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If you thought Dumaguete was all about tranquil beaches and serene landscapes, you’re in for a surprise! While the City of Gentle People may exude calm during the day, when the sun sets, it comes alive with a vibrant nightlife scene. Get ready to explore the best bars and nightspots in Dumaguete with this Mad Monkey-approved guide to an unforgettable night out!


Mad Monkey Hostels: Where the Party Begins

We’re kicking it off with the best of the best – Mad Monkey Hostels! Well, we may be a teeny bit biased but rest assured, we’re not just about providing you with a comfy bed; we’re all about creating epic memories. Join fellow travelers at our lively bar, sip on refreshing cocktails, and let our DJ spin some tracks that’ll get you in the groove. From themed parties to poolside shindigs, Mad Monkey Hostels is your first stop on the Dumaguete party train.

Location: MAP

Contact: +63 905 556 1478 | Website

Opening Hours: Every day 07:00 AM – 10:00 PM

cheers at mad monkey hostels dumaguete bar
Bottoms up at Mad Monkey Hostels Dumaguete

Balay Ni Lola: Cozy Nighttime Hideaway

Discover the charm of nightlife in Dumaguete at Balay ni Lola Bar. Nestled in the heart of the city, this inviting spot offers a warm and cozy atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to relax with friends and enjoy a variety of drinks in a welcoming setting. For a laid-back evening with great company, Balay ni Lola Bar is the place to be in Dumaguete.

Location: MAP

Opening Hours: Opening Times: Every day 06:00 AM to 11:00 PM or 02:00 AM

exterior of balay ni lola bar in dumaguete
Exterior of Balay Ni Lola, photo courtesy of Balay Ni Lola

Why Not? Dumaguete: Unleash the Night Owl in You

If you’re in Dumaguete, you might as well ask yourself, “Why Not?” Head over to Why Not? Dumaguete, one of the city’s most popular nightclubs. This spot is famous for its energetic atmosphere, great music, and a dance floor that never stops moving. With a diverse crowd of locals and travelers, it’s the ideal place to dance the night away.

Location: MAP

Contact: +63 35 422 9209 | Website

Opening Times: Every day 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM

people with drinks at Why Not? Dumaguete
All smiles at Why Not? Dumaguete, photo courtesy of Why Not? Dumaguete

Tiki Bar: Sip and Relax in Tropical Paradise

For a more laid-back nightlife experience in Dumaguete, visit the Tiki Bar. Located along Rizal Boulevard, this bar offers a tropical oasis right in the heart of the city. Sip on fruity cocktails while you unwind in a cozy bamboo hut. The Tiki Bar is perfect for those who prefer a chill night with friends, enjoying the gentle sea breeze and live music.

Location: MAP

Contact: +63 917 314 1737 | Facebook

Opening Hours: Every day 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

young people drinking at tiki bar in dumaguete
Party people at Tiki Bar, photo courtesy of Tiki Bar

Hayahay Treehouse Bar and View Deck: Elevated Nightlife

Looking for a unique perspective on nightlife in Dumaguete? Hayahay Treehouse Bar and View Deck has you covered. Perched on stilts above the water, this bar offers breathtaking views of the ocean and a magical atmosphere. Enjoy a wide range of drinks and local cuisine while listening to live bands. The treehouse setting adds a touch of enchantment to your night out.

Location: MAP

Contact: +63 35 225 3536 | Facebook

Opening Hours: Every day 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

people at Hayahay Treehouse Bar in dumaguete
Having a blast at Hayahay Treehouse Bar, photo courtesy of Hayahay Treehouse Bar

Sideways Sports Bar: Cheers for the Sports Enthusiasts

Are you a sports fanatic? Sideways Sports Bar is the place to be. Catch your favorite games on big screens while enjoying cold beers and hearty snacks. With a welcoming crowd and an extensive selection of drinks, it’s the ultimate spot for sports enthusiasts and those looking for a laid-back night of fun.
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Location: MAP

Contact: +63 35 420 6387 | Website

Opening Hours: Every day 07:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Interior of Sideways Sports Bar in Dumaguete
Interior of Sideways Sports Bar, photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

Antwet Backpackers Hostel and Rooftop Bar: The Hidden Gem

Nestled atop Antwet Backpackers Hostel, their rooftop bar is a hidden gem in Dumaguete’s nightlife scene. The casual ambiance, affordable drinks, and panoramic views make it a favorite among backpackers and budget travelers. Strike up a conversation with fellow wanderers and create lasting memories under the starry Dumaguete sky.
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Location: MAP

Contact: +63 922 297 4134 | Facebook

Opening Times: Every day

Rooftop bar at Antwet Backpackers Hostel Dumaguete
Rooftop bar at Antwet Backpackers Hostel, photo courtesy of Antwet Backpackers Hostel

Mad Monkey’s Insider Tips:

To end off, here are a few insider tips to make your Dumaguete nights legendary:

Dress to Impress: While Dumaguete’s nightlife is casual, it doesn’t hurt to dress your best. A stylish outfit can make your night even more special.

Local Sips: Don’t miss the opportunity to try local drinks like “tanduay” and “red horse.” They’re a must for a true Filipino nightlife experience.

Stay Safe: Dumaguete is generally safe, but like any other place, it’s wise to keep an eye on your belongings and not overindulge.

Nightlife in Dumaguete: Final Thoughts

So there you have it, the ultimate guide to Dumaguete’s nightlife! Whether you’re looking to dance the night away, enjoy a tropical drink by the sea, or catch the game with friends, Dumaguete has something for every night owl. Cheers to unforgettable nights in Dumaguete!

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About the Author

Nicole Basri is the Junior Marketing Assistant at Mad Monkey Hostels. When she's not working, you'll find her buried in a good book, or on a hunt for the perfect Matcha Latte.