Places in Manila to drink wine and hang out after dinner
What are some of the good places in Bonifacio Global City, or BGC, Metro Manila, Philippines to hang out and drink wine after dinner? One might be surprised that there really are not that many wine bars, restaurants and nightlife entertainment that cater to the small community of ladies and gentlemen of Manila looking for a nice place to relax and unwind over a good bottle of wine after dinner.
There are number of venerable after-dinner establishments in BGC Metro Manila that cater to wine drinkers of various levels of sophistication. These wine bars and wine lounges are frequently visited by Manila residents as well as tourists from abroad. The wine selections in the best wine bars of Manila are more interesting than in the past. Not only do these wine bars of Manila offer a comfortable and cozy ambience, they also have wine stewards that are at least a little bit versed on wine.
Another way to enjoy fine wine in various places around Manila including Bonifacio Global City, Makati, Rockwell and Ortigas, is to get a ticket to attend a public wine tasting event. Wine drinkers should avoid the commercial wine events even though they are usually free of charge. Sponsored wine events tend to take the fun and educational aspects out of wine tasting. Those who are looking for a place in Manila to unwind and relax over a bottle of wine are weary of excessive sales activities.
One of the new popular wine bars in BGC is the MAGO Wine Lounge located on the top floor of the recently opened upscale Japanese steak restaurant called Magosaboru. This wine lounge is in the fort strip where some of the famous restaurants in Metro Manila can be found.
There are several dining and entertainment spots within Bonifacio Global City, or the Fort as many still prefer to call this location in Manila. Serendra and High Street are patronized by a crowd looking for slightly more casual venues for drinking and dining. Burgos circle on the other end of BGC caters to the younger crowd. It is at the Fort Strip that Manila’s sophisticated food and wine lovers tend to frequent for dinner, happy hour relaxation, business and social gatherings and after dinner drinking.
It wasn’t so long ago that Philippines was a beer drinking country and wine was something that only a small minority of the upper class would consider serving over dinner. These times have changed in a big way as bottles of wines grace the tables of mid- to high-end restaurants and wine bars throughout Manila. Reacting to a growing demand for good places to drink wine after dinner in Manila, several upscale wine bars have emerged. One of which is the newly opened wine bar called MAGO wine lounge located in Fort Strip of Bonifacio Global City or Fort Bonifacio as this bustling city of Metro Manila Taguig was called not so long ago.
MAGO Wine Lounge offers a very interesting wine list made up of wines that rarely seen in the Philippines as well as half-bottles that are so convenient for Manila wine drinkers looking to sample more kinds of wine during a visit. On top of that, the design of the wine bar is specially crafted to make the lounge conducive to wine enjoyment. The ambience of this wine bar in BGC is neither too reclusive nor too public. There is just enough privacy for wine lovers to feel relaxed, yet not so much that one starts to feel isolated and even lonely. These are some of the reasons why Mago Wine Lounge is regarded as one of the best places to drink wine in Manila Bonifacio Global City.
The wine selection caters not only to Manila’s sophisticated wine lovers but also those who are slightly new to wine. Favorite among seasoned wine drinkers who are always on the lookout for wines that are interesting and offer good value for money are the line of Burgundy red and white wines . Another item on the wine list that has caught the attention of Manila wine drinkers is the Cremant de Bourgogne, which is Champagne-like sparkling wines made in Burgundy – same region that Champagne belongs to – but not within the legal geographical city limits of Champagne.
Wine drinkers in the Philippines had for a long time requested for better selection of wines in half-bottle format. Manila wine lovers do not prefer to drink a lot of wine over an evening. Half-bottles enable Manila wine drinkers to sample more kinds of wine without exceeding their drinking limits. Here at MAGO Wine Lounge selections of half-bottles range from Cabernet and Merlot from new-world regions such as Chile to elegant white wine from Burgundy’s Macon regions to excellent red Burgundy such as Mercurey and Pommard.
These are only some of the many reasons why MAGO Wine Lounge has become the most popular place to drink wines in Manila.
CORKAGE FEES charged by Restaurants in Manila
For many years, restaurants in the Philippines struggled with the traditional custom of charging a corkage fee for wines that customers brought to the establishment. Manila wine drinkers have always had trouble accepting a high corkage fees. Wine drinking customers blame the low quality of restaurant wine lists for their bringing of wines to dine at these restaurants in Manila. Another cause for customers to bring their own bottle, a practice now called BYO or BYOB, is the high markup imposed by restaurants and wine bars in their pricing strategy.
Leading wine supplier in Philippines, Yats Wine Cellars, published a list of corkage fees charged by mid- to high-end restaurants and wine bars in Manila and Pampanga.
In 2013, YATS WINE CELLARS developed a program that will help restaurants to develop a wine concept that will ultimately result in gaining a competitive edge in today’s wine-and-dine market. This leading wine importer and distributor of good-quality wines in the Philippines is helping restaurants in Manila to revamp their wine policies, a move that will enable these Manila dining establishments and wine bars to win back lost customers and attract a new crowd of wine lovers also.
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Restaurateurs who are interested to know more about this wine program development program should contact this wine supplier:
Yats Wine Cellars
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3003C East Tower, Phil Stock Exchange Center,
Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig,
Metro Manila, Philippines 1605
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Yats Wine Cellars is one of the wine suppliers that devote a great deal of attention and effort to wine education aimed at enabling wine lovers to enhance their knowledge of wine as well as to develop a discerning palate for fine wines. To that end this leading wine supplier in Philippines frequently hold public wine events that are not sponsored by wine producers and not intended to promote a certain brand.
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Yats Wine Cellars started opening small boutique-sized convenience wine shops in major locations of Manila. Through these wine outlets in Manila, Yats Wine Cellars hope to bring interesting selections of fine vintage wines to wine lovers in Manila at attractive prices.
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