Red Pirates Bar: Don't get capsized.
Since joining VT, I have attempted to make my tips as balanced and objective as possible. I mention this here as I provide this tip with the caveat that the co-owner of the place is a VT member and also a friend. I trust that my review will be objective and hopefully of use to the reader.
If you are wondering about the title of this tip, it refers to getting competely drunk in the place, so badly that you cannot get home. Then you are deemed to be capsized.
The Red Pirate is simply my idea of a great tropical beach bar. It was chosen as one of the venues for the 2012 Philippino VT meet, and it was a great choice.
Yes, I crashed out here a few nights because it was just too far to walk home along the beach, and it was great. There is something quite magical about waking up in a place where the floor is made of sand. The staff are great, Jen and Joey are wonderful hosts (see seperate tip for sailing with Joey), good food is available if required and there is such a good vibe about the place, it makes me remember why I spend so much money on overseas flights. I could have hung about here for a month but I had other places to go.
Certainly not a place to take your maiden aunt, unless she wears kaftans and went to Woodstock but still a great place to hang out.
Update April 2013.
It is with great sadness that I have to report that Magic, the beatiful little black cat you see in one of the images was killed by a dog a couple of months ago. I was really saddened by this but don't let it put you off visiting.
Dress Code: As they say on their own website (attached), bare feet, sarong and guitar!
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Red pirates bar.: My favorite bar inBoracay.
Red Pirates is a little beach bar in station 3 where you have a very bohemian vibe and often live music.
The bar is situated right on the beach and has both indoor seating and seats and tables right by on the beach.
The friendly owners are usually there sharing drinks and good times with the clients and you will find live music there a few nights a week.
The music tends to be reggae and claasic rock and that really suits my taste.
Prices there are generally lower than in most other bars in Boracay.
The opening hours at the red pirates are mostly late if the place is busy and if you want to chack if i am in Boracay then just go there late in the evening cause i tend to hang out there.
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Red Pirates: Down to earth neighbourly pub
Co-owned and managed by VT member, sirenna, Red Pirates looks like a pirates den. Unpretentious and built like a native nipa hut, the bar opens up to an alcove surrounded by gardens that leads to the white sand beach.
At night, the area is poorly lit, especially around the alcoved gardens and at the beach, the sandflies do occasionally bite, so bring some insect repellant. Perhaps sandflies are attracted to rum drinkers!
Away from the maddening crowds, it's the relaxed atmospehere with laid back patrons listening to impromptu live pub music, that makes this place a hit for those who prefer to chill out and chat with friends over a rum or beer.
Dress Code: Very very casual. Beach wear.
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Astoria Boracay: Live Band
I was told that Astoria was chosen as the dinner venue of the big Philippine meet partly due to the live band that plays there nightly. And I must agree, it was a good choice. The band more than met our expectation.
They started playing while we were close to the end of our dinner. Yet, they were so good that we can't wait for dinner to be over and started to dance in our seats. They played "danceable" songs from the 70's to present though personally, I enjoyed their 80's selection. They had 4 sets, each for about 45 mins (with 30 mins break in between), that kept us on our feet the entire time.
Unfortunately, even good things come to an end. As per Boracay policy, loud music can be played until 12mn only although the band relented to a 5 minute extension as we clamored for more.
Dress Code: Come as you are --- that's the dress code in Boracay.
Red Pirates: Chill Out Zone
Red Pirates is a chilled out little beach bar, with a native theme. There's a funky little beach garden with chairs and tables made from driftwood, comfy beanbags is and lit by torches and candles after dark. Drinks are reasonably priced (try the famous mojitos made with fresh, home-grown mint - the best on the island!), and it a good place to meet other travelers and chat.
The music ranges from reggae to chill-out to tribal, ethnic & acoustic sounds. Occasionally you can also enjoy a live jamming session with djembe drums, rain sticks and various other native instruments (especially around full moon), or watch local artists at work.
The owner, Captain Joey, has a sailing boat and offers sunset cruises, adventure tours and snokeling trips around the island.
It's also a great place to relax during the day - the garden is festooned with with driftwood creations and and the beach outside is quiet and peaceful.
If you want to get away from the crowds and not be hassled by vendors, this is the perfect spot. Swing in a hammock or lounge on one of the beach beds and just chill out.
Red Pirates is also home to the popular all-you-can-eat beach BBQ & buffet, held every Friday night at 7.30, serving a great selection of both Filipino specialties and international favourites. Don't miss it!
If you are backpacking or travelling, it is worthwhile stopping by to chat with the friendly gang at Red Pirates - they can point you in the direction of the best budget accomodation in the area.
Dress Code: Bare feet, sarong and guitar!
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Boracay beach front: PLAY WITH FIRE
Every so often, you'll spot POI DANCERS in Boracay. The fire dancers. As far as I know, they don't have a regular place they perform at...but trust me, they're out there.
Boracay is a party island. The Philippines version of "What happens in Boracay, stays in Boracay". LoL! Sound familiar? Certain areas can give you the rest and tranquility you desire...but mostly? The beachfront of Bora turns into a giant strip of parties once the sun goes down.
