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Happiest Hour: Where to Go For a Night Cap in Metro Manila

These watering holes will do more than quench your thirst with their happy hour offerings.
IMAGE COURTESY OF BANK BAR; MAKATI DIAMOND RESIDENCES
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'Happy Hour' promotions offered by bars and lounges usually extend past a single hour, which fortunately give patrons more time to consume glass after glass of their favorite libation. In case you're in need of unlimited pick-me-ups, here are some of the best offers around Metro Manila. Cheers!

Cheese and Charcuterie Buffet at Alfred


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Can’t get enough of cheese and wine pairings? Every Friday from now through September 28, the Alfred at Makati Diamond offers a cheese and charcuterie buffet from 6 to 9 p.m. Cap off the evening with a drink from the bar, well-stocked with wine, beer, and all sorts of spirits. The gin bar lets you choose from six different gins, both local and imported, best enjoyed with generous servings of Jamon Serrano and melted Raclette cheese. The accompanying fare isn’t limited to the grazing menu of cold cuts and cheese. The buffet table is packed with dishes such as prawn kataifi with salted egg dip, pate en croute, ham and cheese croquettes, Emmental tarts, and more. The heavier offerings include a slow-cooked beef belly and a pinakbet paella with bagnet.

Makati Diamond, 118 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati, 317.0999

Golden Hour at Mireio

Mireio’s al fresco dining area allows guests to relish panoramic views of the city at twilight while unwinding with a cocktail, glass of wine, or signature Mireio creation in hand. The Golden Hour promo includes a half-off deal on individual drinks and also offers a free-flowing drinks package at P1,010 per person.

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Monday to Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m., Raffles Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, 795.1888

Happy Hour at Bank Bar


Consume both craft cocktails and bar chow at this hidden gem at the Fort. End each weekday on a happy note with a glass of Bank Bar’s specialty cocktails and a bowl of Manam’s beloved sisig on the side. Mixes on offer include red bourbon sours, mojitos, Earl Gray martinis, and amarettos, while the Bar Chow menu features 8Cuts onion rings, Kung Pao noodles, crisp wonton chips, and chicken skin chicharon.

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Monday to Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., G/F RCBC Savings Corporate Center, 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City

Happy Hour at Long Bar

 

For three hours daily, the legendary Long Bar at Raffles Makati is a no-fail stop for unlimited libations from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Happy Hour deal of P780 covers endless rounds of local and imported beers, selected cocktails, and house wines. The offer also comes with a complimentary chef’s platter featuring dishes from its bar menu.

Monday to Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m., Raffles Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, 795.1888

Gin Library at Gilarmi Lounge

Those who might have missed Gilarmi Lounge’s well-received month-long gin celebration in July will be pleased to know that the bar at Discovery Primea continues to offer its free-flowing gin and tonics on weekdays. The Gilarmi Lounge’s Gin Library is stocked with over 50 types of gin, and comes with a collection of tonics, bitters, and garnishes.

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Monday to Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., Discovery Primea, 6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati, 955.8888

 

Happy Hour at The Bar - Peninsula Manila

The Cuban-themed bar at Peninsula Manila knows how to have a throw a good weekend party: free-flowing drinks from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight with delicious concoctions, wines, spirits, and beers to choose from. On weekdays, The Bar does come with its own version of Happy Hour in the form of a Buy One Take One promo from 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday to Saturday, 7:00 p.m. to 12 m.n., G/F Makati Tower Peninsula Manila, corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati, 887.2888

Wine Down at Grand Hyatt Manila

 

If you haven’t visited the new Grand Hyatt Hotel at Bonifacio Global City yet—which is fully operational but has yet to make its grand launch—its wine buffet might entice you to make the trip. Wine down from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily at the hotel lounge, where you can enjoy performances by local acts while savoring your glass of wine. You also have the option to check out the much more upscale The Cellar a floor up. For the month of August, the fine dining establishment has partnered with AWC and puts the spotlight on Albarino wine. Diners can enjoy three glasses of Albarino along with a tasty charcuterie plate for P1,500.

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Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City,  838.1234

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