May 8, 2010

Sundays at bathhouses

One thing I’ve noticed is that Sundays seem to be the default bathhouse day for many gay men here in Metro Manila. More often than not, there would be more people than normal in these bathhouses on Sunday nights. This is just my impression and I could be wrong. After all, I don’t go to the bathhouse every day of the week! Hehehe.

This observation is particularly true during long weekends where the Monday is a holiday, as is the case during this weekend and the last. I was at a bathhouse last Sunday and the place was filled with men! That night was definitely the most packed I’ve seen of that bathhouse ever. I’m expecting that this Sunday night will also be quite busy as well. I don’t think the election liquor ban will have any effect, but who knows?

I don’t have the explanation why Sundays are very busy days for these gay venues but one reason I can think of is that weeknights are inconvenient for most while Friday nights and Saturday nights are “regular” gimik nights meant for movies, drinking, and clubbing.

To guys who go to bathhouses, do you agree with my observation? Or is there a busier night in your opinion?


Anonymous wrote on May 9, 2010 at 1:00 AM:

funny i was thinking of going to one tom night. have not been to one in a very long time so am not sure which is a good one--by good one i mean clean, safe and is frequented by nice looking men. hahaha

this weather is getting to me.

Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on May 9, 2010 at 1:09 AM:

@anon, go! The problem is that there is no single bathhouse that has all these qualities: "clean, safe, and frequented by nice looking men." :-P

Ming Meows wrote on May 9, 2010 at 3:56 AM:

im assuming that aside from setting saturday and friday as gimmick nights. most bpo people have rest on sundays. blame the call center again.

Tony wrote on May 9, 2010 at 10:27 AM:

actually it's hard to point out which day is a good day to go... sometimes sundays are dead as well. Wednesdays would sometimes be packed and sometimes be few as with other days.

I think what is more relevant question is what time is a good time to go? I would say between 8pm-9pm. Trust me. :D

Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on May 9, 2010 at 12:10 PM:

@Ming Meows, that a good reason. (And I hope your last sentence was sarcastic.)

@Tony, I defer to your vast experience in this arena. :-P

Mu[g]en wrote on May 9, 2010 at 12:18 PM:

My theory is this:

Those who fail to hook up during Friday and Saturday's parties/night activities go to bathouses as a last resort.

I maybe wrong, i maybe right. The only truth I know is that it's been a year since I last went to a BH and I'm tempted to return, either checking out Q or F this time. Hahaha.

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Anonymous wrote on May 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM:

i posted the 1st comment. ok, so where do you suggest i go?

Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on May 11, 2010 at 12:03 AM:

@Mugen, puwede, puwede! But that also means that the market goods on Sunday would be the rejected ones? :-P

@Anon, if you want the better crowd more, F is a popular choice I've seen. If you want cleanliness, CB is for you.

taurus top wrote on May 17, 2010 at 1:16 PM:

Sunday is definitely one of the most popular day in terms of attendance and frequency at E
Epitome is open on Sundays at 3PM.
The crowd varies. So by the end of the evening the whole place is packed

Epitome plays jazz, standards, love songs to provide soothing and serene atmosphere for guests to unwind and chill on a sunday

And yes, there's the 3 beers @ P100outdoor jacuzzi, outdoor showers, so much more...but it boils down to the preference of a guest on where he is comfortable to spend his sunday day off, di ba

Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on May 19, 2010 at 8:58 PM:

@taurus top, thanks for confirming for E! And yeah, E is the only bathhouse that opens in the afternoon on Sundays. I've actually never been to E while the sun was still up. Gusto ko kasi medyo madilim. Hehehe.

Anonymous wrote on November 8, 2010 at 1:30 AM:

Vince, CB is open from 3pm onwards on Saturdays and Sundays. FYI.

Anonymous wrote on November 29, 2010 at 8:01 PM:

i am talking from years of going to a bathhouse... it's convenient, it's safe (relatively ..), and everybody is there for one and the same thing..
F can be the pits especially the worn out mattresses, the spilled cum that is rarely cleaned, the water in the darkrooms that is never mopped, and the closed 2nd floor area when they dont have much people coming in on weekdays, which makes it a bit inconvenient considering that it can be sooooo cramped on the 2nd floor ; I must say though they have some of the best lookers as patrons..EPITOME is best enjoyed on theme nights (I have been there TUE and THU), fun and uninhibited... QUEERIOSITY is lacking in discreetness because of its location ( went once and vowed NEVER to come back)...because I still prefer.. CLUB BATH which is tops in the cleanliness department, and has been consistent; people who go there know what to expect; and the higher rates somehow keeps the "young" student crowd if you like mature men, that's the place ... the sad news is that after all these years, all establishments do not provide condoms, lube, towelettes,etc MNL bathhouses are backward in that department

Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on December 19, 2010 at 9:34 PM:

@Anon (Nov 8), oh yeah, I forgot about CB. Yes, CB and E are both open in the afternoon on Sundays. :-)

@Anon (Nov 29), I also like CB for its cleanliness and orderlines, but I slightly prefer the crowd at other bathhouses. :-P

Anonymous wrote on May 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM:

How many of these bath houses are till open in 2012? As an ex-pat I find blog entries helpful but so many that I have found are old. I don't know any local PLU and I'm not about to go bar hopping by myself so a bath house sounds like un. I'm tempted to try CB but I don't want to waste time traveling to find out places are closed. What I like about this blog is that it doesn't use code names for establishments like some other ones I've read. Great resource just wish it was a little more updated. Thank you

Anonymous wrote on June 2, 2012 at 1:13 PM:

i never tried to go to a bathhouse here sa pilipinas. kakauwi ko lng from the philippines. scared to go alone sa bathouse can anyone accompnay me? heres my number 09235798303