Kinabuchs Bar and Grill: Booze with Exotic Food
Kinabuchs Bar and Grill is one of the famous places to hang out at night especially for the tourists. It has great ambience- I like the bamboo furniture and light bulbs that make the place glow. One of the interesting foods they serve is Crocodile meat and “Tamilok” (woodworm). I find this place ideally for boozing, hanging out with friends, etc.
Our kind guesthouse owner (Jet) showed this place to us since it’s popular and thought if we would like to dine here but since my friend and I do not drink beer plus the fact that we’re on a budget, we tried the local food tents in the town proper instead.
Dress Code: Casual
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TAVERNA LUNA: good food and music
Taverna Luna has good food and live music. Has a steady clientele most nights.
This place has been taken over twice by different owners and neither have been able to make a successful business at the place, possibly because the rent is too high. I noticed the other day that it is closed again and is for rent once more. Will update when necessary
TOKYO KITCHEN, KATOBOM & WAREHOUSE: HAPPY HOUR ALL NIGHT LONG---WELL, NEARLY
For all you folks who like to enjoy a few cheap beers you can start at Tokyo Kitchen in Rizal Avenue which has a happy Hour from 3 pm to 6 pm when beers are at the give away price of 30 pesos. At 5.55 the staff will remind you that Happy Hour is about to finish so that will give you time to order another cold one. This is also an excellent place to sample some of the food while you drink. At Some point between 5 pm and 6 pm you could move next door to Katobom where the beer is also at 30 pesos between 5 pm and 8 pm. Meals are also available and live music will start around 8.30 or 9 pm. From here you could wander along Rizal to the Warehouse, just before the airport where they have a late Happy Hour (maybe 8-10 pm, 30 peso a beer).
Another option would be to take a trike to Sheebang in Libis Road where they have a slightly more expensive Happy Hour at 40 pesos a beer. Sheebangs is a guest house for younger travelers and can really turn in to a party evening depending on the guests.
Trike drivers will know the location of all these places.
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SAKURA: A NEW ENTERTAINMENT VENUE & MY FIRST SOJU
I was invited to Sakura the other night to sample the food and watch the show, so i feel i must make a review. Sakura is the name of a new nightspot which is intended to cater for the more upmarket clientele. It is run by a Korean and a local businessman, opens at 7 pm , closes at 2 am. We were offered some delicious food including chicken cordon blue which turned out to be the best i have ever eaten. Mixed sizzling seafood, fish and chips were among the other items on the menu we tried. The chef used to work at the $1,000 a night Amanpulo, so that explains why the food was excellent. Inside there were 3 separate rooms for groups who wanted there own karaoke room, but the main room had comfortable sofas, tables and a stage. Several girls were employed there who performed Hawaiian dancing on stage and karaoke was another option. I will probably never go here again as karaoke is not really my type of thing, actually i hate it, but the owners intend to make this one of the top entertainment spots in town. The place will be fully operational in the coming days so why not try their food there.
To keep the riff-raff out there will be an entrance fee which will entitle you to one free drink and a snack.
Ladies drinks will cost 280 pesos.
It is forbidden to take the ladies out.
Being partly Korean owned i tried my first SOJU, a Korean drink. It was 19% proof, made from potatoes and gave me quite a hit, but i am not sure if i would order another one! The first swig was hard to handle but by the time i had downed a few shots the spirit was tasting not so bad.
Sorry, i did not have my camera with me but hopefully i will pass by and take a few photos in the coming days.
TOM-TOM CLUB: GREAT MUSIC AND LIVE EVENTS
Tom-Toms is located in Manalo Extension and all the local trike-drivers will know this place. A good selection of beers, wines and spirits is available here as well as some very good food. The bar/restaurant normally opens up around 5 pm and closes after midnight, depending on how many customers are in attendance. There is an extensive menu offering international and local food. There is live music several nights a week ranging from heavy metal to country and western. All the major sporting events are shown live here, including, F1, Boxing, Rugby, Football etc.... Tom and his wife Annalyn are always willing to talk to you and the waitresses are very friendly and helpful.
Dress Code: anything goes
KWEBA BAR: LIVE MUSIC
Unfortunately Alan no longer plays here but recently he has been playing regularly at Tom Tom Bar on Saturday nights. The Kweba Bar is being enlarged and i am sure you can see other musicians perform here. This place also gets quite crowded in the evening and quite often stays open until the early hours of the morning. As of January 1st 2014 beers are only 50 pesos, making it one of the cheaper places to drink. The bar is a native building with a few decorative features.
Be careful when visiting the toilet, as you may never come out. It is so small you may get stuck if you try to turn round!
See Alan create magic sounds on his guitar as his group 66 FAHRENHEIT play songs from Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Guns 'N Roses etc. They play at different venues throughout Puerto Princesa but their normal gig is usually at the Kweba Bar which is located in Rizal Avenue about 300m before you reach the airport.
Dress Code: casual
PINK 55 (GERFIL JAMMING): Beer, food and karaoke
Note, the ownership has recently changed hands and name, but the old name will remain until January , then it will be known as the "PINK 55" as the sign on the window says. . The bar is in Valencia Street, opposite the LTO, just a minute from Mendoza Park by Rizal Avenue. As you enter the establishment the bar is on the left and there are probably 10 tables scattered around. Mike, the friendly Taiwanese owner is a great guy and will make sure that you are well looked after. This is more of a karaoke place but last night there were not too many people singing so we had a good conversation with the other patrons. There is some great snack food available including fried chicken, salty pork, fish fingers, as well as the Taiwanese special, smoked pig's ear, all at reasonable prices. For me , you must try the delicious wantons----absolutely the best.
