In partnership with the Rustan’s Department Store’s World Wide Wear promotion, Raffles and Fairmont Makati just offered a chic selection of Couture Cocktails in its dining outlets Spectrum, Long Bar and Writers Bar last Sept. 3 to 30. The stylish spirits were specially concocted by the hotel’s mixologists and bore the sartorial signature of Rustan’s top fashion labels. Guests feted fashionably as we enjoyed Couture Cocktails inspired by brands Thomas Pink, Faconnable, Hackett, Natori, Patis Pamintuan Tesoro, Lady Rustan and the newly-launched Monique Lhuillier.
Being a loyal & frequent patron of Rustan’s, I was really excited to be able to partake of this limited-time-only tie-up. Plus, it was my first time to set foot in Long Bar Raffles Makati so it was double the pleasure. I couldn’t be any happier! <3
Long Bar Raffles Makati
1 Raffles Dr cor Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati (02) +632 555 9777 ; +632 555 9840
Menu: Traditional pub favourites and snacks
Dress Code: Casual chic
All day dining: Daily 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Entertainment: Monday to Thursday 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Entertainment: Friday and Saturday 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Styled after the original Long Bar at Raffles Singapore where the famous Singapore Sling was created, the Long Bar Raffles Makati is a warm and lively place to enjoy their signature cocktails. Which I most certainly did. ;)
The signature LONG BAR drinks.. Singapore Sling 475 php (left) created in 1915 by Chinese bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. The distinctive pink cocktail has since spawned many versions across the globe, but the original composition is still served today at the Long Bar as it was nearly a century ago; and Makati Luxury Sling 850 php (right). Tanqueray Ten, Cherry Blossom, Grand Marnier, Benedictine, Lime and Pineapple juice, Angostura Foam, 24k Gold flakes.
Also, October is breast cancer month. In honor of all women who are battling or have lost to this disease, Long Bar, Raffles Makati celebrates them with a unique tall glass of Pink Sling. Cheers to the brave ladies! Click on the link to learn more: http://bit.ly/152Kdnw Portion of the proceeds will go to ICanServe Foundation, Inc.
Long Bar Raffles Makati commissioned artwork from local artists to feature throughout the hotel- the whimsical collage behind the Long Bar evokes the process of a bartender mixing up the Raffles signature cocktail- the Singapore Sling.
The solid dark mahogany bar counter measures over 10 metres in length- with the dark timber cabinetry behind the bar mimic-ing the style of the original Long Bar in Singapore. Classic black & white movies play continuously on the built-in LCD screens.
A tradition of the original Long Bar that has been adopted in Manila are the bowls of complementary un-shelled peanuts on tables. Guests are encouraged to drop the empty shells onto the mosaic tiled floors- a quirky contradiction to the otherwise sophisticated setting.
Overhead fans oscillating mechanically replicate the installation in the original Long Bar at Raffles Hotel Singapore.
Dark brown leather Chesterfield sofas provide guests with both luxury & comfort. It was my favorite place to sit as I nursed my cocktails one after the other. <3
Feeling blue? Want to drown away your sorrows? There’s a cozy corner nook for you to drink the night away. Just remember though that life is what you make it. So after a good cry (and getting famously wasted), get up & go find another reason to enjoy life! ;) Life is beautiful. <3
A pop art tribute to the famous silent movie era comedian- Charlie Chaplin- who had a long association with Raffles in Singapore as a residential guest is displayed in a place of honor.
The Couture Cocktails:
Pretty & smiling cocktail servers always brightens an already beautiful day. These smiles were pasted on naturally the entire time we were there. What a lovely way to make us feel comfortable & welcomed.
Sip and savor the “Boho Martini” inspired by Patis Pamintuan Tesoro for Rustan’s, featuring the vibrant local flavor of calamansi; “Oriental Bubbly,” a ginger-spiked cocktail stamped with Natori’s exotic flair; Monique Lhuillier’s “Pink Champagne,” a cherry blossom and champagne spritz; and the refreshing “Lady Daiquiri,” a nod to the in-house brand, Lady Rustan. Menswear tailoring meets bespoke beverages with the B&B bearing Faconnable’s classic French Riviera flavor; Hackett’s “London Bourbon,” a homage to the brand’s British roots; and the “Red Fox,” a gin-based Bloody Mary which pays tribute to Thomas Pink.
