Party in Style at Wave Bar and Lounge This Summer

Boracay is an addiction.

While the rise of more hospitality establishments continues to pervade Boracay and propel it into the forefront of tourism, some Pinoys remark that the old, virgin beach is a sight incredibly missed. “I love the old Boracay,” they’d say, “back when it’s still not commercialized.” But like a junkie who can’t unlink with his supplier, we keep coming back—and admit it or not, we keep doing so for the same old reasons.

For alcoholics and party seekers like I am, Boracay is paradise. It’s one big beach party, and our love for a good time—for a stress-free night of drinking and making new friends—keeps us booking that airline ticket every year. The island is known for being a top nightlife destination in Asia—and for good reason. After all, it boasts of the largest lineup of bars and clubs among all the Philippine beaches: hardcore clubbing, reggae bars, sit-down chilling … Name it, Boracay has it!

One of the bars you must check out when you visit Boracay this summer is Wave Bar and Lounge beside Boracay Regency in Station 2. A quick look gives away a mysterious vibe—but once inside, experience a posh ambience that is rowdy but not violent, classy but not intimidating.

Photo credit: Wave Bar & Lounge
If you've been to a Pub Crawl, you should be familiar with Wave Bar. It's the deadliest third stop in the five-bar frenzied hop, the part where most Pub Crawlers start to totally lose it. Their resident DJ is awesome, and he makes sure the party blows off the roof. I myself, having joined the crawl twice, remember being smashed here, the good kind of drunkenness, that is. You can't remember anything, except for the fact that you had a totally awesome time. You know what I mean?

Pub Crawl Nov. 2014 at Wave Bar & Lounge. (a.k.a. 1 of the 1,600 photos I don't remember posing for LOL!)
Photo credit: Boracay Pub Crawl
If you're into the swanky bars of Manila like those in BGC, Makati, Resorts World, or the newly opened City of Dreams, you would definitely love the ambience at Wave Bar. The posh setting of the city is replicated here, but the best part is that you're nowhere near the metropolis—you're in the beach! You get the same classy experience at slightly cheaper rates, and minus the pretentious dress code! And if the four walls of nightclubs suffocate you, step out and instantly take in the fresh, saline air!

In the second night of my recent Boracay trip, I skipped what should’ve been my 3rd Pub Crawl, and together with some fellow bloggers, I was able to enjoy Wave Bar beyond the yellow shirt, free shots, and gallons of beer. We tried Wave Bar’s signature cocktails—5 drinks which casual and serious drinkers alike would love. Whether it’s something to prolong a nice chat with a stranger with, or something to satiate your thirst for a well-made concoction with, these cocktails could definitely deliver.

The 007 James Bond (PhP200) is designed for drinkers who like to keep it simple, straightforward, yet powerful. A mix of Absolut Kurant and vermouth, this cocktail is perhaps the strongest among the five—vodka fans would absolutely love it!

If you love your margaritas, try the Wave Frozen Margarita (PhP220): a slush of Jose Cuervo tequila, triple sec, and lemon juice. What I liked about their rendition is that it wasn’t too sweet, so you can enjoy that grainy mouthfeel as long as you’d like.

Love Weng-Weng and boozier cocktails? Boracay Beach Bum (PhP240) is for you! Made of rum, vodka, tequila, Sprite, apple juice, and triple sec, this beauty in a glass conceals an inner traitor. Underneath the sweetish sips are dangers of stumbling your way back home, LOL!

The Blue Freeze (PhP220) is another inventive cocktail with the use of Tanduay Ice. Together with Absolut (plain) vodka, Sunquick juice and blue curacao, it makes for a light and refreshing drink—something you could order repeatedly throughout the night.

My personal favorite was the Summer Peach (PhP200)—a drink made of Peach Schnapps, vodka, cranberry juice, orange juice, and lime juice. I loved the contrasting sweetness and sourness of this drink’s elements—each sip surprises you with either a jolt of sugar or a bite of acidity. Perfect for summer indeed!

Had I not skipped the Pub Crawl and had our friends from Henann Lagoon not invited us to check out the bar before it got filled with drunken partygoers (more drunk than I am, at least), I wouldn’t have had the chance to discover that Wave Bar makes really good cocktails!

All drinks have the right balance of alcohol and sweeteners, and each is distinctive. They're not watered down nor too syrupy like those being sold from cheap bars. Better yet, if these five don’t have what you’re craving for, Wave Bar has other classic cocktails you can try, like the Dry Martini, Jack Coke, Long Island Iced Tea, Daiquiri, and Mojito. I highly recommend their Whisky Sour (PhP170)!

Whether it’s a sit-down relaxed time, a “sightseeing” session by the bar, or a wild night of dancing you’re looking for, Wave Bar has something for you. Nurse that glass of your favorite drink alone, clink beer bottles with a friend, or spend your energies showing off your dance moves to strangers and fellow party people. In all cases, Wave Bar opens its doors wide for you. Something for everyone? Fully encapsulates what Boracay is all about, doesn’t it?

Wave Bar and Lounge
Boracay Regency Beach Resort, Station 2 Beachfront
5:00PM - 3:00AM
Budget: cocktails at around PhP150-200/drink; beers at around PhP80/bottle

What's your favorite cocktail? Where do you love to party in Boracay? Sounds off in the comments section below!

The drinks photographed in this post were sponsored by Wave Bar and Lounge for sampling purposes. All opinions, however, are my own.

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