To de-stress, create your own personal space where you can escape and feel good at the end of the day. I have this mat on my bedroom floor strewn with pillows in front of the tv. I burn incence and candles to lend a different feel to the room and transport myself.
Dress Code: My most comfortable attire for lounging.
The decor is eclectic but cozy. Tea is great. I also like their spanish chocolate and milk. They serve dinner but nothing to write home about. They are known more for their after dinner stuff. Their gelatos are also great. Nice hang-out place.
A Manila friend says their Matt's chocolate cake is better than Calea's. I is very good but since I am not a choco lover, I didn't think to write about it.
Dress Code: Casual
MO2 is located in Goldenfield Commercial Complex (used to be the nightlife spot in Bacolod)... It is a restobar, with KTV and billiards. They serve good food and a nice place to hang-out with friends and have some beer. ;)
Their KTV rooms are consumable, for the price of 800-1500, the room is exclusive for you and your group and you can order food and drinks equivalent to the worth of the room. So if you love to sing, have good food and enjoy the night away, MO2 is the place to be.
Dress Code: anything comfy
Club Moravia is a bar on top of an Italian restaurant. The time that I was there, a live band was playing old school rock and roll and it was awesome. The ambience is nice, they also have couches where you can kick back and relax while listening to the music. The area in front of the stage is also free for those who love to dance.
Dress Code: There is no special dress code, but you wouldn't want to be caught dead at night in Bacolod wearing shorts and shirts. Bacolodnons love to dress up, so might as well go with the flow.
Piazza Sorrento is a huge building housing restaurants, bars, coffee shops, boutiques, internet cafes and jewellers. You can go there during the day but its not as alive during the night. It's a great place to eat, hang-out, shop, drink, dance, people watch or just chill.
Dress Code: Well, my usual advice for people who want to fit in here is to dress up--but not too much.
At the Tourism Strip and the Public Plaza, locals and tourists are treated to live music of popular bands, and the streets serve as their party venue. Though some tourists usually stay at the 2nd floor of food establishments (like McDo/Chowking/KFC) so they can have a good vantage point for viewing dance exhibition while dinling, more people stay on the long line of kiosks at both sides of the street for food, beer and other drinks. At the plaza, drinking beer at the kiosks start from October 1 till their Charter Day. At the Tourist Strip, the street party and live band is only for 2 nights, after the Electric Masskara.
Pro: Free live music by popular bands; "overflowing" beer
Con: So much litter and urine stench on the streets
Dress Code: Casual wear
The Capitol Lagoon is where the locals go for a stroll or just relax at night. It is located centrally in the busy Lacson Street where most restaurants and bars are. The big Capitol building stands proud and well-lighted and in front of it is a big fish pond full of tilapias. The place serves also as a playground for kids, a meeting place, a family's hang-out or for walking and jogging.
Dress Code: anything comfy
While strolling Capitol Lagoon, there's a big fish pond full of tilapias where you can feed them with popcorn or poprice. ;)
It's nice to see a school of fish swimming after for food. Those tilapias are said to be food for prisoners in the provincial jail.
Dress Code: shorts, shirt, whatsoever. ;)
Not much dancing going on and there were only a few people there. Mostly people were just sitting down, drinking and talking. A place definitely for those who would love to just sit and drink(which is not my type). They also have KTV rooms available for those who would love to have a little private party.
Dress Code: They don't observe any dress code..but people in Bacolod almost always dress up.
Mo2 is located at the Goldenfields Commercial Complex--where all the action is. Though, I wouldn't really say that the "action" there is high-class. The "aquarium" is where all the crazy stuff happen, that's where the dance floor is. I wouldn't recommend this place if you were a small group, especially if you're mostly girls. You're mostly likely to be touched somewhere we you don't want to be touched because the place is so cramped with people.
I'd also recommend going in early at around 10pm if you want to get a decent table. Parties at Mo2 don't end until the wee hours of the morning.
Dress Code: NONE! haha
The Villa Angela East Block is an IT park. On the second floor is a call center(I forgot what the company name was) but on the ground floor you have a variety of restaurants and bars. It's not exactly a place where most locals go since its too far from the downtown area or other nightlife spots but my friends and I find it ideal for our small clique where we eat and drink every 3-4 months (depending on how busy we are with school).
Dress Code: No dress codes, but as usual..you know Bacolodnons and their wanting to look good. :)
This year's Masskara Festival has expanded its party venue to Lacson Street. The street has been closed down from the North Capitol Road to North Drive and concert stages have been put up along the strip. Face painting and henna tattoos are abundant. Hundreds of flaglets are strung overhead to add to the festive mood and skywalkers graze the blue skies as soon as the sun sets. Restaurants, bars and hotels put out tables and umbrellas for al fresco dining. Beer, alcoholic drinks as well as non-alcoholic drinks are served everywhere. People walk the party strip with beer bottles or softdrink cans in hand with their peers. This is a night where almost all of Bacolod is present. Fireworks displays are put up almost every night during the highlights of the festival.
Definitely one great party NOT to miss!
Dress Code: This time, there's no dress code!
One little tip though, I would suggest that if you attend the street party, you should go in comfortable shoes(a.k.a. slippers). By the end of the night, you'd feel like you've walked forever.
Another local coffeeplace. They have a good deli selection and my hubby declares that their coffee is better that Bo's, Figaro's or Starbucks. At half the price too. The place has wifi and very airy and comfy.
Dress Code: casual
The NGC Park is a favorite nightspot of locals and tourists. The fresh air, the beautiful park and the fountain with colorful lights attract a big crowd to spend their evening there. During the asskara Festival season, people look forward to seeing more attractions in the park. This year (2011), there were brightly colored floating installations in the pond, the design of most of which were inspired by masks.
When you go to Bacolod City for the Masskara Festival, don't miss the chance to go to the NGC Park in the evening. Remember to bring your camera. Bring snacks, but bring your trash!
Dress Code: Come as you are. There is no strict dress code
Nestled along one of Lacson's side streets is Saltimboca. Its a small pension house with ok facilities and a bar. I first experience their night life when my dad was invited by a friend to watch their live concert featuring local talents. It was a charity concert for cancer kids who had financial problems and couldn't afford the expensive medication.
The ceiling was too low for me and I guess its not good for claustrophobic people. For the concert, they had a theater type set-up for the reserved chairs and then surrounding that were other low lounge tables and chairs. In my opinion though, the concert was not exactly for the young or young at heart.
I asked for the bar list and was disappointed by the limited drink selection. Not a place you would want to go to if you want nice drinks.
Dress Code: As usual, no dress code, but please read my other notes on dressing up here in Bacolod.
52 San Sebastian Street, ex. Bacolod Executive Inn, Bacolod, 6100, Philippines
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