Update: As of July 7th, 2013.. Chicago Joe’s closed it’s doors until further notice. It’s hoped that new management will re-open it. If/When that happens I’ll be sure to update again here.
About once a month I like to get out and just have some fun at one of the local dance-clubs nearby. There is a large one I’ve heard about, but not been to yet, over on Cebu called “Juliana’s” only because it’s kind of a hassle to be so far from home that late at night and a bit tipsy at the end of the evening. But I’ll probably go there when I decide to get a room nearby there to crash at since clubs here don’t necessarily close at 2am. Some don’t close until dawn as long as enough people want to party.
My favorite place for fun is without a doubt ‘Chicago Joes Bump & Grind Disco Dance Club‘. While they don’t mind that you dress-to-impress it’s not as formal as Lotus Club. The girls there are usually dressed nice anyway so, it all works out. What I like about CJ’s is that it’s not just a dance club. It’s pretty much a Party Compound. There’s something to do there day or night.. any day of the week. There is scuba diving, beach access, a marina, swimming pool, outdoor patio with projection videos on the outside of the building.. upstairs are at least 8 individual Karaole Rooms for rental by the hour. There’s also rotisserie chicken being cooked at the outdoor patio area if you want to have a real conversation away from the sound system indoors or just get some fresh air. A Conference Room is in the works as well as a possible billiards game-room.
Indoors the actual club itself is HUGE. The dance floor is really big and the bar is well stocked. I’ve always been able to get a table for myself and five others even when the place is packed. They also have a kitchen and any food I’ve ordered there has been really, really good. The Meat-Lover’s Pizza is one of my favorites, Chicken Nachos also good. All week they serve Mexican, Italian and American food such as Menudo, Burritos, Lasagna, Grinder Sandwiches, Burgers and more. It’s great to stop by on an afternoon for some swim-time and good food. Prices are reasonable for booze and food, especially since good non-Filipino food is kinda rare on Mactan aside from the more expensive resorts.
Sound systems is great! Lots of laser, spotlights and light gadgets going on and every so often the female bartenders get up on the bar to dance in their trademark mini-skirts. I’ve been there once a month since I got here and always had a fantastic time. ‘Chicago Joe’ himself can usually be found enjoying the fun in the evenings and is a friendly guy who really enjoys what he does. There are ALWAYS lots of cute Filipinas here, local girls out to dance and have some fun. What I like about CJ’s is that it’s not some cover for the local Pros to work their trade. A few may sneak in every now and then, but it’s mainly a place where both locals and foreigners can just let loose and have some fun. From what I’ve heard of ‘Julianas‘ in the Mango Square area, it’s more of a meat-market in a dance-club atmosphere. Can’t say for sure since I haven’t been there.. yet, but that’s the word I keep getting. Plus the area around CJ’s is pretty safe while the area around Juliana’s (Mango Square) is a magnet for Pros and street hustlers. All things being even.. I prefer Chicago Joe’s each time.
A Live Band plays until about 10pm, followed by some great DJ music the rest of the evening. Another fun event at Chicago Joe’s is the nightly ‘Sexy Dance Contest‘. First a group of volunteer guys compete to see who can drink one beer the fastest. The winner then sits in a chair with his hands behind his back while a group of female volunteers then compete to see who can deliver the sexiest lap-dance in under 30 seconds. This happens around 2am and then the dancing kicks back into full gear.
Here’s a short video from just one visit to Chicago Joe’s. It’s located on the East side of Mactan, right next door to the Imperial Resort & Hotel.
Henry ‘Reekay’ V.
About Me.. In 2011 I made the decision to move to the Philippines within a year. Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat. (Mactan, Bohol, Panglao, Moalboal, Dumaguete, Bacong, Boracay, Cebu) I recently spent the year living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
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