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Name : El Gecko Resto Bar

Location

Walk down Mango Avenue away from the naughty bars, towards the direction of “Temptations” bar and SM (i.e. not the Fuente Osmena direction). As you get to a right hander at the traffic lights (next to Caltex), the road taking you to Temptations, El Gecko will be in front of you.

Layout

2/5 El Gecko Resto Bar is more of a real Foreigner “get together” bar, a little but like a very small English Pub – with quite a locally feel. To be honest I can’t really do this review justice as I have only been in there a couple of times. The downstairs is NOT a bikini bar, just more of a drinking type bar where I would expect, regular drinkers (foreigners) meet. Being a hardcore loner, I didn’t hang around downstairs for long and continued upstairs to see the new bikini bar, reported to be up there. On climbing the stairs, yep sure enough, there it was. It’s more like going up into someone’s loft though, rather than a naughty bar – although there were some girls around and also a pool room. This place is small and cosy and was nearly empty. There were only a few girls 4 or maybe 5 tops and apart from the guy playing pool, I was the only guy in there. This is probably the smallest Bikini bar I have ever seen – bit of a bolt on really I think to the main bar below – anyhow that was a few months back. I will book in a re-visit to see if the “bikini loft” is still going and get some proper pics. I believe there is also quite a history behind the El Gecko bar with different owners and happenings. I can’t remember the specifics or details, but I think I know a man that does – so will get the info and upload soon, should be End Jan 09. Of Course, if you have any useful info, just submit a comment at the bottom of the page and maybe I can include it in this review if it’s not too filthy!

Price

3/5 Can’t remember – would be very surprised if it was expensive. I will also try and get a bar menu of the various food on offer.

El Gecko Resto Bar – Management

3/5 Think this place has quite a history of management and changes. When I first came to Cebu it was called ”El Gecko bar”, then it changed to “Secrets bar” now I notice that it has once again changed back to “El Gecko bar”. I will come back with more management info soon.

Girls Looks

2/5 Hmmm, last time not so hot – better just leave it at that..

Attitude

3.5/5 Girls were nice and friendly when I visited, quite a chilled out place – but very quiet.

Fun Factor

2/5 I need to visit this place again, preferably on Saturday night – hopefully the place will be heaving, however, when I visited it was just too empty to be much fun.

El Gecko Resto Bar – Overall

3/5 A rather unusual bar, focused on foreigners downstairs for drinking/eating with a “bikini loft bar” upstairs. Will substantiate this review soon when I have proper information, apologies for the scantness this time around!

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ville Otin Oct 06, 16 at 01:37 pm

message towards williams review oct.3. speaking of management system in this bar i think you got it wrong. i have known the owners for a long time. and they are such a lovely couple. they love the girls who work for them. they give them good pay and incentives. they even take them to bohol for xmas party. speaking of one girl, i think you are talking about Juyan. A girl who works there before. She's a 2nd timer. She was paid well, but then she got 1/4 of her pay not because of penalties inside the bar but because of her personal debts from people whom she owed from like buying clothes, shoes, bag etc. every woman need. so don't expect a big pay since you owe everybody debts because of material things. On the other hand, if you own a bar and take care of your things of course you should also tell your waitresses to take care of the things. In cases if they break it because of being careless or thinking that its not their money anyway so i am sure they should pay for it just to be fair. Just like you, wherever you go be in bars, cafe or resto when you break something you pay them right?!! So in order to avoid penalties, work well and avoid breaking down things that is owned by the bar. Simple as that. And lastly, do not believe the girls chit chat , ask the owners side of story before you judge. OK?!!

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William Oct 03, 16 at 11:12 pm

I know this bar well. The owners ripoff the girls like u would think believe. If anything goes wrong then the girls get a penalty. Even if it's the fridge break down or a drunk customer skips out on a bill. I know a girl who worked there who got 3/4 of her fortnightly pay taken away in unjust penalties. She has a child. The owners are heartless prices. Do NOT frequent this bar. You will be supporting abuse of employees.

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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Nils Norway Aug 08, 16 at 03:47 am

Frequent visitor in Cebu city. I do not understand the policy of this bar. There is a few very rude Australian fellows, close customers to establishment owner who are more keen to fighting that enjoy the night life. Very impolite and agressive. Former criminals? They will set this place to a bad name!

