The essential guide for Boracay Nightlife newbies
Engulfed within the tropical paradise 25 km from the mainland of Caticlan, Aklan resides a premier tourist destination adored by the world. Boracay overflows with life year-round—encapsulating various activities and attractions different from the next. With the island’s reopening in 2018, the distant oasis invites the avid-beach goer to experience the crazed island aesthetic with a dash of vibrant nightlife.
Whether choosing to journey to the Western Visayas region, Boracay’s rehabilitation in 2018 accentuated its blissful demeanor. Inviting all walks of life into its sands, the brief commute from the airport to the island docks at its coveted White-sand beaches—masking the colorful sounds of the city with a twist of castaway.
The world is wide, and if the Boracay nightlife is the suitable destination to make some memories (*cue Donna Sheridan*), here’s a thing or two to remember when embracing its fledging scene.
Location: 380 White Beach, Station 1, Boracay, Malay, 5608 Aklan, Philippines
Schedule: Every day, 8:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Freely welcoming the delectable breeze, Station 1’s Aplaya is centered on its rich Mediterranean-Italian cuisine and signature concoctions. Its white marble walls merged with stone, wooden seating options, and a warmly lit interior compliments its European roots. Aplaya reinforces the rich Boracay nightlife through its live DJ set and groovy bliss yet places itself as a mecca of gatherings throughout the day, showering hints of Filipino breakfast options partnered with a soothing cup of joe.
Location: Beachfront, D’Mall of Boracay Boracay Island, Malay, 5608 Aklan, Philippines
Schedule: Every day, 7:00 AM – 4:00 AM
Capping off the night at the outskirts of D’Mall comes a glaring sight—as it surely will be, wait for it (*cue Barney Stinson*), Epic. Nightly themes, delectable mixes, wavy tunes, and an all-day menu suitable for hungry bunches fortify its Epicurean discipleship as an epicenter of Boracay nightlife. A gathering of appreciation of fine food and drink, Epic’s two-floor establishment may induce familiarity from the metro, as the founders of Embassy, Republiq, Valkyrie, Xylo, Revel, and The Island, set foot on Boracay soil a decade in the past. Epic invites the night into its doors as Jellyfish-like individuals (reflected through its neon Jellyfish installation dangling overhead)—no brains but freely lost in the sound.
¡Hola Chula! by Alegria
Location: XW6F+XH5, D’mall de Boracay, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Schedule: Every day, 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Housed on the brink of Station 2 resides the neon-slated ‘¡Hola Chula!,’ the Boracay extension of the cross-cultural tasting restaurant, Alegria. “The new baby on the Island” situates itself as a taqueria and bar, with its menu brimming with flavor—suitable for its colorful aesthetic. The bottom floor offers seating options, with the tail end of the structure inviting the convergence of sound and dance as a DJ island peers into the distance. Its terrace option on the upper level is perfect for watching the Boracay sun sink into the horizon.
Paraw Beach Club
Location: XW8C+W7H, Boracay Highway, Central, Malay, Aklan
Schedule: Every day, 9:00 AM – 3:00 AM
Regarded as the only club resting on the island’s sand, Paraw Beach Club’s ingenuity musters relaxation during the day as the rave braves until dawn. The vast kubo-like structure rests beneath the afternoon sun, with its White Beach extension posing as an ideal location for soul searching and catching the waves. Paraw is distinct for its pulutan (finger foods) and ability to gather the Boracay nightlife crowds as a popular stop-off point on the raucous Boracay Pub Crawl— infused with EDM sounds and electric energy.
Location: Station 2, White Beach Manggayad, Malay, Aklan Province 5608 Philippines
Schedule: Every day, 8:00 PM – 4:00 AM
Neon appears to be a resounding theme—draped across several establishments fortifying the rich Boracay nightlife, as Summer Place embraces the flowing electric aesthetic. The long-time Station 2 habitant regularly sees a fully packed venue nearing midnight, understandable given its variety of tunes from resident DJs and flavors to combat the munchies.