We have previously written about Ringside Bar as a place that is always near the top of the to do list for first time visitors to Manila.
It had long been a first night initiation venue for a few beers and a window into the stranger side of Makati nightlife. Upstairs from Ringside is a place with a slightly different flavor in Mixed Nuts Bar.
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What Happens at Mixed Nuts Bar?
As the name would subtly suggest, it is a ladyboy bar.
It caters to a very niche market, and if that’s your thing you will find an abundance of entertainment on offer. And probably very few customers competing for attention.
Having never spent more than 30 seconds in there I can not offer much insight into what really goes on there.
But this video will help…
An Opportunistic Prank
The boxing program at Ringside does not really kick off until close to midnight. So your victim is likely to be on the cusp of alcohol impaired judgment and just the right amount of vulnerable.
As you head out enthusiastically into the red light district for the next unusual experience you could suggest a quick beer for the road.
You probably don’t need to oversell this one. Just say hey there is a great bar upstairs!
As you enter the bar it will be dark and full of girls. Not that different from most of the bars in the area.
The prank goes like this. As you enter just say you are going to use the bathroom….. then leave. Wait downstairs and start counting.
Why this works so well
At Ringside, if you pay no attention to the bar girls and just want to enjoy a drink then you will be left alone.
The ladyboys, on the other hand, are far more aggressive.
So it is likely that the Manila newbie will be surrounded by a swarm of ladyboys the second they sit down.
This will usually prompt them to jump out of their seat and come running down the stairs in a matter of seconds wondering what just happened.
If no one appears after a minute you may want to return just to check if they actually figured out what was going on. Just to avoid any potentially embarrassing (but funny) mistakes.
A Word of Warning
Probably not the best prank to play on someone with an overly aggressive personality.
That will not end well.
Be mindful of anyone overly sensitive also…. Although if they are, then the Burgos area is the wrong place for them anyway.
I have done this on more than one occasion though and I have not seen anyone last more than 30 seconds before coming screaming out of that door.
Scarred for life.
You can ease their pain with a drink at one of the nearby and hetero friendly bars. At least they will have a story to tell when they return back home.
Where to Find Mixed Nuts
The bar is located above Ringside Bar on the corner of P Burgo St and Kalayaan Av in Poblacion.
You can’t miss the external facade of the boxing venue. On the side of a building is a staircase taking you up to the venue.
Expect all heads to turn as you walk in.