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Liquor Shorts: Spritz, margarita, happy hour deals

MANILA – Check out some of the latest news from the local bar scene.



Diageo Philippines has unveiled the new Johnnie Walker luxury boutique at Shangri-La Plaza in Rustan, opening up a world of whiskeys.

The store features prestigious Scotch whiskey brands: Johnnie Walker Blue Label alongside the rare John Walker & Sons XR21, and Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whiskey 12 and 16 years old.

The centerpiece of the shop is the personalization and gift station where buyers can personalize their whiskey purchases with options such as engraving services or personalized leather labels. All purchases also come in limited edition gift packaging.

Customers can avail of engraving services with a minimum order of 2 bottles. After payment, guests complete a personalization form indicating the name or a short message they wish to have engraved on the bottles. The personalized bottles are then delivered directly to the customer’s home within 3 to 5 working days.

The Johnnie Walker luxury boutique is located on the third floor of Shangri-La Plaza in Rustan, through December 31, 2022.



Premium spirits company Edrington unveils its “Naked” Scotch whiskey to a new generation of drinkers with Naked Malt.

Formerly known as Naked Grouse, Naked Malt has a stunning new bottle and recyclable packaging, but retains award-winning whiskey blended by master blender Diane Stuart from Scotland’s top distilleries including Macallan, Highland Park and Glenrothes. The whiskey is aged in first fill Oloroso Sherry casks instead of the usual bourbon casks to give this 40% ABV Scotch its spicy fruity notes.

The new Naked Malt will be available locally in November.


Spice up your private parties with a Garden Spritz Bar. The bar comes with bottles of the new Chandon Garden Spritz, dried orange and rosemary for garnish, acrylic glasses, with accessories like a cart, orange trees and crates.

The recently launched Garden Spritz is a new sparkling libation mixed with sparkling wine and a bittersweet recipe made with oranges, macerated orange peel, herbs and spices with no artificial flavors or colors. A cocktail with a slice of orange, ice cubes and rosemary make for a refreshing late afternoon or early evening libation.

The Garden Spritz bar is available from @jc_wines on Instagram with a minimum purchase of 18 bottles of Chandon Garden Spritz. Please allow 5 days lead time.


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila and Aperol pour the Italian sunset into a glass at the Sunset Bar.

The unique sweet and sour taste of the Aperol Spritz comes from a secret and original recipe that has remained authentic over the years. The infusion of selected primary components, including oranges, herbs and roots, makes this concoction a perfectly balanced combination.

Guests can sip this drink at the Sunset Bar, complemented by the restaurant’s wide range of culinary offerings, such as Tex-Mex signatures, sizzle dishes, rice bowls and the new pizzeria menu.

Pets are also welcome as the Sunset Bar offers a Posh Pooch menu, a curated selection of delicious treats made especially for furbabies.

From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, enjoy a buy 1, get 1 drink of Aperol Spritz for P450 nett at Sofitel Manila Sunset Bar until February 2023.



The Bistro Group invites customers to relax with their favorite wines, beers and cocktails at 30% off with their happy hour promotions at their restaurants.

* Buffalo Wings – 30% off beers from 2-7 p.m. daily.
* Texas Roadhouse – 30% off Original, Strawberry. Watermelon and raspberry margaritas from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday
* Italliani’s – assorted cocktails at 30% off from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday
* TGIF Fridays – 30% on cocktails, spirits and beers, every day from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
* Hard Rock Café – Happy hour with 30% off all beer, wine and spirits; 2+1 on top-selling cocktails Bahama Mama, Rockin’ Fresh Margarita and Electric Blues; Bucket of 6 San Mig Light for P525 only. Promotions take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Thursday



Chill out with bottomless frozen margaritas at Chili’s.

For just P300, customers can get unlimited refills of their favorite Chili’s margaritas. Choose from Chile’s best-selling margaritas: Top Shelf, Strawberry, Mango and Strawberry Mango.

The Margarita Madness promotion runs until October 31 and is available at all Chile branches nationwide.