April 1st, 2013 / No Comments » / by Barretto Bob
How many bars are there in Barrio Barretto?
At the time of this writing, there are roughly 45 bars in the general area, including Baloy Beach.
I say "at the time of this writing" because bars come and go around here pretty fast. Sometimes it's just a name change, a reconstruction effort, or they get closed down and sold, later to appear under a new name.
I say "roughly" because the total number really depends on how you define a bar. Hotels and beach resorts have bar areas, as do restaurants. Some resorts here have multiple bar locations on the same property - they all count as separate bars. On BarrettoBars.com, we count any place that serves alcohol for on-site consumption as a bar, and I define it as a separate bar if the name and on-site management is different in each location.
For example, the Toucan Pub Club has a very nice bar in the front, and a strip-club style bar in the back. The management is the same, and they are both just different parts of the Toucan Pub Club, so they count as one bar.
On the other hand, the Wild Orchid has 3 separate bars, with three names. One inside, one outside by the pool, and another down by the beach. These count as three separate bars.
For a current list of Barretto and Baloy Beach bars, including business hours, costs of local and ladies drinks, and whether they have dancers or not, please visit our Subic Barrio Barretto Bars List
This list is a bit outdated, and a replacement/update is in the works.
As of today, April 1st, 2013, there are roughly 30 gogo bars, and another 25 or so drinking and sports bars. There are another 5 or so bars with girls that don't have dancing.
April 1st, 2013 / No Comments » / by Barretto Bob
Where can I get money from an ATM?
Updated Monday, April 1st, 2013 (NOT an April Fools gag!).
There are now Five ATMs in Barrio Barretto/Baloy Beach.
Update - 7-11: We can now use a new ATM right next door to 7-11 on the National Highway. This is pretty great - the ATM is inside a small room, and 7-11 is busy and populated at most times, with a security guard. I often see the police taking breaks there, and this makes it a potentially safe late-night alternative.
ZamBank: This is outside the ZamBank (Zambales Bank) branch located just before the main Market Street, referred to here as "164", because the main National Police troop 164 headquarters is just past this corner. The ATM is on MegaLink, which ties in all of the Philippines banks, and has been recently added to Visa's ATM network. You are allowed to withdraw 10,000 pesos in one pull on local and foreign cards. This could be considered a "local" bank ATM. Your foreign bank card may or may not work here.
MiniMart on 164: As you enter the main market street (164 - see above) you'll see the Mini Market grocery store on the left side, just behind the Coffee Shop hotel. The ATM is inside the parking are in front, just to the left of the entrance to the store. Another international ATM.
BizMart: BizMart is a mixed use grocery store on National Highway, on the same corner as the Anbon Hotel, across the side street from T-Rose bar, and across the National Highway from By The Sea resort. The ATM is outside on the left end of the building facing the Highway. This ATM is connected to all the major networks.
Wild Orchid Hotel, Baloy Beach: The Wild Orchid has an ATM in their lobby. This is another international ATM with connections to all the major networks. There is a sign saying the ATM is for hotel guests only, but I've never been questioned or even looked at when using it. If someone does ask you, just say you're going to the bar or restaurant for a meal or a drink. Problem solved. The Wild Orchid is located on Baloy Beach Road. One entrance is right in front of Harley's Resort and Pub. The other is around the corner, just down from Blue Rock Resort and Trader Ric's Resort. If you are driving or in a trike/taxi, use the entrance by Harleys - the back entrance is walk-in only.
Subic City has two banks that have outdoor ATM machines that are available. These machines generally allow 10,000 pesos per pull, but also allow two pulls on a single card. The banks are Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) and MetroBank. Getting there: hop in a trike and tell them you want to go to either bank in Subic Town. BPI is first, and I've generally found their ATMs to be up and running more often than Metro Bank. The trike ride from Barrio Barretto/Baloy Beach will cost 100 pesos max. It's generally safe, though I would not go at night by myself. You're just tempting fate. Go in the daytime and you will be fine. You can also take a Jeepney for much less money. I think the cost is around 10 pesos. When coming back, just cross the street and hop on any blue jeepney heading back to Barretto.
You can also go down to Olongapo. If you take a jeepney, just tell them you want to get off at Victory Liner, or just watch and you'll see the line of jeepneys waiting for passengers. Hop off and walk to the main circle, and look up and down the street. There are numerous banks with ATMs.
