August 25, 2006
The main strip of Boracay is just teeming with bars and nightlife activity, and they're all located within sight of the beach. Our first night there, we ended up at the Hey! Jude Bar & Bistro where we sat in plastic beach chairs in the sand with waves lapping in the not-too-distant background. Hey! Jude had quite an expansive drink selection with a variety of beers and liqueurs as well as exotic blends. Their very friendly wait staff was more than happy to help you pick out something suit your tastes. At roughly $1USD per drink, the prices were probably steep for the Philippines, due to the touristy nature of the island. Our total bill came to roughly $10USD for three people, at 3-4 mixed drinks per person.
On to the drinks: While I usually love a good margarita, I did NOT like their mango margarita. It was very artificial tasting and just plain BLEGH. Fortunately, I only wasted, what, a buck? The caiperinas (Brazilian drink) with calamansi (Filipino lime juice) were quite tasty. We also tried absinthe for the first time. Very strong, menthol taste that went down surprisingly smooth. The waiter lit spoonfuls of sugar on fire before dropping it in the drink and telling us to drink through a straw in one gulp. Interesting presentation, to say the least. By this time, we were quite "happy," so we didn’t have the Sambuca which the waiter recommended, as the only liquor stronger than absinthe. Thank goodness for sober cousins, who escorted us to the hotel when we were done! At this point, my friend was muttering something about chocolate bracelets. No clue what that was about.
If you're looking for a place to chill out with a nice ambiance, friendly wait staff, and expansive drink selection, Hey! Jude may be a good stop on your island-hopping agenda.
From journal Boracay Island, Philippines