When I came to the Philippines in 1973 the Calesa Bar at the Hyatt has been my favorite hang out at nighttime. This habbit has not changed for the past 30 years. Whenever I visit Manila Calesa is on schedule to meet old friends.
Excellent live bands and or piano music with my favorite local entertainers are on schedule every night.
Business men, journalists, singers, movie actors and actresses, name it- you meet them all and make friends.
Dress Code: Depending on the occassion. Business suit, or casual attire is welcome.
Sneakers, shorts or punk style would not be welcomed
Capone's is a cool place to hang out with your friends to grab some dinner or a few drinks while you listen to many of the Philippines' best bands play their hit songs.
The place has two levels with multiple tables set up around the band and a bar located to the rear of the establishment. Pick a table on the second level or kick it by the bar if you want to be able to carry on conversation with your date or buddies without having to yell because the band likes to turn it up at this place.
On the Friday night when I went, the crowd seemed to be young business people and foreigners ranging in age from their mid-twenties to early thirties celebrating the arrival of the weekend. The guy to girl ratio was a decent 1:1.
Dress Code: The dress code at Capone's is pretty casual, athough, I don't think they'd let you in in shorts and a t-shirt. The guys were usually dressed in slacks or jeans and the ladies usually wore jeans and a nice top.
This can be confusing for the first timer to the Philippines. Basically a leaving fee is the cost payed to the bar, restaurant, Karaoke Club or whatever for the permission of a lady to leave with a guest. The bars lose is your gain and you have to pay for it. Sometimes it is for an hour, a half day or an entire evening. Sometimes buying the lady 10 "lady drinks" (usually three times more expensive than yours) will qualify as a leaving fee. You can even do a leaving fee for a week (expensive)!
Leaving fee, although common, are not exactly legal with most authorities within the Philippines. The general procedure is to talk to the girl of your choice and if she wants to go out bar hopping or on a date with you she will call over the mamasan who will then tell you the charge for the lady to leave for the night. The leaving fee can range from P500 to P1600 in most places but policies do differ.
In Manila it is common for the leaving fee to be kept solely by the bar (P600 - 1600), in the business area of Makati it is usual practice to charge a customer ten ladies drinks -- the price's of which can vary widely from around P180-P275. Some establishments will insist in you actually buying all those drinks, others are a little less demanding and may even add drinks from a departing customer to your tab (if they like you). In Angeles City the lady get's 50%, (P600 -1,000) hence tiping not required.
Once you leave it is up to you and your companion what happens next, but "nothing" is guaranteed unless you have made prior arrangements. You are then both consenting adults to what happens in private or doesn't. Please check with the bars mamasan (this is her job, to make things clear) on the bars policies and what to expect from a leaving fee
The city is has been called a "Wild West Town, type of place" which is pretty accurate. There are no Taxi's to speak of for example and getting around is by Trike, Jeepney or on foot. Although, you can hire a motorbike at Swagman Travel for example for P500 a day. The streets are dirty, broken and much of the area in non-paved. There is trash on the streets and you might fall into a pothole if you don't look were you are walking. As strange as this may seem, it is one of my favorite cities to nose around and explore -- it is so much fun and you never know what to expect as you walk down an unknown alley (be carefull though as to what you may find -- yes, this is what to expect -- but be warned, many some are Bacala's, men pretending to be women) or open a bar door and there is your dream girl smiling back at you. Jesus, what a place!
Yes, there is no crystal clear beaches, tennis clubs (although a golf club is available, fancy restaurants or sophisticated night life -- what is does have is hundreds of small bars, each with 30-50 girls. Let's see a 200 (low estimate) x 50 =1,000 girls and all waiting for you :-)
Angeles is definitely a single man's paradise if "chilling out" and lazing around swimming pools and bars is what your after...
The main action is centered around Fields Ave. which runs along the perimeter of the old Air Base.
FOXYS BAR with some of the best decor in the whole of Angeles.
The center stage is in the shape of a hexagon, with seating all around, is well designed. Again the web style bikini outfits are very fetching, and they have some secluded and tastefully styled booths where you can sit andchat in relatively luxurious surrounds.