The Couture Cocktails at Long Bar Raffles Makati can be enjoyed for only P495++ . Worth every penny if you ask me. I fell in love with the PINK CHAMPAGNE. <3
For those of you who just missed this, there’s another limited-time-only promotion going on which you can enjoy. Tequila lovers, it’s time to celebrate!
Premium Tequila from Casa Noble
Guests and patrons of the Long Bar can indulge in 100% premium blue agave produced by the Casa Noble Tequila Company, one of only three organic tequilas made in the world.
Voted the as the “best tequila” by respected academia, ladies can look forward to enjoying a round of free shots of the Casa Noble Tequila Reposado every Thursday. Order three of any of the Casa Noble original cocktails and enjoy an appetizing chef’s platter, with compliments from Long Bar.
Loco Cilantro – complements the flavors of Casa Noble; Crystal Dirty Ramon – a savory and refreshing mix; Verde Mente – use of ampalaya (bitter melon) in a cocktail; Bandera – cocktail featuring the colors of the Mexican flag; Tequila Negroni – a Mexican twist on the infamous bartender favourite; and Black Magic Woman – a tequila old fashioned
Dirty Ramon 495 php. A savory & refreshing mix of Casa Noble Crystal, muddled red bell pepper & tarragon, sugar, lemon, hello chartreuse, and aperol topped with ginger ale. My Casa Noble series favorite. <3
Loco Cilantro 495 php. A perfect complement to the flavours of Casa Noble crystal with honey, calamansi, muddled pineapple, and cilantro -on the rocks. AND Verde Mente 495 php. Yes, ampalaya in a cocktail. Casa Noble crystal, cointreau, lemon, ampalaya & clove syrup. I had a small taste & it wash;t bitter at all. Just perfect.
Tequila Negroni 495 php. A mexican twist on the infamous bartender favorite. Casa noble crystal, sweet vermouth, aperol, and orange twist. AND Black Magic Woman 495 php. A tequila old-fashioned with casa noble anejo, sugar, angostura & orange bitters, orange twist.
Bandera 495 php. The colours of the mexican flag. 1 shot Casa Noble Crystal, 1 shot Sangrita, 1 shot fresh lime juice.
Cheers to the good life at Raffles & Fairmont Hotel! <3
Not to be forgotten are Long Bar Raffle Makati ‘s BAR CHOWS! Available daily from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM at the Long Bar, pair your favorite cocktail with scrumptious ala-carte menu of bar chow offerings.
Bite into dishes such as pork rinds, rubbed with a chili-tamarind blend and fried to a golden crisp; sample vibrant flavours like the Singaporean-style baked chicken wings; satay; Taal Lake tempura made with the crispy Tawilis fish; and tarte flambée given an Asian twist featuring ingredients like Peking duck and ginger chicken.
Pork rinds, rubbed with a chili-tamarind blend and fried to a golden crisp. I had to stop myself at 3 because it was sooooo deadly good! And uber fluffy Onion Rings! <3
I love how Long Bar quirks up their bar chow like this black & white fat & fluffy onion rings. How fun!
Spicy Tuna Sashimi. You already know how I feel about this! <3 <3 <3
Thank you so very much to these lovely ladies.. and handsome gentleman, for such a wonderful, fun, alcohol-infused jolly good time. The Bossman, Raffles & Fairmont Hotel’s cute & petite Communications Manager LONI BAYANGOS -who proves that wonderful things come in small packages, and the lovely Bianca Rodriguez, Marketing Communications Coordinator.
Long Bar Raffles Makati has an all-day Bar Menu featuring selections of both snacks and more substantial dishes, with the weekday “The Long and Short of It” power lunch set menu, and the Saturday Beer Brunch, both popular promotions. A generous daily Happy Hour promotion between 6 pm and 8 pm offers an enticing package of free flow drinks and bar snacks platter.