Sex is on sale in Manila’s P Burgos Street

Pinay whoresPadre Burgos Street (not to be confused with Padre Burgos Avenue) in Metro’s Manila’s City of Makati in the Philippines is lined with go go bars. In many respects P. Burgos Street resembles Walking Street in Angeles City though as readers will come to find out there are many differences between the two.

Since Makati is often described as one of the more “upscale” sections of Metro Manila some may expect the bars and even the street itself to be a lot better than what exists in Angeles.

The truth is that the bars are of about the same quality. In fact some of the larger bars in Angeles like Atlantis may even be on the nicer side of things. The streets themselves are a lot like each other, with narrow sidewalks that force pedestrians into the street where they are met by vehicles, beggars and vendors pushing sunglasses and fake Cialis.

When it comes to the number of bars Angeles City is the clear winner. But since the bars in Angeles have been regularly raided for at least the last year, Burgos certainly offers a more relaxed atmosphere. During weekdays Burgos bars may even be less crowded, though Makati is a much more populated area.

Surely readers of this site will be more interested in the quality and number of service providers, the services provided, and the prices of services in the Burgos Street bars than anything else. Thankfully they have Rockit to report on all of the important facts.

There are several bars on Burgos Street and a few on streets that are connected to it. While some bars do share the same owners, there is a real range and variety of quality and price around the area. Some bars like Shampoo and Bottoms open in the afternoon with a shift change early in the night. Other bars like Plan B and Kojax don’t open until 9 pm.

The bars of Burgos get a much later start than a lot of similar areas around the world. During the day the selection of staff members working a bar can be anywhere from limited to truly pathetic. I don’t make a habit out of criticizing women for their looks, but I simply can’t get much enjoyment out of watching overweight ladies in their late 30’s dance around in small bikinis. It’s quite possible that the gals may have great personalities and be a lot of fun in which case they would do better in other positions or even different establishments. Judging by how empty most places on Burgos are during the day, I guess it all boils down to a question of economics. If I was a 19 year old go go dancer with a smoking hot body I probably wouldn’t want the day shift either.

Around 10 pm most bars start to truly come alive. New shifts come on and customers start to fill the seats and things really get going. At this point most of the bars on Burgos have fairly large numbers of women on stage. Some bars like Bottoms and Tickles may have as many as four dozen working at any one time. Smaller set ups like Dimples may have half that number. The gals range in looks and age to some extent but most are nicely shaped women with brown skin and black hair in the range of 19 to 27 years old.

I wouldn’t say that the women working in the Burgos bars are in general any better looking than the women in the bars of Angeles City. Sure there are a few stunners but that can be said of almost any go go area in the country. With many women working Burgos coming from the same provinces that are home to so many of the working women of Angeles, how much variety can one really expect?

As is the case with Angeles City’s bars, many of the go go gals working Burgos Street are mothers. Although some are just entering adulthood themselves they already have one or more children. This may not be obvious at first glance, especially in the dim nightclub lighting, but it is the reality. While many guys couldn’t care less or may even be into the “MILF” experience others looking for very fit women may be disappointed. That’s not to say that every woman working on Burgos is a mom, just that it’s frequent enough to be worth noting.

As with most similar set ups, the women working the bars of Burgos Street are under no obligation to leave a bar with a customer. They have the ability to make up an excuse or simply say no if they’re not interested. That said, the Burgos bar girls seem to be among the most willing in the world to be bar fined and spend a few hours or longer with a customer. Not every woman will go out with every guy, but rejections seem to be very rare.

When a customer is interested in a woman or women dancing on stage or sitting around the bar, they can simply ask the gals to join them or flag down a waitress to call the gals over. This offer is never refused since it means lady drinks will be purchased giving additional income to the gals in question.

Bar fines are arranged with mama sans who loom around every bar in the area. Once a customer buys a drink or two (at an average price of around 350 Pesos, which amounts to a whopping $8 USD) for a woman and they agree to go out together the mama san will be called over to explain the prices and make sure everything is okay. This is where the most major differences between Burgos Street and Angeles City emerge.

