Roadhouse Bar on lower Perimeter Road is one of three bars owned by the MAC Group, aka Kokomos down on Fields Avenue. The other two being Angel Witch, next door - and Voodoo, connected to Kokomos itself. Roadhouse is two doors down from Skytrax, and shares a wall with Phillie's Sports Bar and Grill.
A few years back they punched a hole through the wall into Angel Witch bar, allowing for easier access than an exit and entrance next door. They also renovated the back so the men's room would be less closet-like. Through the curtain on the right side as you walk in and you'll find Angel Witch Bar. AW used to be my favorite bar in town, but now that I can't play favorites as much and have a "civic responsibility" to bounce around much more, I'm not in as often. At one point I felt like Cliff from the television show Cheers in there, and the familiar faces remind me of the good 'ole times.
This place gets an "A" for atmosphere. I was in RH on a busy Friday night, sulking around the back on the pool table waiting for a friend. The music is some of the best in town if you like a mix of hard rock and the girls tend to jam out on it. Head banging AC/DC is a norm - and Thunderstruck will bring out the old-school 80's hair rock. Since my friend flaked out I sat alone for a bit before I met a former Marine and his wife who were up from Batangas and ended up staying longer than expected. He was familiar with HTH and bought me a drink so he could merge his table with mine.
Roadhouse is a class 3 (medium sized) bar. The inside is about twice this size of its neighbor, AW - with a stage that is visible from 95% of the seats. I think some of its advantages are that the location is superb, the music is always good, and the staff are friendly. You don't get hounded but when you bring a girl down you'll be asked to buy a drink pretty quick. Between RH and AW I've made quite a few acquaintances in town. One weakness is the current turnover, and I miss seeing owner Derek and Big John because they have the tendency to send the bar into frenzy-mode. On the other hand, in the 2-hours I stopped in I watched half the stage come down for drinks - and a big group of Aussie's had a little scrum going on which the girls seemed to enjoy. Bell ringin' galore.
Filipino manager Danny is a nice guy, and you'll catch him somewhere between one of the three bars although he's usually posted up at Voodoo I've heard. Roadhouse used to be famous for the "Cebu Girls" - a collective group of hotties that were all managed by Mommy Merlin. Lorna, Shreeka, Marjie, are all long gone. It's still one of my favorite spots, but as overly picky as I am I'm not finding the hottest of the hot girls in here like I used to. Friendly and cute, but I do miss those Cebu girls for sure. There are a couple of tall slender gals in here I wouldn't mind getting to know, and I'm going to have to get back in there again in early December before the flock flies south for the winter. If I get any updates I'll pass them along, for now - try RH and let me know what you think.
Location: Lower Perimeter Road between Phillie's and Skytrax - a 30 second walk to Fields Avenue
Bar Space: Class 3 (medium size)
Employees: 50-60/15-20 dancer-waitress ratio
Drink Prices: P90/P150/P250 local/LD/DLD
Prime Time: I would say 8 PM, but if you go on a weekend it'll be action packed regardless.
Overall: 3 out of 5 Horsepower
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