Plenty of nightlife in the area of Boracay I was in and probably all along the coast of the island as well. You can walk along the sandy path with the ocean on one side and souvenir shops and restaurants on the other. The trees are lit up and music is played along the shops. Dancing and drinking and live music as well. Huge sand castles are lit up with candles at night and you can walk along the beach in the white sands and look out at the boats/sailboats in the water slowly passing by and see the moon reflection in the water. It's got much more of a lively atmosphere near the shops at night and much more peaceful tranquil atmosphere near the sand castles and water.
Visit Cocomangas in station 1. Buy 1 take 1 on beers and selected cocktails up to 9pm (or 930pm). If you're on a budget, I recommend that you have dinner some place else before going here. You can come as late as 830pm then place all your liquor orders for the night before the buy 1 take 1 promo ends. You may ask the waiter/waitress to bring your drinks at a later time anyway ;)
If it's not raining, you'll find a barbecue stand right outside Cocomangas. You can buy from there and are allowed to bring the food in - that shouldn't be a problem. It's cheaper and super delish! :)
On a tight budget or not, you shouldn't miss "still standing after 15"! This is a promo whereby you are served 15 different types of tequila-based drinks for about PhP1500.00 (US$36.50). Don't worry, you are allowed to take your time finishing all 15 drinks. And when you're done, they'll give you a shirt that says "still standing after 15" and your name and country will be written on their wall of fame ;)
Dress Code: no special dress requirement
The newly opened Samba's Cafe Bar, near boat station 1, serves freshly caught seafood grilled to perfection on their beach BBQ. There's also a diverse main menu of international dishes, from steaks and curries to pizza, English, Korean and Chinese dishes.
This friendly cafe bar is a good spot to enjoy sunset cocktails and people-watching. Formall;y known as Grabe Cafe.
One of the advantages in staying in Station 1 is that you have a choice how you would spend the night. You may opt for a peaceful night dining or you may walk a few meters to Station 2 where the happening is. It can get a little loud in Station 2 with all the different bars and clubs around. But if you want to party, this is where you have to be!
Dress Code: no coat and tie please...
This famous bar and restaurant, which also has a branch in Manila, is staffed by little people. From charming waitresses taking your order, to polite staffers delivering your food, most staffers are shorter than the tabletop. The owner must have been a fan of J.R Tolkien, which is also very evident with all the Hobbit murals all around inside the place.
Food is good, and the price is about average (considering you are in Boracay). While having dinner, we were serenaded by a solo performer and his guitar (both regular sized), with acoustic renditions of local folk songs as well as foreign blues/pop sets.
Dress Code: no dress code, as this is in Boracay island. well, probably no red-Speedo-bikini-trunks only for men? but it's more of making other guests not puke.
There's always the latest disc spinning and a local+tourist crowd drinking from 10 or so 'til 5 when the party drifts across the street.
It's easy to settle into this congenial spot each night and have a chat with those around. Find a new friend or just drink in the crowd.
Dress Code: Are you kidding? Come as you are. Some kind of footgear is probably smart - other wise it's beach chic all the way...
Cocomangas is famous for the 15 shooters challenge - knock back one each of these kickass cocktails (see below) and win a T-shirt and a name plaque on the wall for posterity. Do it for your country!
Canadian Prairie Fire (tequila, tabasco sauce)
Mexican Flag (grenadine, creme de menthe, tequila)
Boracay B-52 (Kahlua, grand marnier, baileys)
Moondog's B53 (kahlua, sambuca, grand marnier)
Screaming Green Lizard (kahlua, creme de menthe,baileys)
Test Tube Baby (vodka,amaretto, a drop of cream)
Screaming Orgasm (kahlua, amaretto, baileys)
Renzo's Revenge (vodka, triple sec, lime)
Cocomanga's After Eight (gin, jim beam bourbon)
Pacific Aerolift 747 (kahlua, tequila, baileys)
Chico's Surprise (galliano, creme de cacao, baileys)
Babay's Cat Eyes (tequila, green crede de menthe)
Kaya's Star Queen (jim beam bourbon, white castle whiskey)
SS Bangkero (vodka, malibu, baileys)
The music is mostly rap, hip hop and R'n'B, and the bar is popular with the young student crowd. Don't miss the delicious pizzas and melts, the house special Illusion Shakers and the deceptively good JamJar cocktail served in - you guessed it - a jam jar.
Cocomangas Bar is the ultimate beach drinking experience in Boracay. Cocomangas is owned by Australian John Munro who decided to permanently settle in the island. The bar is famous for its renowned shooter list of 15 different drinks - the "Still Standing After 15". You’ll have the chance to swig "Test Tube Baby" and "Screaming Orgasm." Now how’s that? And if you are still standing after straight gulping all 15 down, you get free T-shirt and one point for your country on the wall chart. Good bless you. The place is comfy and native… with all the bamboo and big pillows and Bob Marley singing in the background.
Dress Code: Beachwear or casual.
Seeing someone with a beer in hand while walking or groups of visitors just sitting in the sand are a common sight in this island. Others would love to spend the night partying at the bars and clubs. But if you would like to stay away from the crowd, a leisurely stroll along the beach or at the mall is a quiet alternative.
Even if we went to boracay during the off peak season, the night life is still very much alive. what makes this place different from the other bars is that they play live reggae music as oppose to the disco & funky music others play. they are more laid back so it is quite relaxing spend an evening here lounging with friends.
Dress Code: any.. no dress code, just come as you are and have fun!
Each month (weather permitting) a friendly group of tourists and expats board a wooden banca (outrigger boat) and head off for a romantic full moon trip to Cubay Beach on mainland Panay Island. There, on the beach, under the stars, they eat, drink and dance the night away with live DJ's.
News of these parties is usually spread by word of mouth, but if you are on the island around full moon, pop in and ask at Lapu Lapu Dive Centre (near Summer Place) or just ask around. Shhh!
Dress Code: Wear whatever you fancy - something comfortable. Bring a sarong, and bear in mind that you'll have to wade through a little water when boarding and disembarking from the boat.
Try their jam jars (downside is low in alcohol content) and their Still Standing After 15...voila! When drank, ride the tricycle or walk along the sand path under the moonlite.
Dress Code: Duh, one has to show more skin of course...and flip flops.
No, we didn't try the 15 shooters. Not because we can't beat the challenge - we're already 'high' when we hopped to Cocomangas. We tried the P550 flavored smoke instead, which was enough for a few rounds for a group of five.
Happy hour usually starts at 4-5 pm and lasts until 7 pm or 7:30 pm. San miguel pale pilsen and cocktails are pegged at P45. House tequilla (not Cuervo) is also P45 while premium brands start at P100. don't bother asking for a lemon (they serve calamansi instead) because lemon is expensive, according to them.
Dress Code: come as you are.
Boracay is known for its parties. When we went there, High Season is just starting to pick up so nightlife is not yet that "energized". But we've been able to down shots of tequilla (what no lemon?!) and bottles of beers, and still have a blast sans the wild parties. i like the house music in hey jude.
Dress Code: come as you are. take the tables outside the bar, the sea breeze feels good and it gives that laidback feel despite the booming sound and the crowd that come and go.