While Rogues at the end of P Burgos asks for a more reasonable 1800 Pesos ($41 USD) many bars in the area ask for a whopping 3900 Pesos ($89 USD) or more. Unlike the go go bars of Angeles City or even Cebu City, these bar fines do not include a payment for the ladies. That additional fee is negotiated between the ladies and the customers, though the most knowledgeable guys may already have a good feel for things and simply hand over a standard tip after the session ends.

What exactly is a standard tip? It can range anywhere from 2000 Pesos ($45.50 USD) to 5000 Pesos ($114 USD). Only the most experienced guys will get away with the lower tips on a regular basis and newbies are likely to get hit with requests for 5000 Pesos when they undoubtedly ask a gal how much she wants.

All of these bar fine prices and tips are up to double what they were as recently as 2008, and they are well over the standard rates at go go bars in other parts of the country. Well, Makati can be an expensive place and since customers keep on rolling in and out of the bars I guess there’s not much more to say.

The amount of time a working woman will spend with her customer depends on her life, her schedule, the chemistry and any other number of things. Over night stays are not uncommon when the lady likes her customer but the 4 AM departure is also quite normal. The bars themselves close at 5 AM.

Women who work the Burgos Bars aren’t always the most skilled when it comes to sexual services. That may surprise some since the bars are after all places where women offer their services to guys on a regular basis. Those who have more of a grasp on local life will be better able to understand. One hint can be found in the way most women dress in Manila. While gals in Bangkok or Saigon often walk around in the middle of the city in super sexy outfits, beautiful women in Manila are more likely to wear shirts and long pants. The reasons for all of this go much deeper than I can reach in this brief report.

There are a few hotels on P Burgos Street and countless others around Makati. Nearly all allow guests to bring girls back to their rooms without a problem. A select few hotels may ask any women entering the hotel to leave their ID card at the front desk but most don’t even bother. Any decent hotel will call a guest’s room when his gal leaves to make sure everything is okay.

There are also some short time hotels in and around Burgos Street where guys can take a gal for a quick romp. These are pretty easy to find. One well known (and used) short time hold over is located right next to Tickles Bar, though someone who didn’t know what they were looking for could probably miss it pretty easily. Asking around is a good way to find this place or others like it. Many bar girls and all mama sans will know where at least one is located.

Those who don’t want to take girls home or shell out an additional 1000 Pesos for a short time hotel room will be happy to know that action is available right on-premises in bars like Shampoo, Rogues, Rascals, Ivory, Montana, Dimples and High Heels. This can take the form of hand or mouth play in a dark booth or that and everything else in a “VIP room.” VIP rooms typically cost as much as a bar fine and do not include payment to the service providers. The prices of VIP rooms can usually be negotiated down by at least 800 Pesos with the mama san. Guys who buy a lot of lady drinks may be able to have the price of a bar fine or VIP room reduced by the total amount spend on beverages, though this requires further negotiation.

At other bars there is a possibility for some play in the booth but it depends on any number of variables.

Jools and Stardust vary a bit from the other bars in the area in that have well choreographed dance shows at regular intervals. Some of the things the women pull off during these shows are pretty damn amazing, but guys who are more interested in ass than dash may not get a lot of it. In between shows these bars operate like any other.

While women who work the bars may flash their tits from time to time, especially when asked by a paying customer, Bottoms is the only bar I know where the women dance topless. Well they actually “wear” a set of suspenders that cover absolutely nothing. It’s not unusual to see a guy playing with a dancer’s nobs in a booth after buying her a drink either.

The aforementioned Kojax and Plan B bars which are owned by the same person seem to have a larger percent of fit and good looking ladies than many of the other bars around but their prices are on the high end. Unlike their competitors they don’t accept credit cards so guys who are uncomfortable lugging around hundreds of bills may not be able to afford all of the fun.

Ringside bar is unique in that it offers things like girl-on-girl boxing matches and oil wrestling along with other odd sideshows.

Other bars like G-String and Wild West can also have good number of beautiful women on staff at any time. Others like Papillion can be hit or miss. Things change on a regular basis and even from night to night, so there’s no way to come up with a completely accurate write up that will stand the test of time. As they say, nothing beats experience.