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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walterjagger Oct 03, 14 at 10:41 am

A great bar , been long since ive been back here. They got the best Aussie Beef curry pies, and yummy pizza! Had an Awesome time here! Pretty ladies too!

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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MrAndersonGuy Sep 12, 14 at 12:10 pm

All i can say is perfect place for a night out. Strolling down from mango bars all were quite and here we come along and see gecko from afar and its busy. Went inside to see there were live band. It was packed with people. We barely can have a table. Ordered drinks and the band was great. Rock and roll. We were impressed to see a small bar so busy while all the others down there were quite. Well maybe because of the pretty girls! Play pool and have a very great night. Met some aussie and yankie friends over. Fun nite.

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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EDcebu Sep 08, 14 at 12:24 pm

Let me say this to- Justin- going to el gecko and considering your comment that its a hooker bar, i drink there regularly i never seen a girl leave the bar. Only after the bar is closed. What the girls do after hours is none of the owners business.! Anywhere you can pick up a girl even at mcdonalds you can get a girls phone number. So, i consider your comment to be unjust. ELGECKO IS THE BEST BAR in mango avenue. Free Band, free pool, free barbeque and drinks from owner!

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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KIMMANU KOREA Sep 08, 14 at 01:18 am

Hi i kim from korea. i saw this bar online before i go cebu. girls are pretty and nice band all night. first time enjoy moment holiday. for me it awesome bar. for a week i stays here and enjoy with nice girls. good bar to go. thank you

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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shaun everton Sep 08, 14 at 12:48 am

The best bar in mango ave! Heard alot of bad things or comments but as have proved it myself its NOT what other people say is true, RUMORS ARE FALSE believed by idiots. Gecko is a traditional bar with friendly girls.. I have Enjoyed it here!

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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Justin Sep 07, 14 at 07:44 pm

Bar is just a hooker bar in disguise, just speak to the waitresses not wearing a uniform for an easy night.

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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NICKPANGLAOArizona Sep 06, 14 at 02:58 pm

Fantastic bar! On a rainy day i cant believe that its packed! Everybody enjoy dancing and listening to the band. Cool band with great lady singers! love this bar!

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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garryjoe Aug 28, 14 at 01:14 pm

A LOCAL TRADITIONAL bar in mango. I enjoyed this place. Had a good time with live bands playing all time music. Had a good talk with the girls and laughs. Play pool and have fun. I would rather stay in gecko than going to a Hi end bar and would just feel bored and lonely by myself. At gecko i have enjoyed so much a memory i can never forget with the cutie girls.I love this bar.

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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AndyMANHATTANUSA Aug 26, 14 at 12:32 am

ICE COLD BEER NO PLACE OTHER THAN THIS BAR! FIRST ICE COLD BEER I HAVE IN CEBU. CONSIDERING IM A TOURIST I NEED COLD BEER. I GOT IT HERE. NICE PLACE TO STAY. I HAVE A GOOD AND ENJOYABLE TIME WITH THE PRETTY, SEXY GIRLS. IT WAS FUN. I STAYED HERE TILL LATE. AND I WAS TAKEN CARE OF. IM NOT A TIGHT ASS PERSON. SPENDING A FEW DOLLARS IS NOTHING. I REALLY LIKE THIS BAR.

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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SteveDon Aug 26, 14 at 12:28 am

Great bar! Coldest beer in manggosquare. Pretty ladies. Live band on weekends. Its a great band playing rock songs on saturdays. Played pool with the girls it was FUN, FUN, Fun. We enjoyed it here!

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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claude hammermeister Aug 23, 14 at 07:36 pm

Yea not bad and not good. Average scruffy bar. Music was the best part. Watch your bar tab.

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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Rick Aug 18, 14 at 10:27 pm

The best bar i can see whos got pretty, sexy and funny girls. I enjoy the band on thursday night. great time to stay here. Ice cold beer can be found here.

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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PaulBohol Jul 02, 14 at 11:06 pm

I have been in cebu for alot of times. I been to gecko many times. Hear alot of diff stories from diff owner of this bar. Its been a Culture of people to have hatred, jealousy and rumors (i dont believe them). I can see the new elgecko now has changed alot and it is doing well. New owner good aussie, many pretty girls, live bands, well i enjoyed it here. So for me its the best bar i can stay.

