It’s going to be a boozy November! Check out the schedule for guest bar shifts, wine and dine dinners, and whisky events! 

1) Manhattan Takeover at The Backroom and OTO

  • Where: The Backroom, 30th Street, corner 5th Ave, Taguig; Oto, Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati
  • When: November 7, Wednesday; November 8, Thursday
  • Time: 9:00 pm ’til 12mn
  • Entrance: Food and drinks are for sale 

The Number 1 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 and Number 3 in World’s Best Bars 2018, Manhattan Bar Singapore, is in Manila for back-to-back guest bar shifts! Catch award-winning concoctions from Philip Bischoff and Cedric Mendoza and get to know why they’re the best of the best in Asia!

They will take over Shangri-La Fort’s speakeasy bar, Backroom on November 7, Thursday and OTO at Poblacion on November 8, Friday, from 9 pm ’til midnight. Get to the venues early and sit by the bar to watch them behind the stick and learn a thing or two about their signature serves. 

2) Learn about Roku Gin with Jamey Merkel

  • Where: Gilarmi Lounge, 6749 Ayala Ave, Makati, 1226 Metro Manila
  • When: November 8, Thursday
  • Time: 5 pm to 9 pm 
  • Entrance: Food and drinks are for sale

The first gin from Japan’s legendary Suntory, Roku Gin, will have a special gin day at Gilarmi’s popular gin library. Sip your gin and tonic and learn about Roku Gin straight from Beam Suntory Brand Ambassador Jamey Merkel as he talks about the story of Roku gin, its botanicals including the six Japanese botanicals which provide an overview of Japan’s four seasons. 

3) Jazz Kissa

  • Where: G/F Serendra Bonifacio Global City Taguig
  • When: November 8, Thursday
  • Time: 7:30 pm onwards

Imagine this: Japanese Whisky with the right mix of jazzy music for your Thursday night.

LIT Manila is bringing ‘Jazz Kissa’ meaning Jazz café in Japanese. Enjoy the jazz music of Japan with DJs Red Vienna aka Red Crescent & Freebase Tokio. The event is definitely is a unique cultural treat for your senses!

4) Experiential Whisky Pairing Dinner with Macallan

  • Where: Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig 
  • When: November 8, Thursday
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Entrance: Php 2,500 net per person

The Macallan releases its coveted Edition No. 4. in Manila in celebration of its new distillery in Scotland. The Macallan Edition No. 4. reveals the structure of the Macallan whiskies, drawing parallels on how The Macallan Distillery is constructed. Crafted from a combination of European and American oak casks, Edition No. 4 presents a zesty, vibrant and invigorating singlemalt that brings to the fore notes of rounded honey, sweet toffee, and citrus fruits.

Be the first to taste The Macallan Edition No. 4’s unique expression as Grand Hyatt Manila pairs the whisky over gourmet dishes prepared by their seasoned chefs.   

For reservations and inquiries, call +632 838 1234 or email

5) Chocolate Drinks at Run Rabbit Run

  • Where: Run Rabbit Run, P. Guanzon St., Makati
  • When: November 8, Thursday
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Entrance: Food and drinks are for sale

Everyone is invited for the launch of Poblacion’s first line of handcrafted chocolate cocktails Run Rabbit Run. Drop by at RRR to taste their signature Chocolate Martini, Chocolate Highlander, and Chocolate Disco Monkey recipes.  

The chocolate recipes are passed down from Coromina Family for three generations. So, chocolate lovers, head down to Pobla and grab your choice of chocolate libation from this exciting menu. 

6) Bar Takeover with Global Brand Ambassador for Singleton Whisky Ervin Trykowski

  • Where: 205, Unit 205, C2, Upper Ground, High Street Central, 1634 Taguig, Metro Manila
  • When: November 8, Thursday
  • Time: 9 pm until 12 mn 
  • Entrance: Food and drinks are for sale

Catch Global Brand Ambassador for Singleton Whisky, Ervin Trykowski as he works his magic behind the bar at 205. Signature serves of Singleton from Dufftown will be on the menu. This young bartender is fun to watch behind the bar, chat him up and ask him a few questions about Singleton Whisky.  

7) Whisky Live Manila 2018 

  • Where: The Grand Ballroom, Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street, corner 5th Ave, Taguig
  • When: November 9 and 10 
  • Time: 7 pm until 12 mn
  • Entrance: 2-day pass Php 3999; 1-day pass Php 2499; 2-day pass plus 2 masterclasses Php 4499; 1-day pass with 1 masterclass Php 2999

Now on its third year, one of the most anticipated events in the alcohol and mixology industry in the Philippines and the most prominent international whisky event in the world, Whisky Live returns to Manila on November 9 and 10, 2018. Organized by Grand Cru Wines and Spirits, Inc., the whisky festival will once again take over The Grand Ballroom of Shangri-La, BGC.