Lastly, there are numerous banks on SBMA/SBFZ (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority/Subic Bay Freeport Zone) - the old Navy Base in Olongapo. You can find many banks here. I rarely use the ATMs on the old base, as it's a longer trip. I only use them when I am there for another reason.
Things to remember when using ANY ATM. Use ATMs in the daytime only. Use ATMs that have security guards posted close by. Scan the area before you walk up and see if any unsavory characters are lurking around. Don't hold your wallet in your hand while working the ATM process - put it away as soon as you take out your card. Cover the keypad as you type in your PIN number. Put the dispensed money in your front pocket when finished, and don't forget to take your card. When leaving, check to see if you are followed. These are simply general tips - the Barrio and SBMA areas are not dangerous at all. The ATMs in Subic are higher risk, but both banks do have guards during business hours, and even in the early evening are quite safe. I would not use them late at night when on a drinking binge!
Just remember, some of the the locals look at 10,000 pesos as a whole lot of money, so don't flash money around and keep your wits about you, especially in high-risk areas like ATMs.
November 25th, 2012 / No Comments » / by Barretto Bob
Wow, it’s been too long since I’ve updated the news, so here we go.
There have been many changes in Barrio Barretto over the last few months. First and foremost, the floating bars are back in full force! The current lineup of floating bar consists of the Arizona Beach Resort, Blue Rock Resort, and Kokomos/Treasure Island. All three are fully staffed and are a blast. I haven’t made it down to Arizona’s Floating Bar yet, but everything I’ve heard, and it’s a lot, is completely awesome. I don’t get down to that end of the strip often enough, and will grab the camera get some fresh pictures ASAP.
I have been to the Blue Rock and Kokomos Floating Bars, and had a blast on both. Here’s a shot of the Blue Rock floater:
The Blue Rock Floating Bar in Baloy Beach, Subic
Kokomos/Treasure Island hosted the Sons Of Bacchus Dance Competition last Friday, November 23rd. The bar was packed and the show was awesome.
Angels, next door to Angelwitch, is now called The Bucanneer Bar. Lips, on National Highway next to Rum Jungle, is now Lollipops. Keith’s Place, previously Rock Lobster, at Mangoes is now called The Bunny Ranch – stop in and say Hi to Sam, formerly the manager of Angelwitch. Escape has moved across the highway into their new building, and is now called Salty Dog Bar. Here’s a picture of some of the Salty Dog girls. Route 69 is now open from 2:00pm until late, and has a great lineup of dancers and hostesses. They have a great deal – for p199 you get a cheeseburger, fries and a San Miguel. Can’t beat that! Bergos Tricks has completely changed their venue, and is now called Sweethearts. They also open in the daytime and have a great lineup. One person mentioned it’s the place to be for sexy “spinners”. There’s a new bar called Adriana’s, just across from Voodoo. I haven’t stopped in yet, but will try to get there soon. It’s a smallish place but reports are positive. Rascals, part of The Pub Hotel next door to Catwalk Club is still closed. Rumor has it they will be turning it into more rooms for the hotel.
US Navy Coming Back?
There has been a lot of discussion about the US Navy “reopening” the Subic Bay Naval Station. While party true, this is not really the case. The old base will be used as a joint Philippine/US Navy base, with US ship rotation and maintenance operations only. No ships will be homeported here, and there will only be a small crew of US personnel actually living on the base. These folks will be doing logistical services. Basically, we’ll be seeing many more port visits from US Navy and USNS vessels. There’s also a lot of talk about Cubi Point being reopened for use by the US Air Force and Naval Aviation. Again, no permanent troops. The law in the Philippines forbids the establishment of foreign military bases, though the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) allows for visits and maintenance activities. This is a win-win for both parties. The US needs forward operations capabilities in this region, and the Philippines enjoys the added level of security provided by an increased US presence. This is all part of the US’s shift in focus from Europe to Asia.
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Baloy Beach Resorts
Like the rest of the area, Baloy Beach is growing and expanding it’s great list of hotels and resorts. Please check out Baloy Beach Resorts for more information.
June 3rd, 2012 / No Comments » / by Barretto Bob
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June 3rd, 2012 / No Comments » / by Barretto Bob
It’s a sad day for Barrio Barretto, Baloy Beach, and Subic Bay. The Blue Rock Floating Bar is now officially closed for the season.
