Enough about food for a minute. We’d like to talk about our top favorite places where you can get yourself some nifty craft-alcohols. Where the vibe is calmly cool, the drinks are strong and the crowd is fluid. No, we’re not talking about your Palace Pool Clubs. Not where teenagers and millennials get drunk f*** out of their minds. Props for the concept, quality of drinks and an unbiased crowd. We want a refuge away from loud, obnoxious club music that many of us have outgrown already.
Today, we’ll tell you all about 5 different places where they allow free-flowing tête-à-tête between guests over quality cocktails.
1. ALFRED AT MAKATI DIAMOND RESIDENCES: CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE FRIDAYS
Perceptive palates will be in for a solid treat when they visit Alfred at Makati Diamond Residences every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., from July 27 to September 28. Enjoy an amazing an astounding Cheese and Charcuterie Buffet for only P1,800 net per person.
Explore the interesting world of gin and tonic creations (inclusive in the buffet price ) with six different brands— Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, JJ Whitley Elderflower, Beefeater, and local fine drinks like Sirena and Premium Gin. Gin cocktails are wonderfully garnished with herbs and spices that will put the accent on the flavor profile of the gin.
Fat Girls Day Out Drink of Choice: Whitley Elderberry Gin with Mediterranean tonic water, pink peppercorns, and rosemary. A smooth refreshing drink with just a bit of a peppery bite that completes the whole Cheese and Charcuterie experience.
Ground Floor, Makati Diamond Residences 118 Legazpi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229
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2. APERATIVI AT FINESTRA: SOLAIRE
To start, What is Aperitivo? Aperitivo is similar to the American “Happy Hour”, but it means much more to the Italians. Aperitivo is a northern Italian tradition, where you have a pre-meal drink with light snacks or finger food that’s designed to stimulate your appetite for dinner. The moment you step into Finestra, the first thing you’ll notice is the bar where they have the Aperitivo at Finestra. The long marble counter topped with various cheeses, dips, and cold cuts. Right behind that is the bar counter with their wide selection of liquor.
His first recommendation was the Gangster Martini, this light, and fruity cocktail has hints of pineapple and almonds. It’s refreshing and very easy to drink.
The next was the Negroni, it’s a gin-based drink topped with orange zest. The orange scent fills your nostrils every time you take a sip. It’s a bit stronger than the two other drinks.
The last drink we tried was the Limoncello Sangria, it was sweetly fruity and very easy to drink but watch out it does have a bit of a kick, after all, limoncello is 90% alcohol.
Finesta Italian Steakhouse
- Solaire Resort & Casino, Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque
- Reservations: +632 246 90 72
3. The Wine Club
Nestled in the quaint Legaspi Village nook is The Wine Club. They’ve positioned themselves as purveyors of premium California wine importers and has been in the vino business for a decade already.
With minimal design, surrounded by various wines on multi-level shelves give’s off the cozy and private ambiance. Enjoy a bottle at your own pace. The Wine Club is the perfect setting for canapé evenings
- Location: Ground Floor Cacho Gonzalez Building, 101 Aguirre cor. Trasierra St., Legazpi Village Makati City
- Website: http://wineclub.com.ph/
- Shop Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
4. VENGO: TACO TUESDAYS AND A GLASS OR TWO OF MOJITOS
Started from a small “Taco Vengo” van stall in Kapitolyo, to a place on Williams St. in Mandaluyong, another spot at SM Megamall, Vengo in Makati is a great addition the newest link to their budding chain on the corner of Palanca and Dela Rosa in Makati.
They dropped the “Taco” name to allow Vengo broaden their menu selection. Armed with the same Taco Vengo concept to a different community, they’ve brought in their playful take on their classic Al Pastor and opened up into different categories. With this Makati branch, they serve brunch items, entrees, small plates, crafted coffee, and cocktails. Perfect for the neighboring walk-in clients working or passing along the Legaspi Village nook
Vengo’s divided into sections: the aforementioned Café, the dining area, the reserved space, and the Al Fresco area. Service was good they were also attentive and kept refilling our glasses without us even asking. Street parking is readily available, but that depends when you visit.
This place is a must try for anyone who loves Mexican food with a little finesse to its character. In terms of favorites, this comes at a close second to La Chinesca. Their price is pretty reasonable for a Legaspi Village restaurant. Vengo is perfect for casual 3rd dates, ladies nights and to de-stress. The crowd wasn’t too rowdy compared to most taqueria joints of Poblacion.
5. ALAMAT FILIPINO PUB & DELI: FILIPINO CRAFT BEERS AND THE KKK BANNER
It’s perfect for the soon to be “titos and titas of Manila” the 20- and 30-somethings who are just beginning to come to terms with the fact that making it work after a night of drinking is now an impossible activity.
They have a veranda-style space with KKK banners and national flags hanged on its capiz ticketed walls. Their wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the different concoctions that they are selling so feel free to talk to them. We love going to Alamat on a random weekday night and sometimes they hold live performances from different OPM acts.
Find Alamat Deli & Pub
Location: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli is at 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street Barangay Población, Makati City. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 6PM-2AM, Sundays, 6PM-12MN. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / +63917-5302580.
Let these bars become your after-hours refuge on any day of the night. Soak in the laid-back ambiance of these drinking spots.
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