Rumba's: Friendly pub
Rumba's is a small, modern place that serves really tasty English Pub style food, steaks, pies, sandwiches, curries, bar snacks and even pizza. Despite being relatively new, Rumba's is already very popular - there is a regular crowd of English, Aussies and Kiwis, amongst others. The music is laid back - rock classics etc - and so is the atmosphere. The friendly owners and staff will be sure to give you a warm Boracay welcome.
Happy hour is from 4-7pm.
Dress Code: Smart beachwear is fine.
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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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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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Bom Bom Bar: Live Music
If you are tired or listening to the loud hip hop and R'n'B that seems to be the staple in Boracay, Bom Bom Bar is a refreshing alternative. The funky decor attracts an eclectic crowd of arty and musical people from all over the world. They play a mix of reggae and ethnic sounds, and have live music several times a week.
The bar itself is very small, but there is a large garden area with unusual chairs and tables made from driftwood. The disadvantage is that loud music from neighbouring bars can sometimes stop you enjoying the ambiance of the place, but it's still one of my favourite places to spend an evening.
Dress Code: Beachwear!
Juice Bar: People-watching
Juice Bar is located on the corner of the Plazoleta (near station 2), home of most of the arts and crafts in Boracay. It's in a pretty busy area so there's always something going on, and it attracts a lively crowd.
The music at Juice is not always to my taste - they tend to play a lot of "R'n'B" but the decor is nice, there's a varied menu of cocktails, and the service is usually good. There are comfy cushions and beanbags outside to sit on, and a nice friendly mix of people.
Dress Code: Smart beach wear.
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
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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Hobbit House: Lord of the Rings Hobbit Place (Boracay)
Hobbit House is a famous bar in Malate, established since 1973, and its major attraction is that they got live music, great food and the waiter and waitress are little people, like a hobbit, (slightly like dwarfs).
The place is well known for the hobbits serving food to all guests , even before the Lord of the Ring series.
Very recently they branch out one in Boracay D'Mall , beside Rumba's along the rotonda.
A new addition to waterholes of Boracay, great place to listen to live music.
Dress Code: Smart casual, no strict dress code.
Cocomangas: Still standing after 15?
Cocomangas has been around for a long time and is still a favorite for hanging out on the mats with huge pillows while watching tv (the world cup was on last time I was there) with friends, feasting on the best pizza on the island, playing pool, or, better yet, trying to down 15 different shooters and have your name added to the list on the scoreboard to bring drunken honor to your country! I've been to Boracay many, many times but I've never even attempted it...especially because I've never seen anyone finish 15 and was actually still STANDING after.
Dress Code: Absolutely anything you wear on the beach is fine here, too.
Cocomangas: Jars of frozen margaritas
Frozen Margaritas here are served in jars...about the same size and kind as the ones for mayonnaise. At happy hour, you get two!
Try not to have too much or you get as smiley as this :-)
Photo of Syl taken after 3 jars of frozen margaritas with...a real Margarita!
Pat's Creek bar: Beers, beach and palms
Live music - one or two guys are playing the guitar every night at this nice joint (Pink Floyd, reggae, local music, songs on demand). Open until 1.30 am.
Situated as close to the beach as you can get. Nice staff and Filipino owner. Relaxed environment.
Beers from average 40 PHP (25PHP when happy hour)
There's a pool table inside the bar.
Dress Code: Come as you like. People are wearing shorts.
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Jony's, Pier 1, etc.: Relaxing under the stars
We decided to check out the nightlife on the beach and we loved sittin on woven mats while we listened to acoustic performances with a thousand stars above you. It was so relaxing. We saw couples young and old dancing under the clear night sky.
Dress Code: Beach casual
Anywhere on white beach: Triphop down the beach
This gang of paddlers just got back, flush from their victory in the dragon boat race. They were juiced up and ready to dance and romance. Just another group of fun-seekers in Boracay
Dress Code: Take a look. Coat and Tie NOT required
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 :)
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.
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