeo, get back to EDSA, drive straight while your right signal is blinking, avoid Kamuning EDSA flyover, then turn right onto Timog Avenue, the next intersection along EDSA with traffic lights.) Along Timog Avenue, cross Scout Torillo Street, the last street before you reach Boy Scout Circle which is at this point is already visible from the distance. Stay to the right. Rockville is located before the Boy Scout Circle, around 50-100 meters from the circle, to your right. Next to Rockville is Music Bank. There's a lot of parking space along Timog so all you need to do is make a right turn when you already see Rockville.
This driving direction can also be taken by those driving from Bulacan via NLEX and into EDSA, as well as from Quirino Avenue, Novaliches and nearby areas who are going to Timog Avenue, Tomas Morato Avenue, and of course Rockville. Other destination here is the Imperial Palace Suites, located exactly in the corner of Tomas Morato Avenue and Timog Avenue, by the Boy Scout Circle. If you're going to GMA Network, Inc. or Channel 7, just pass by Scout Borromeo, stay to the right, avoid the Kamuning Flyover, until you see the GMA Network Headquarters. Don't turn right onto the street before Timog. This street is GMA Network Drive and it's one way street going to EDSA.
If you're coming from Malate or Ermita area, take Taft Avenue, Roxas Boulevard or Mabini and get to Quiapo via Quezon Bridge and onto Quezon Boulevard and then take the Quezon Boulevard Underpass. While driving down the underpass, stay to the right and turn right onto Espana in the middle of the underpass. There's another slip lane or road that runs perpendicular from the middle of Quezon Boulevard underpass to the right, it's going to Espana. So it's important that you're staying to the right of Quezon Boulevard underpass as soon as you descend. Stay to the middle of Espana and drive all the way until you're traversing Quezon Avenue, passing by Welcome Rotonda. You'll cross the intersection of Quezon Avenue and Araneta Avenue. After that you'll pass by a huge Sogo Hotel located at the corner of Roces Avenue and Quezon Avenue to the right. You'll also pass by Capitol Medical Center which is located at Scout Magbanua Street. At this point you must stay to the right of Quezon Boulevard. Next street is Scout Reyes. After Scout Reyes is the Y junction of Timog Avenue. Turn right onto Y intersection of Timog Avenue. Stay to the middle until you get to the Boy Scout Circle. Go with the traffic flow, pass Tomas Morato and back to Timog again. After a while, Rockville comes into view to your left, next to Music Bank, around 50-100 meters from Boy Scout Circle or rotonda.
This driving direction can also be taken from T.M. Kalaw Street, Maria Orosa Street corner U.N. Avenue where Holiday Inn is located, Robinson's Place Ermita, Adriatico Street, Remedios Street, Padre Burgos Street and other nearby areas by driver's who'd like to get to Timog Avenue, Tomas Morato Avenue, Imperial Palace Suites and GMA Network, Inc. or GMA Channel-7. To get to GMA-7 just go straight ahead, passing by Rockville along Timog Avenue up to GMA Network Drive. Turn left on GMA Network drive opposite 11th Jamboree Street to get to GMA Network Building.
How to get to Rockville Bar in Timog by jeepney
There are two routes of passenger jeepney that pass by Boy Scout Circle where Rockville is located around 50-100 meters away. Boy Scout Circle is the rotonda or roundabout in a technical term where Tomas Morato Avenue and Timog Avenue intersect.
