Nightlife places to visit
My cousin and I decided to see what Cebu had to offer for a nightlife and to be truthful, I was impressed. There are lots of nightclubs, restaurants, karaoke bars for anyone who wants to visit them. Since we stayed in Waterfront I found it useful that most clubs were near the hotel and some were even from walking distance! For a night out that includes a live band and a disco area, I would suggest Sunflower City or NASA. Both are huge clubs with waiters waiting at your very whim. You can either dance or simply enjoy the music from the live bands (I also found that most most foreigners visit these places and if you want a place with foreigners I would suggest to go to Sunflower City as that was the place that had the most foreigners in my opinion.) During the weekdays clubs offer a 'ladies night' were women can get in for free which is a bonus. However, this isn't offered to men but they do get beers for free!
If you're looking for more of a bar and a DJ playing, I would recommend P.U.M.P. It's a lively place which is usually crowded with people dancing or simply enjoying their drinks. If you want to find a place that offers restaurants and karaoke, I would suggest Crossroads. Its a street filled with restaurants, karaoke bars and nightclubs (however the drawback is that Crossroads has more restaurants and only very few nightclubs. It is however a nice place to go to if you want to enjoy your meal). Another place is Voodoo if you're looking for a karaoke bar ( I haven't been there yet but it was recommended to me). The best part of these clubs is that you don't have to worry how you'll get back home as there are many taxis waiting outside the clubs to pick you up during the whole entire night.
My only warning goes out to foreign men to be careful. Many of these clubs have prostitutes who are after your money and they will usually dance near you in a very sexual manner. But besides that, Cebu has a very good night life!
El Gecko Bar/Grill: El Gecko
Great local bar to start the night off with. I pre-gamed here almost everyday during my stay in Cebu. Many expats and cheap drinks and food. The owner is from England and works the bar. There is a great sound system for tunes and pool upstairs. I really enjoyed coming to this bar and making new friends. A must go for expats.
Dress Code: Any
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Club VUDU: Club VUDU, not VooDoo!
I've heard that Club VUDU is the best club here in Cebu. With some of my friends, i tried it first-hand one Friday night after work.
It was a friday night so they played hip-hop and remixed RnB track and a lot of "old" club music. i was expecting house music but i think they only play it during Saturdays. the club has a nice crowd... with several foreigners and local folks.
the only thing that i hate about this place is the "place" itself. it has a small dance floor... small bar... uneven floor that could trip you anytime you do your dance moves... i just hate the layout of the entire place!
Dress Code: no shorts, no "sando", smart casual, street casual, etc...
best places to eat in cebu
Handuraw's is a classy little place (best place for Internet access in Cebu) and the pizza is outstanding. That goes for anywhere, not just Cebu.
Antone's on Mactan island is a great place for a date (if she likes seafood, and if she is Filipina, she does). I prefer Antone's to The Lighthouse.
Case Verde is a must. Nice place. Good prices and good authentic Filipino food. The baby back ribs are their specialty, and they are good (not true baby back ribs like you find down in the deep south, but that's ok)
Most Cebuanos will tell you that CNT ithe best place for lechon. I lived in Philippines for 6 months and never had bad lechon, so I'm not sure if I totally agree. The prices are good, but they don't sell beer (wtf).
El Gecko serves up a great breakfast burrito. Humungus and delicious.
You should definitely go to Mr. A's. The food is good, view is great and as with most places in the Philippine's, reasonably priced.
One of my favorite places is Grill Avenue. The food is average, but they typically have good live music and it's a nice place to have a few beers after eating.
Slabadu Resto Bar: Good quality entertainment
Slabadu is a place I found by accident.It is your fairly standard slightly upper class Nightclub.
Good quality live entertainment is to be found most if not every night.Mostly 2 bands every night.A good quality of food is also available
Dress Code: Anything neat, clean & tidy.Singlets of any descrition are not allowed.
El Gecko Restobar: Great International Food - Xpat & Locals Favourite
Set right in the heart of Uptown district in Cebu City, Mango Avenue, El Gecko Restobar. A popular haunt of expats and locals with great international food, the cheapest beer in town, 30 peso and fantastic people. Multi screen TVs playing music DVDs and very welcoming staff !!! Start here before hitting the clubs later in the evening.
11am - 6pm - Friday - Saturday - Sunday - Happy Hour - San Miguel Beers - 30 Peso
11am - 2pm Lunch Time 15% Meal Discount
Check it Out !!!
Dress Code: Casual
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Lonestar: My Favorite Bar
Lonestar is a gentlemens club in Cebu. Ladies are always welcomed if escorted. They have some of the best music a lot of good ole rock and roll and the best pub grub I have found in Cebu. The pizza is awesome. Drink prices are very good. An SMB will run you about 60 piso if you like harder stuff it is normally about 100 piso a drink. If you want to hear a song all you have to do is make a request with the waitress all the music are mp3's and the have about 30 gigs worth. I know I am one of the lucky ones who can go behind the bar and pick my own songs.
