A very special gin joint turns one year old; wine appreciation 101; a second-year anniversary party with comfort food, DJs, and a very late open bar; a Sunday pop-up for food, gifts, coffee, and booze; and a sake collaboration dinner are our event highlights this week.

The Bonbon Club: La Bonbon Royale
  • Address: G/F Tropical Palms, Gallardo St., Legaspi Village, Makati, Metro Manila
  • Date: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
  • Time: 7 p.m. onwards


The Bonbon Club celebrates its first anniversary with La Bonbon Royale, a Jazz Age-inspired affair with welcome drinks for the early birds, gin and juice, gin and tonics, and Roses Gimlet featuring Bombay Sapphire from 7 p.m., plus sparkling cocktails, barrel-aged negronis, and other Bonbon Club favorites. The parking spaces outside will house an outdoor gin and tonic area, so plan accordingly.

Wine Story Academy’s Wine 101
  • Address: Wine Story, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City
  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
  • Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Class fee: P2000


Discover wine basics and deepen your appreciation for wine with Wine Story Academy’s Wine 101 class. The class fee is P2000 per student and includes fine wine and food for tasting, class materials, and a certificate of participation. Slots are limited to 12 per class. To reserve a slot, email info@winestory.com.ph or call 637-8888 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday.

The Bowery Turns Two
  • Address: F151 Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive cor. Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 19, 016
  • Time: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.


Elevated comfort food spot The Bowery celebrates its second anniversary with live DJ sets by Abdel Aziz, Jav/Vargas, and Xavi Panlilio and a special performance by Dante & Amigo. Open bar from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Bite Me Manila
  • Address: Black Market, Warehouse 5, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati
  • Date: Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Food, art, music, and fashion converge at the freshest pop-up in Manila this Sunday at Black Market. Look for Phat Boys handcrafted ice cream sandwiches, Baba’s Kitchen chorizo rice and Wagyu tapa rice, shawarma by Blended, handpainted home décor and accessories by Travelfund by Siriusdan, the Bad Apple sweets, Bao.Mnl, Taqueria Real tacos, Current Swell coffee, and cocktails by Don Papa Rum.

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Sake Night II
  • Address:12/10, 7635 Guijo St., San Antonio Village, Makati
  • Date: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
  • Email sakenight@twelveten.ph for bookings and inquiries.


Non-traditional Japanese izakaya 12/10 hosts a unique educational dinner and sake pairing with Elliot J. Faber, beverage director of Hong Kong hotspots Yardbird, Ronin, and Sunday’s Grocery and co-author of SAKE: The History, Stories, and Craft of Japan’s Artisanal Breweries.

The Global Blended Whisky Experiment
  • Address: LIT Manila, G/F Serendra Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • Date: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. to  9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: P1200 (includes snacks)


If you still believe that blended whiskies are inferior to single malts, then you’re missing out. The skill required to create a consistent, complex, and balanced high-quality blend has produced some exceptional spirits worth trying. Discover a variety of blended whiskies from around the world with a class guided by LIT Manila’s Japanese whisky concierge Francis Hasegawa. You’ll sample Nikka from the Barrel (Japan), Chivas Regal Mizunara (Scotland), Crown Royal (Canada), Jameson (Ireland), and Suntory Kakubin (Japan). Buy tickets online via Eventbrite.

Nutmeg and Clove in Manila 
  • Address: The Curator,Palanca Metro Ma, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Date: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
  • Time: 9 p.m.
  • Address: ABV, Basement Floor, 1209, 22 Jupiter, Makati
  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016
  • Time: 9 p.m.
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Singaporean avant-garde cocktail bar Nutmeg and Clove takes over the bar at ABV and The Curator for the Manila stop of its Asia Popup Tour. Named one of the World’s Best 50 Bars 2016 Bars to Watch list, Nutmeg and Clove reinterprets classic cocktails with a Singaporean inflection.

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