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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Davidgoldcoast Jun 28, 14 at 01:20 pm

Oye! have been to many bars in cebu. Gecko is best. I watch my tab all good. no hassles from the girls. Girls are MUST see, talking to them is FUN, not Boring as some other bars i would say. Lets talk about sense here. COOL bar!

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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yankee boy Jun 28, 14 at 01:15 pm

been to some bars, then gecko. great night. have live bands, cutie girls. Many pips would say BAD against this bar, for jealousy i am sure or competition. I find this bar very GOOD, been enjoying my time here. I believe what i see.! Many thanks to the owner and girls.

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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45%
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brian toto Jun 22, 14 at 10:29 am

Culture of overcharging here. watch your tab, easier to pay as you go.

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Gvan Jun 20, 14 at 11:45 pm

HI ALL, i have been coming to Cebu for the last couple of years and have seen some changes in this bar and all I can say is it keeps on getting better, great eye candy. great live bands and a good place to meet all types of people.

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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lionel May 26, 14 at 11:30 pm

Bar changed . See pretty waitreses. Great band with american singer and guitar only here. No bar has that. Keep coming back

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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Herman May 23, 14 at 01:55 pm

Not bad. On holiday from germany. Likes the rock band. Not no name. Had a good time after with bar girl G. Food not so ok.

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miruboy May 10, 14 at 02:08 am

Went in a few days ago after 5 years. New owner. Has changed alot. Now its busy bar with pretty ladies. Great band. Drink n danse with the girls. Play pool. Wow I really enjoyed in this bar! Been here for a week now then go bohol.

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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andy haugan Apr 13, 14 at 02:23 am

Walk down from mango. Went to difrent bar all empty no one not a single white male. Went inside elgecko. Theres around 8 foreigners mostly ausie. Met them nice guys. Owner is ausie nice guy. Play pool and enjoy my stay with new friends. I will keep coming back to gecko

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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ville Apr 13, 14 at 02:17 am

Was here tonite. Great bar! Live band. Bar was packed with people. It really IMPRESSED ME since its busy before 3 years ago its quite. Now busy with pretty ladies. CLEAN TOILET i can sit on it! It doesnt bother me spending my money to these pretty gurls since im on holiday! I spend to enjoy!!!!!!

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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eric finland Apr 11, 14 at 04:07 pm

Was here but not impresses. Tried to listen to band get bothered for girl drinks. Dirty restroom.

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Mark aussie Apr 08, 14 at 12:47 pm

went there saturday and sunday. they have LIVE bands. rock n roll, jazz and acoustic. very nice bands. i met bruce a nice guy hes got a nice voice too. i had a very awesome stay at gecko bar.! met the girls they are funny and we all dance together! i dont care how much i really spend as long as im happy!!!! Girls are clean and smell good! Unlike in girly bars they smell shit! The owner is aussie hes a good guy too!

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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paul johnson Apr 07, 14 at 10:31 pm

I from finland. Went here at 2pm. Bar is great. Had a cold beer here and i never had a cold beer in any bars in mango square! Meet the beautiful classy girls with brains! Can talk well. We.play pool and had drinks. Would cost me 200 euro on all to have fun! I stayed for 10hours.drinking with girls. Its cheap to spend 200 in 10hrs. In finland i spend it for 1 hour drinking. I LOVE GECKO . Had a blast. The owner is very nice and great !

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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george Apr 07, 14 at 09:31 pm

all is is very good here. i enjoyed staying here unlike any other bars. gecko is very great. ! i met one guy complaining his bill for 600 paso. he is a tight ASS... gecko girls are funny i had fun!!! No barfines!!! it is right to give ladies drinks im on holiday. i am not a tight ass man like Tommy! Only stupid guys think there is barfine here!! HELL NO... its FUN HERE. i come back again!

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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tommy Apr 01, 14 at 09:56 am

it was ok here - but got scammed for lady drinks, i had 3 san mig lights and ended up with tab of over 600peso. Lot of sad bar girls hanging around wont go back

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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Carl Mar 25, 14 at 06:04 am

The new owner I think he is an Aussi. I think he is nasty and a full time drunk. I will never set foot tin their again

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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pete cader Mar 19, 14 at 01:56 pm

Went there around 2weeks ago. Not impressed really. Enjoyed a game of pool. Beer ok and coldish. Got sucked in for ladies sugar water drinks. Guys be careful. Dont know how mch a barfine is. Girls are freelancers.

