The Fort Strip is a very busy spot at Fort Bonifacio, Global City, Philippines. There are a lot of clubs in the Strip, just go by each one and check the party scene. It is beside other great clubs like Jaipur or East of St. Louis, so people can easily club hop. The music gets cranked up and loud at around 11pm till sunrise. One club that I love is Embassy. Here is a quick review of this club listed below..
The clubscene: Sexy, Wild, Loud, Dancing, Smoking, Drinking
Drugscene: Low. Drug trade inside.. i heard. haha (I haven't actually seen)
Drinks: All sorts, from Alize to Zólensky Ice
MUsic: R&B, Hip-Hop, House, Trance, Dj, Clubmix
Days: Wildest at Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays (for regular clubscenes). Other events like Oktoberfest or Cuervo Nation depends on the scheduled day.
People: Mix of celebrities, Young socialites, Locals and Tourists
Age: 18 and above
Guys: A hotness..
Girls: A++ hotness..
(click pictures to see more photos)
Dress Code: Smart Casual, Casual, Trendy. No slippers or Undershirts.
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
Philippines is famous for is their cover bands that plays well known western tunes.
Some of these bands are incredibly good and really manage to pull it off which is also why you see them all over Asia.
If you have been on holiday to places like Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam or elsehwere in Asia and seen a really good band playing western rock music then they have most likely been from the Philippines as cover bads is one of the Philippines biggest export articles these days.
One thing that i really like is how popular AC/DC is among these bands.
I am a big AC/DC fan myself and it's funny to see how the asians, even the girls sing this very well but i guess it has to do with both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson having quite high voices themselves.
So get out there and listen to this fine aspect of Philippine culture and i would be suprised if you get dissapointed.
This is a comedy bar but i will classify it as PG (Parental Guidance), since some of the comedy acts or jokes are for adults. They also sing songs, at times even with their audience.
Dress Code: anything, casual will do
Great bar to have a Mojito and watch the world go by. An open air cafe that faces all the activity on Remedios Circle. Cafe Havana features a stylish cigar bar, great Cuban music, and best of all, a beautiful waitress that will show you a few Salsa moves.
Wow, sexy male go-go dancers, load music, friendly crowd, and room to grove on the dance floor. The crowd was mixed- straight and other- very frendly/ no attitude. Being the only white boy in attendence, I was getting a lot of attention. Spent the night dancing w/ some local Filippino girls and a German girl or line dancing w/ the boys. The waiter (see photo) was great and kept the long island ice teas coming. Fun spot, even if you are a middle aged straight guy.
Dress Code: anything goes
Walking along the bay of Manila at night offers a few things for tourists. Besides having that cooling breeze come in from the bay, it's a great place to stroll from each open air restaurant for food, drinks, and great entertainment by the many bands that play along the walk.
Music ranges from disco to hip-hop; performed by local bands.
This is a great place to "people-watch" as it is a great attraction for the "out-of-towners".
On a side note, make sure you check out the restaurant that has wait-staff that is comprised of nothing more than "Little People". I apologize if I am PC-incorrect...no offense intended.
Pictures up comming!!!
Dress Code: Very casual...although I wouldn't wear speedos or a tank...you have to have SOME standards.
19 East is located along the east service road near Sucat, Paranaque. As the name suggests, it is 19 kilometers from the center of Manila, which I believe is the Rizal Monument. It's an easy 20 minute drive from Makati. Their happy hour is from 6 to 9 pm and their feautured happy hour singer or band starts playing at around 6:30.
Where in the world can you drink all the beer you can for 3 hours for a measly P150, approximately $3.00?
Mind you this is not a sleazy and cheap joint. I believe that this place has the best sound system in Metro Manila and the main bands that play after happy hour are the best that the country can offer. So what are you waiting for, drink up dude!
Dress Code: No sandals and sleeveless shirts.
This was a cool little bar that we had our First Class Association Party at. We all sat around drinking for free for about 5 hours before we went out that night. During the day it's a regular bar. At night it picks up a little bit. They had a singer and guitar player for entertainment. They were a pretty good duo.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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