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The Night Shift

It didn’t happen overnight. Slowly but surely, Cebu became the capital of fun.

It didn’t happen overnight. Slowly but surely, Cebu became the capital of fun.
Strewn with clubs, pubs, resto bars and lounges that cater to an eclectic, gung-ho crowd, the after hours have never been longer with nightspots that ooze their own definitive flavors. Find your niche and you’re likely to mix with other insomniacs.

The Penthouse

Giving heightened definition to partying is one of the country’s premier clubs—The Penthouse. Located in the part of Cebu that never sleeps (Asiatown IT Park a.k.a. call center jungle), it is a solid authority on hardcore clubbing with five resident DJs, and has hosted a string of events for international bigshots Ministry of Sound, Miss Nine, Junior Sanchez, Rosie Romero and Kaskade, among others. With a capacity to hold four hundred and fifty, you can just picture the mayhem that goes on when heads bob in unison to the blaring beats of House, RnB and Hiphop. (PE)

The Penthouse Cebu

  • 3/F CJRS Point, Asiatown I.T. Park, Cebu City
  • Business hours: 10:00pm to 5:00am Fridays and Saturdays
  • Tel: 6332.231 3284, 238 0532
  • www.thepenthousecebu.com

The Veranda

Restaurant by day, hangout by night. The original Veranda was a house-turned-restaurant which eventually transformed into a club. Now in a mall location and staying true to its roots, Veranda offers Filipino-Spanish comfort food, but doesn’t stop there. By 7:00pm on weeknights, diners can also appreciate live music with their meals. Acoustic pop sessions reign from Sundays to Fridays, whereas Saturdays showcase local band talents Pandora, Purple Helmets, Shades of Blue, Mr. Mustache, Kage and Johnny, who perform mostly 90s and early 2000 covers by the 10:00pm. You need not worry about being overdressed at Veranda; many clubbers like to make it an early night stopover before they brave the rave. (PE)

The Veranda Cebu

  • Parkmall, Mandaue Reclamation Area, Mandaue City, Cebu
  • Business hours: 10:00am to 2:00pm daily
  • 5:00pm to 12:00mn Sundays thru Thursdays
  • 5:00pm to 2:00am Fridays and Saturdays
  • Tel: 6332.505 0007
  • www.theverandacebu.com

Treff

From the driveway of the Waterfront Hotel, one’s eyes can’t help riveting to a tall glass structure on the second landing. Derived from the German word “Treffen” which means “to experience,” Treff certainly piques the senses. The bar’s contemporary mix of white walls and furniture with dark wood and aluminum accents make it the choice of the chic social butterfly. Not to mention the transparent Philip Starck ghost chairs that mirror the all-glass roofing. Catch Treff’s happy hour everyday—50% off on a premium selection of wines, spirits, cocktail drinks and a hard-to-find picking of imported beer. (PE)

Treff

  • Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City
  • Business hours: 5:00pm to 12:00mn Sundays thru Thursdays
  • 5:00pm to 2:00am Fridays and Saturdays
  • Tel: 6332.232 6888 local 8628
  • www.waterfronthotels.com.ph

The Joker’s Arms

A massive wooden bar counter and a framed collection of funny English anecdotes on the brick walls may make The Joker’s Arms look like an English pub, but it’s really the interactive atmosphere that seals the deal. The Joker’s Arms is a melting pot of different nationalities—ex-pats, locals and out-of-towners cheering their teams on during the World Cup, trying their hand at a game of pool, or battling it out for the weekly Trivia Night. Even families go to Joker’s on Sundays and bond over traditional English fare like the hearty Sunday Roast. (PE)

The Joker’s Arms

  • A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City, Cebu
  • Business hours: 3:00pm to 12:00mn Sundays
  • 5:00pm to 2:00am Mondays
  • 4:00pm to 3:00am Tuesdays thru Saturdays
  • Tel: 6332.505 3193
  • www.jokersarms.com

Z Bar

Z is definitely one of the most unique bar concepts Cebu, perhaps even the world, has seen. The interiors are an original creation by internationally acclaimed and Cebu grown designer Kenneth Cobonpue. By reinforcing bamboo twigs with steel and tying these with rattan to create cocoon-like shapes in the ceiling and over tables, Z Bar exudes an element of whimsy, and the play of mood lights enhance it. A wide selection of wines and spirits is available, best paired with an assortment of cheeses and cold cuts from The Tinder Box deli below. (PE)

The Tinder Box

Cowrie Cove

Part of luxurious Shangri-La Mactan, Cowrie Cove is the perfect balance between urban living and nature. Indulge in fresh seafood in a trendy setting overlooking the vast sea. The adjacent Chill Out bar is a favorite among professionals and couples looking for a rendezvous to share the day’s experiences over early evening cocktails. Try the kilawin tangigue (Filipino-style ceviche) and the seafood platter, which is heaped with lobster, prawns, mussels, clams and crabs, for dipping in Cowrie Cove’s signature sauce. (PE)

Cowrie Cove

  • Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa, Punta Engano Road
  • Business hours: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Tel: 6332.231 8224
  • www.shangri-la.com