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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john cooper Mar 16, 14 at 02:49 pm

Ok but the girls are like bar flies. Always hassling for ladies drinks. No bar fines so u have to make private arrangement with girls.

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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john cooper Mar 16, 14 at 02:49 pm

Ok but the girls are like bar flies. Always hassling for ladies drinks. No bar fines so u have to make private arrangement with girls.

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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john cooper Mar 16, 14 at 02:49 pm

Ok but the girls are like bar flies. Always hassling for ladies drinks. No bar fines so u have to make private arrangement with girls.

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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john cooper Mar 16, 14 at 02:49 pm

Ok but the girls are like bar flies. Always hassling for ladies drinks. No bar fines so u have to make private arrangement with girls.

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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Monserrat Mar 16, 14 at 12:00 am

This bar has no acoustics installed. They have a very loud live band playing disgusting music that disturbs the neighborhood at night! Shrieking bar girls reverberates in the night time. This bar should be closed for sound pollution!!

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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Monserrat Mar 16, 14 at 12:00 am

This bar has no acoustics installed. They have a very loud live band playing disgusting music that disturbs the neighborhood at night! Shrieking bar girls reverberates in the night time. This bar should be closed for sound pollution!!

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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Dane Mar 10, 14 at 01:38 pm

Been to this bar, and have acoustic live band. Very nice music. Great NEW Girls better than the previous ones. i remember a girl who use to work there and have stop saying one the the guys took her for good. I think a Bar Girls are no good to be a wife or patner? a hooker always a hooker. Money Money talks. it easy to pretend to be in love

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Fred Mar 04, 14 at 02:03 am

The shirt alone is worth the trip there have to get a few more next trip. Only place besides TGI that I can get a decent Whiskey Sour. Talked to the britt owner said hes got 14 girls upstairs he got the plce next door and knocked out the wall so now the pool table is downstairs

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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Jeremie Jan 29, 14 at 02:40 pm

Talking to ANDREW, i think you got it wrong , so wrong info for you!? graeme is never an owner of gecko before! Or maybe you just hate to see it succeeded! And the new owner now is GREAT! He change everything. Now its a busy bar with great girls(pretty), great food, live band and COLD beer!!! AND its already successful now!!! I LOVE THIS BAR, el gecko!!!

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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keith Jan 25, 14 at 04:16 am

an average bar spoit by a devious bargirl called honey beware

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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andrew Jan 16, 14 at 04:01 am

the new owner of this bar sucks!!!!!!! he dont have friends and the worst part is he stole it from graeme after what he did this bar will never be successful ever!!!!

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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andrew Jan 16, 14 at 04:01 am

the new owner of this bar sucks!!!!!!! he dont have friends and the worst part is he stole it from graeme after what he did this bar will never be successful ever!!!!

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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Jacob Jan 09, 14 at 08:57 pm

Great Bar with live band! pretty girls. nice atmosphere. Cold beer! i enjoy my stay in this bar! no one else have same as gecko!!

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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john Dec 27, 13 at 05:20 am

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I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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john Dec 27, 13 at 05:20 am

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I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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john Dec 27, 13 at 05:20 am

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I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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john Dec 27, 13 at 05:20 am

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I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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troy Aug 24, 13 at 01:06 am

great bar! it has changed a lot. we enjoy staying here and have fun. beautiful girls. i come here all the time im in cebu!

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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paolo Jul 31, 13 at 01:24 pm

nice place, pretty and fun waitresses, cold drinks and very good prices. i will be there with my friends so i will introduce them in a nice place

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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Paul Jul 17, 13 at 11:50 am

This review has not been updated in 4 years. English hell. Try Aussie Mate.

I will not recommend this to my freinds.
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James Mar 13, 13 at 08:57 am

New owner, Great food, Ice cold beer, Fun waitresses, and a good crowd. A friend told me about the place and I'll come back every time I'm in Cebu.

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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James Mar 13, 13 at 08:47 am

New owner, Great food, Ice cold beer, Fun waitresses, and a good crowd. A friend told me about the place and I'll come back every time I'm in Cebu.