Inside there is a stage with upwards of 25 girls now employed and dancing their socks off -- the atmosphere here is generally great with some nice staff, including Yolie and Jasmine behind the bar and believe me guy's you will not find a better looking D.J anywhere in the Philippines than Marianne :-). The music is good with the right mixture of oldies Rock n' Roll and Disco stuff mostly supplied by myself! There are video screens showing "Mr. Bean" and various entertaining tapes such as a Motorcycle Crash Tape which appears to be popular.
There is a pool table within as well. The location is perfect, next to three or four Hotels in Malabinias Road
The bar is large and spacious inside, with a lounge area for a relaxing drink to enjoy some warm friendly hospitality from the GROís. There is an area for pool and even darts. The bar has some teams in local leagues that ex-pats and visitors are always made welcome to play a game or two, over an ice- cold beer or three!
There is a stage with some dancers and even a go-go type cage for the girls to dance their socks off in. Prices, here as in most local bars away from the tourist orientated Fields Ave, are far less expensive, and that helps those on a budget.
Local Drinks at the Pink Pussycat are P20 (only!) whilst a ladies drink is P80. They are open from 10am through until 1am and have a happy hour from 10am through until 8pm.
The Conservatory is one of my favorite lounge in Makati..
Mon to Saturday there are 2 or 3 sets of bands playing. One band will play different type of music from the other.. (one band are playing soul, other one is retro).
The bands that play are mostly one of the country's best bands. Music being played range from soul, pop,jazz, blues and retro
Hyper Beat plays there its all female vocals, with coordinated dance steps and sings disco songs..it always get the audience to stand and dance with them..
The lounge is really cozy, with the comfortable rattan chairs, and at the back are sofas to cater for big groups..
Food and drinks are reasonable priced, its even cheaper than other bars in the metro (a wonder indeed)..
There is a minimum charge but its consummable, still at good value around 300 pesos..
Dress Code: Semi Formal, Smart Casual,
No strict dress code, but being located in a 5 star hotel at center of Makati, its best to dress appropriately..
Go there during Happy Hour, when the ambience is at its most peaceful, and the drinks are two for one :)
The barman knows his stuff, and the drinks are very good.
I recommend the Margaritas!
Sit back and enjoy!
Dress Code: Casual evening island clothes.
T-shirts, shorts, sarong....whatever.
Ratsky in the Philippines is a famous and more classy night spot with a live band music though it can get too crowded(there isn't a place for nightlife isn't crowded!). And owned by a well-known actor in the Philippine cenima;-)
Dress Code: Any kind of dress as long as you're comfortable and atleast you look good as this place has a bit more character or I mean, classy!?
John is the Canadian owner of this sweet bar/club. It's located just beyond Pier 3. If you're looking for a great place to dance, play pool or sit at the bar and chat with a Vancouverite this is the place. It's right across the way from a HUGE nightclub that was newly opened in Oct. 2002. At Cocomanga's you can add a notch to your country (countries are listed ladder style on the wall) by downing a variety of 15 shooters that are placed in front of you. If you succeed your country may move up the ladder!
Dress Code: Complete casual....bearfoot!
this place is filled with different restos and bars. The whole family will enjoy. There's a night market too. Or you can just sit and have coffee while watching the people pass by.
Dress Code: depends on the bar or resto u want to go to. But, casual attire is accepted
It was really cool here because there was a mixed crowd and it seemed classy like a New York, upscale, 20's club. I loved the ambience, trance and house music. Great prices-100 pesos for mixed drink-that's US $2-and they make 'em strong in the philippines.
Suffice to say, that if you're going out for the night, chances are you'll be singining. No one really cares if you're good, or bad, but just that you do it! Singing is believed to make YOU feel good; so people are happy to have you do it, even you're not on key!
u can bring along ur friends and other persons whom u might want to hang with.u can enjoy the music and the good service they had.good foods and nice waiters
Dress Code: anything as long as u look presentable.u can wear jeans and sneakers or u might wear skirts(if ur a girl).dress in a way that u feel comfortable
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