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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This list is a bit outdated, and a replacement/update is in the works.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.
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.
For any bar, hotel or club in Barrio Barretto, the street number doesn't really matter.
Since Rum Jungle is on National Highway, simply address your delivery to:
Attn: Girl's name
National Highway, Barrio Barretto
Olongapo City, Zambales, 2200
Anything addressed this way will make it to the destination.
If your location is on a side street, you should use that. For example, if you wanted to send a gift of flowers to the girls at Sit-N-Bull restaurant (which they would love), you could use:
Attn: All The Girls
Del Pilar, Barrio Barretto
Olongapo City, Zambales, 2200
If you want to send something to a business on Baloy Beach, say Treasure Island Resort, Just make the appropriate changes:
Treasure Island Resort
Baloy Beach Road, Barrio Barretto
Olongapo City, Zambales, 2200
People here don't care much about street numbers. The area is so small, and most bars, hotels and restaurants are landmarks, so the delivery people will have no problem finding the "address".
Keep in mind that in larger cities, street numbers do matter. If you are sending something to a smaller bar or hotel in Olongapo City proper, Angeles City or Manila, you need the exact address. In the provincial areas, it doesn't really matter.
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