Missing Manila nightlife? These drinks and treats will definitely remind you of the good ol’ times

Published February 23, 2022, 4:27 PM

by John Legaspi

A long weekend calls for a great party time

Do you still remember the last time you had a great night out? You and your friends dressed for the night, hopping from one bar to another, maybe a few karaoke moments, but definitely no shortage of booze. That’s the nightlife we had during the pre-pandemic times with neon-lit bars luring partygoers. It’s late in the evening and yet the night is still young.

With our chill, no, cautious lifestyle these days, going back to what our weekends are like before may have been challenging for others. But as we see the light at the end of our COVID-19 tunnel, maybe it is time to rekindle with the party beast inside us to greet the fun night outs that are about to come our way.

If you don’t know where to begin with, well, trying out food and booze is the best start to get the party inside you going. This long weekend, indulge in all things Pinoy and spirited with these eats and cheers that will make you remember those good ol’ times.

Pinoy Candy Doughnuts (P95 each)

First, go on a trip down the memory and savor your favorite childhood sweets, but this time in a different form. Poison Coffee and Doughnuts introduces its newest doughnuts that are all about Pinoy Candy. Think of Iced Gems, ChocNut, Hawhaw, Curly Tops, Choco Mallows, and Potchi as doughnuts because those will be your party starters. Go full throttle with the sugar rush by pairing these treats with the brand’s Pinoy Candy Drinks: Choconut Ice Latte, Hawhaw Milk Dinosaur, and Potchi Strawberry Milk.

Don Papa Rum’s “Manila Disco”

Take your weekend party to the next level by channeling Manila’s Disco era through great cocktails. Don Papa Rum’s “Manila Disco” is Studio 54 combined with the capital’s nightlife combined in a series of drinks. Available at Run Rabbit Run until March 31, the brand’s latest installment features cocktails such as Coco Sour, a refreshingly tart and tropical start to the night at Manila Disco; Manila Kiss, a bright and floral twist on the classic Cosmopolitan; Chocolate Wonderland, a layered, richly complex punch, packed full of flavors from the East and West; and Malate Martini, Don Papa’s twist on the now-iconic Pornstar Martini.

Southbank Café + Lounge’s Fresh Daisy

Alamat’s Juanderlast

Drink the night away with the best margaritas in town. This month, Cointreau pays homage to Margaret Sames by creating the “Perfect Margarita” drink in collaboration with Patron using Patron Silver. It is the perfect white spirit to create the cocktail made from the finest Weber Blue Agave and handcrafted in small batches. It has the aromas of fruits and citrus, with a smooth and sweet taste, and has a finish of light pepper. Both Cointreau and Patron will take over renowned bars in the Metro to celebrate the wonderful festivity. Have a toast a savor the best margaritas at Alamat in Poblacion, Makati with its Juanderlast mix (P300), made with Cointreau, Tequila, Mezcal, camias/orange, vanilla pandan, citrus, and salt. Or at Southbank Café + Lounge in Alabang, Muntinlupa with a serving of its Fresh Daisy (P300), made with Cointreau, Patron Silver, Ancho Reyes Verde (citrus cloud foam) simple syrup, and egg white.

Go and celebrate ya party animal!

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Banner image by Shaira Luna for Don Papa Rum