We're onto the second half of the year — how are we all holding up?
If it feels like you're holding up by a thread, and responsibilities are not showing any signs of slowing down, and this particular Monday is beating down on you hard, maybe a happy hour respite will help.
Below are 10 of the best we could find in Metro Manila. Unlimited wine? Check. Free food? Check. Wine below P500? We found one — plus a gin fest to boot, too!
Let's all take it easy, friends.
1. The Golden Hour at Mireio
If you’re looking for a classy twist to happy hour, head to the luxe Mireio Terrace at Raffles Makati for endless cocktails. Revel in The Golden Hour with a drink in hand and enjoy their extensive selection of red, white, and rosé wines, as well as their signature cocktails. Don’t forget that they also have a delightful Aperol Spritz, a Frozé (rosé-with-a-twist), and a gin bar.
Pro-tip: Go on Fridays to enjoy the musical stylings of DJ Cocoy Puyat.
“The Golden Hour” at Mireio Terrace is from 5pm to 8pm. Mireio Terrace is located at Raffles Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City. +632 7950707. P1,010.
2. Raining Wine Season at Txanton
Staying true to its elevated wining and dining experience, wine distributor and jamon supplier Txanton just rolled out their “Raining Wine Season” starting July 1.
For P1,000, you’ll get two glasses of premium and imported wine — carefully selected by Txanton general manager Besay Gonzalez no less.
To complement the old world wines, each guest will also receive a personal platter of imported Chorizo and Salchichon from Spain, as well as homemade bread with a serving of premium Olive Oil for dipping.
“We created this promotion for those who are looking for more than just wine, more than just food… With this promotion, you get premium wine and amazing cold cuts but but at a more friendly price,” shared Goinzalez.
11am-5:30pm. Txanton is located at the 2nd Floor of Smithbell Building, 2294 Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City. firstname.lastname@example.org. P1,000
3. Wine Buffet at Seda Straight Up Bar
Tired office workers looking to cap the day, business people looking to a relaxed meeting can avail of Seda’s wine buffet. For just P800, guests can choose from three types of red, two types of white, and one sparkling wine all of which go unlimited if you order from 4pm-8pm.
The best part: ordering whatever beverage pleases you — whether alcoholic, virgin, ala carte or on promo — will give you access to Seda’s long-standing pica-pica promo. As in order a drink and you choose your bar chow from the snack buffet for free.
4pm-8pm. Straightup Bar, Seda Hotel. Multiple locations. P800
4. My Vegan Wednesdays at Ralph’s
Just because you’re a dutiful vegan doesn’t mean you can't have any happy hour fun. My Vegan Wednesdays by Ralph’s Wine & Spirits offers free-flowing vegan-friendl and organic wines from the Philippine Wine Merchants.
Happening every first Wednesday at their BF Homes branch in Parañaque and every third Wednesday at their Pasay Road (Arnaiz Avenue) branch in Makati City, My Vegan Wednesdays also has vegan-friendly and handcrafted cheeses by In A Nutshell, vegan dips and spices from Chili Asylum, and chocolate vegan doughnuts by Green Bar. For extra cred: This event is also in partnership with PeTA Asia.
For reservations, contact Jorge Joseph at +639178537501. P1,500 a head
5. Free-flowing Wine at Extra Virgin
At the newly opened Extra Virgin Restaurant in Makati, every day means unlimited wine! From Monday to Saturday, diners can load up on Robert Skalli Reserve Merlot, as well as white and rosé wines for only P599!
Except Sundays, until July 15 only. 4pm-8pm. Milano Residences, Century City, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City. +63956 948 2635. P599
6. Aperativo at Vu’s
Two-time five-star awardee Marco Polo Manila is offering an amazing pre-dinner buffet of drinks and appetizers at their rooftop bar, Vu’s Sky Bar & Lounge.
Savor the unobstructed view of the metropolis while enjoying a lavish spread of Filipino, Spanish, and other Mediterranean favorites and free-flowing San Miguel Draft beer, red wine, or white wine.
5pm-8pm, Thursday to Saturday. 44/F Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. +632 7207720. P899
7. Gin Fest at New World Makati Hotel
If there’s anything we need right now in this troubling times, it is gin. We also need a lot of love and peace, but gin is easier to come by — especially when you’re at New World Makati Hotel.
At New World Makati’s Gin Fest, you can choose from over 20 different gin brands and create your very own cocktail and have their award-winning bartenders whip is up for you to your liking.
Guests can pick from three Gin Fest packages: P488, which includes Belgravia, Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire, JJ. Whitley Elderflower, Tanqueray, and Bulldog; P788, which includes gin brands from P488 package plus Whitley Neill, Martin Miller, Citadelle, Cruxland, Portobello 71, Tanqueray 10, Del Professore Madame, Del Professore Monsieur, Four Pillars Rare and Hendricks; and P988, which includes all gin brands from P488 and P788 package plus Nordes, Botanist, London No. 1, Four Pillars Navy, Brockmans, LiverPool and Gin Sul.
5pm- 9pm. Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City. +632 8116888
8. The Supper Club at ABV x Nonie’s Boracay
One of the best bars in Metro Manila is bringing a beloved Boracay favorite closer.
This July, ABV will be launching The Supper Club and Boozy Brunch Series: three gastronomic weekends of delicious, healthy food and well-crafted cocktails in partnership with Nonie's Boracay, the number one restaurant in Boracay according to TripAdvisor.
Each weekend menu will feature six courses, carefully curated by Nonie’s, while ABV will be providing cocktail pairings for the dishes. Talk about a match made in heaven.
The Supper Club. Thursday & Friday, starting July 12. 7pm - 9pm. ABV is located at 22 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City. +632 8325330.
9. Wine-all-you-can at Refinery
What started as a Christmas promo turned into one of Refinery’s monthly specials, but as we enter July, we’re betting the restaurant’s happy hour promo will become a mainstay.
Refinery’s is hard to beat: P500 for unlimited wine, P650 for unlimited moscato, P650 for unlimited sangria, and P299 for buy-one take-one beers. It starts at 7pm and goes all the way to 10pm. Pair it up with their housemade chips (P95) and you’re good to go, but why settle for chips when Refinery has a cheese platter for just P350?
7pm-11 pm. Refinery. Multiple locations
10. Jam-packed July at James & Daughters
The people behind James & Daughters by Le Jardin decided they want you there every week for fun, food, and drinks because that’s just how they roll.
Enjoy their monthly promos with a twist, like Blues & Baguio Craft Beer Night on July 5, featuring blues artist Caesar Salcedo.
On July 13, their monthly Jamming Night gets kicked up a notch with Ferdie Borja, plus 50% off on Chivas Regal -- titos, it’s time to party.
On July 20, it’s a night of borderless fun with Tequila and Tacos, complete with a Mariachi Band!
James & Daughters by Le Jardin is located. Westin Show Suites, 21st Drive corner Mckinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City. For reservations, call or text 0917 817 6584.
11. Unlimited Sangria at UCC Clockwork
"Our unli Sangria is valid every day because some of us just need it on the daily," reads a portion of UCC Clockwork's post on their fantastic happy hour deal.
For just P375, you can wash away the day's stresses and hassles with UCC's refreshing drink. You know what's better? It starts early at 1pm — you know, in case the day starts bitchin' early and you need to tap out pronto.
1pm-11pm. UCC Clockwork. Multiple locations. P375
— LA, GMA News