A Tourist’s Guide to Liquor in Manila

A Tourist's Guide to Liquor in Manila

Alcohol and the enjoyment of this drink is a huge part of the Filipino culture. This explains why tourists, who visit the country, never have a hard time finding a good bar, club, or restaurant offering a wide collection of wines and spirits in the Philippines.

Manila—the nation’s capital—is just brimming with these places, where tourists can simply sit, have a good meal, and drink to enjoy themselves. These people will also be glad to know that often these venues have a unique collection of liquor brands and cocktails for them to taste and savor.

In this city, you are sure to find a drink that is best suited to your taste.

Jungle Juice

A refreshing drink is what you should look for when you’re under Manila’s warm climate. The jungle juice cocktail they serve at Moonshine P.U.B is exactly what you need. This cocktail is a mixture of watermelon, lime, and cucumber punch with some gin. The result is a cool drink that will definitely quench your thirst.

Amadeo Coffee Liqueur

This is the perfect drink for all the coffee lovers out there. This rum-based concoction gets its strong coffee flavor from the 4 types of coffee beans incorporated into it. Two of those coffee bean types are the same beans used to brew the famous barako coffee.

Tiramisu Forte

This is a unique way of taking your usual vodka shot. It incorporates some sugar, coffee powder, and a slice of lemon to a shot of vodka. This shot is found in a restaurant called Cibo and the way you take it is you dredge the slice of lemon with the sugar and coffee, bite and suck into it, and then drink down that shot of vodka.

Katipunan Indio Pale Ale Source: http://blog.fullybookedonline.com/2012/11/20/raise-yo/

Katipunan Indio Pale Ale

This is a homegrown brand of craft beer started by four friends. This beer sets itself apart from other brands because of its high alcohol content and full flavors. This is a good substitute from your typical beer brands.


If you’re looking for something strong, then you should definitely try Cable Car’s furolocco. The body of the drink is an amalgam of different types of liquor; however, its middle part is a flaming shooter. This is not only strong, but has a really good taste as well. This drink is going to be well worth the money you pay for.

Flaming Lamborghini

Flaming Lamborghini

This drink can be found in any Rue Bourbon bar; it is a drink you have to experience when you visit Manila. Imagine a mix of Bailey’s, Kahlua, Sambuca, and Blue Curacao all stacked on top of each other. Now, set that mix on fire and drink it as fast as you can by using a straw. It’s going to give you an engaging experience that will surely to take your breath away.

Manila Sunshine

If you truly want a taste of Manila, order a glass of this cocktail and taste what the city is all about. Tanduay Rum, triple sec, pineapple and mango flavoring, lambanog, topped off with some lemongrass and a pineapple wedge will create a drink that you can enjoy at any time of the day. This drink is sure to lift anyone’s spirits up and perfectly exemplifies the sweetness of Manila.


Are you planning to visit Manila soon?

Make sure you take time to enjoy yourselves by tasting and savoring these drinks mentioned above. Don’t forget to also be open to the flavors you are about to experience; and let Manila show its hospitality through the drinks it will serve to you!

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