Today was going to be the official last day, but the weather yesterday caused some very rough water – the raft had a foot of ‘old salty’ coming over. The powers that be decided enough was enough, and to protect the investment (and the image) of the floating bar, they made the decision to close it today.
The Arizona Resort’s floating bar was put away a little over a week ago, and the Kokomos/Treasure Island floater has been out for about a month now.
That’s the bad news – the last remaining floating bar is now closed for the rainy season.
The good news is that the Flash Rat bar will be opening in the afternoons very soon. Maybe today? I don’t really know but I will find out. Barretto needs another quality daytime bar with ladies, and Flash Rat will have everything you need.
Of course, if you want to see your favorite hostesses and waitresses from the Blue Rock Floating Bar, they’ll be waiting for you at Flash Rat in the afternoons and early evenings. Terry will be the daytime manager, and Shane will keep the reigns in the evenings.
Expect to see some big changes coming for Flash Rat in the next months. Rumors abound! I’ve heard talk of a beach bar in the back, and some hotel rooms going in. Combined with daytime fun, this is going to be great. No promises, just relaying what I’ve heard on the street. As soon as anything is official I’ll report it here.
The floating bars usually come back around the end of October, or the beginning of November. When the last typhoon is heading out to sea, look for the floaters to be dusted off, re-staffed and re-launched.
March 27th, 2012 / No Comments » / by Barretto Bob
Flash Rat has become one of my favorite bars in Barrio Barretto. The location is great – it’s the second bar on the National Highway when I come into the bar area from Baloy Beach, right next door to Midnight Rambler.
I like the music, I love the girls, and the bar has a great hands-on manager.
The vibe in here is different. They play really good music, though the girls sneak the volume up when the manager isn’t watching. He always has to run over and turn it down, then admonish the sneaky entertainers. They don’t play Lady Gaga over and over, and they only play enough “girly” music to keep the girls motivated.
They also don’t have any of those disco or laser lights that end up blinding the customers. Nothing flashing except a couple of strip lights – you don’t even really notice them. It’s a very well lit bar, as you’ll see from the photos, with a good sprinkling of blacklights and colored lights. Visibility is great – you can see the girls from anywhere in the bar.
Speaking of the girls, they’ve instituted a new uniform; really teeny tiny denim shorts and tight white tops. The girls look so hot! The girls here are really upbeat and friendly. There’s a good mix of shy and crazy, and everything in between.
Another nice thing is that customers can order food from the entire Blue Rock Resort menu. I had “Baloy Chicken” at Flash Rat last night, and it was delicious. Baloy Chicken is chicken breast stuffed with cheese and nuts, wrapped in bacon, and roasted in a delicious peppercorn sauce. Fantastic! You do have to pay 40 pesos for the trike delivery, but it’s worth it. If you want to order, just tell your waitress or go straight to the manager.
Flash Rat has a few parking spaces right in front, or you can also park anywhere along National Highway, on either side.
Other bars in the immediate area are Midnight Rambler, The Office, Emu Tavern, Rosies, Rascals and Catwalk. This end of town is starting to grow, and in my mind, that’s a good thing. I’d love to see the bar strip filled out a little more. There’s still a big gap between the main bar area down around Del Pilar and this end of town, with only the Hot Zone and Wet Spot breaking it up.
Enough of all that – let’s get to the photos of the Flash Rat Bar. Enjoy!
November 28th, 2011 / 4 Comments » / by Barretto Bob
Paul, the owner, has been out of town, and hasn’t been “hands on” for a while since the bar opened. A few people contacted him and let him know about the DLD and EWR prices, and he absolutely condemned that practice. He stated unequivocally that DLDs and high EWR prices are NOT the policy of the bar, and there were a few girls pulling scams.
He talked to the mama san, manager and the general manager, and has told them this “&^%$#” can not continue.
The official policy at Bunny Ranch is 150 peso ladies drinks, no Double Ladies Drinks and a p1,500 EWR, right in line with the rest of Subic and Barrio Barretto prices.
I’m personally very happy to hear this. I’ve stated many times that Subic needs more quality bars, and that competition is good for the entire area. I’m happy to see that Bunny Ranch is turning out to be one of those quality bars.
The problem stemmed from bringing in girls from Angeles City. Girls that have worked in places where this kind of pricing scheme is official policy. I guess you can take the girl out of Angeles, but can’t take Angeles out of the girl.