Something else to note about P Burgos Street is the prevalence of “massage girls” on the street throughout the night. These women hang out all along the street in groups and solicit passing guys for massages. They sometimes hand out papers with phone numbers but they’re mostly keen to get right to the services. Women in polo shirt or nurse scrub uniforms can perform massages in shops located along the street or go straight to the customer’s room. Women who are not wearing uniforms, more commonly known as “freelancers”, are usually only available for the second option. There are also numerous transgender “ladyboys” around who also offer “massage” but I have no real info on them.

A typical massage is usually quoted at 500 Pesos ($11.50 USD). If a guy goes to a massage parlor with a gal he will typically be asked to tip more for extra services if they are available. Sometimes the masseuse will say that extras can only be provided in the customer’s hotel room. Freelancers operate in hotel rooms exclusively so things are more likely to go in a sexual direction very quickly. The tip expected by any of the women working P Burgos Street can vary greatly but it seems that most reasonable offers are excepted. This means that anything from 500 Pesos ($11.50 USD) on the low end to 2500 Pesos ($57 USD) on the high end can get a guy what he’s after.

In many parts of the world only the most downtrodden women work the streets. In Makati that doesn’t seem to be the case. Many of the women who travel the street in groups offering massages are quite pretty. More than a few look just as good as the women dancing inside the bars. With the general safety of coworkers available these women may simply be part timers who don’t want to dance in bikinis or work a regular bar schedule, genuine massage therapists looking to supplement their incomes or women on short visits to Manila trying to make some extra money.

Padre Burgos Street offers a lot of action in a pretty compact area. Although there are some dangers about the street is relatively safe by Manila standards. The biggest drawbacks to the area are the high prices, the over abundance of street sellers and the number of dancers, male attendants and even mama sans who try to pressure guys into tipping or buying drinks even when they’re not interested. Men who are unable to politely refuse such propositions can quickly go through a stack of money without getting any enjoyment out of it whatsoever.

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18 Comments

  1. ArtV says:

    Thanks for the info…I am headed to PI in a couple weeks and thanks to this article and the one covering Angeles City Raids I am adjusting my reservations to near P Burgos St.

    • rockit says:

      Thanks for the comment. Apparently there was a raid on P Burgos recently but it was aimed at people working the street, not the bars themselves. Cheers.

    • ArtV says:

      Spend the evening at Plan B last night. I chose it because I am staying at the Oxford Suites directly across the street…a convenience I cannot recommend enough for anyone looking to enjoy P Burgos St. The hotel is very nice…very bar girl friendly and everyone is great. Anyway, about bar…I arrived pretty early, about 8:50pm and was one of 4 customers…after 10 minutes I was the only, still early for this place. As soon as I arrive I was joined by two nice girls…decent looking and friendly, we played Jenga and chatted. Things went sour when the toppling Jenga tower took out her drink, spilling it all over my leg about 30 seconds after she brushed off my warnings that her tiny glass was sitting in the path of destruction. I kept it friendly but made it clear I was ready to meet someone else. They were both sweet about it and help me pick out a girl from the dancing stage. Imagine Thainee the Porn actress but with better teeth…she was gorgeous and very petit (not always my thing but she wore it so well). She came and sat down and the two original girls said goodbye and good luck. It was just very cool and relaxed lap conversation for about two hours. Initially see seemed hesitant about leaving with me…she told me she worked there for two weeks…her friend who popped over later on told me it was less than a week. When she felt comfortable enough to come back to the hotel she summoned the lady/manager/mamasan who sat beside us and explained everything clearly. 2700p for the barfine and she suggested ~2600p for her tip in the morning(I rounded it up to 3000). We shook on it and my new companion went to get dressed as I chatted with her curious friend…nearly doubled down but I decided to take it one at a time on my first night here. There was a definite feeling of the other girls being someone excited for “Jane”…maybe I was her first customer outside the bar? Who knows…it was a lovely time with as sweet of a girl I could have hoped for.

      Planning to head out again tonight barring any unforeseen luck from tinder or filipinocupid.com…will reply here again with part 2.

      Thanks again for the info rockit…!

