Philippine Macho Dancer Bar Jargon
Aquarium – Where the macho dancing bars and massage shops in Metro Manila got the idea of calling a show room-cum-holding room an AQUARIUM, only they knew. AQUARIUM pertains to a holding room where the dancers stay while waiting for their turn to dance and pass the time watching TV, playing games or chatting with one another. It has a glass window which allows a customer to peep through and select a dancer to table. Because the room was constructed as to include a glass window, people were reminded of an aquarium and likened it to the latter – only it is a waterless aquarium filled with sexy, cute and good-looking boys and the sexy but not so good-looking boys.
Area – When a macho dancer does an “AREA” after his dance show, which always involves showing his erect dork, he literally means he will approach customers to encourage or urge them to fondle, play or suck his penis for a fee. Some dancers push customers to grope their dick, reasoning they need money for their transportation expenses but customers can always politely say “no”. Alternatively, he can do a lap dance, which some guests may prefer.
ATW – ATW stands for “All The Way” which means a macho dancer dances or strips naked, showing a fully erect cock in the process. That all Philippine macho dancer bar dancers show everything is a sweeping generalization and, on the contrary, only a few have the courage to strip naked.
Bar Fine – A BAR FINE is an off fee given to the bar for taking a dancer off the place. Some macho dancer bars charge a high rate while others collect a reasonable fee. Still others require interested customers to post payments as low as 1,500 pesos. Before “offing” a dancer, the customer is informed of the time restrictions involved and the customer and the dancer discuss what they will do when they are together and how much tip money he will collect since he gets only a small percentage on the unbelievably huge payment. There are a few establishments which require the customer to buy the dancer some drinks before he can off him. If there are “barfinable” dancers, meaning they can be taken off the bar, there are also “non-barfinable” dancers whom customers cannot take outside the establishment. Similarly, there are macho dancer bars which prohibit “offing” dancers. Hotmen in Cubao and White Bird in Parañaque are examples of such bars which prohibit customers from offing their dancers, while Adonis, Club Maginoo, Club Mankind and Big Papa are examples of macho dancer establishments which charge a huge bar fine or off fee for taking a dancer off the bar.
Barfinable – The term “BARFINABLE” has not found its way into either Oxford Dictionary or Merriam-Webster Dictionary yet but has long been in use in bars where performers can be taken off the place after customers have paid the bar fine. Derived from the phrase “bar fine”, BARFINABLE literally means a dancer is willing to leave the bar with a customer who is required to pay a bar fine, also called an off fee. See Bar Fine/Off Fee.
Big Night – If there are regular nights, there is also a BIG NIGHT which usually falls on a Saturday. On regular nights, customers only see the usual stuff, but on a big night customers get to watch “special” production numbers not seen on any regular night. These special productions may include group dance performance by a group of macho dancers or by some invited entertainers, variety shows, skits, modeling or bikini show, and live male sex shows. A bar’s founding anniversary celebration may also coincide with a big night. Friday and Saturday nights are usually designated as big nights. There are establishments which hold two consecutive big nights, and in this case, Friday and Saturday nights. Other bars only have a single big night and that is always a Saturday night. But interestingly enough, there are some macho dancer bars which designate certain week nights as big nights. For example, Club Maginoo on Timog Avenue in Quezon City has Thursday and Saturday nights as its big nights, while its sister company Adonis also on Timog Avenue holds its big nights on Wednesday and Friday nights. This way, either bar expects to have a huge customer turnout than when both establishments hold their special or big nights on the same dates. For most macho dancer bars, Saturday night is the big night or special night during which the establishments are entirely filled or almost always filled to capacity.
Bill Out – BILL OUT means you want to settle or foot the bill and leave. You gesture for the waiter servicing your area or waiting on your table to bring the check, which is the proper term. But before he shows it to you, the customer, he lets the floor manager (FM) handling the area you are sitting in go over the items you ordered. The FM checks every item and sometimes puts a tick before each order listed, indicating he has gone over everything. After this, the waiter comes to you and presents the check. Common sense dictates you must check your orders for the last time if you do not want to be duped or ripped-off. There are waiters who will make you pay for items you did not even order in the first place. If you ever need a receipt, just tell the waiter you need one.
It is interesting how the verb phrase “bill out” evolved.
Budget – BUDGET pertains to the nightly allowance that a dancer receives. A macho dancer works on commission basis and receives no regular salary. The standard budget given by most bars is 200 pesos, while the smallest budget is 75 pesos. Dancers with “exceptional work performance” receive a bigger allowance. By “exceptional work performance”, we mean a dancer is consistently a top-notcher in terms of the number of times he is tabled each night, regularly reports for work, and consistently meets the monthly macho drink quota (the most number of macho drinks downed) amongst other things.
