It's all here: alcohol and sexy, young women. There are over 100 bars full of attractive and readily available women eager to show you a good time. Balibago is a nonstop, drunken revel seven days a week, everyday of the year. Recreational sex is the sport of choice. You can enjoy full privileges with one or more attractive young females regardless of your age, weight, physical appearance, interpersonal skills, wealth or social class. Go-go bars start to open at noon and a few keep the music pumping until 5:00 AM. Some small hostess bars are open 24 hours. Prices in Balibago are extremely low, which means you can carouse in full throttle without wiping out your life savings. English is widely spoken. You don't have to learn a single word of the native language.
Definite must-see nightlife establishments include Atlantis, Crystal Palace, Forbidden City, Golden Nile, Club Asia and Love & Music. These are the finest and classiest of the girly bars in town. For clubbers, the most exclusive discos are The Mansion and Club Mix. Other great hangouts include The International and Paradise Beer Garden, as well as The Courtyard, which is a live band venue and houses lots of sleek KTV bars.
Bars in Fields Avenue which have their own web site include Champagne Group (Champagne, Lancelot, Brown Sugar, Camelot), Roadhouse, Insomnia and Dollhouse.
Bars usually come and go, but this online map marks some of the long-running bars while this Google map shows some of the new establishments. Also, you can buy Angeles City maps which are sold at local bookstores and travel agencies around town, or you can ask how you can get a hold of one upon arrival at DMIA.
For more Angeles City info, see AngelesCity.com . For an interactive forum, go to the Asian Escapades or PI@Night Message Board.
[split into two paragraphs] Buying a drink for a girl you find attractive is a good way to break the ice. A man who doesn't buy drinks for any of the girls while he's bar hopping is called a Cheap Charlie. Generally, eight drinks will buyout a dancer or waitress from her shift and she will leave the bar with you. The politically correct term for this is early work release or simply EWR. It's most often called a bar fine. The bars are able to release employees before the end of their shift; however, the law prohibits bars from controlling or directing the conduct of its ladies once they're out the door. You pay to get the girl out of her shift. Nothing else. Some girls will go out to eat with you, some will go bar hopping, some will spend the night, some will fly home with you. Discuss it with the girl of your choice over a drink.
If you're a big spender and want to see a lot of smiling faces, each bar has a bell you can ring to buy drinks for all the dancers and other staff. Depending on the number of employees, friends and relatives of the mamasan, this can end up costing you over $100. Spend a little money, make some new friends.
As you explore the tourist area, you might make a turn down A. Santos Street. Here you will find old-style bars of the non-go-go variety. This is called Blow Row. These rundown, small bars each have a dozen girls at the most. They are open around the clock and the girls will try to get you to go into one of the rooms in the back! The transvestite population has mostly disappeared. There aren't any gay boy go-go bars like you'd find in Thailand. And, the go-go bars only employ genuine females so if you're looking for lady boys or gay nightlife you're in the wrong place.
Gamblers will like Casino Filipino-Angeles, right along MacArthur Highway. There are various poker rooms around town like Wild Aces, Double A’s and 5TH Street Poker. For more casinos, visit Casablanca in Hotel Stotsenberg and Casino Widus, both inside Clark.
In addition to having dozens of go-go bars, Balibago has many restaurants. These are useful since man cannot live on alcohol and sex alone. The 24-hour Margarita Station has plenty of smiling waitresses. If you like spicy food, order the salpicao. At the corner of Fields Avenue and A. Santos Street is Kokomo's. Among other things this 24-hour restaurant has an ATM machine, a go-go bar and a hotel.
At Fields Avenue and A. Santos Street is Azzuro Restorante located atop Lancelot Bar. Above Roadhouse is Salvatore's which serves pizza, pasta and imported New Zealand mussels. The dining room provides a quick escape from the noise and hustle of Fields Avenue. On MacArthur Highway there's Fortune Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant for Chinese food and Ribeye Restaurant for steak and lobster tail. Near ABC Hotel you'll find the Edelweiss Bar & Restaurant. If you want good, inexpensive food and don't mind walking a bit, another spot to try is AC RUMPA.
Though Angeles City doesn't have a beach, it has lots of daytime activities other than bar hopping at the daytime bars. These include shopping at super-elite Marquee Mall and SM City Clark, 4WD or helicopter tour to Pinatubo or the lahar fields in Porac, motorcycle riding (rent at Nice Bike), shopping at the flea markets for local crafts at bargain prices, and taking a guided tour of Clark / Angeles (call the City Tourism Office at 322-0507).
For nightlife coupled with beach resort activities, head out to Puerto Galera. Other popular excursions are LaUnion and Baguio.