    • rockit says:

      Thanks for the report. Cheers.

  2. PassingManila says:

    Ah! I just left there a week ago. I wish you had posted this a little bit sooner. Not that you need my endorsement, but I agree with everything you said here. That being said, this site has helped me tremendously in Bangkok and I genuinely appreciate you for creating/authoring it.

    My review from a very short stay
    I stayed at the Tune Hotel (Makati), which is literally 2 blocks away (less than 5 minute walk) from P Burgos. Tune is great if you are a single foreigner on a budget just looking to experience the night life for a night or 2. It has VERY limited service, but it was clean and has an excellent shower if you are looking for a bit of a fantasy in one (no tub). I only went to 2 bars since I was on limited time and these 2 bars seemed the most interesting to me after a bit of research online. I went to Rogues and Ringside.

    I walked to the opposite end of Burgos from the direction of my hotel. This lead me to my first arrival, Rogues. It was a sports bar, simple as that. However, there was obviously some sex in the air. They had pool tables with pretty (and not so pretty) girls playing. They had a decent bar, with a small little dance type floor and seating in the back. The place was not large at all. If you arent used to smaller bars in Asia, it might feel a little odd..but I have gotten used to it by now. I JUST arrived in Manila and I honestly just wanted to start off with a drink and try to get my head in the game. Women were hassling me, but not like they do in Bangkok. It was more of a gentle push instead of a loving threat, if you get my meaning. After being harassed for so long on my previous trip in Bangkok, my skin got a bit thicker. I basically told them to buzz off as they wont be getting any money from me. Mind you, I did say it a bit nicer than this but my intention was to get them away from me. One girl left within seconds and the other stayed and said she didnt mind that she got nothing out of it. I basically said it was her choice. We chatted a bit and she even pushed other girls away from me so they wouldnt bother me. I mainly just hung out in that bar and got drinks. I wasnt really dying to be with any of the women working there and I had at least 1 more bar to explore. The girl sensed I wanted to leave, gave me a kiss on the cheek and said she hoped I would be back. This immediately lifted my spirits. Im not in Bangkok anymore.

    I walked down to the reverse side of Burgos since I knew Ringside was there, but I was a bit nicer when walking down the street and starting to feel the buzz a bit. Just as Rockit reported, massage girls are DYING to give you that massage for 500 pesos. Odd, I thought. Especially since these women seem to be prettier than the ones that I saw in the bar. I figured there must be some sort of scam going on here and would continue walking. I did enjoy the view though. I must comment that I loved passing some bar in the middle of the street. I didnt feel the need to go in since you can see right in and it almost seems more like a place for couples at first glance. But they had live music pouring into the street. I appreciated it and the music heightened the element of fun, pleasure and excitement.