Beers about the same price as some of the other establishments, cocktails and spirits are also available.
Open 7 days a week from around 6 pm to early morning.
Mike had a Chinese Empanada outlet which is now closed but these delicious empanadas will be sold at the doorway of the bar during the morning after a few days.
Dress Code: casual
GYPSY LAIR ART CAFE: ACOUSTIC MUSIC NIGHTLY
This is owned by the owner of Kamarikutan which closed down some time ago, but the new business venture seems to be better than the previous. There is acoustic music every night and a wonderful selection of asian food on the menu, as well as some mexican. The prices are reasonable and serve such delightful dishes like chicken cashew sandwiches, and has a well stocked bar. There are tw rooms inside where you can dine and quite a few tables outside also.
A-JHA RESTAURANT: DRINK, EAT & SING
If you want to get away from the city center just go to A-JHA restaurant which you will find at the end of Gabinete Road, Bancao-Bancao. This is mostly a local place but a few foreigners do frequent this place. There is quite an extensive menu of local and international food, including Japanese noodles as the owner is Japanese who is married to a local girl. At night there is often a few people entertained with the karaoke. There is a special offer on a bucket of beer or beer tower.
This place is closed on Sundays but is open everyday in the morning.
GOLD MOON DISCO: WILL IT TAKE OFF ?
At my age i have no interest in discos but some of our members might want to enjoy this type of entertainment. There used to be 3 discos in town many years ago but i believe that this is the only one besides EDWINS (see another tip) that is operational these days. This is a new establishment of a Korean which is about to open or already open. You will find this on Rizal Avenue about half way between the Capitol and the airport (left side on way to airport), next to Blue Pinoy restaurant.
I will post further advice should i meet anyone who has been there.
KATOBOM: LIVE ACOUSTICS and CHEAP BEER
Here you can enjoy live acoustic guitar playing each night while you enjoy your meal. Good food at a reasonable price. We visited Katobom last night again and really enjoyed ourselves so now i update this posting. The place opens up around 5 pm and beers are at a ridiculous low price at 30 pesos a bottle of San Mig until 8 pm, but at 7.55 you are allowed to order as many beers as you like at 30 pesos and the waiter will provide an ice bucket to keep them cold. Don't know what the after 8 pm price is but probably 50 or more. We had pepper steak and sizzling seafood for 180 pesos each, excellent, an the acoustic guitarist came on at 8.30, played music from 60's and 70's. Excellent value, we will be back.
The place usually stays open until 2 am.
TIKI RESTO BAR: LIVELY ACT, GOOD MUSIC, COLD BEER & ENTERTAINING !
When VT member Littlebush and his wife came to the island we ended up at the Tiki Bar, a place which i had not visited for a number of years and i was surprised how it had changed as three female singer/dancers gave a tremendous lively performance while the male band remained unnoticed in the background. Although we had eaten at another establishment the food looked good and the menu extensive. There was an assortment of local beers but unfortunately they were out of SM Pilsen so we made do with SM Superdry and Cerveza Negra, both around 50-60 a bottle.The place was packed out, probably well over 200 people, all enjoying the show. Many tourists were here and the singers teased some of the foreigners who looked quite embarrassed. If you are staying in Puerto Princesa i suggest that you spend a night here, and now that i have rediscovered this lively place i will not hesitate to take my guests there.
This place is diagonally across from the Capital Building and has billiard tables. KTV and live music every night. Reasonable price, enjoy.
THE WAREHOUSE-----30 peso beer at happy hour: BEER AND CHICKS
This is 200 m before the airport in Rizal Avenue, open until the early hours of the morning.
UPDATE AUG 2014
This has recently been closed for a while. Renovation work has taken place and it is open again with Happy Hour Beers for 30 pesos between 8 pm and 10 pm. There is normally a live band and the place can get quite crowded.
TOM TOM BAR: 66 FAHRENHEIT WILL ROCK YOU
Alan, the best guitarist in town has been playing at TomTom Bar regularly on Saturday evenings. The band consists of 3 guys who play rock music mainly from the 60's and 70's so if you enjoy this type of music show up at the bar around 9pm and you will be treated to sounds such as Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones and other famous groups.
Live music can also be heard on different nights of the week, but don't forget TomTom is closed on Thursdays.
GYPSY LAIR ART CAFE: THE GUY WITH THE MAGIC FINGERS
We were treated to a wonderful display of Latino instrumental music by Dempto with his 3 different guitars at Gypsy Lair last night. Dempto normally plays there on Thursdays from 7.30 pm onwards, but you can check on the sign by Gypsy Lair to see who is playing on each night of the week. The place is usually quite packed so try get there on time in order to find a table. Gypsy Lair is also an Art Cafe serving some of the most delicious food in town, ranging from local to Thai to Mexican. Also huge cocktails are on the menu.
So if you feel like listening to Latino music i suggest you make a visit to Gypsy Lair where you can enjoy a few beers, eat a delicious dinner while Dempto strums his guitar.
Dress Code: casual