Commission – A COMMISSION is a dancer’s cut or share of the cost of a single macho drink ordered for him by his guest or customer. In addition to his regular drink cut, a dancer can earn additional commissions if he gets to down a certain number of drinks on any given night or meets the nightly minimum drink quota. Club Mankind does give an additional commission to a dancer who manages to consume a minimum of five (5) drinks (the minimum nightly drink quota) on top of the standard drink commission. A dancer also earns additional cuts on drinks ordered for him if he gets to join a customer in a private or VIP room.
Cut – A CUT is a commission on macho drinks. See “Commission”.
Daddy – DADDY is both an appellation and a term of endearment used by macho dancers to call or address a bar owner, the bar’s officer-in-charge, or any of the straight male floor managers. Dancers at Club Mankind address the homosexual owner and the club officer-in-charge (OIC) as “Daddy”.
EM – EM stands for Entertainment Manager, that executive responsible for the entertainment aspect of the bar’s operations. Only a few Metro-Manila-based macho dancer bars employ an entertainment manager.
FM – FM stands for Floor Manager. A floor manager’s job involves receiving customers, sitting them, assisting customers with drink or food orders, requests for certain songs to be played, dancers to table and dance, and inquiries about house rules or prices, refilling the customer’s ice bucket, wiping tables dry, reviewing drink or food orders prior to payment, walking departing customers to the door, checking attendance records of dancers, coordinating with the in-house DJ about dance show schedules and overseeing show rehearsals amongst other things. Majority of the floor managers are effeminate men. There are a few straight men and women and there are also transvestite or transsexual floor managers.
Guest – The terms “GUEST” and “CUSTOMER” are interchangeable as far as macho dancer bars are concerned. At Makisig Entertainment Bar and Restaurant on Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City, the term “guest” is widely used.
GRO – GRO means Guest Relations Officer, a term applied to young men who simply spend time with customers, especially males, upon request. These men do not dance; instead, they do modeling of sorts. When tabling a GRO, the customer is obligated to buy him a couple of drinks or more and the standard macho drink price applies. Only a few macho dancer establishments employ guest relations officers who, in time, become macho dancers.
Lights – LIGHTS pertains to San Miguel Beer Light, a low-calorie beer produced by San Miguel Beer Corporation, a leading Philippine beer manufacturing firm. When you hear someone at a macho dancer bar say “lights”, he actually refers to the beer itself and not to something else.
Macho Drink – MACHO DRINK is Male Dancer’s Drink, which is the opposite of Lady’s Drink. When someone mentions “macho drink”, you very well know what he means. A single macho drink can be two twice or three times more expensive than a customer’s own drink and a dancer gets only a small commission on his drink or drinks. Several Metro Manila-based macho dancer bars have a policy of giving twin drinks (or double drinks), as the initial drink order, to a tabled dancer, without informing the customers that a tabled dancer can also have a single drink for his first drink order. Planet Xanadu Entertainment Bar on Scout Borromeo Street in Quezon City charges a customer 720 pesos for twin drinks for the tabled dancer’s first drink order and 400 pesos for the latter’s subsequent single drink order.
Masahe – MASAHE is Tagalog for the English term “massage” and, when used, it refers to massage applied to the shoulders, back and arms. Some macho dancer establishments have several “masahistas” (Tagalog for masseurs) who circulate amongst the audience offering shoulder, back and arm massage. The massage is carried out right where the customer sits and 50 pesos seems to be the standard payment although there are customers who shell out 100 pesos for a massage service. If a tabled dancer gets a massage service, the customer is obligated to pay the masseur.
MD – MD stands for MACHO DANCER.
Model – MODEL and MACHO DANCER (MD) are interchangeably used at all Metro Manila-based macho dancer bars, although the term “model” may also refer to a person whose job is simply modeling on stage instead of dancing.
Mommy – MOMMY is the macho dancers’ appellation for the effeminate and straight female floor managers including the homosexual male owners, heterosexual proprietress, and officers-in-charge. If there transvestite or transsexual managers, you call them “Mommy” too. When you hear a dancer call out “mommy”, he is not looking for his mother. He is actually looking for his floor manager.
OIC – Almost all macho dancer bars employ an officer-in-charge, popularly known as “OIC”, who oversees the entire bar operations in behalf of the owner and acts as liaison officer between the latter and the employees. As OIC, he is the boss and all staff members report to him. Many claim an officer-in-charge receives a regular salary and in a few bars, the officer-in-charge, along with the doorman, is the only salaried staff member.
Private Room – A PRIVATE ROOM is another term for a VIP Room (See VIP entry). Big Papa Bar calls its tiny VIP Rooms as private rooms.