I would recommend this to my freinds.
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62 Responses to “El Gecko Bar Review: Mango Avenue, Cebu – by Foreigner and The Chinese”

  1. marca says:

    haha el gecko is shit.. most of the bar staff are whore specially the owner lorraine ..
    the waitress name amy , omg shes been dating with a different customer men..
    I dont know how much they fine for the girls working this bar,,.
    You better shot this bar cos this bar is like a hell..

  2. Curious George says:

    I have visited El Gecko over the years whenever I am in Cebu. Always enjoyed the experience. Hope that the reported problems with this place get sorted out.

  3. Hey Joe says:

    I always enjoyed going to El Gecko. The bar was not always full, but the girls who worked there and the owner Lorraine were always friendly and in a good mood. I also enjoyed talking with Ron when he was there. The drinks are reasonably priced, and I really can’t honestly say anything negative about this little bar. I am looking forward to going back there again in a couple of months when I am back in Cebu. Just my two cents worth……

  4. Jerry says:

    El Gecko is one of the best bars in town, as to Ceu Massage and Escorts, they offer excellent service.

  5. Backpacker says:

    I heard Ron is going to go with bargirls. I doubt it will help much. The bar sucks, along with the food. Alot of loud mouth whining expats in there complaining about living in the Philippines. The place needs to be shut down, then it nay be a good place.

  6. george says:

    food was good when marc ran it…I would eat there 2 times a week…now the menu is the same, but the food is WAAY worse..enchilada was disgusting…I never went back.

  7. vic says:

    I am not surprised. Ron and his wife are 2 A holes

  8. Blaze says:

    What kind of piece of shit comes on the internet and says another man’s wife is a whore? I’ve drank about 50 beers at el gecko and Lorraine is nothing but a great host. I’ve gone barhopping with her and other customers several times and Lorraine would never entertain another man’s advances. As a matter of fact, every conversation i’ve had with her she mentions her husband Ron constantly, as she seems quite smitten with him.

  9. Pat Magroin says:

    This place has gone downhill.. a total smoke and cockroach filled dump. Whatever u do don’t eat there! i had a live cockroach crawl out of the cheese on my nachos!

  10. Stella,,,,,,,,,, says:

    Been to this place (el gecko) the owner is an arrogant pig both husband and wife. heard a lot of different stories about the wife even the staff is slagging her off.

  11. Divs says:

    You lousy business at gecko is what you deserve Ron

  12. Himself says:

    wow thats sad, putting accusations like that out on the web.
    No didnt have an affair with lorraine, heard someone did though, true or false i dont know, but thats not my business anyway.
    werent in phil at halloween.

    Still, i liked the bar, it will be one of the first ones to visit when i get back!

    Does ron and lorraine still own it, or is there new management?

  13. Paul M H says:

    I like El Geckos, it’s a place where you can just chill out and have an ice cold beer. I don’t understand all this Lorraine bashing, did she turn down your advances or something? If you want girls, go to one of the girlie bars or discos, there are plenty.

  14. JR says:

    I went there to watch the world cup games.
    Small bar, chatty owner (i suppose she was the owner)
    It’s ok for a couple of drinks before going to a place with more action…

  15. Mike says:

    Hey Himself i know who you are i saw you a lot of times at el gecko’s you are at there hallowen photos.Does Ron knows your affair with lorraine?I’m sure you haven’t got no problem getting more shots from her.

  16. Mr. Jiggs says:

    It’s a nice enough bar, Lorraine has done a good job, shame some of the customers are such back stabbing aholes.

  17. Shahoney says:

    That’s very good. If the bar owner is not good, well the income is not good as well. That’s the most cases happened to all the bars here in Cebu a lot of bullshit and bollocks..Foriegners are stupid soooooooooooooooooooo……………….

  18. Stanger says:

    I’m going to get a laugh when Lorraine kicks you out of the bar for good and I hope she gets a pic of you staggering across the street to your bike for the last time. What a sorry old and sour old man you are.

  19. Michael says:

    Is it true El Gecko is for sale. thats Karma for you Lorraine.

  20. Himself says:

    Wow, nothing like the previous reviews..
    Great bar, friendly staff and customers. Been there about 10-15 times. Lorraine is friendly and is def not ripping you off.
    a couple of times my tab seemed a bit high, np it got reduced.
    Plenty of shots and beers from Lorraine aswell.. Cheers

  21. James says:

    Is it true El Gecko is for sale?