VUDU

VUDU continues to keep the magic alive under one roof. Their dance club, Luxx, sports two floors playing either House or R&B. On weekdays, there’s a slew of other entertainment style options including a rock band night and “VUDU-oke.” They’ve also recently opened Gilt, the first single malt whiskey lounge in Cebu that also serves a bevy of everyone’s favorite European beers, best paired with their baked oysters or potato fries. For company events, Luxx can accommodate 300 persons while Gilt can take up to 60, comfortably. (IB)

VUDU

  • Crossroads Mall, Banilad, Cebu City
  • Business Hours: 9:00pm till late Wednesdays thru Sundays
  • Tel: 6332.234 0836
  • www.vudu.com.ph

FORMO Restaurant and Lounge

The most loved mojitos and homemade potato chips in town can be found at FORMO Restaurant and Lounge. They boast of the longest happy hour in Cebu from 6:00pm to 10:00pm all week long, on cocktails and below-zero beers. Each night of the week is also dedicated to a different music genre including Fridays being House, Saturdays being Disco, and Sundays being Chillout. FORMO is also available for group functions accommodating 180 persons comfortably in their al fresco and non-smoking areas combined. (IB)

FORMO Restaurant and Lounge

MAYA Taqueria and Tequila Bar

Maya Taqueria and Tequila Bar mixes ancient Aztec charm with modern sophistication. They offer indoor and al fresco seating with soft reverberating beats for a subdued Latin ambiance. Tuesdays and Thursdays are “buy one, take one” on their famous tacos. Enjoy their happy hour on a wide selection of local and imported beers. And what’s a tequila bar without a few cocktails? Maya takes it to the next level with gourmet Mexican dishes like queso fundido with tortillas to complement your margarita. (IB)

Maya Taqueria and Tequila Bar

  • Crossroads Mall, Banilad, Cebu City
  • Business Hours: 5:00pm till late
  • Tel: 6332.238 9552 (Call 416 2442 for deliveries.)
  • www.theabacagroup.com

Level Ei8ht

If you love the nightlife and love to boogie, then this is the place for you. Whether it’s a sumptuous serving of calamares, salpicao or tandoori chicken that you crave, it will go perfectly with the stunning view of the city as you dine al fresco in the terrace, or inside as you get serenaded by the live band for the night. Reminisce the night away to the nostalgic tunes of the 70s and 80s while sipping their quirky drink, “Dancing Queen”—a must-try for curious cocktail cats out there along with many others that you might want to gulp down before hitting the dance floor. (PM)

Level Ei8ht

  • 8/F Adnama Building, Larrazabal Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
  • Business hours: 6:00pm to 2:00am Mondays thru Saturdays
  • Tel: 6332.236 0027-28

Bellini Champagne Bar

What could be more exquisite than sipping champagne from an alfresco lounge overlooking the city? From the Dedon furniture to the oversized, illuminated planters, Bellini basks in what would be a modern interpretation of old world European charm. Help yourself to their bestselling bufala cheese mozzarella, and make your choice from six different bubblies to accompany it. Bellini is also the first in Cebu to introduce a variety of champagne cocktails such as mimosa’s, bellini’s, kir royale and szazerac. With a bottomless special-blend bellini for the dames on Wednesday nights, Ladies Night has never looked so good. (PE)

Bellini Champagne Bar

  • Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City
  • Business hours: 6:00pm to 2:00am Mondays thru Saturdays
  • Tel: 6332.232 7375, 236 0097
  • www.anzani.com.ph

Blu Bar & Grill

You can never go wrong with a scenic elevator that shoots straight up to a hotel roofdeck, revealing a cityscape view from every vantage point at 1,000 feet high. At Blu, you can chill and dine with friends and colleagues, or set the right mood for a romantic date. Their continental cuisine is best paired with their signature cocktails—Blu frozen margarita, wild fantasy and déjà vu. Those coming from dinner at the other Marco Polo Plaza outlets can opt to munch on sumptuous pica pica or appetizers, like the slightly spicy gambas (shrimp in garlic sauce), beef tenderloin and sautéed garlic mushrooms. The best part is that you need not drive far to reach this trendy nightspot.

Blu Bar & Grill

  • Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu City
  • Business hours: 4:30pm to 12:00mn Tuesdays thru Sundays
  • Tel: 6332.253 1111
  • www.marcopoloplazacebu.com

The Outpost

Great music doesn’t necessarily have to come at a price. If you dig a bohemian vibe and support the local music industry, then check out The Outpost. Because it used to be a house, The Outpost makes you feel as though you’re just walking into your friend’s place for a jamming session. True artistry comes to life from painting-adorned walls and originals (mostly alternative) performed by local bands. You have the option to stay inside for the performances, or grab a cold beer in the al fresco area while rubbing shoulders with the free-spirited lot that frequent the place. (PM)

The Outpost

  • 976-A Veteran’s Drive, Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City
  • Business hours: 6:00pm to 2:00am Tuesdays thru Sundays
  • Tel: 6332.417 2929

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