I've always loved watching the POI DANCERS when I chance upon them. They keep coming up with more and more tricks by the year! They're fascinating.
Once they start, you won't be able to look away. Why would you? They actually play with fire AND they get away with it.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
It is one among the top bars of Boracay.Near Dmall and very accessible to guest from Stations 2 and 3.
It is a typical tropical beach bar look with its bamboo designs. Driftwood chairs and tables scattered on the space in front. The band playing for them plays a range of music from country songs, reggae, carribean and african beat. The place is distinctive from nearby bars that offers loud, hiphop or rock music. If you know how to sing and play an instrument, you can showcase your talent here as well. Their staff were very accommodating as well.
With good drinks to sip at and the relaxing tunes, the bar is indeed a must visit party place when it comes to experiencing a real tropical nightlife.
Dress Code: Beach party attire
Pirates Bar: Authentic Boracay Scene
If, like us, you enjoy the quiet and relaxed side of Boracay as well as the party scene, check out this little bar on the beachfront near boat station 3. Red Pirates is known on the island as one of the last "authentic" Boracay establishments left standing after the invasion of big resort developers and generic chain store restaurants, and is very traveler/backpacker friendly.
It's run by a friendly gang of "pirates" headed by Captain Joe, and it's one of the last places to offer that real old fashioned Boracay hospitality in a little bamboo/nipa beach bar. The sleepy one eyed cat dozing on the bar, the sailing artifacts adorning the walls and the pretty garden are an added attraction giving the place real charm and character hard to find in Boracay these days.
This is our home from home when we are in Boracay, where we can spend time chatting with friends and relaxing to the chilled out music. They will also let you use the BBQ facilities to cook dinner on the beach, if you wish.
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JUICE BAR: The Best place for Quality house tunes!!!
Best thing about juice bar are the staff and the music!! Our crew basically didnt go any where else. Some of the other bar had a lot of sleezy local girls obviously looking to make a bit of cash.
At different points in the night you will see a large crowd around the bar as the have a selection of cocktails which are light on fire!!!
I was even given a chance to DJ for them and created a cool video! Go to youtube and type "dj co2an boracay" if you want to see more.
Hobbit house Boracay restaurant: Acoustic music
Very popular in Boracay with its unique quality of having midgets as waiters and waitresses even chefs. It has sister company in Manila too. The food was great and their specialty are pasta dishes.
Aside from enjoying the hospitable company of the personnel from the restaurant, you can also enjoy their acoustic band while drinking a bottle of beer.
This is also the place where you can converge with your friends without shouting.
Dress Code: casual
The place is if I can remember, beside the main street. You have to pay P50.00 pesos for entrance. This place is unique in the whole world if it is raining then the fun must go on because there is no roof for Bazurra Club as you can see and it is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Dress Code: You can wear any clothes you want, even two piece or brief, it is okey or bare feet you can come in.
Hey Jude: party place!!
At day time, it offers Bistro style food but at night it transforms into a party place that usually plays techno and disco music, and if you want to dance the night away join the crowd dancing in the open air. They stay very late and it attracts mixed crowd of party people local visitors and foreigners.
You can feel the energy of everyone so if you like to party try this one. They also have a DJ and their price is affordable.
You cant have a good conversation here because of the loud music.
Dress Code: it would be more appropriate to be in your beach party attire.
Crafty's Rooftop: Rooftop fun
When I found we were going to Boracay, I immediately began to search for places that served Guinness. Not many do. We heard Crafty's served several European beers and we even contacted the owner who promise not only to special order Guinness for us, but also supply a few cases for our wedding. Err, he forgot. But they did have Stella Artois, which is pretty damn good.
Crafty's is a steep climb, it's located at the top of Crafts, a three level store that sells a bit of everything. We went at night and couldn't see the view, but apparently it's pretty impressive, with a view of most of the island. Still, we had a great time. Everyone had traveled long distances to get here and we were all in need of a few adult beverages. We found a table, ordered a few rounds, and laughter and fun ensued. A great, great night in a very casual bar.
Dress Code: As long as your privates are covered, I doubt they care.
Bamboo Lounge: Fire Dance By The Beach
After our Paraw sunset cruise, we strolled by the beach and the fire dancers of Bamboo Lounge caught my attention. Dancing and gyrating to loud music, the fire dancers swirled and threw and caught and swirled again the "fireballs on string". It was really an awesome performance! Sometimes, the fire dancers teasingly "throw" the fire on the crowd, making it more fun, even to non-diners of Bamboo Lounge.
If you are not eating at the tables set by Bamboo Lounge, it would be prudent to watch and take shots of the fire dancers from the sides, and not within their al fresco dining area.
Dress Code: Come as you are; no prescribed dress code.
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Hey Jude and Juice Bar: Hippest Bars in Bora
For the younger crowd who likes house music- go to Hey! Jude Bar..
If you like hip-hop/RnB - go to Juice Bar..both are in Station 2.
Dress Code: there is no dresscode in Boracay. Party wearing your most comfy clothes :)
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