  22. John says:

    closed on sundays now. warm beer on monday as coolers are shut off saturday night. Lorraine told me no cold beer till about 6pm monday. live with it or leave. Now no a/c in daytime. place is hot, humid, stinky & dark till evening. her brother turned the a/c off 3 times on me as I only customer without even saying excuse me.
    run a tab & get it padded. complain & be told you are an old drunk that cannot count and you blame the girls for their “HONEST MISTAKES”. These are ALWAYS resolved in favor of the bar. You get told it is ONLY 40, 80, 90, etc pesos and you can afford it. Always your money, never the bars money.
    Very sad to see my favorite drinking place go downhill so badly.
    I know many of the people that have had these problems there. I drank in the place while it was under construction originally.

  23. Ron Miller says:

    Would never go back to this bar. I didn’t like anything about it. Pretty much a waste of my time.

  24. Mr.D says:

    His very arrogant and his wife think she’s something special.i know she got a Bf just not sure what nationality he is but his younger than the husband.the place is like a morgue.

  25. robert says:

    poor husband! that guy is a jerk thinks he is so smart

  26. Mike says:

    I been to El Gecko Last week but lorraine is not as friendly as she use to be.make me think what she’s up to when the husband,is away poor him.

  27. mickeymouse club says:

    i have to say the food here is dire i got short changed more than once here due to lorraine being drunkb dont burn your bridges … plus she is not so nice when drunk .. i feel for the real owner ron

  28. Mike Hunt says:

    Yeah bar manager Lorraine is the new owners wife, and mistress to at least a couple of other regulars lol.. Been there a few times over the past 12 months and it has become a sanctum for loudmouth yanks. Also has a major rat problem and when last at the bar early feb.10..a rat the size of a chihuahua ran over my foot at the bar ( there’s rabies in this country so not a joke).

  29. voyager says:

    She was in hidding when I was there for her husband was in town. He is making changes slowly with us.

  30. neil ian and ed says:

    lorraine and staff was very frendly be back soon

  31. Curt says:

    She was a dancer before

  32. john says:

    She is behave since here husband here and also i haven’t seen that guy she always happy to chat almost every night.if i am with her husband i wont trust her at all.

  33. Johnny says:

    Lorraine is behave since her husband is here the guy that she always chat with ihaven’t seen him too.

  34. jack says:

    bleibt weg von dem Scheissladen. Ausser Schmeissfliegen findest du nix.Die Maennertolette ist Spycam ueberwacht und als letzter Gast haste K.O. Tropfen (GHB) im Bier!

  35. stainmaker says:

    not only that but she is a X dancer from up in Subic Bay area some years back. LOL!

  36. Mike says:

    The owners wife of el gecko she’s not very nice at all and ugly.

  37. Cebuana says:

    The wife is not very nice at all and she’s ugly

  38. daniel says:

    yes…Loaraine is real cool. I was there last week. I had a blast theere… All my buddies ended up ringing the bell buying the whole staff drinks. 4 Rounds of shots! shots! shots! it was crraazzy fun…

  39. ken says:

    Excuse me voyager, as in most cases of a foreigner owning a bar in the PR, she is the wife and her husband is the money behind the bar. The bar is just in her name. I think the new owners name is ron
    or rob

  40. voyager says:

    Charles and ken you guys are so full of shit. The new owner isn’t even a guy she is a filipina. Get a life…

  41. ken says:

    Yes the new owner has a drk side for sure. Do not like that place at all

  42. Charles U. Farley says:

    The owner can get very ugly when he is drunk.
    Not very nice.

  43. Renne says:

    Like a morgue

  44. Marc says:

    Was in Gecko 2 times once in the day and once this past Wednesday evening. Same old boring place, same old menu. No business. I wonder how much the new owener paid for this dead horse

  45. Marc says:

    Was at gecko wendesday, for the 2nd time in a week. Place is still the same with the same old food and boring like before. Wonder how much the new owner paid for that place?

  46. Chris, QLD , Aust. says:

    Great little bar for a super cold beer and conversation with expat Aussies, yanks etc. Lorraine the manager is really friendly and the bar staff are very cute and efficient, see: Amy! Bob the loud Aussie at the end of the bar is a charachter but can be a real pain in the arse when he gets a gut full of piss.. overall good food and plenty of atmosphere 8/10.

