O Bar

Ortigas Home Depot, Doña Julia Vargas Ave, Manila, Philippines | map | directions

O Bar
O Bar
audience rating: O Bar, 3.3 out of 5 based on 47 ratings click to vote:
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The popular O Bar, located at the Ortigas Center, offers plenty of fun, good-looking crowd, reasonably priced drinks and fabulous shows by drag queens and go-go dancers.

Entrance fee of P500 includes 3 beers or 1 cocktail. Tables and VIP can be reserved – minimum consumable charges required.

O Bar gets busiest on weekends. Look for the recognisable pink “O”sign.

weekday: Wed-Fri 22:00 - 06:00

weekend: 22:00 - 06:00

venue: bar (酒吧) | features: bar, music, dancing, cabaret show (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐, 歌舞表演) | customers: gay

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last updated: 18-06-2018

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Value

2.9

Facilities

2.8

Service

2.8

Cleanliness

3.1
based on 17 reviews
  1. Fun fun Fun

    “Wow, there seem to be a lot of people complaining about not having a "VIP" experience, I'm a westerner and have been all over Asia and all I can say is chill out and reset your expectations because you aren't going to get the red carpet and people kissing your a** just because you throw around a few $$!! This place is what it is. Go there and don't spend the evening with your calculator counting 10 or 100 pesos here and there.

    My experience was I got served drinks at my table whenever I needed them, very attentive and helpful, unless you are being obviously ripped off then rounding up the bill and giving the staff something extra is pretty normal. You have a good night and so do they.

    Anyway the dancing show here was simply amazing - far better than Bangkok or similar when I was there - the guys danced very well rehearsed routines for over 4 hours and they did it extremely well. Drag shows normally I hate - these were different and very professional. The guys were hot. The guys in the crowd were very friendly.

    Come and drink and be friendly to everyone and you'll probably have a great night.

    Just a note about the area - this place wasn't easy to find, it's in what is an industrial park and also feels somewhat "edgy" (not so safe), just my impression - just be aware of your surroundings.

    To find it walk down Doña Julia Vargas Avenue from the intersection with Meralco Avenue - there's a burger place on this junction, keep it to your left (not up the hill where the KTV and other bars are). The road is empty and dark, industrial buildings and what looks like a water tower on your left - wasteland on your right, slightly downhill.

    After about 100m turn left into the industrial park and walk between the buildings, the bar is at the end about 50m on your right. It's not where google maps or other websites show it I think it moved a row or two further down away from "home depot".“

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      on 02-09-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  2. Selective of who they treat well

    “I went to visit Obar for the first time and coming from Canada I decided to email a request if they had vip lounges and asked what the rate was. I was never answered. You would think that management would be attentive to such queries as to some this means that who ever will take advantage of this will spend the money at the bar. The problem is that the bar has a poor business model, upon arriving I had asked if there was vip lounges and was told there are no more vip lounges yet I see a whole ton of room above the bar. What the staff didn't notice is that for some patrons requesting such a lounge means they don't want to deal with lines and they will spend the money. The staff was rude to me in fact many has pushed me aside, having spent approximately 800 pesos for drinks and most were premium drinks I was still made to feel inferior to many of the patrons. Being pushed and bumped aside yet you chose to spend money should indicate to the staff if they were attentive enough to notice this. Not only did this bother me but the changes in pricing of the drinks I have ordered. I ordered grey goose and tonic and 5 drinks at a time for 5 people, and a few rounds. The bar tender was attentive but quickly learned that I would be spending money and then they altered the price slightly so I wouldn't notice, but I have and I have noticed one bar tender who I gave more than enough for a drink yet comes back to me saying that I was short, I had asked him after am I still short I'd throw in an extra 500 pesos if I was. As far as the bar catering to their friends they forget to notice that most patrons will opt for a lower level and not try to feel important to others because they have paid a huge price difference to be in the VIp lounge which upon entering I was told to be 13,000 pesos because they were full, which in fact was BS. I sure hope the other bars look at this twisted business model, as if this keeps up us foreigners will not even bother to spend our hard earned money at this bar. “

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      on 27-02-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Just Chill

      “Just chill and life will be better, if meditation won't work, please jerk off before going out - might help...“

        on 11-06-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

      • Nice, jerk off your 4 incher

        “I've been to many gay bars in my lifetime and this one is not a gay bar. It's a bar that caters to the wanna b's and the call centre workers spending their cash to try to fit into the in-crowd. I simply will not patronize a bar that looks at the cash flowing out of your wallet and changes their price on their drinks according to how drunk they think you are. Sorry to say but this guy can notice the scum bag tactics bartenders use to make money. Oh, and the signalling to the other bartender to figure out what to charge next - oh that was so obvious.

