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4 Best Bars For #WorldWhiskyDay In Manila

World Whisky Day, which falls on every third Saturday of May, was said to have been established to encourage more people to try a dram (a measure of capacity that is equal to 1/8 of a fluid ounce) and celebrate the water of life.

Making decisions about where to celebrate can be difficult when the possibilities are seemingly endless. So, II'm sharing with you the 4 whisky bars on top of our list for best for whisky in Metro Manila. 


1824 at Discovery Primea

This cigar and whisky bar located at the 2nd floor of Discovery Primea Hotel in Makati was named after the year when the first license for single malt distilleries was granted. It is hosting a number of events to celebrate World Whisky Day this Saturday (May 19) starting at 4pm that is open to the public, where you can taste a variety of whiskies from all over the world. You can even pair them with hand-rolled cigars from Tabacalera. You can also attend special masterclasses and avail of premium bottles at special prices.

6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati, (02) 955-8888


LIT Manila

Explore the world of Japanese whisky and spirits at the country’s first Japanese whisky bar located on the ground floor of Serendra. Try one of its whisky flights for a quick introduction by taste to the world of Japanese whiskies or attend one of its bi-monthly whisky appreciation classes conducted by its resident whisky expert and owner Francis Hasegawa. This is also the best place to order a whisky highball.

Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, (0917) 510-0014


Mandalay Whisky Bar

Behind a closet door inside a beer pub in Makati’s central business district, hides this whisky oasis filled with small nooks and a private dining room (that you can book for intimate tasting sessions with fellow whisky lovers). This bar offers an extensive selection of whiskies from around the world.

100 Don Carlos Palanca Street, Legazpi Village, Makati, (02) 625-8818


Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar

Located inside the Shangri-La Fort’s steakhouse is one of Manila’s best-looking hotel bars that also boasts quite an impressive selection of American whiskies together with a solid cocktail program.

Shangri-La at The Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, (02) 820-0888


Photos courtesy of Cyrene de la Rosa and the bars

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