Quench your thirst this sizzling summer with our round-up of drink-related happenings in the merry month of May. 

1) Belgian Mussels, Fries and Beers Night

Where: Atrium at Enderun Colleges, 1100 Campus Avenue, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
When: May 16, Thursday
Time: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Entrance Fee: Php1,500 

Celebrated with a full house of happy and delighted guests, The Moules Frites (Mussels and Fries) night is the flagship social event of the Belgian Filipino Business Club.  

For Php1,500, guests will have a choice between Mussels and Fries (mussels prepared in the proper Belgian way with fries from Lutosa), Carbonnades or Vegetarian dishes paired with authentic Belgian Beers from Les Deux Belges, plus a sweet ending of delicious chocolate mousse.

The pre-payment is obligatory to guarantee your reservation. The registration will close on May 10, 2019. To apply for a slot, you will have to prepay on the BFBC bank account at Belgian Filipino Business Club: 0081-0582-53 (BPI) and send the deposit slip with your details and choice of dishes to michelle@tutt.be. 

Alternatively, you can pay online through https://ticketbooth.ph/event/313-belgian-mussels-fries-and-beer-night (This system provides the convenience of online payment but has a handling fee of Php100).

2) Yes Please x Hola Chica Bar Takeover with Stelios Papadopoulos
Where: The Palace Manila, 9th Ave corner 36th, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
When: May 16 to  Thursday: Yes Please; May 17, Friday: Hola Chica at The Island
Time: 9:00 pm to 12 am
Entrance Fee: N/A

Catch Jose Cuervo’s global brand ambassador, Stelios Papadopoulos for a back to back Bar Takeover at The Palace.  

Stelios is a tequila expert recognized by the National Chamber of Tequila Industry. Enjoy his signature cocktails and chat him up about tequila, his travels all over the world, and learn about Jose Cuervo’s rich heritage. Contact +63917 537 5990 for inquiries and reservations.  

3) MontGras Wine Dinner
Where: Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard, Corner Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
When: May 16, Thursday
Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Entrance Fee: Php1,800 net per person

Indulge in a unique, interactive wine dinner experience with MontGras Wines and a delicately crafted buffet selection at C Lounge this May 16. Executive Chef Daniel Patterson cooks up a feast for the senses as patrons are guided through the tasting notes of each wine while being immersed in the serenity of the Manila Bay views and live music. 

The menu for the evening: 

AMARA – 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Ceviche of Seabass, with chili, coconut, coriander, lime
  • Mini Rocket Salad – with parmesan and balsamic and apple
  • Mini Fresh Fruit Skewers – with berry espuma foam

INTRIGA – Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Rosemary Baked Camembert Cheese – with olive bread
  • Smoked Duck Crostini – with Orange Biscotti and fig jam
  • Mini individual Baked Lamb Pies

QUATRO – Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

  • Spinach Gnocchi – with parmesan and bacon cream
  • Beef Brochette – with Smokey BBQ sauce
  • Pork Leg Confit – on a creamy polenta salad

ANTU – Syrah 100%

  • Chinese Style Duck Spring Rolls – with plum dipping sauce
  • Crostini of smoked tomato – topped with green olive tapenade
  • Sous Vide 63˚ Chicken Breast – with Green herb truffle cream sauce

ANTU – Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

  • 55˚ Grass Fed Beef Tenderloin – Smoked at the table with assorted mustard 
  • Mini Smoke Salmon Pretzels – with sour cream, blue cheese, and chopped dill
  • Dark Chocolate and Honey Pasta – with Coconut Cream

For inquiries, please call (63 2) 833 9999

4) Cena de Vino at Las Flores Podium
Where: Las Flores at The Podium Mall, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
When: May 16, Thursday
Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Entrance Fee: Php1,850++

Catch Las Flores’ Chef Ignacio Alcala whip his magic as he prepares a six-course dinner paired with six wines at Las Flores at The Podium. Reserve at reservations@bistronomia.ph or please call 940-5142!. 

5) Nikkei Nama Bar: Motown Night
Where: Nikkei Nama Bar, U/L One BHS Central, 5th Ave cor 28th St, Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig
When: May 21, Tuesday
Time: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Entrance Fee: Php 599+

Motown fans unite! Enjoy the stylings of Marvin Gaye or the hip-swaying melodies of The Temptations and groove to soul and funk music as you revel in unlimited premium Sapporo draft beer and Spicy Fried Cashews on Motown Night at Nikkei Nama Bar.  

6) Izakaya Sake Dinner
Where: Old Manila, The Peninsula Manila, Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, 1226 Makati
When: May 22, Wednesday
Time: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Entrance Fee: Php4,500 per person. Rate is inclusive of 12% VAT and subject to 10% service charge and local taxes.

Experience a sake dinner pairing at The Pen’s Old Manila. Chef de Cuisine Allan Briones will be preparing a fantastic six-course dinner paired with delicious premium sakes. 

