03 Sep Awesome Party Atmosphere Awaits When You Visit These Newly Opened Bars in Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro City’s nightlife is a balanced mix that suits everyone’s specific tastes. A mixture of nightclub bars, music bar lounges, dance club bars, bingo and gaming halls, evening sports, restaurants, and videoke bars dot the different areas in and around the city. These night spots are normally open at the break of dusk until past midnight, depending on the crowd intensity. There is always something in CDO’s nightlife to suit all within legal age and preferences. This only goes to show how vibrant and cosmopolitan a city CDO has become.
Though still a far cry from the insomniac nightlife of Manila and Cebu, Cagayan de Oro can now boast of its share of nightlife bars that are at par with the best that other cities can show off. There are bars that allow everyone to let loose and have all the awesome fun, dancing, and drinking with friends or family while there are bars that simply have piped in music and drinking for a conversational evening. Whatever your rave or crowd, the City of Golden Friendship has got you covered, so all you have to do is to pick out from these newly opened bars around town, if you’re planning to paint the town red tonight, on any night, or during the weekend. Red paint not included when choosing your bar of choice.
Somewhere Else in CDO
If you need to be somewhere else tonight or during the weekend, then the place to be somewhere else is at Somewhere Else. This newest bar in CDO’s night scene is fast becoming a favorite watering hole and hangout for millennials and baby boomers alike.
Having only opened last August 8, the crowd here is always on point and fresh, but never rowdy. It is located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Consortium Building along Corrales Avenue Extension (just after the Gaisano City Mall parking area).
They have blaring dance tunes from local DJ’s like DJ Red, and Miss J. On special events they get to invite popular DJ’s such as their recent Fiesta Madness last August 28 and 29 featuring Cebu City’s GIO V of Liv Superclub and NIX DAMN P, an international DJ who played really slick and bouncy tunes during the two-day event.
They also guested a flak-kicking girl duo named The Zombettes. Somewhere Else is open starting at 5:00 p.m.
The DJ music mixing starts at around 9:00 or 9:30 p.m. They usually stay open until 1:00 a.m. on Sunday to Thursday while on Fridays and Saturdays they close at 3:00 a.m., tops. They serve a wide selection of local and foreign beers and liquor, though the foreign beers seem to be catching on with the crowd especially on weekends. Jack Daniels and tequila also seems to be a hard favorite for some groups. On one night, the owners, Marian Rivera and Mikoy Yap even spotted former Senator Migz Zubiri for a boy’s night out.
And if in case you can’t finish the large liquor bottle that you ordered, you can write your name on it they’ll keep it in their shelves for the next time you come and visit. You can call ahead especially before weekends because their tables tend to get sold out before the week ends.
And while you’re there, try their best seller Animal Fries; twice fried fresh and thick sliced potatoes topped with ground beef and creamy cheese sauce. If you are looking for the best lounge to hang out, then Somewhere Else is the place to be!
Another new dance lounge club with amplified DJ tunes that opened only last February 18. It is located at the western tip of the Rosario Arcade on Florentino Street at the back of the Limketkai Center, right across the Robinson’s Center car park. For those familiar with the restaurant scene, this was the former Aqua Seafood Restaurant beside Kenny Rogers.
During the dance club bar’s grand VIP launch party opening, no less than FHM model and DJ Khai Lim and 99.5 Play FM DJ Therese Garcia were their guests for their amplified DJ music and beats.
The grand launching was well timed for the Chinese New Year last February 19, with the entrance being free. They are open from Mondays to Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. August was a busy month for Club XS because of the numerous events timed for the fiesta celebrations.
The 2nd Liceo de Cagayan High School Grand Reunion was held last August 29; August 28 was Merry White Fiesta Night wherein everyone had to come in any white attire; and Lourdes College High School Class ’92 held a major fundraiser last August 21.
They even had a Throwback 80’s Dance Party called “Keep Calm, Pretend It’s the 80’s last August 14. Club XS was one of the major sponsors as well of the just concluded Higalaay Street Festival held last August 29, providing the club’s regular DJ’s to the event such as the Banaag Brothers, DJ Cocoy Banaag, Jack Fryday, DJ Jeff Baja, and DJ Nino Belza. Other awesome events held previously was an Electric Blue Rock Acoustic Night featuring Juan Enrico Live.
Wednesdays to Saturdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. is their “Happy Hour” with their bucket of beer at discounted price plus free peanuts. They even now feature Ballroom and Fitness Nights every Thursday and Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. wherein you can either dance ballroom style or simply dance to stay fit using zumba and other dance moves. Thursday night is Ladies Night with cocktails and drinks all you can for an affordable price. During the fiesta celebrations, no less than Epi Quizon visited Club XS.
Many often say that the end of amplified DJ dance lounges may be just over the horizon as live band music and live dance band music is slowly making a comeback in the whole country, Cagayan de Oro notwithstanding. However, enter any of the bars mentioned above and you’ll feel that amplified music bars and lounges still have a long way to go, especially in this city in which one day, it will finally garner a name as one of those cities that never sleeps with its nightlife scene.