Dress Code: anything goes as long as you don't show up naked.
VUDU: pretty cool
I went here on a saturday night, so they played mainly house music. Im not really into this type of music but it was cool cuz the atmosphere was great, the people were great and the drinks were cheap. what else can you ask for!!. I hear they play hip hop on fridays. I was told at the time that i was there, this is the best club in Cebu. It was the only club i went to so ill have to take their word for it. The Club isnt too big, the dance floor was packed and so was the bar. It was kinda hard to get drinks. There is an upstairs and a patio.
Dress Code: I dont think there is a dress code, its too hot to have one.
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Sugba Bay - Holiday Plaza Rooftop Bar & Restaurant: Cebu City Nightview
If staying at the Holiday Plaza Hotel, check out their bar and restaurant at the rooftop which opens at 6 p.m. onwards. They've got a great view of the city at night. Make sure to go all the way up and have your food served at their top most level to get a 360 degree view of Cebu City. The restaurant specializes in "sinugba" - grilled foods. We tried their barbecue and squid and I must say that they grilled the squid just right. Price is affordable as our meal of 3 sticks of barbecue, grilled squid, a cup of rice and a couple bottles of beer were all under 500 pesos.
peleaz & sanciagko: strangers in the night
If you are not into the bar trip and would like to meet new friends then this is the place for you. Just walk from the corner of these streets to Pete's Kitchen and back around 8:00 - 9:00PM and oppertuities will present themselves. You could stay at the nearby Mercedes or Golden Vally hotels to make your experience more convient. Good luck and be safe.
Dress Code: long pants or jeans is a good idea...no shorts.
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Tops: A View From Above
Tops is a great place to visit at night. It is up in the mountains and you can look out and have a great view of the City lights. It is a fun place to go hang out with your friends.
There is a place (I think) to buy snacks and drinks, but you are also allowed to bring your own.
Tops is quite inexpensive. There is a small fee which each person must pay. However, it was less than $2 U.S.
Dress Code: When you visit Tops wear long pants and take a jacket or sweatshirt. It can get freezing up there in the mountains, especially when you are coming from the heat and humidity of the City. Don't be caught off guard by the cold.
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Treff bar at Waterfront: Cool spot...cool drinks
Treff made good drinks and I adored the clean decor look. Clear Italian chairs and lounge areas were suited for the spot the overlooked the curbside of the hotel.
Service was fast and unobstrusive.
Live music starts at 10pm
Dress Code: Smart casual. No flipflops.
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Formo: Night life @ FORMO
FORMO, located at BTC or Banilad Town Center. A resto-bar, a bit classy & yet affordable..Adult people & the young adults go there to grab a drink, dine, etc.. Mostly around 20-50 yrs old..
Dress Code: People who usually go there wear decent/formal attires (especially those businessmen), but for party animals aging 20-30's, they usually wear something trendy..
Snack Shops and Bars: Bars and Snack Stands at Tops Mountain View
if you plan of having a drinking spree with your friends during the day and even at night here are tops mountain view, then fear not as they have several mini bars and snack stands that offer assorted snacks, bar chow, noodle dishes, beers, liqours, alco-pops, cocktails and more. the prices are a little bit higher than in cebu city but not much. (local san miguel beer costs 60 pesos a bottle here while is 50 pesos in cebu city bars). cocktails start at 120 pesos and up and alco pops at 70 pesos and up. they also have korean food sold here as at least a third of people going here are the south korean tourists and they even sell soju here!
the mini bars and snack stands are open from 10:00 am to 12:00 am everyday
Dress Code: casual
Tops is located in the mountains facing cebu city and is a 30 minute ride from downtown cebu city if there is no traffic. it is owned by the prominent Osmena Clan of Cebu and is located in the barangay of Busay, just north of the road going to the famous Taoist Temple. Tops Mountain view has an elevation of 2,500 feet above sea level and affords breathtaking and picture perfect views of the Cebu City Skyline, Mactan Island and the Mountains of Bohol Province. Inside the complex houses commercial establishments that sells souvenirs, food and drinks and alcoholic beverages and you can even do camping activities and overnight at the grounds here. The area is popular for both locals and asian tourists like koreans, japanese and chinese and many have their DSLR Cameras taking pictures of the views and of the sunset.
there is a 100 peso entrance fee to the premises.
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lami.ah seafood restaurant: visit cebuan folklore show
This is one restaurant that offers cultural show while you have your meals. They have a small stage in front of the diners where you can watch the cultural / folk dance. There will be cultural shows in the afternoon at 12.30pm and in the evening at 6.30pm, 8.00pm and 9.00/9.30pm. The food here is pricey.
This restaurant is more for the tourist where you come to experience the cultural show once and maybe you won't come back for more(Unless you like their food very much). However, there are no lack of restaurants in Cebu that offers good food.
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