For amuse bouche savor Saga A5 Cube Satay, Baby leeks, Teriyaki Gel paired with Gekkeikan Sparkling Sake. Sake-Poached Chicken Soba Noodles, Eggplant, Crackling, Quail Egg, and Tobiko will be the first course paired with Kuroushi Junmai. Hakushika Tokusen Kuromatsu Ginjo Namachozo sake will go with Smoked Bacon-Dashi Consommé, Wasabi Potato, Caviar, and Chives for the second course. For the 3rd course–Gekkeikan Traditional sake paired with Black “Ebi” Tiger Prawns, Cucumber, Shiso, Tamarind, and Prawn Floss. For a palate cleanser, relish Cherry Blossom Sorbet paired with Kozaemon Junmai Ginjo Dewasansan. The main and fifth course–Korabuta Pork Belly Confit and Kabocha, Gala Apple, Hazelnuts, Miso Caramel, Crispy Rice paired with Tatenokawa Junmai Daiginjo 50 Seiryu sake. End your dinner with a sumptuous Citrus Cremeux Cotton Cheesecake with Sake Gel paired with Sudashi and Sake.

Don’t miss this impressive pairing, for inquiries call +63 (2) 887-2888, extension 6694 (Restaurant Reservations), email diningpmn@peninsula.com, or visit the website peninsula.com.

7) Vin Voyage: A Wine Tasting Event
Where: Planet Grapes, Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, BGC, Taguig City
When: May 23, Thursday
Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Entrance Fee: Early bird rate Php1,295 (until May 10 only) | Regular rate Php1,550. The ticket is inclusive of six (6) 50ml servings of wine from the selection of 20 wines available, and pass-around cocktail food. 

Go on a walk-around tasting experience and discover the differences across wine-growing regions of your favorite grape varietals. The tasting event will be featuring five main grape varietals from different countries: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Limited slots are available, to secure your slot, sign up on this link. https://planetgrapes.typeform.com/to/b4k9mq

8) Aperitivo Epico
Where: Finestra, Solaire Resort, 1 Aseana Avenue Entertainment City, Parañaque City
When: May 24, Friday 
Time: 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm 
Entrance Fee: Php1,295+ (inclusive of VAT and subject to service charge)

Cheers to an Epic Night! Finestra Italian Steakhouse in Solaire Resort is having their monthly aperitivo treat, indulge in free-flowing wine, cocktails, and oysters. For reservations, contact 888-8888. 

9) Wine Tasting Workshop and Paired Tapas
Where: TAURO Pintxos, Tapas, Wine Bar, Atrium of Makati Bldg. Makati Avenue, 1225 Makati
When: May 25, Saturday
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Entrance: Php1,795

For wine enthusiasts, get your friends together and join the Wine Tasting Workshop & Paired Tapas at Tauro Pintxos in Makati May 25 at 6pm. Taste five different wines from a selection of Manila Wine and enjoy delicious paired tapas prepared by Chef Patrice of TAURO Pintxos, Tapas, Wine Bar. 

Kevin and Adrienne Charuel, connoisseurs of fine wine and spirits and founders of The Tasting Club Manila, will be hosting the wine workshop. Learn about the main types and styles of wine; five typical wine grapes and their characteristics; how to taste and appreciate wine; and the principles of food and wine pairing.

Wines featured during the tasting are French red wine P. Ferraud & Fils, Macon Rouge (Gamay), Australian red wine Leaping Lizard (Shiraz/Syrah), Chilean white wine Santa Alvara Reserva (Sauvignon Blanc), Argentinean white wine Argento Selección (Chardonnay), and Italian sparkling wine Fantinel Prosecco Extra Dry. 

For inquiries and reservations, email contact@manila-wine.com or call +63917 152 0505. 

10) Sun Down to Sun Up
Where: The Cigar Bar and Poker Room, Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Asean Avenue Tambo Entertainment City, Parañaque, 1701 Metro Manila
When: May 24 to 25, Friday to Sunday 
Time: 5:00 pm to 5:00 am
Entrance: Chicago Outfitter at P188++; Meyer Mobster at P288++.  Less 35% on every bottle and less 20% on selected cigars

Enjoy 60 hours of extended happy hour, yep that’s right, 60 hours. Drink up the extended happy hour offer available from Friday, 5:00 pm to Monday, 5:00 am. Have more time to enjoy an extensive selection of drinks plus avail of premium cigars at a special price. Enjoy two choices of beverage offers and other exclusive treats but be sure to drink responsibly! 

11) Nikkei Rockwell: Pascal Jolivet Lunch Hour
Where: Nikkei, One Rockwell, G/F One Rockwell, Rockwell Center, Makati
When: May 29, Wednesday
Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Nikkei, in partnership with Wine Depot will have a Pascal Jolivet: VIP Lunch Hour. Enjoy the finest wines from one of Loire Valley, France’s top wine makers, Pascal Jolivet. Explore the complexities of these wines paired with a delectable Nikkei tasting menu.

Limited seats only, reserve as soon as possible at +63 916 636 9817.

12) Milk Shake and Mango Float Making Seminar Set
Where: Golden Treasure Skills Training Center, 9 Anonas Rd., Prj. 3, Quezon City 
When: May 30, Thursday 2
Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Want to learn the tricks on making the perfect milkshakes? Golden Treasure Skills and Development Program (GTSDP) will conduct a one-day Milk Tea and Frappe Shop Business Operation Seminars. This program is perfect for people who wants to start a Milk Tea business. 

The seminar will focus on the basic knowledge, recipes, and proper cost budgeting for the ingredients. The Seminar will have an actual demo and hands-on experience on how to create various milkshakes.  

For more information and reservations, please call +632 433-98-14 and 587-47-46, or mobile nos. 0947-2888-719 / 0995-2738-518.  

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