    I got to Ringside. Again, just as Rockiit reported, they have girls boxing each other. However, they usually have male midgets boxing. Now, this may sound glorious to some, but it doesnt rock my boat. I took a seat though and 2 girls immediately sat down. They def. werent the prettiest in the room, but I just had a few drinks and they were really nice to me. Because you know, some girls will be nice but you can tell its not genuine. Just like the girl at Rogues, they were either good actors or just pleasant people in general. They didnt ask for drinks, but as I know what they wanted, I went ahead and offered. This got the ball rolling. They got a lot more hands on after that first drink. They were grabby at the least. They claimed they were the next girls to box each other and were very joking about it. I insisted that I would wait for it. They told me itd be in a half hour. That was bullshit, as I ended up being there for at least 1-2 hours and they never left me. Maybe for good reason, as I was financing them. I got curious as I always do and asked them about their wages..what they actually make off of these drinks. They told me 100 pesos each and if I recall correctly, they were about 250. You can pretty much just double the prices(and a bit more) I give you for an easy semi-accurate conversion for USD. So 250 is roughly $5-6. Anyway, I ended up buying them each about 3 or 4 drinks, plus the mamasan and an non-innocent bystander 1 more. Yea, they got me. Heres the thing though..with my drinks included, it was still only around $60. I got jerked and I sucked and fingered all I wanted with 3 different ladies. I wasnt mad at $60 and as I said, I had been there for an hour. So 11 drinks sound like a lot…but it wasnt when you compare it to the strength of the foreign paycheck. I offered to take the 2 main girls home with me. The mamasan said she would agree to that for 7800 pesos! 2 girls? Ok..not too bad. My greedy self even said 6000. Mamasan agreed and I was a happy man. Luckily one of the girls whispered in my ear that it doesnt include their tip. I said, “What?” This came as a shock to me, as that original quoted price was a $175 bar fine. That sounds ridiculous considering I was getting 3 girls home with me at that price, total, in Thailand. Even at 6000 pesos, it sounded like a rip-off to me. I told the girls that I would not pay that and I really apologize because I would have given every cent..even the 7800 quote to them. They seemed to be very understanding. One girl got up for a second to speak to Mamasan and tell her that I changed my mind. The other girl whispered in my ear again.. claiming that I can do 2 things to get around such a high price. I can either take one of them (preferably her of course) or I can wait until 4am when they get out and theyll come to my hotel..no bar fee. I thought this was a very generous offer, especially as im sure she could probably get in trouble for it. This is why I have failed to describe them in anyway other than to say she was a 7 and the other 2 girls were 8s on a reasonable scale. I rejected both offers since all the money talk was killing the fantasy, plus 4am was 2 hours away. Who knows if I might find someone else by that time. I was also coming a bit more to my end in terms of what money I have left in physical peso cash.

    So back to the drawing board! The 2 main girls walked me to the door and kissed me goodbye. I walked the street again and decided I didnt want to go into another bar. What’s up with these beautiful massage girls? On my limited budget, I was willing to find out what this 500 peso offer meant. I shopped around a bit…maybe 10 minutes and then I stopped dead in my tracks. A beautiful girl standing awkwardly to the side. She wasnt one of the girls rushing everyone and I liked that. One of her companions had rushed me when I stopped and handed me her trusty card. I begged for her forgiveness but I wanted her friend. She was very nice about it but asked for her card back. I thought that was a bit humorous, but I said “of course” and handed it back. I left with her and they mentioned once again that its just 500 pesos. “Wow”, I thought. I took her back and the hotel staff gave me some comical looks but it wasnt a big deal. I was buzzed so the situation was kind of funny to me too. Im fairly experienced in this night life thing by now, but its still no less awkward. I even saw a rather large, sweat-filled foreign male being escorted into an elevator by a cute girl. Not to be rude but, Rockit is correct..most people dont seem to get turned down here. I waited for the next elevator since I thought it would be bad enough for other innocents to be stuck in an elevator with 2 shady happenings at once. Im a good guy like that :p Anyway, I wont say much of what happened in my room. For anyone thats reading this far, im sorry but I am a gentleman when it comes to the bedroom. I will say that nothing actually happened. She gave me a massage and I paid for it. I didnt ask for anything beyond that and there was def. some awkwardness in the air, as if this might have been one of her first times. I simply enjoyed her company and tipped her generously.

    Now, my conclusion is this: I loved Manila and I regret not going there full-time instead of Bangkok. I think the trip would have been much more enjoyable. If you are the rough type that seeks the veterans, then definitely go somewhere like Bangkok. If you want a place that seems a bit more genuine (even if its not), then go to Manila. Its also a plus if you only speak English. English is one of the Philippines national languages and most people speak well enough for simple conversation. It was much more difficult to communicate in Thailand. As for me, I actually intend to go back in the near future and use my legs a bit more while im there. I needed more time to fully enjoy what Manila has to offer.

    • rockit says:

      Thanks for the very detailed and interesting comment. The bar fines are pretty crazy, especially considering lower bar fines include the gal’s money in other parts of the country. Cheers!

    • PassingManila says:

      Interesting. Which parts do you speak of?

    • rockit says:

      Angeles City for one. Bar fines there are 1200 to 2000 pesos and are all inclusive. Cheers.

  3. PassingManila says:

    Rockit, do you have any comments on EDSA?