Sabit – SABIT is a Tagalog term which literally means “hang” (verb) and “involved” (verb). When used in the macho dancing bar industry, the term means “to insert or tuck money”, and in this case a paper bill, into a macho dancer’s bikini or micro-mini shorts while he is gyrating or performing on stage. It is done in such a manner that the bill or bills are entirely hidden inside his bikini and not visible to the audience or a portion of the note is still visible and dangling or HANGING from the seam. It is a gratuity and when a portion or portions of the inserted bills are visible to the floor managers, waiters, the disk jockey, the bar tender, and the officer-in-charge, the performing macho dancer is in big trouble because the latter will have their respective shares of his tips. They are like leeches or parasites depending on the macho dancer’s earnings and tips for their own “survival”. They obligate the dancer who openly receives tips and cash rewards to share his money with them. If he declines, he eventually loses favor with them and, worse, they can make up stories about him and destroy his reputation. This way, customers will avoid and junk him on their next visit and table someone else, instead. Sabit is considered a gratuity.
Mama Sang – In the context it is used in bars, night clubs, hostess/host bars, go-go bars, beer bars and even karaoke establishments, MAMA SANG is synonymous with floor manager or pimp. A MAMA SANG is, of course, a woman overseeing the operations and staff of an entertainment bar which, in this context, pertains to macho dancing bars, host bars, go-go girl bars and nightclubs. But such term is also used to refer to effeminate floor managers or supervisors or transsexual managers. Her male counterpart is PAPA SANG. Mama Sang is rarely used now in macho dancer bars. The more popular term or title is Floor Manager which, however, remains synonymous with pimp.
Show Room – Synonymous with aquarium, a SHOW ROOM usually has a glass window through which a customer can peep and choose the dancer or dancers he wants to table or take out of the bar. It is here where dancers spend most of their time, although they can always hang around elsewhere in the bar. The show room also serves as the holding room-cum-dressing room for a few small macho dancer establishments. The unit is usually equipped with an air-conditioning system or a ceiling or stand fan and a television so the dancers can pass the time watching television shows. When alerted that a customer wants to see and select a dancer, the boys quickly assemble in the show room, showing their best form hoping to be chosen by the potential guest. Solution Disco, a macho dancer bar in Pasay City, does not have a show room. If a first-time or non-regular customer wants to table a dancer, the models are brought to him for his consideration and selection.
Show-Up – 1. SHOW-UP means all the available macho dancers, save the tabled ones, gather in the show room for a customer’s selection and consideration. The customer looks through the glass window, which some bar managers consider a one-way glass, and chooses from among the boys who have shown up for such purpose. 2. SHOW-UP (at a customer’s table instead of in the aquarium or the show room). Not all macho dancer bars have an aquarium or show room. For instance, Solution Disco does not maintain a show room so a floor manager has to take a group of dancers to a customer for a show-up, allowing him to see them, know their names and select from amongst them.
Table – By “TABLE”, reference is made to a customer’s desire to request a dancer to join him at his table and spend time with him. Thus, in the macho dancer industry, the word “table” becomes an action verb and when preceded by the preposition “to”, the verb phrase “to table” means to get a macho dancer to join a customer at his table.
Tip – A TIP is a gratuity given by a satisfied customer. The word “tip” may mean the money you give to a talented dancer or to exceptionally skilled dance group members or the cash reward you hand in to an excellent impersonator, or may refer to the cash you give to the dancer or dancers you tabled and the waiter who waits at your table. It may also pertain to the amount you give to an accommodating floor manager.
Unang Bagsak – If translated literally, the noun phrase “UNANG BAGSAK” means “First Drop” since “Unang” is Tagalog for “First” and “Bagsak” is Tagalog for “Drop”. But when such phrase is used by macho dancer bars, it means the first drink order or entry drink order. A waiter “drops” the first drink order on the table. The guest’s entry or first drink order usually has a differently higher price compared to the subsequent orders and is inclusive of two drinks. Similarly, some bars have a different price for the macho dancer’s first drink order which usually consists of twin drinks. One particular establishment in Pasay City sets the guest’s first single drink order and subsequent single order at the same price.
VIP – VIP stands for Very Important Person. In the macho dancer bar industry, one can simply say “VIP” and the acronym will suffice as far as getting a private room is concerned. The bar folks understand what “VIP” means. VIP actually refers to the private rooms, which most bars prefer calling as VIP Rooms. Big Papa, a popular macho dancer bar in densely populated Pasay City, simply refers to its two VIP Rooms as private rooms. Most VIP rooms are small and are equipped with a sofa or sofas, or chairs, a table and an air-conditioning unit. In some bars, the units are equipped only with a ceiling fan to keep the place cool when it is rented or occupied.