        So I take it that it's ok for people to walk by you and knock your drinks off your hand and then you should just say, ok thank you. Maybe you're one of those that like to smoke up before you go out because it seems that everyone in there is either high as a kite or as ignorant as you are. “

          on 13-06-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

  3. Ever fantastic place

    “Wonderful shows. The staff is professional and caring. The crowd damnd cute Philippinos, very nice and easy going Philippino's. It is like heaven to be there, thank you OBar for not being a Americans/Europeean gay hore house, thank you for being on the Philippino natural basis. A special thank to your head waiter or facility on site manager or whatever title he might have. A very cute guy that has followed OBar all the way from Malate.“

      on 29-01-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  4. Very far. For rich local. Dancers are straight

    “Not friendly crowd. Take me one hour by taxi from Malati to O bar in Ortigas it cost me 360 Philippine pesos, that performance they call girls to dance with them doesn't seem a gay bar“

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      on 11-01-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  5. Manila's Gay Entertainment

    “I'm a local (Filipino) and a frequent going to this bar. First and foremost, it has recently transferred to a bigger venue to accommodate the number of patrons/customers going there every weekend. They've transferred to a bigger location but it is still at Ortigas Home Depot (along Doña Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas, Pasig City). The new place is not only bigger but it is also cleaner, with more staff to accomodate their customers.

    Obar features 3 alternating show entertainments, Poi Dancers using various new techniques such as LED flagellates; Go-go's; and (my favorite) Drag Queen impersonators who lip syncs to both old and current songs/performances, and dresses very similarly to the performers they are impersonating.

    The place is usually most-packed during Saturdays followed by Fridays, then Sundays (Yes, even on Sundays). People usually start coming in at 11/11:30pm, while it usually starts getting packed at around 12:30am. Obar I think has around 6 VIP lounges located at the sides of the bar, and (reserved) cocktail tables at the center area. If you intend to book a table/an area, I suggest you come earlier or at least call them beforehand.

    Lastly, I've read some really negative comments here regarding Obar and all I could say is some are really inaccurate. I'd suggest that you go & try to check Obar at FB and googling more about it to get a better grasp of the place and be more familiar to it prior to your visit. :)

    ***Btw, Yes, their service can sometimes be slow, but I guess this is mainly because of the influx of people especially when it is really packed-- which for me is quite understandable to an extent.“

      on 12-04-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  6. Avoid

    “Avoid at all times. The place is a rip off they want 650 peso before you get in the door and have to buy a minimum of outrageously priced drinks. The staff are rude! Don't go there!!!“

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      on 20-02-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  7. Avoid

    “Yuck! What's with the sound system? God awful music too. This must be Manila's obligatory tacky drag queen show bar. But it's not even campy or kitschy. Everything is just executed horribly. Do not go here.“

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      on 08-11-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  8. Fun Place

    “Non traditional bar that entertains customers not by encouraging them to dance but to have fun with the crowd and specially the performers. O bar goes to life at midnight and people who go to this place are hard to ignore due to their appealing looks.“

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      on 29-10-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  9. front receiption

    “Well, I arrived at the O bar but the women at the front counter was not nice. I had my Filipino friend with me and she would not even look at him. All she was asking for and wanted was the entry fee and money for the first drinks. To sharp and hard for me. I did not bother even going in. My friend said they are rude people "why didn't she look at me". I said let's go and spend our funds where we feel good.“

      on 02-07-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • front receiption

      “I am the Operations Manager of O bar and would like to apologize to Ken if he got a rude reception. However, I must point out that we have never had women at our reception counters. For the past 9 years our receptionists have always been male.“

        on 16-10-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  10. Absolutely Horrible!

    “Waste of money, people can smoke inside the bar which was totally disgusting. Music was dreadfully outdated and worst thing was there were numerous sexy dancers in the bar which were definitely unnecessary. Whoever runs this business should go out of the country to see how gay bar/club looks and sounds like. I do not personally recommend this.“

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      on 13-04-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  11. Great VIP

    “Great place for VIP! Love the place. Seems tho that the crowd is shy. Not everyone is dancing and having fun just watching each. I guess they're cruising. Lots of cute guys. Staff are great too!“

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      on 06-01-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  12. SO boring place

    “What a disappointment. Crowded place with people standing around tables watching 4 poor go-go dancers. No one dancing and having fun. To compensate for the ambiance-less they put music on so high. Don't waste your time and money - nothing to do here, boring place I saw in my life.“

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      on 26-12-2013 | Reply Problem with this review?

  13. “Best time to go from Friday to Sunday. Rates are 400 on Friday, Saturday and 300 on Sunday. Place almost always crowded. Expect drag queens, go-go, and poi dancers.“

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      on 27-07-2013 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Cover charge rate

      “OBar's current new cover charge rate is 400 (for Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays). It is inclusive of 3 stubs for local beers/sodas/juices or a cocktail drink (which would already cost you all 3stubs)“

        on 12-04-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  14. “Great place to party in Manila. A good looking crowd, attentive staff. Gets really crowded on weekends. Best time to go is Thursday or Sunday. Entrance comes with 3 local beers or 1 cocktail. Great value for your money.“

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      on 10-04-2013 | Reply Problem with this review?

  15. “There's a lot of reason to come back in this place. The atmosphere is so nice.“

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      on 08-04-2013 | Reply Problem with this review?

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