Sleepy beaches and private, quiet, secluded resorts stand unusually close to this islands tangible, crackling nighttime energy. The compacted nearness of all these island offerings creates a highly unique and memorable nightlife that is in a class of its own. Travellers who wish to avoid the nightlife and just enjoy the beaches won’t have a problem doing so. However, if you’d like to inject yourself into Boracay’s thriving midnight culture, read on….
I start this night like most nights on Boracay. Generally, I’ll head towards one section of the beach and meet up with some of my friends on the island. Today is Friday. It’s not actually Friday, it’s Tuesday. But the truth of the matter is that every day on Boracay is Friday. There is no Monday. There is no Wednesday. This is an island built around a fairy tale; right now, I’m enriched….carefree, and void of responsibility. I have a role to play, this night…& why not? It’s Friday.
I enter through D’mall around 6:00pm. Conversations take place throughout the numerous venues in an agitated climate of calm. It’s quiet, but energetic; people are absorbed by todays accomplishments and tomorrows plans. The clink of a glass from across the court, sandals scraping the pathway. A nervous out of place laugh bounces into the evening. Dusk is playing a muted song, enchanting island and inhabitant on the transit from twilight to nightfall.
At the end of the D’mall path I take a right turn. It’s busy and people are moving with haste and ambition. Some seek to quietly retire from an energetic day on the water. Others eagerly window shop the assemblage of beach bars, pubs & clubs, looking for the perfect catalyst to drive the night forward. To the right of D’mall are several clubs where you can have a few cheap drinks, listen to some great music and acclimatize with the evening and your company. It’s important to begin your night on the beach in a quieter place with your travel companions. Enjoy a few laughs, see where everyone stands mentally, and get any social business out of the way.
What started as edgy excitement is now an almost fluid warmth; everyone is harmonizing. The people walking the beach path aren’t charging so hard. Cultural strangers from across the globe are meeting, sharing and feeding off the infectious vibe. The edginess of raw anticipation has now dissipated and it’s time to go forward and live purely in the moment.
Boracay has several clubs, each one enhancing the island nightlife inside of its own wild biosphere.
We navigate through the cold, blue, clean& finished lines of the first club; immersed by the impeccable architecture and heavy, crisp, venue audio. We ride the night and move on to another club. A hot, sliding& grinding place where locals unwind on the dance floor and travelers play into the evolving chaos. We move on to a jam packed beachfront club where I can still savor a personal moment. I walk down and wet my sandals in the tide,briefly distancing myself from the euphoria of being connected to something so provocative, exhausting and primal.
Finally, on a random, sand hewn dance floor that looks like it will strike hot until the sun rises, our well oiled company decides to part ways.
It’s time to use up my last shred of responsibility and escape this night’s intoxicating gravity. The weather is good and the moon is riding high. Glowing ripples of water massage the hard packed sand; I zig-zag back to my hotel room reflecting on how terribly difficult it is to find something so safe, pure, and easy back home in the “real world”. There’s a bit of regret that this night is over, but it’s ok.
Because on Boracay, tomorrow is Friday.
Below is all the detailed venue information you’ll need to form your own opinion and get the night started. Find some that appeal to you and enjoy the spirit of discovery!
If you’re looking to dance the night away, party hard, or just hang out station one has a lot of great places.
2 Kings is a burger bar in Station 1. With a meal or a drink, you can play billiards for free! If clubbing isn’t your thing, this is one of the bars where you can kick back, and chill out.Go there for:
Cocomangas Shooter Bar has been an explosive party, drink, dance & food outlet since 1987, giving both foreigners and locals nights they can almost always sometimes maybe remember. The “Still Standing After 15 Shots” challenge is well recognized on Boracay. Those who are triumphant after putting down a variety of different shots will score a point for their home country, have their name engraved on the bar’s wall of fame and get a free t-shirt or jersey as a prize.Go there for:
Tagged as the Hottest Daylight Destination in Boracay, Sandbar Beach Club is where you want to chill on a cozy beach bed while watching the beautiful sunset. Be entertained by amazing fire dancers at night and indulge yourself with their delicious treats.Go there for:
White House Beach Lounge is known as a trend setter in Boracay, pushing service and design concepts to new levels taking by inspiration from thriving places such as Miami and Ibiza. They host some of the biggest parties during holidays such as LaBoracay. When holiday’s gone, this place is still loved by the people because of their comfy beds, stylish furnishings and pool.Go there for:
If you’re into reggae, carribean, aboriginal and Phillipine mixes of live music in an Island Reggae style aura, you should definitely make your way here. The bar offers you a more laid-back and relaxed vibe. Performers set-up at the front beach until midnight, giving the place a more down-to-earth ambiance where customers can also jam with the performers.Go there for:
Coco Bar is the place to be if jenga& darts are your thing! Make rules all throughout the night that will make it more exciting than the usual.Their “Brain Train” drink dares you not to try it, but believe me this is a drink that you shouldn’t miss out on. Chug it up and get a free t-shirt which proudly states “Yes I do and Yes I did! I survived the Brain Train.”
