Kick off the new year with tastings, pairings, classes, and cool boozy events. Check out our picks for this month’s happenings.

1. OTO Turns O-TWO

  • Where: OTO, 5880 Enriquez, Makati
  • When: January 15, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 PM til late

Your favorite little stripy cocktail audio space in Poblacion is turning two! To celebrate, they’re having Kata Simon, the head bartender of Below, Ho Chi Minh man their bar and serve up some delicious cocktails, while Diego Mapa and Arbie Won spin vinyl behind the deck. Take a disco nap, because the party starts at 10:00 PM and goes on to the wee hours of the morning.

Follow OTO on on Instagram and on Facebook for more information.

2. The Next Round’s On Us

  • Where: Hyatt Regency Manila City of Dreams, Belle Ave, Parañaque
  • When: January 15, 2019 – January 31, 2019
  • Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Enjoy BUY 1 TAKE 1 FREE promo for every order of San Miguel Beer Light, Pale Pilsen or any of Hyatt ’s house-pour mixed drinks for the rest of January. For inquiries, please call the Lounge at 691 1234 extension 1153.

3. Cocktail Invitation: Leon Exchange Online Auction Edition 10

  • Where: León Gallery, W14 La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave, Makati
  • When: January 16, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Art lovers can head to Leon Gallery on January 16 for a preview of the Leon Exchange Online Auction Edition 10, in anticipation of the January 19 to 20 event. Get to view the pieces from The Collector’s Vault (artworks, books and maps, prints, ephemera, coins, stamps and letters) and Heiresses’ Homes & Tables (furniture, silver, objet d’art, glass, jewelry & watches, porcelain & China) up for online auction while sipping cocktails.

4. Craft Beer Festival at the Deck

  • Where: Crimson Hotel, 2609 Civic Dr, Alabang, Muntinlupa
  • When: January 18, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Entrance: Php 500 inclusive of one (1) glass of beer

Beer lovers down south can head over to Crimson Hotel to sample a variety of local craft beers to your heart’s content. They’ll be offering tasty gourmet burgers and hot dogs you can pair your brews with, plus have workshops you can attend, like Beer Knowledge: Beer 101 and How to Brew Beer.

For inquiries or reservations, please call (+63 2) 863 2222 or 0998 595 3769 or email

5. Aperitivo Epico

  • Where: Solaire Resort & Casino, Entertainment City, 1 Aseana Ave, Parañaque,
  • When: January 18, 2019
  • Time: 5:50 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Entrance: Php 1,295++

Have a memorable evening at Finestra and enjoy free flow wine, cocktails, and oysters. Call 888-8888 for reservations.

6. Appreciating Herbal Teas

  • Where: Dulcetierra Tea Station Upper McKinley Road, Taguig
  • When: January 19 and January 26, 2019
  • Time: 9:00AM – 5:00 PM
  • Entrance: Php 7,000 per session

For tea-holics out there, this workshop is for you! Each 12-hour session covers the basics on the medicinal uses of herbs, energetics, herbal actions, brewing methods and creating blends. Participants will be able to brew and taste more than 30 herbs and experiment on blending.

Only five(5) seats are available per session. Get tickets from their website:

7. Latte Art 101

  • Where: Commune Cafe +Bar, 36 Polaris, Makati
  • When: January 19, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 12 PM
  • Entrance: Php 500 inclusive of coffee and certificate

Learn the basics of the latte art and craft your own designs in your cup of joe at Coffee University’s Latte Art 101 class. To join, fill out the form on their website and settle your balance as soon as possible.

For more info, please send us an email at or call 2756324/+63 919 859 5848 and look for Chielou.

8. Brew Your Own Beer

  • Where: Elias Wicked Ales BF Taproom, 29 Aguirre Ave, Parañaque
  • When: January 19, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Entrance: P2,500 inclusive of two (2) Elias beers, lunch meal, and a pint of the American Pale Ale once it’s available on tap.

In this six-hour workshop with Elias’s head brewer, Raoul Masangcay, you’ll hit all the things you need to brew your own beer at home. You’ll cover topics like beer ingredients, recipe formulation, a hands-on segment on the brewing process (you’ll get to brew a 5-gallon batch American Pale Ale), fermentation profile, and keeping and serving beer. You’ll walk away with a wealth of homebrewing knowledge.

Participants must be 18+. Limited slots only. For more information, contact +639175143746

9. L’Aperitivo Italiano: Italian Finger Food and Wine Pairing

  • Where: Manila House, Net Park Building 26th St., corner BGC, 5th Ave, Taguig
  • When: January 23, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Entrance: Php 1,500 for Members, Php 1,800 for Non-Members/Guests. The ticket is inclusive of three (3) Italian wines for tasting with corresponding paired dishes.