The first route is from EDSA corner Kamuning Road. So you won't get lost wherever in Metro Manila you're coming from. Just ride a bus, but make sure the sign of the bus contains any of these words: "Fairview", "East Avenue", "SSS" and "Philcoa". You can always ask the conductor, anyway. Make sure you get off at Kamias or Kamuning. If you're confuse, Kamias is the opposite road of Kamuning. Kamias is to the righ of EDSA if you're coming from Makati. Kamuning is it's opposite road to your left if you're coming from Makati. Now, at the corner of EDSA and Kamuning or Kamias, a lot of passenger jeepneys going to Quiapo stop to pick up passengers. Do not ride these jeepneys. Wait for jeepneys with any of the following signs: "Welcome Rotonda", "Pantranco" and "Roces". Note: If you're commuting to Capitol Medical Center or Sogo Hotel from EDSA-Kamuning, then this is the jeepney route to take. Ride one of these jeepneys and ask driver to drop you off at Imperial Palace, that's the common reference known to driver. Don't say Rockville or Boy Scout Circle. Imperial Palace is the known landmark there. As soon as you get off, you'll see the huge building of Imperial Palace Suites. Go toward the direction of Imperial Palace Suites. On the side of Imperial Palace that occupies Timog Avenue, walk away from the Imperial Palace and the Boy Scout Circle. You'll see many bars and karaoke next to Imperial Palace. Next to Music bank is the Rockville. Very easy, you wont get lost.
This direction is the best route for commuters from Fairview, Commonwealth, Philcoa, Project 2-3 and those from other area who prefer bus instead of train in going to Timog Avenue, Tomas Morato Avenue, Imperial Palace, GMA Network, Inc. or GMA Channel-7 and Rockville.
The second route is from Welcome Rotonda. The sign of jeepneys that plies this route contains either "Proj. 2-3" or "Timog". Now, confusion might arise that will lead to wrong direction. That's because there are also jeepneys from Quiapo with the same sign, "Proj. 2-3", that pass by Welcome Rotonda. Do not ride any of these jeepneys. They take different route, via E. Rodrigues Avenue. You will get lost the moment you ride a Project 2-3 bound jeepney from Quiapo. What you do is go across E. Rodriguez where the Project 2-3 bound via Timog jeepney stop to pick up passengers. These jeepneys are the ones who pick up passengers in EDSA-Kamuning. They take Quezon Avenue from Welcome Rotonda and turn right onto Timog Avenue. So the key here is Quezon Avenue route and not E. Rodriguez. Ride one of these jeepneys and ask driver to drop you off at Imperial Palace, that's the common reference known to driver. Don't say Rockville or Boy Scout Circle. Imperial Palace is the known landmark there. As soon as you get off, you'll see the huge building of Imperial Palace Suites. Go toward the direction of Imperial Palace Suites. On the side of Imperial Palace that occupies Timog Avenue, walk away from the Imperial Palace and the Boy Scout Circle. You'll will see many bars and karaoke next to Imperial Palace. Next to Music Bank is the Rockville. Very easy, you wont get lost.
This direction is the best route to take from Espana, Quiapo, UST, Dimasalang and other nearby areas.
How to get to Rockville in Timog by LRT or MRT
You can get to Timog by MRT-3 and the station here is called GMA-Kamuning Station. After you get off the train in GMA-Kamuning Station, walk toward the corner of Timog Avenue and EDSA where the headquarters of GMA Network, Inc. or GMA Channel-7 is located. Wait for a jeepney along Timog Avenue. These jeepneys are bound for Cubao via Timog, but they turn left way too far from Rockville. As soon as the jeepney you're riding turns left, get off and walk your way to the Boy Scout Circle or rotonda. You won't miss it as it's very visible from the distance. Rockville is located before the Boy Scout Circle, around 50-100 meters from the circle, to your right. Next to it is Music Bank.
If the nearest station to you is LRT-2, then ride a train there and get off at Araneta Center-Cubao Station and walk your way to MRT-3 Farmers Cubaao Station. MRT-3 and LRT-2 are linked together by a crossway that passes through Gateway Mall, Araneta Coliseum and Farmers Plaza. Ride a northbound train or North Station train and get off at GMA-Kamuning Station. Follow direction to Rockville given at the preceding paragraph.
These directions via MRT and LRT is the best route to take for commuters from San Juan, Santa Mesa, Pasig, Sampaloc, Legarda, Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, Baclaran, Paranaque, Marikina, Santolan, Project 4, Cubao and other nearby areas coming to Timog Avenue, Tomas Morato, GMA Network, Imperial Palace and of course Rockville.
Location Map of Arnel Pineda's Rockville Bar
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