It also sounds like the management needs to get stronger controls in place so girls can’t pull these scams. Of course, keep in mind that this is a brand new bar with all new staff, so things will take a while to “shake out”, so to speak. It’s inevitable that a few people will try to work the system.
Looks like those people have been caught, the problem has been corrected, and it’s time to party, party, party at Bunny Ranch in Subic! I’ll be going back for sure, and would love to see you there.
November 27th, 2011 / 10 Comments » / by Barretto Bob
Three new bars have opened in the past month, and everyone welcomes the new players to Barrio Barretto. All three bars are “rebuilds” of existing bars, and all have new owners and management.
Flash Rat Bar
Flash Rat is in the space once called Night Riders. Night Riders was an institution here in Subic. I remember going to Night Riders in 1983 when I first visited Barretto. Flash Rat is located right next door to Midnight Rambler, just up from The Office Bar.
The new owners are the same people that own and operate the Blue Rock Resort and Restaurant (and Floating Bar – coming soon). They have completely gutted the old bar and I can tell you the new place looks fantastic. Paul, the GM at Blue Rock, was kind enough to give me the full tour, and let me in on some upcoming additions and changes they have planned.
Before I get into the layout and features, I want to describe the unique business model they’ve put into place. Most of the bars here, with the exception of the purely “daytime” drinking bars, are based on having loud music and a stage full of dancing girls. Flash Rat decided to do things a little differently. They have plenty of good looking girls, and they are playing rock music (70’1, 80′s, 90′s and some new music, but none of the girly pop that infects the other bars). It’s refreshing to come into a bar and not have to suffer through Lady Gaga 10 times an hour. The girls dance on the table tops, and are not wearing goofy uniforms. They do plan to put the girls in uniforms, and I think I was somewhat successful in putting a bug in Paul’s ear – to have the girls wear those sexy little denim short shorts and some kind of tube top or sexy halter. I love those little shorts! Of course, if you want to hang out with your friends without a girl dancing on your table, it’s not a problem to smile and ask her to step down. Flash Rat is a laid back back, no-pressure bar, and you will absolutely not get lady drink pressure, and you will never see “Double Ladies Drink” nonsense here.
The build-out of Flash Rat is gorgeous. The walls are painted sort of a dark blue-gray color, and the actually installed a granite tile floor. None of that painted concrete in this place! The ceiling is tiered into three levels – it doesn’t only look great, but it serves up some great functionality as well. They’ve built in some serious exhaust fans into the ceiling design. There are 9 in total, and they aren’t those little cheap white plastic ones you see in many places. Each tier has three fans, and with the ceiling progressing upwards from the outside in, the smoke from cigarettes is also pulled progressively higher and removed completely. I was there during their soft opening and the place was packed, with at least 2/3′s of the people smoking, and the air was crisp and clean. There were two guys smoking cigars, and I never smelled them once, except when I walked directly past their table. I’m a smoker, and I don’t enjoy sitting in a room that is cloudy with smoke – it sucks! I think Flash Rat will be one of my favorite hangouts very soon.
The sound system is dynamite! All brand new, with state of the art equipment, you’ll get crystal clear music at conversational volumes. Good solid bass, with strong mid-range and clean highs make it a pleasure to hang out for extended periods of time.
I really like the lighting design as well. None of the laser lights blinding you every 5 minutes. Solid, clean lighting with highlighted areas like steps and door openings, with subdued lighting in the seating areas makes for a great ambiance – you also feel like you have privacy at your table even though you are sitting among 40 other people. The steps coming into the bar deserve special mention. They are tiled in black, and have embedded LED rope lighting around the edges. When you push back the dark curtain and come in from outside during the day, and have night blindness, the individual steps jump out at you – no fumbling around or risking a twisted ankle or drunken fall here!
Changes planned for the near future include knocking out the (brand new) back wall and extending the bar much deeper. They’ve recently completed a lease agreement for the rest of the building, which will bring them all the way back to the water’s edge. Back in the old days, we would drink in the front, grab a girl, and walk out the back to go swimming in the bay at night. Let’s see if we can restore that grand tradition! They also now have control over the rooms, and are planning to create new apartments with quality furnishings and accessories. I can’t wait to see them. Barretto definitely needs more upscale places to stay and live.