  4. Gallandro says:

    Hi there, Rockit:

    Work is sending me to the Philippines within the next month or so for at least one week, possibly two. I know I’m going to be staying in the Makati area but probably not by Burgos St. My understanding is that I should take a taxi from the hotel to Burgos St. and back rather than walk for safety. Can you comment on this?

    Also, I’m probably going to be alone when I’m there (it’s possible I might have a few tagalongs, but I’m not counting on it). If I’m walking solo in Burgos St. and being alert, not going down dark alleys, not getting drunk, and essentially using common sense, should I be safe? I just want to see the street, see some bars, maybe pick up some strange and bring it back to my hotel, and essentially do my own thing without any hassle.

    Thanks!

    • rockit says:

      Hi Gallandro. I don’t know how to quantify danger there or anywhere else really. I’ve been all over the world and I haven’t run into any real problems. The worst thing that ever happened to me in years and years of traveling was that I once had a hundred dollar bill lifted from my pants pocket during a massage. Other people have run into all kinds of problems, including death. I wouldn’t say Manila is a safe place but it isn’t hell of earth either. Lots of people visit P Burgos every night and most leave without a problem even though more than a few drink more than they should and stumble into the streets looking like big marks. It’s an open and pretty well lit street, the bars are popular, there are restaurants and marts, hotels, taxis and lots of people around. It’s not uncommon to see cops around either. I’ve walked to and from P Burgos and all around the area alone and with others. Sometimes it’s faster than a taxi like when the streets lock up every day around 6. The biggest hassles I’ve found were roads that can’t be crossed on foot because of the city’s layout. Taxis may be the safest way to get around but there are also some scams with those from time to time. The most important thing is to keep your wits about you. You’ll have to decide on your own whether or not you’re up for getting around there. Most foreigners who visit the Philippines leave in one piece. Cheers.

  5. darril says:

    hi there , Rockit
    i will be going to Makati this june 5 this is my first time there , a few question

    A) which bar can easily got girl out .
    B) how many total will it be to bring a girl out to the hotel.
    C) Any advised for Bar Fine or Short time

    thanks , regards
    Darril

  6. JohnB says:

    Just been out on P Burgos St so I thought I best come here and comment on the experience.
    I have to say, not the best after spending a lovely 2 weeks in Angeles City. The people on the street were a lot more pushy here than in Angeles. Even after saying no thanks they still try to push whatever they are selling be it tempting you into a bar, offering a massage or one of those dodgy looking little Filipino guys selling his fake cialis and overpriced cigarettes.
    Its true, from the bar girls side of things definitely the most expensive part for the whole of the Philippines!
    I had a look in rogues bar this arvo and they were all just ugly girls with beer belly’s. I had a few games of billiards and left due to lack of interest there.
    Next I had a look at the other end of the street in what I think is a newer bar called tickles. I saw a lady I liked the look of in there so went on to buy her a few drinks. An hour or so later I decided to ask regarding the bar fine. They said no bar fine but you have to buy 15 lady drinks. I was like, are you serious? That adds up to a whooping P5250 and that does not include the tip for the girl. She also wanted an additional P3000 for short time. That adds up to around $175 per girl for short time. I could not believe what I was hearing. That’s cheaper for better looking girls in my home country and they are good at what they do there.
    From personal experience I would say don’t bother going here. Take yourself and your money up to Angeles its a much nicer place all round!

    • rockit says:

      Thanks for the report. I don’t think Angeles City is a nicer place than Makati. As far as I can tell the only draw the place has is the bars though Manila isn’t much of a tourist destination either. Additionally I have never heard of such a high barfine on P Burgos Street. The normal rate at Tickles is much lower. Cheers.

  7. blogger says:

    hi guys, ive met a girl who was on the scene a few years ago but now is not. it seems like a very strange environment in burgos and the girls are lovely. not really my scene but I wonder do they ever really move on once they have been in that type of situation. one positive is very flexible sex view but that’s not going to keep a relationship going?

    • rockit says:

      I knew a girl who worked in a Manila go go bar and went on to become a serious engineer in a major company. It was part time work for her during University. Most women don’t follow that path. A lot will fall back into easy money. I personally think it’s tough to keep any relationship going. Especially for a hound dog like me. Cheers.

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