The summer months are coming fast and the idea of a cold, icy beverage enjoyed al fresco is becoming more attractive to city dwellers. We’re creatures of the heat in this city. What better way is there to enjoy the hot sun on our skin then with a bespoke Gin & Tonic overflowing with your favorite condiments (for your author, I prefer mine with an abundant amount of apples and cilantro)? Wouldn’t the slow, tropical afternoons move quicker with unlimited Japanese high balls or the ever so popular millennial frosé? For your information, we’re keeping you updated with a list of summer friendly places in Manila that offer really cool happy hours.
Chotto Matte’s Highball Happy Hour
Japanese specialty restaurant Chotto Matte offers refreshing happy hour drinks ideal for hot summer days. From 2PM to 7PM daily, enjoy Buy 1 Take 1 highballs (using Japanese whiskey favorites with the occasional Filipino twist…we love their use of calamansi), signature cocktails, Heineken draft beer, and wine. In addition, you have a choice of al fresco or indoor drinking. The restaurant also has a wide array of Japanese food in partnership with sister restaurant Izakaya Sensu (also by the Raintree Group). Enjoy fresh sushi and inventive rolls such as the Dynamite Roll. Bursting with flavor, the signature dish is made of salmon, blue fin tuna, avocado, cucumber, spicy mayonnaise, unagi sauce, chili powder, and tempura flakes.
Chotto Matte is located at the Ground Floor, Net Park Building, Bonifacio Global City.
Unlimited Gin and Tonics at Discovery Primea’s Gilarmi Gin Station
Right off the lobby of the luxury Discovery Primea hotel in Makati is the Gilarmi Lounge, an oasis for lovers of the trendy G&T beverage. Patrons have the option to enjoy the promo two ways: choose between their premium selection of gins (for PHP 800++) or just the standard variety. Either way, the Gilarmi Gin Station is a sight to behold, featuring every condiment and gin varietal you can think of to mix your ideal beverage. From peppercorns to Star anise, cilantro to orange wedges, the experience of Primea’s gin station is fun and interactive. You can choose your gin base from such selections like Tanqueray, Monkey 47, Bombay Sapphire, Bulldog, Ungava No. 3, Nordes, Roku, or try something completely unknown to you. Their assortment is well curated and feels like is an endless alcohol buffet. The folks over at the hotel are also very trusting with their guests, allowing them to refill their own beverages whenever they want to. The friendly wait staff remains on hand and is ready to answer any and all questions, or fulfill any requests. The Gilarmi Gin Station is open daily from 4 PM to 9 PM.
All prices are subject to service charge and applicable government charges. Gilarmi Lounge is located at Discover Primea at 6749, Ayala Ave., Makati.
Raffles Hotel Makati’s Multiple Happy Hour Promos
The mood lighting and cold air-conditioner is enough to draw you into the Raffles’ Long Bar during their daily happy hour from 5:00 PM to 8:00PM. The hotel’s well-priced promo is at PHP 695.00++ and includes a variety of imported spirits, liquors, and beers for your enjoyment. Not included in the promo, but truly worthy checking out is the signature Makati Luxury Sling (based on the famous Singapore Sling, invented at the original Raffles in the Lion City). The food selection at the Long Bar acts as the proper companion to boozy afternoons. Finger foods such as French fries and pizza are available in an assortment of styles. For those looking for more sinful fare, it is recommended to order the bone marrow dish which includes two large portions of the wicked delicacy with a side of crispy brioche bread.
Al fresco drinking is also available for those looking to drench in the heat of the summer sunset. Six floors above the Long Bar is the Mireio Terrace, an extension of the Provence-inspired signature Mirieo restaurant. Priced at PHP 895.00++ a head, one can enjoy a selection of herb and fruit infused cocktails or go ultimate millennial with their refreshing rosé-inspired cocktails.
All prices are subject to service charge and applicable government charges. For more information and reservations, please call 795 0707 or email [email protected] Raffles Hotel Makati is located at 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Ave., Makati.
By Chino R. Hernandez