Bunny Ranch is in Mangoes, in the same location as the previous Kieth’s Place, and was once called Rock Lobster back in the day.Mangoes was recently purchased, lock, stock and barrel, by the owners of the Bunny Ranch in Angeles City. The owner is known as a very solid businessman, and is calm, cool and stable as well! There were instantly rumors floating around that he would bring Angeles City style management to Barretto, which most of us dread. I took a wait and see approach, hoping for the best.
Again, as with Flash Rat, they have completely gutted the place and rebuilt from the ground up. It’s a nice enough looking bar with very nice tables, and they have a pool table in a separate area on the right side. The full bar is located along the back wall, and one oddity is they have dancing girls on a stage in the very back of the bar. They seem pretty proud of this way of presenting the girls, but most of us are scratching our heads, as this removes any interactivity you would normally have with the girls on stage. Time will tell if this will be successful or not.
When I went into Bunny Ranch on their grand opening night, the place was packed, with a lot of people coming down from Angeles City to help usher in the new bar. The very first thing I noticed was how hot it was in the bar, and how thick the smoke was. I looked at the ceiling and saw a total of 3 little cheap plastic exhaust fans – not nearly enough for a space this size. Bunny Ranch is perhaps slightly larger than Flash Rats, and absolutely needs more AC and ventilation.
The second thing I noticed was how loud the music was. I walked over to talk with the new manager and honestly could not hear what he was saying without moving my ear directly in front of his mouth. Awkward and uncomfortable for sure.
No sooner did I find a place to sit, back in the pool table area, I was flanked by two half-way attractive girls who immediately asked for ladies drinks. I didn’t even have a drink of my own yet! I politely turned them down and ordered a drink. Both girls walked away, and didn’t even mention my lack of alcohol to any of the waitresses, who were all at customer’s tables enjoying drinks of their own. Finally, the mama san saw me searching for a waitress and came over to take my order. Just after she left to get my drink, two other girls latched on, physically grabbing me from both sides, and asked for ladies drinks, while one girl pointed at the stage in the back and said “you take girl”. I just smiled and looked at the girls and asked “how long did you work in Angeles before coming here?”. Both girls smiled and said about a year.
I slammed my drink, paid, and got out of there. Not comfortable, not fun, and not enjoyable for me in the least. I’ll revisit and re-evaluate, of course, as I won’t make a final judgement from one visit, especially on opening night.
Since then, some very disturbing information has reached my ears. Early Work Release (EWR) pricing is said to be php3,000 in this place, with ladies drinks at p300 for a San Miguel Light beer (SML). SML costs the bar about 22 pesos, so this is a ridiculous amount to charge. It’s also one of the tactics that everyone hates about the bars in Angeles City. I’ve heard the reasoning behind this is that a bottle of beer holds roughly three ladies drink glasses, so it’s fair to triple the ladies drink prices for beer. I’ll not tell you what immediately pops into my head when I hear that, but it has two words that start with the letters “F” and “O”.
In the Subic area, including Barrio Barretto, Baloy Beach and Calapandayan, the usual EWR price is p1,500, with a few places being slightly cheaper, and only one place being higher (that I know of). Some of the local bars in Calapandayan charge a higher EWR price, but those aren’t really bars that foreigners visit, so I don’t count them. Ladies Drinks in the area are usually 120 – 140 pes0s, including beer, with no notion of DLDs (double ladies drinks). If Bunny Ranch doesn’t adjust their prices to the area norm, I fear they’ll not do very well here. People on the message boards are already complaining, though I don’t really know if that will have any effect on how this bar, or other bars, respond. My biggest fear is that the bar will do well, and the other area bars will follow suit, making Subic into a “Little Angeles” with all the rip-offs that go with it. I don’t know this will happen, and I really rather doubt it. The bar owners here know the area very well, and they know what pricing structures the area will accommodate.
This isn’t the first bar that has tried these tactics with their pricing structures and pressure sales techniques. One other place comes to mind, a place that has two grand openings in the last year, and closed their doors both times in dismal failures. That bar was Rascal’s Pub. They had similarly high EWR rates and Ladies Drink rates, though they didn’t really push the Ladies Drinks that hard. I really liked Rascals at first – the layout is gorgeous and they had some very hot girls. When they first opened, they charged prices that were very close to the area averages, and the slightly higher prices were ok, given the layout of the place and feeling you were in a higher end bar. When they got greedy and jacked their prices, everyone went away, and they had no choice but to close. I don’t know what they were thinking the second time around, but they opened with the same high prices, and even brought girls in from, if memory serves correctly, Puerta Galera, and charged much higher EWRs for those girls. Well, they didn’t learn much from the first disaster, and sure enough, history has repeated itself. Let’s see if they go for a third run at it, and if they’ve learned anything from the second failure. I hope so, as I believe Barrio Barretto needs more good, solid competition.
