Club Arena Bar Review: Cebu City by Foreigner and The Chinese
Just down the road from Queensland (Head in the direction of SM from Mango) – take a left, I think it’s the 2nd road before you get to the junction with the main highway connecting Cebu central with Mandaue (reclamation area) – you’ll see Club Arena if you look left, all lit up. If you get a taxi from the main Mango strip, it will take you just 5 mins and cost around 80 pesos or so.
4/5 Great layout – upper market super bar. Upstairs has KTV and numerous rooms where you can take a girls and sing (or whatever..) The rooms have a window looking down onto the main stage and bar area – you can often see a couple heads peering out from the rooms when you are downstairs. Bar is really plush with numerous smart looking waiters. Girls do not roam around freely and sit further back or backstage until they are required to dance or they are called to join you for a drink. Bar is bright – I guess the private rooms are not so bright (no personal experience though). There’s plenty of nice seating available. Main stage is set up like a mini-arena with an extended cat-walk – great for showing off the girls and making the really nice ones look more Filipina super models – fantastic! This is a big bar – definitely one of the most impressive in Cebu, but way over-priced, especially when compared to the new Mermaid bar in Mactan, just over the other side of the new bridge, another really impressive club/bar with prices higher than the other bars, but not in the super expensive league that Arena is in. I tried to get some decent photos on my last visit, but was stopped by management – despite paying an entrance fee and hideously high prices once inside. I will try again and see what I can do. The Arena Bar review really does need pics so you can get a good idea of what I am talking about – it’s really quite different from the others and hard to describe with words alone.
1/5 Haha, where to begin… For starters you get stung for an entrance fee (200 peso I believe), this is not charged at the door, only when you get your bill. No one will tell you this when you arrive, there is a SMALL sign near the entrance stating the charge, but I believe most customers would easily miss this on their first visit. There seems to be no set price for a ladies drink with the waiter telling me an incredible 700 pesos for one drink, then dropping down to 500?? Barfine is around 6000 pesos – unbelievable! Your drinks are around 150 I think for a San Miguel Light – I think you’ll get taxed on that as well. As you might expect, not much of a foreigner contingent, mostly Japanese and a few Koreans, probably just how the management wants it. I still cant believe the unbelievable pricing of his place – don’t get me wrong it’s good, but maybe not that good!
2/5 Not the best experience with Management at Club Arena. First of all the waiter gave me a hard time about photos – no flexibility either. Then I get ripped with the incredible pricing and when I go to settle up, they slap on the 200 peso entry fee and tax. I refused to pay the entrance fee and it took 20 minutes to sort out until the owner finally agreed to waive it. This place just feels like everything is set up to rape your wallet as hard as possible in every way – all that without any friendly treatment from the management, this is in stark contrast to bars like Lonestar Bar. Might be an unfair assessment, lets see how I get on at my next visit – perhaps I’ll change my tune..
4/5 There are not two ways about it, there are some STUNNING girls in Club Arena – as you’d expect from the prices, maybe even the best out of all the Cebu bars (maybe). Girls like this tend to go fast after the bar opens, so I’d advise making a concerted effort one evening, of going to Arena Bar yourself – get there early around 8pm so you can see the best and stay a few hours at least – yep it’s expensive, but come on, how often and how much money do you spend in those other, cheaper bars oi! Don’t be tight, do yourself a favour and check out Arena at least a single time – be warned though, if you develop a taste for it, could prove to be an expensive trial!
3/5 Girls don’t roam around freely and mingle like most of the bars, which is a bit of a downer, although once you’ve got that second mortgage out on your home to fund your night out at club Arena AND the Securicor van arrives with your funds for the first ladie’s drink, you can settle down and enjoy your time with your young specimen of choice – very pleasant indeed!
2/5 Kinda serious in there – be an idea to turn up wearing something reasonably smart, but of course, it’s not a must – goes down well with the girls though – come on, doesn’t hurt to get those shorts off and a pair of trousers on once every six months! Hopefully you’ve brought some slacks with you (great for clubs/discos too – esp club Juliana). If you’re tall and need a 32 – 34” leg, then you haven’t got a hope in hell of finding something that will fit in the malls of Cebu, short of going to the Tailor (which is actually a remarkably good idea in itself!).
3/5 As you might have noticed, I’m a little hot and cold about this bar/cub. I aim to make another visit in the near future, so hopefully will be able to juice up this review substantially – until then, best you check it out yourself!
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girl named lovi, babes,id no. 619 has HIV so be careful, she so attractive yet so sick.. beware guys....I will not recommend this to my freinds.
June 2014. Entry fee 500p for male, 200p for female. Charged on final bill, No warning about entry fee. One San Mig Light and a pineapple juice cost 990 pesos..... Not worth it in my opinion.I will not recommend this to my freinds.
Went their. ALL just girls are HOOKERS!! ripping all guys off!! wont go there! Very expensive! too much prices!I will not recommend this to my freinds.