I don't know if Chez Rose is best described as a nightclub but it opened its doors one year ago and is probably the number one place in town with a live group every night, a well stocked bar and large hall. This is located at the end of BM Road and comes alive every night, closing in the early hours of the morning (4am). It can get quite crowded and is not really the place for me, but my friend who we accommodate at our house often stumbles home at 3.30 in the morning after a night out there. They even serve champagne at 3,000 pesos a bottle. The food is also good, but not cheap. There are also many dancing girls on the stage, if that is your type of thing.
There are several promo offers and i may pay the place a visit on my birthday soon as they have an offer of 299 pesos , all the beer you can drink from 7.30-9.30 every night.
I believe that there is free entrance to the beach during the day but it is only worth going there if it is high tide, and even then the beach is not great as it is shallow. At low tide you have to walk out 300 m to get your feet wet.
I believe that there are karaoke rooms upstairs that can be rented, but there is also overnight accommodation
I did not come across a website for this establishment but you can get an idea of what is going on at their FB page
Address: END OF BM ROAD
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 2 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.
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 (4-6pm). 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.
Since i have written this review i reckon there are another 4 or 5 places along Rizal Avenue that have started a Happy Hour including Cueva Bar, Blue Pinoy and the small bar next door, Take-Off Bar which is on the street parallel to Rizal Avenue and directly behind Tokyo Kitchen.
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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
Address: Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, Palawan,Philippines
Directions: take a tricycle and just tell the driver the name of this place
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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-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
Address: Manalo Extension
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
Address: Riazal Avenue
Directions: 300m from the airport
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.
Address: National highway
Directions: San Miguel Mercado
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.
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.
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.
Address: Rizal Avenue
Directions: half way between the Capitol and the airport on the right hand sid if coming from airport
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.
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.
Address: Manalo Extension
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
Address: Mercado San Miguel
Directions: San Miguel Mercado is situated on the left about 1 km from the Capitol Building as you head out of town. Gypsy Lair is at the rear right hand corner.
Last night was the first time that the roof top of Casa Nieves hosted some of Puerto Princesa's best musicians as they came together to perform in order to raise funds and donations such as clothing, food and water for the victims of typhoon Yolanda which unleashed her full fury on the northern Palawan Island of Coron. There is now a makeshift bar on the roof top as well as a stall offering several type of food. It is a wonderful setting as the full moon offered enough light and a cool breeze kept everybody happy. As usual the highlight of the show was Kawangis Ng Tribu, the local group that concentrate on keeping tribal music alive using a variety of traditional instruments. During their performance one of the guys performed the fire dance.
From my understanding there will be musical events each month at this venue on the full moon.
Well worth going to if you are in town. Last night's event wound up around 2 am.
Drinks are about the cheapest in town.
Address: Libis Road, San Pedro.
Directions: Casa Nieves is opposite the Shell gas station just as you turn of the national highway.
Palawan for me is a place where we relax from our usual life and there is nothing more relaxing than being here in Baywalk and breathing the fresh air and enjoying the sea breeze. This place is so heavenly, very peaceful and you can really feel that you are really on a vacation! Here you can stroll along the bay while watching the setting of the sun, go biking (they have bikes for rent for 25php/hr) or simply sit and have "muni-muni" and recollect your past life & gather for your future, hahaha!! At night here is beautiful especially when the lamp post are turned on and the peacock starts to blink. Most of the people who come here are the locals not so much of the tourist except for those going for dolphin watching. I enjoyed so much here especially seeing the kids having so much fun with their bikes and the locals who are very nice, friendly and so simple.
Directions: located near the Puerto Princesa Port just near the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
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