When we think of places to catch our favorite indie artists and immerse ourselves in all things live music, we often find ourselves traveling to Tomas Morato, Makati, and Katipunan on the weekends. These spots boast signature venues like Saguijo and Jess & Pat’s, each cultivating a unique culture. But did you know that there are also places you can explore far from the bustling sounds of the Metro? This time, we’re heading north to La Union.

Beyond the sun-kissed days and beachfront parties, the scene up North pulsates with an array of musical styles and genres. From the soulful strums of acoustic melodies to the infectious rhythms of reggae, there’s a symphony to suit every ear. Envision nights ablaze with the entrancing beats of local DJs, the magnetic pull of live band performances, and the soul-stirring melodies of indie artists — a scene straight out of your favorite cinematic masterpiece, I’m Drunk I Love You (2017). Of course, it’s the places that book these talented artists that we have to thank for, too.

Here are Billboard Philippines‘ picks for venues in La Union where you can enjoy some live music.

Alpas La Union

Alpas La Union, an unassuming coffee spot and plant studio in La Union, is poised to become the next IT-destination for live music. Still yearning for the pulse of the Metro? They’ve got you covered with regular performances by Manila-based bands like Hale and Urbandub. If you feel like you’ve missed your chance, don’t worry because you can catch BINI on May 30, turning those Pantropiko dreams into reality.

Flotsam and Jetsam Bar 

Tucked away amidst the sunny shores of La Union, Flotsam and Jetsam isn’t your run-of-the-mill hostel-turned-hotspot—it’s the core of never-ending festivities (and amazing pizza). Picture this: nights pulsating with infectious beats courtesy of top-tier DJs like Tolo Marvelous, coupled with live sets from captivating bands such as Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas. It’s a scene straight out of your favorite indie film, a harmonious blend of music, culture, and coastal charm.

Shrine of Satisfaction

Living up to its name, satisfaction isn’t just a word at the Shrine of Satisfaction — it’s a way of life. Weekends are a celebration here, with a lineup that reads like a who’s who of the music scene: from the groovy beats of local DJs like NEIL WAPANGS to the toe-tapping tunes of Ang Bandang Shirley, SOS, and TONEEJAY. It’s a symphony for your senses, where every bite, sip, and song leaves you craving more.

Tavern by the Sea

If you’re planning your next pub crawl in La Union, Tavern by the Sea deserves a top spot on your list. Much like Flotsam and Jetsam, this seaside spot offers an experience you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re craving a wild night of dancing or a laid-back evening serenaded by acoustic tunes, Tavern by the Sea has something for everyone.