Howling Dogs Bar and Grill, Marshall’s Irish Pub, All-Stars Sports Bar, Cubana, the Social, Gilligan’s, and TGI Fridays – these are just some of the best bars for expats in Cebu that will surely give you a taste of the city’s fantastic night life.
Dubbed as the Queen City of the South, Cebu has a lot to offer, especially for expats. Almost everything can be found in Cebu – amazing beaches and other natural resources, an international airport with access to major international destinations, major malls, various restaurants offering diverse delectable dishes, hospitable people who can understand and speak English, booming economy, modern living compared to many Philippine destinations, affordable living, and of course vibrant entertainment and nightlife.
If you want to unwind and experience wonderful nightlife catching up with fellow expats and meeting new friends, Cebu has really great bars to offer. Here are 7 best bars you can check out:
1. Howling Dogs Bar and Grill
The Howling Dogs Bar and Grill used to be at Mango Avenue, which is the central nightlife area of Cebu. It has now moved to a new location in Juana Osmena, just walking distance from Mango Avenue. This bar frequented by many expats features live sports coverage; billiard table; live music; good western food like sandwiches, pizza, and pies; refreshing cold beer; and friendly waitresses.
2. Marshall’s Irish Pub Bar and Restaurant
Located in Mango Avenue, Marshall’s Irish Pub is not only famous for Irish nationals, but for other nationals, as well. Similar to other expat bars, they have sports showing daily on TV and they feature live acoustic music all night long. Marshall’s boasts an extensive menu with over a hundred food items on the list, as well as a good selection of cold local and imported beers and other alcoholic drinks. The staff here are also known to be friendly and welcoming.
3. All-Stars Sports Bar and Grill
All-Stars Sports Bar is located in Mango Avenue, around some bikini bars in the city and just a few meters away from other bars and clubs in the area. Mostly enjoyed by foreigners, All-Stars features enjoyable live music, a billiard table, and televisions with your favorite sports broadcasts. They also offer good food and cold drinks at a reasonable price.
Still in Mango Avenue, but farther from the clubs and bikini bars in the area, is Cubana. It is a restaurant lounge bar where you can listen to some great live band outside the terrace bar or jam with some club music on the inside lounge bar. The crowd is a mix of both locals and foreigners in groups enjoying their bottles of beer and pizza or other food from its extensive menu of Filipino and international dishes.
5. TGI Fridays
Going more upscale, you can head on to Ayala Center Cebu (mall). Here you will find, TGI Fridays on the ground level that is also a favorite of expats for its festive yet still a relaxing place to hang out. More expensive than other expat bars you will find in Mango Avenue, TGI Fridays offers cold beer and other drinks, as well as mostly American food.
Locals and foreigners love to dine here at Gilligan’s. You can see expats dining with their families here or groups of foreigners going for cold beers at night. Gilligan’s is also located in Ayala Center Cebu with a menu that offers a combination of Filipino and international dishes.
7. The Social
Also located in Ayala Center Cebu, the Social is a rather upscale bar frequented by classy locals and foreigners. It is a good place to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Later during the night, it becomes a bar where you can enjoy your cold beer, watch your favorite sport on large-screen TV, and listen to good music by local and international DJs. This is a great festive place to chat with your fellow expats or just chill the night away.
Aside from these mentioned best bars for expats in Cebu, you may also discover more bars, pubs, and even clubs lined up at Mango Avenue as well as in Ayala Center Cebu, and City Times Square in Mandaue City.