Discover Italy through its fine wines, paired with delicious morsels of food prepared the original Italian way at the Avenue Bar and Deck, Manila House on January 23.

To register, send an e-mail to or call (+63) 2 978 0279 / (+63) 2 541 2567 / (+63) 917 563 8633. Or register online here:

10. Tippling Club Takes Over Yes Please

  • Where: Yes Please, 38th St. Uptown, 11th Ave, Taguig
  • When: January 23, 2019
  • Time: 8 pm to 12 mn

Tippling Club, the multi-awarded bar and restaurant from Singapore will grace our shores in a bar shift at Yes Please on January 23! Tippling Club’s Head Bartender and Group Bar Manager Andrew Loudon and Assistant Bar Manager Mel John Chavez will whip their magic behind the bar. Be ready to try their edible menu. Yup, a cocktail menu that you can eat.

Make sure to mark your calendars. This will definitely be a bar shift that you can’t miss! 

11. Food & Wine Pairing

  • Where: Wine Story, 111, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA Corner Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
  • When: January 26, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Entrance: Php 2,500

You know you’ve gained a deeper interest in wine when you start to wonder what food will go best with your favorite wines. Wine Story Academy’s Food & Wine Pairing on January 26 will give you the basics on how to make food and wine pair perfectly. Each with complex flavor characteristics that change and complement the other, you’ll understand how the elements on your table work together and apply the guiding principles in the class pairing exercise.

Book your seat at For more details or special rates, send us a message at or (0917) 824-0721.

12. Corona Sunset Party

  • Where: Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner, 35th St, Taguig
  • When: January 26, 2019
  • Time: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Entrance: Php 1, 200

Unwind by Grand Hyatt Manila’s pool as you indulge in all-time favorite Mexican delights and refreshing Corona beers at the Corona Sunset Pool Party.

Call +63 2 838 1234 or email for reservations and inquiries.

13. Circus 2020

  • Where: XX XX and 20:20, 20a La Fuerza Plaza 1, 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati
  • When: January 26, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 5:00 AM

XX XX & 20:20’s monthly extravaganza Circus 2020 returns on Saturday, January 26th! Expect music, drinks, food, circus, art and live performances on three stages. Featuring Wilderness, Dayaw, DJ Skitz(LA), Chuvaness, Shallah, Rick, Duality, Reika, OK’Hara, Jer Dee, Renée Rosete, Mafia, SuperMikki, Major Chie, Samantha Nicole, Red-i, Don P, Mulan, James Grr + More

For table reservations email

14. Australia Day Party, Manila

  • Where: Handlebar Bar and Grill, 31 Polaris, Bel-Air Village, Makati
  • When: January 26, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Entrance: Php 1,000.00 for Adults, Php 400.00 for Children; ticket includes barbecue buffet, free-flowing local beers, wine, spirits, and soda, live Australian rock music, Australian live sports on TVs, Annual drinking ‘boat race’ at 5:00 PM, and backyard cricket match throughout the day

If you love all things Aussie or are from The Land Down Under, head over to Manila’s best Aussie Day Party to enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ and bloody cold beer and join the Australian way of life at this Annual Australia celebrations at Handlebar Bar & Grill.

Aussie Dress Code will be enforced, so come in singlets, boardshorts, thongs (slippers, to you non-Aussies), Australian flag-themed attire, or yellow and gold.

15. The Grape Escape – A wine tasting experience

  • Where: Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant, 5 Julieta Circle, Quezon City
  • When: January 30, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Entrance: Early bird ticket at Php 1,100 (until January 23), Regular ticket at Php 1,299 inclusive of 8 different wines paired with cheese and hors-d’oeuvres buffet

Enjoy an evening of wine, cheese and hors-d’oeuvres in a truly unique and rustic setting at The Grape Escape. Take the opportunity to take a peek into Lemuria’s wine cellar: a 50 square meter cellar storing over 20,000 bottles of wine dating back to the early ‘90s when it was one of the first of its kind in the country. If you want to take a bottle or two home, you’ll get a 15% discount on their wines on their retail list as well.

Book your ticket at

16. Famille Hugel Wine Dinner

  • Where: Planet Grapes, North Wing, Shangri-la Plaza, Abenida Epifanio de los Santos, Mandaluyong
  • When: January 31, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Entrance: Early bird rate of Php 1,200 per head until January 18. Regular rate is Php 1,395 inclusive of 4 Hugel wines and food to pair.

Discover new wines with Marc Andre Hugel of Famille Hugel wines, as he hosts a wine dinner at Planet Grapes Shangri-La Mall. Hugel wines, which is exclusive to Planet Grapes, was the pioneer for Alsatian winegrowing, as they saw the potential in the land early on. This wine tasting event is not to be missed, whether you already know and love Hugel, or whether you’re just discovering wine. Sign up here. 

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