10 Things I Realized from Boracay PubCrawl

Ever experienced Boracay’s number one party secret yet? We list down some of things you may consider when you join Boracay PubCrawl.

By John Ray Lomugdang
October 14, 2015

A trip to Boracay won’t be complete unless you experience the bustling nightlife on the island. Here there will be fine sand under your feet, and no dress code will stop you from enjoying an awesome party. Don’t forget to try Boracay PubCrawl, which offers everyone a way to visit five bars in one night with an opportunity to celebrate with newfound friends. You’ll end the night sharing group hugs, seemingly endless shots, and conversations about how people should never refer to the island as “Bora” with them. Here are some of the realizations I had the last time I joined Boracay PubCrawl.

1. It’s okay to go alone—sort of.
“Can I go alone?” is one of the most frequently asked questions about Boracay PubCrawl. Several lone wolves tend to sign up for PubCrawl and join various groups throughout the night. There will be dance floor huggers, drinkers, jokers, groufie experts, and more. With its mantra of turning strangers into friends, Boracay Pubcrawl can end your loner tendencies. You won’t be alone for long, that’s for sure, with the different activities you can try between bar stops.

2. You can wear your own personality.
Joining PubCrawl entitles everyone to free shirts that all of you will wear during the PubCrawl. You can turn these yellow shirts into works of art cozy enough to wear with the help of PubCrawl brand ambassadors like Press Cee Alera. Take note that you will wear these shirts for the duration of the crawl, so you have to be sure that you are comfortable with your shirt. For guys, you can opt to tear the sleeves. I also suggest that the ladies go to the meeting area at Station 4 Bar earlier to have your shirts fitted and done by Press Cee. It’s basically free, but it won’t hurt to give her a tip or buy her a drink.

3. It’s a cheap way to get introduced (or reintroduced) to Boracay nightlife.
Nightlife in Boracay can mean a dizzying array of bars and establishments, especially for first-timers. Boracay PubCrawl does the choosing for you, and you can even get access to secret places every time you join (these tend to change from time to time). These bars include Station 4 Bar (starting point), 50s Bar, Wave, Epic, Club Parao, and more. Each bar brings a different atmosphere and an opportunity to meet people. The last time I went there, one of the stops was a rooftop of a hostel that gave a house party feel, the same kind you’d experience back in college.

4. It’s a crash course to Culture 101.
More than half of the participants in Boracay PubCrawl are foreigners, so expect to meet people from different countries. It can literally be like an international ad, and the captains of each crawl will ensure that you meet and get to know everyone. The founder of Boracay PubCrawl himself is a German, so you’ll converse mainly in English along with a hodge podge of other languages you can learn along the way. The people you’ll meet also come from different backgrounds, so whoever you’re with could be a vineyard owner in Australia, a half-Italian half-Bicolano captain, a newly engaged couple from India, or a student taking his gap year from Europe.

5. You drink at your own pace.
If you are a minor or look like one, let this be a warning that the Boracay PubCrawl is for people 18 years old and above only. I’m saying this because alcohol comes cheap during the crawl at PHP 50 a pop for various mixed drinks and beer. Apart from that, shots are also provided during and in between stops. You will be given a jigger for them, and there’s a possibility that you might get wasted before you even reach the fifth bar. Each crawl will also have a set of rules that you have to follow. If you disobey the rules, you’ll get another shot to drink. This is why it’s very important that you drink according to your pace. You’ll also sign a waiver prior to each crawl just in case things get out of hand and you claim that you can buy Boracay. It actually happens a lot.

6. Facebook never forgets.
Boracay PubCrawl has an in-house photographer to document each night, and these photos are uploaded on their Facebook Page. This is where you can see (or tag) your best duckface selfie, the moments that you cried simply because you can, the bro you thought was straight, the people you talked politics with while riding a tricycle, or the person who passed out first. It is part of the experience to look back at these photos and remember how awesome the night was. You may not remember their names, but you sure will end up with a lot of memories!

7. You have to be absolutely sure that you don’t have an early flight the next day.
Each crawl starts at 8PM and can end at 2AM the next day, so make sure you fly out in the afternoon the day after, or if you can’t avoid an early flight, that you take one via Caticlan Airport. That is, if you don’t want to end up with a hangover up in the air or chase your flight in Kalibo, which is a good two hours away from Boracay. In some instances, you’ll find familiar faces in the departure area or inside the plane. Make sure you say a friendly “hi,” especially if you had your own “moments” the night before.

8. It’s a measure of how well you know the Philippines.
Since most of the participants are foreigners, be prepared to be asked about the Philippines a lot. They are naturally curious and will ask about the Philippines in between tricycle rides and while walking to the next bar. In return, they will also tell you things about their country and why you should visit. It can be embarrassing if you don’t have a story to tell. Here you’ll find out that traffic in Manila can be forgivable compared to theirs and cab drivers can also be rowdy in their country. People will most likely ask where you’re from as a conversation starter, and things can just go from there, depending on how well you converse.

9. Alcohol aids in everything.
Even if you started the crawl alone in the corner talking to the bartender, you’ll find yourself loose and comfy by the third bar. By this time, you could be channeling your inner party animal in the middle of the dance floor, unknowingly capturing several photos on your phone, drunk texting your girlfriend with The Fault in Our Stars quotes, and talking to tons of people. What I like most about PubCrawl is its ability to let you temporarily escape your daily life and enjoy yourself, even if it’s just for a night. It can be a therapy of sorts for those who want to know more about themselves and how well they can relate to people as well as a way to practice their English.

10. It can be a test of patience for couples.
No, I’m not referring to her catching you staring. Towards the end of the night, one of you will be close to passing out and you’ll have to bring her back to the hotel even if the party isn’t over. This activity can be a good test of patience if you end up buying her coffee or water and she spills it all over you, or you get recovery food for two but end up having to eat everything yourself. Be prepared to take care of her—or anyone, for that matter—and ensure her safety after the crawl. This also applies to non-couples as well. If you traveled with friends, one of you will most likely be drunk by the end of the crawl, and this is a good time to show off how well you can take care of them and tolerate a new side of them you might not have known about before. As an unwritten rule, if you find anyone in a yellow shirt drunk or passed out, have the courtesy to send them back to their hotels.

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