I think Bunny Ranch needs to study the Rascals Model and learn a little. This is not Angeles City, and the customers here vote with their wallets and their feet. There are not enough ‘one-week millionaires” here to support that model, and I have a feeling they will be adjusting their prices (and practices) pretty soon.
Lastly, there is one more new bar in town, the Emu Pub. The Emu is just down the street from The Office Bar, on the same side of the highway, and is located where the old Firefly Bar used to be. They have rooms upstairs and have their own restaurant. I don’t know anything about this bar – I’ve never been inside. I drove past the other night and saw the lights on and doors open, with a couple girls sitting at one of the outside tables, but as I had plans to meet some people I couldn’t stop and look into it. I’ve seen the lights on before, followed by weeks of darkness, so I really don’t know if they have opened yet. I’ll keep an eye on it and get in there as soon as I can.
One thing I remember about Emu Pub. When they first started setting up the location, they put up some very big signs with a design that everyone immediately recognized. If you look at the Blue-Book advertising handout, and look at Blue Rock Resort’s ad, the one they’ve been running for years, you’ll see a super-hot babe standing on the beach in a very tiny thong, with her perky, pert rump calling to you.
Well, Emu took that exact picture and plastered it on their own signs, and even painted it on a large wall area. From what I heard, when contacted by Blue Rock, the new Emu Pub owner owner basically said “pound sand” and refused to change it. He must have had a change of heart, at least partially, as the design has changed. It’s still very similar, but does have a different girl and beach in the scene, and it’s no longer a photo but more of a crude painting. In my mind, it’s still an attempt to capitalize from someone else’s long standing, well known marketing.
Shame on ya, mate! Not a good way to ingratiate yourself and your new business into the relatively tight-knit community that is Barrio Barretto. You need the fellowship of the other bar owners and managers here – it’s a small town with it’s own rules and regulations, and if you try to stand on your own, the local government will be all over you like white on rice. The customers here are also very loyal, and won’t like the obvious rip-off of a very well respected establishment’s identity. My suggestion is to chill out, relax, come up with you own designs, and join in the fun. But, in the words of our lovely ladies, it’s up to you, sir.
October 24th, 2011 / 2 Comments » / by Barretto Bob
(See the full review and photo gallery of Club 20/20′s hot dancers at SubicBayBarGirls.com)
I stopped by Club 20/20 after the Sons of Bacchus Dance Contest at Bar Barretto. I was pleasantly surprised to see a whole new lineup of dancing girls, and some very cute waitresses. This bar has changed quite a bit – it used to be dull and lifeless, with no apparent on-site management. The few girls that were there would sit around texting and smoking in the front of the bar.
The owner recently found a new partner, and the new team seems to have breathed a new life into this club. The girls were very lively and playful, and were flirting like crazy. The owner walked over and said hello, and bought me a couple rounds of ice cold San Miguels. The music system seems to have been upgraded and there is new lighting through out.
I’ve added Club 20/20 to my barhop list, and plan to visit often. Being right next door to Bar Barretto is a huge plus – we need more quality bars on that end of the Barrio Barretto strip.
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August 9th, 2011 / No Comments » / by Barretto Bob
The Hot Zone Bar in Barrio Barretto, Subic Bay, Philippines is quickly becoming a regular stop on my barhops.
Hot Zone is one of the few remaining “old school” bars in the area. Not glossy, not glitzy, Hot Zone is packed with energy and fun. With a great group of girls, awesome music and good pricing, Hot Zone is another of the many must visit bars in the area.
Special Note: Check out the hot oil wrestling shows every Friday Night. It’s a lot of sexy, slippery fun! You can be one of the lucky guys that helps the girl coat her body in slippery oil. It’s a blast!
Check out the image gallery, and I’ll be adding a movie of some of the Hot Zone Bar girls dancing soon.
Full Gallery past the jump