Sip and Savor: Discover Manila’s top whiskey bars of 2023

Images: LIT Manila / Chotto Matte
Images: LIT Manila / Chotto Matte

Manila’s whiskey bar scene has evolved into a haven for enthusiasts, offering a range of establishments that cater to diverse tastes. From trendy and vibrant spaces to luxurious hideaways, the city’s whiskey bars have something for everyone. 

In this article, we’ll delve deeper into the world of whiskey in Manila, exploring four exceptional establishments that are captivating discerning whiskey lovers in 2023. Prepare to indulge in rich flavors, sophisticated ambiance and knowledgeable expertise as we take you on a journey through Manila’s must-visit whiskey bars.

LIT Manila

Love a good whisky highball? LIT Manila at Serendra offers quite the experience as it specializes in Japanese whiskies. LIT Manila welcomes budding enthusiasts with open arms, as it offers whisky flights for a quick introduction to the world of Japanese whiskies. They also hold regular whisky appreciation classes.

Unit 1C10, Ground Floor, Serendra, 11th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Whisky Bar at Solaire Resort

The Whisky Bar at Solaire Resort may be self-explanatory, but the ambiance you’re stepping into — influenced by the concept of a gentleman’s pub — impresses. Home to a long list of sought-after fine spirits, the Whisky Bar offers a varied selection of blended malts, single malts, bourbons, whiskeys to a wide range of hand-rolled cigars. 

1824 Whisky and Cigar Bar

For those seeking a luxurious and refined whiskey-drinking experience, 1824 Whisky and Cigar Bar is an absolute must-visit. Tucked away in a cozy corner of Discovery Primea in Makati, this establishment combines the pleasures of fine whiskey with the alluring aroma of premium cigars.

Upon entering, you’re greeted by an elegant and sophisticated setting that exudes exclusivity. The bar’s extensive whiskey menu features a remarkable selection of rare and limited-edition bottles, making it a haven for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Whether you prefer Scotch, bourbon, or Japanese whiskey, 1824 Whisky and Cigar Bar has something to satisfy every palate.

The attentive and knowledgeable staff are passionate about whiskey and are always ready to provide recommendations based on your preferences. They will guide you through the tasting notes, helping you explore the nuances of each whiskey. To enhance your experience, consider pairing your drink with one of their carefully selected cigars, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that will elevate your enjoyment.

Discovery Primea, Apartment Ridge Rd, Makati City.

Chotto Matte

If you’re looking for a unique fusion of Japanese elegance and whiskey appreciation, Chotto Matte is the place to be. Situated in the bustling district of BGC, this hidden gem offers a memorable experience that combines traditional Japanese izakaya-style dining with an impressive whisky collection.

The youthful and fresh interior design creates a fresh take on the whisky experience. Chotto Matte also offers a comforting and fun take on a Japanese menu to complement that highball.

Seven/NEO Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.


Tucked within Salcedo Village is 78-45-33, a neighborhood jazz bar that pays homage to both whiskey and music enthusiasts, named after the rpm speed of a vinyl record. Aside from its jazz vinyl collection, its moody furnishings and dim lighting creates a cozy and intimate setting. 78-45-33 is home to a neat selection of whiskeys, so you can get a seat at the bar and embark on a dram journey while listening to smooth, jazzy tunes.

Ground Floor (rear), 44 LPL Mansions, San Agustin St, Makati City.


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