If Margaritas are your drink, be here and get mad with their newest promo Margarita Madness, every Tuesday from 8 pm – 11 pm!Go there for:
Are you devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasures, the enjoyment of good food, great music and the good life? Dine, drink & dance at Boracay Island's EPICenter for world class dining & partying.
Created by Manila’s top super clubs Encore, Manor, Republiq and Valkyrie, EPIC Boracayreigns supreme as Boracay’s premiere hotspot that offers an A-List experience and the best of both worlds as the dining and party destination.
The stylish modern seaside interiors flow into the magnificent beachfront, creating a relaxed tropical utopia by day that whets your appetite as you savor superb beach cuisine by renowned Chef Carlo Miguel, and transforms into an authentic beach club by night with a classy beachfront lounge that plays host to some of the most massive parties all-year-round, featuring the biggest international DJs and big names in entertainment.
Beer Pong, the Epic Giant Cocktails, flaming cocktails, people watching, and the longest Happy Hour on the island are just some of the many pleasures to keep coming back for.Go there for:
A great mix of interesting locals, divers, kiteboarders and different folks from around the globe gather here. You don’t need to wear fancy clothes or dress to kill, you just gotta be yourself!
Exit Bar never fails to let their customers feel at home with a very kind serving team that will remember your name. The native bamboo shack style building, awesome spray paintings on their walls & unique interior designs make for fantastic décor! Best part? You can take off your flip flops and dance all night till your feet give up! The DJs will be playing reggae,HipHop, DnB and Triphop songs! Before you enter the bar a small stall grilling hotdogs & BBQs can be found, I suggest you try a PEETA BREAD (with mayo,mangoes and chili dips) for only PHP 30.Go there for:
Boracay Uptown is a perfect location for dining in, drinking up and chilling out. This is where you find various restaurants such as Golden Cowrie, Dulcinea, Paraiso Bar and Grill, Sbarro & Bo’s Coffee while listening to live acoustic music and being entertained by island fire dancers.
Around 10pm, the live band starts cranking out popular tunes and pumping up the crowd.They play your requested songs while you enjoy your dinner or put back your bucket of beer. Rock to the music and get amped up for an amazing party night in paradise!Go there for:
Wave Bar and Lounge is one of the newest attractions of Boracay Regency’s beachfront. This two floor bar with an open air lounge and air conditioned club on the second floor will definitely make you stay all night long as great DJs keep the good vibes going! Sometimes, they give out free entrance tickets with a free drink just outside the bar. You can start grabbing your cocktails at this bar around 5 o’clock in the afternoon.Go there for:
If you’re in the mood to grab a beer but wanna be away from the crowds, Bulabog has some cool hang out bars you should definitely try.
Two Brown Boys plays awesome alternative music, serving mouthwatering burgers such as the Heaven and Hell Burger, appetizing Cheezy Loggers and amazing Buffalo Wings! A great late night location to meet new friends and indulge in delicious food bar.Go there for:
Levantin hosts the famous Romanian Buffet where travelers and locals enjoy a feast fit for a king every Thursday night!
It’s never boring to party at Levantin’s Moonlight event because there’s always a theme to be followed! Join in the fun and get a chance to win amazing prizes for best themed costumes. They also give away freebies for those who want to share buckets of beer.Go there for:
Nice Place World Food Art Café is just a footstep away from 2 Brown Boys. They serve delicious International Fusion Cuisine and reasonably priced beers.You should try their pasta and vegetarian dishes. Also,their stylish bamboo building offers affordable cozy rooms starting from Php 500 is best for backpackers!Go there for:
If you want to reflect, have a few drinks and enjoy the beach try station 3. Station 3 offers a relaxing ambiance with an old island vibe of yesteryear. The ideal location for a date night listening to the waves or a night chatting with friends gathering around a bottle of rum and having great conversations under the stars.
Red Pirates Pub is one of the most budget friendly bars in Boracay,definitely a good price for a pirate! Local folks & interesting tourists who come here love the native ambiance, beach net beds, mesh net hammock sand serenity of the surroundings. At night, everyone’s jamming with the band playing guitar, drums & saxophone.Go there for:
Away from the busy crowd of the island, one of the most luxurious hotels, Shangri-la Boracay’s Resort and Spa has two fantastic bars if you want to surrender into relaxation and just enjoy the calm breeze while sipping a glass of wine.
AlonBar is a perfect place as to enjoy the sand under your feet and bask in the sun. Quench your thirst with tropical drinks and delicious snacks while taking in the sea air and letting the worries of the world drift away. They also have an acoustic band playing at sunset and fire dancing performances.Go there for:
Have magnificent nights at Solana Bar as you gather around the fire pit or comfort yourself in a cabana lounge while you marvel at the sun meeting the horizon. Check out their Tapas-inspired menu and refreshing cocktails for a perfect evening!Go there for:
If you’re wondering when’s the best time to party? Honestly, every day of the year the island is ready for whatever you bring! Times to party that are grander than usual are Halloween, Christmas and New Years, Chinese New Year, Easter and LaBoracay (Labor day).
So there you have it! Bring the whole gang, make memories and have the best nights of your lives on the island that never sleeps!