This year, the event promises a whole new experience—new brands, bigger booths, and a lot of interactive activities that whisky and spirit aficionados will definitely enjoy. Over 131 different types of whisky, Scotch, bourbon, and blends from all over the world will be available on the tasting grounds. 12 master classes are the highlight of the event with a series of talks from whisky brand ambassadors and prestigious Keepers of the Quaichs — an exclusive select society dedicated to a greater appreciation of Scotch whisky.

Whisky Live Manila 2018 is organized by Grand Cru Wine & Spirits, Inc. Visit to purchase tickets and view the full list of master classes and participating exhibitors. Follow @drinkmanila on Instagram and Twitter for our Whisky Live event coverage.

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8) Drink Like A Fish! 

  • Where: J Studio, 2241 Chino Roces, La Fuerza Compound, Makati City
  • When: November 9, Friday 
  • Time: 3 pm to 12 mn
  • Entrance: Php 1000

RAROCO Insurance Brokers, Inc. in partnership with Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP) is holding a fundraising art show to raise awareness for marine wildlife with the main focus on sharks.

Happening on November 9, from 3 pm to 12 mn, Drink Like a Fish: For the Love of Sharks (DLAF) intends to make a lot of noise with a primary goal to ensure that the Shark Conservation Bill is ratified into Philippine Law.  The main highlight of DLAF is the special exhibit of artworks created by more than 100 local artists. Each masterpiece represents different shark and ray species. Catch a series of Sustainability Talks by expert resource speakers for this cause.

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9) Argentine Beef & Wine Dinner hosted by Nico Bolzico

  • Where: Bondi&Bourke Ground Floor, Cattleya Condominium, Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, 1229 Makati
  • When: November 12, Monday
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Entrance: Php 2,990+ per person with wine pairings.

Feast over at Bondi&Bourke for a special grass-fed beef and wine dinner hosted by Nico Bolzico! Expect the stellar food paired with the finest selection of Argentine wine.  You surely don’t wanna miss this so book a table and bring your large appetite!

Book a table through: +63 2 833 1812, +63 998 840 6268 and

10) Hendrick’s Tea Time at Run Rabbit Run

  • Where: Run Rabbit Run, P. Guanzon St., Makati
  • When: November 13, Tuesday
  • Time: 8:00 pm to 1 am
  • Entrance: Food and drinks are for sale

Guest bartenders are always a good idea to try out different cocktails, especially from well-rounded bartenders. Hendrick’s Gin Regional Brand Ambassador for Southeast Asia, Charmaine Ann Thio is in town for a Hendrick’s tea time!

Charmaine has honed her craft by becoming head bartender at highly-awarded 28 HongKong Street in Singapore. She’s also the first Singaporean to have been accepted into the Tales of the Cocktail Apprentice Programme for two consecutive years and was part of the first Asian cabin to be invited to the spirits camp, Camp Runamok in Kentucky in USA.

Experience Hendrick’s gin through the signature serves of Charmaine. They say you will never catch her behind the bar without her Hello Kitty knife. So make sure to reserve a seat by the bar to see her up close behind the stick. 

11) Year-Ender! Brew Lab at The Warehouse

  • Where: Warehouse Eight, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces st., Makati 
  • When: November 16, Friday
  • Time: 8:00 pm to 1 am
  • Entrance: Php 980 

If you still haven’t signed up on Brew Lab’s classes this year, here’s your last chance for the year! Spend the day tasting, and learning about all things beer! This year ender will be with a bigger crowd of 45 seats. Good company and good beer (with a surprise small batch).

Entrance fee comes with free-flow of five variants of craft beers on keg and two tasting portions of international handpicked brews. Snacks and grub provided. First dibs on limited brews. 

Reserve via this link or email them at if you want to reserve seat(s).

12) Jazz in the City! 

  • Where: Single Origin, 2/F Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Ave. Corner 30th St. Bonifacio Global City
  • When: November 27, Tuesday
  • Time: 7:30 pm onwards

Enjoy some cocktails and jazz at Single Origin with music from RJ Pineda and Joseph Legazpi. Have your drinks inside or Alfresco overlooking Bonifacio Global City’s city lights. Promos are all in for the night with buy 1 take 1 on selected cocktails and 30% off on selected wines!

For reservations, please call us at 0906-268-8902 / 02-894-4042

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