Drinks in paradise: the best bars in Boracay
The Philippine’s most popular tourist destination, Boracay is known for its immaculate sand beaches, gorgeous vistas and vibrant nightlife – with happy hours starting early and stretching out well into the evening.
From chill, authentic watering holes to classy cocktail venues and buzzing beach clubs, you’ll find that the island truly comes alive once the sun goes down – whether you’re in it for a couple of sunset drinks or dancing until dawn.
Here are our top 5 picks to fit your every mood.
A favorite among locals and expats alike, Exit Bar epitomizes what people love about the island. That can partly be explained by the extensive food and drinks menu – with a wide choice of refreshing cocktails – but it’s the cozy, welcoming ambiance and laid-back hippie vibe that really has people falling in love with the place. Live music and DJ sets complete the experience, but make sure you come early as it always gets packed.
Nigi Nigi Nu Noos
Nigi Nigi’s is another established venue with a loyal clientele, and extra friendly staff. As part of a family-owned beach resort right on White Beach, the bar can boast one of the most beautiful sunset views on the island. Come here for a fun, boozy time to the tune of eclectic playlists and live music bands. This is also a great place to tune into any big sporting events alongside a buoyant crowd of aficionados.
For something on the glitzier end, this hip bar and grill on the beach is known for its delicious food, amazing frozen cocktails and generously long happy hour (from noon until 10PM every day). As the nighttime settles in, the tables get pushed aside to make room for the dance floor as Epic morphs into one of the most popular clubs on the island, with top-notch DJs playing until the early hours.
From the same team behind Manila’s acclaimed ABV (Alcohol By Volume) bar, this modern tropical venue located poolside at the sleek Hue Hotel provides a refreshing break from the White Beach hustle and bustle. With one of the largest rum collections on the island and an expert crew of bartenders, this is the perfect place to come for a relaxing time around meticulously crafted cocktails – and why don’t you take a dip while you’re at it?
To finish things off in style, Sirena at the Shangri-La is the perfect sunset-watching spot. Perched atop a scenic clifftop overlooking the ocean, the award-winning seafood restaurant and bar is the perfect luxurious retreat. Indulge in a delicious meal in one of the many outdoor cabanas and spend the evening relaxing to the sound of the waves, perfectly mixed cocktail in hand.