  47. waitress b4 says:

    i hope the new owner of el gecko now are not stupid…like the owner before,,that his name is marc!!mind your own buseness,,dont mind to the other buseness…and i hope my free meal na,,gutom baya diba

  48. Pat says:

    I’M going with my wife . Would this be the type of bar she would feel comfortable in qqqq

  49. Philippine Nightlife says:

    Marc has finally sold El Gecko and it has been under new ownership since 9/15. No big changes are currently taking place except for a major cleanup of the facility and letting all the old and new girls get used to Lorraine who is managing the place. Lorraine speaks a few dielects and also speaks english very good and has a great personality.

    The upstairs is not going to go back to being a girl bar since the bar needs more room to cater to the local expats and to those visiting that would like to relax by themselves or with their girl.

    The kitchen will be moving upstairs in about a month so the downstairs bar can be expaned. The hours of operation will change when this is done so the menu can change to also serve a breakfast menu along with a hamburger and sanwich menu.

    I will keep people udated.

  50. segben_wak2x says:

    ATAY…BANE PESTE MO

  51. wayne says:

    and also i understand san magel is one of there main beer ? what would we expect to pay for 1 pint pls thanks

  52. wayne says:

    hi me and a friendare going to cebu at end of month any sugestions for the best place to go for woman a good pint and good value for money many thanks

  53. Jeny says:

    Walay ayo nang tag-iya ana bugo kaayo.Walay grado mukalit lang ug katipas iyang utok.Napurdoy na si Marc hahaha

  54. Cebuexpat says:

    Its certainly not the busiest western bar in town but it is a good bar to start your rounds. The staff are friendly the beer is cold and reasonably priced. No girls here but thats not the point; its a drinking bar.

  55. Bruce says:

    Spud writes Stripes is closed..rubbish.

    How can anyone believe Spud whom claimed stripes is closed. Its not closed and never has been.

    El gecko may be fine for smokers but for a non smoker its murder.

    Each to there own, how ever the purpose of the forum I believe is to express your personal experiences, not make false claims against other establishments to promote your own as Spud has done.

  56. jan2x bohol says:

    wla d.i mga pictures sa dancers???

  57. Ron K - Sydney says:

    Bruce, don’t you mean Stripes ? Even I know that and a once a year visitor. I’ve met Marc, good bloke and the bar is fine. I have to agree with what spud says.

  58. Walter says:

    Hello I also paid P50 for a bier in this place not 40. Eat food but was not good and expensive. Think this spud must have wrong bar, nobody but me inside and I go after bad eating.Many good girl bars up mango and bier same price

  59. Bruce says:

    Spud are you the same spud that posted strips is closed…..I was there with others 2 days after your post.

    No need to say any more….

  60. Spud says:

    Bruce you are complete idiot. All food is bought daily and fresh. You see the girls always running up to Fooda. Maybe thats what the bags were. Would you prefer pre made frozen tasteless dishes.

    Its a shame someone like you posts uneducated complete rubbish like this. The bar is very popular with locals and expats. Has the cheapest beer around. As for the beer it is only P40 not P50 !

    I do know the owner since he bought the bar two years ago ( No owner changes ) and have lived in Cebu for over 4 years. Marc is selling athe moment as he wants to take his little boy and girlfriend to England. It has also been the busiest westerner bar in town for the last 6 months.

    Get your facts straight or dont post !

  61. Spud says:

    Your comments are way off course. No reasearch or questions asked i guess just conlclusions. The bar has had the same owner for over two years. Marc from London, he bought the bar from a Swedish guy. Mike. They had girls upstairs but only for two months as a trail but now it is back to its usual westerner bar.

  62. Bruce says:

    Was there about a month ago. Correct it has a history of frequent ownership changes, was owned by a German now a Brit.

    Few senior Aussies and a German well tanked when I visited, about 10pm, nothing happening upstairs. Food was brought in for customers in small plastic bags and transferred on to plates…Hmm say not more…… Maybe now its changed.

    For a smoker whom likes to listen to stories…..maybe OK to chill out for a bit, if your a non smoker (like me) forget it, you will suffocate under five minutes.

    Beer was P50.