Manila might have the quality (at top dollar), and Fields Avenue in Angeles City might have the quantity (but no beach), but if you are looking for a place with a great beach, good restaurants and bars, as well as top clubs to meet girls then Olongapo, and Subic Bay is the perfect place to be.
How to get from Angeles City to Subic Bay
The best and easiest way to get to Subic Bay is via a few days partying in Angeles City. Companies such as GNTours can arrange party weekends around Walking Street and Fields Avenue in Angeles City. There is a public bus, but if you don’t want to share with chickens, and have no AC then take the Southern Cross charter bus for PHP 500 that leaves every day from the Brassed Knob Hotel (next to Angeles Beach Club Hotel) on Fields Avenue.
9 am – Angeles City (Brassed Knob) – Subic Bay (Wild Orchid Resort)
11 am – Subic Bay (Wild Orchid Resort) – Angeles City (Brassed Knob)
Different pickups and drop-offs can be arranged by prior notice, check out their site for more details.
The nearest airport is Clark International, with GNTours, or your hotel able to arrange airport transfer from Clark to Subic Bay.
Barretto Strip the main walking bar street of Olongapo, Subic Bay, its huge and full of bars, and clubs, walking through most of them. Subic feels like the knackers yard of Angeles City, where GRO’s going to retire by the sea. But don’t despair there are a couple of well-run bars that have a decent selection we can recommend.
All of the listed bars are along the Barretto Bar strip.
Paradise Disco Bar – Has a pool table, passable live music, and decent food. Decent selection of ladies here.
Spinners – Legendary place. Opens at 4 pm, some pretty girls depending on the time of year that you go.
Dusk till Dawn – Located in the hideout, opens midday and closes early morning.
Dynamite Dicks – Aside from the great name has a good atmosphere and decent staff. Open in the day and has good food.
Hotzone – Good evening bar, but it is closed on Sundays.
Lollipop – Another annex of the Hideout. Not linked to Lollipop in Angeles City as far as we know. Good girls and usually busy.
Johansonns – Open 24 hours, so a great last gasp to meet the freelancer crowd. Cheap drinks, food, pool, and darts.
Over the whole of Subic Bay, there are hotel options to suit every budget, but if you want to be near the action then you need to be in Olongapo. There are options to suit all budgets (most budget stuff is grim), but by far our favourite is Wild Orchid, with a few others being passable.
Wild Orchid Resort Subic – For the value of money, luxuriousness, and location Wild Orchid is the best hotel in Subic Bay. Also conveniently where the bus drops you off.
Asiana Hotel, No. 48 Gordon Avenue, Barangay Asinan, Olongapo City, is a decent option if you are thinking about budget, but don’t want cockroaches in your room.
The Pub Hotel Subic, National Highway, Barrio Barretto, Rooms from ₱1,500.00. Location wise it doesn’t get much better than this, with this being slap bang in the middle of all the go-go bars of Subic Bay. Website a little dated, but you won’t be sleeping online.
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All hotels and bars have decent enough restaurants offering standard fare, but by far, the best food is the seafood offered on the waterfront hotels.
Sit N Bull. 14 Del Pilar St | Barretto. American owned restaurant slap bang on the strip, steaks, burgers, and oversized everything.
Texas Joe’s House of Ribs, Waterfront Rd, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, ☎ 047 252 3189, 11 am -10 pm. On the waterfront with great smoked meats and nice service for Subic Bay.
Blue Rock resort. Unsurprisingly on the beachfront. Serene views of Subic Bay, as well as a great selection of local seafood.
Of course, there is much more to a place as swish as Subic Bay, but this is a good guide to get you started.