Words by Mara Karniella Sugue
Adulting is difficult. There’s stress here and there, and sometimes all you need is time to stop and take a break. The best remedy, we discovered? A classic chillnuman night – a night of catching up with good friends in a good ambiance, over good drinks. And we mean whiskey good. Here are five whiskey bars in Manila to visit for your chillnuman nights.
5. Mandalay Whisky and Cigar Bar
Known as the bar behind the Narnia door (because you literally have to go through a wardrobe to get in), this bar in Makati is a must-visit for whiskey enthusiasts. Their whiskey sour and single malts are the go-to’s of people who frequent this place. Aside from being a popular whiskey bar, another reason why you should visit is for its cozy European interiors that’s perfect for winding down with friends or a date.
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Visit Mandalay Whisky and Cigar Bar at OPL Building, 100 Don Carlos Palanca, Legazpi Village, Makati.
4. LIT Manila
This bar in BGC is known to serve some of the finest Japanese whiskey in Manila. The array of different choices of Japanese whiskey here is perfect for every whiskey lover out there. LIT Manila also offers whiskey tasting sessions and other classes if ever you are interested to know more about alcohol in general. Great for when you want to try something new!
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Visit LIT Manila at G/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines
3. The Nautilus Whiskey Bar
This bar is for all the people who live in the north, if having to go to Makati or BGC seems too hectic. What’s great about this bar is that it’s located at a hotel rooftop, so you can either watch the sunset or admire the city skyline at night while enjoying fine whiskey and the company of your friends. Don’t forget to try the Nautilus Sling. It’s one of their specialties which is a blend of orange juice, lime juice with triple sec, blue curacao, and bourbon whiskey.
Visit The Nautilus Whiskey Bar at 70 Sgt. Esguerra Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila
This low-key bar is located at White Plains in Quezon City. If you are a vinyl lover, this is definitely the place to go to. Housing over 10,000 different vinyls, this bar is reminiscent of the jazz era. 78-53-86 only serves popcorn (as to not accidentally get grease on the vinyls) but their specialty cocktail named after the owner’s favorite Miles Davis record, In a Silent Way, is made from Japanese whiskey, and a must-try when you visit!
Visit 78-53-86 at White Plains West 42 Katipunan Avenue White Plains, Quezon City
1. 1824 Whisky and Cigar Bar
Located in Makati, on the second floor of the Discovery Primea Hotel, this whisky bar is named after the year 1824 when the first single malt distillery was legalized. Whiskey isn’t the only thing to visit there, though. 1824 also has a special menu of selected whiskey and cigar pairings to choose from. But if that’s not your thing, they also have a selection of recommend food to pair your whiskey with (like warm chocolate truffles to pair with any single malt).
Visit 1824 Whisky and Cigar Bar at Discovery Primea, Apartment Ridge Rd, Makati, Metro Manila
Know of more nice whiskey bars around Manila? Let us know in the comments below.