Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Old School Still Rules: Inspired by Classics at Long Bar

"I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me..." 

And with a stiff upper lip in true British fashion, Sir Winston Churchill boldly deflected all the rumors on his supposed drinking habit. The innovative, defiant and even unapologetic attitude of the movers and shakers of history is both admirable and intriguing, taking politics, literature, fashion, and the arts to new heights. And yes, they enjoyed a good drink. Long Bar recreates and reinvents classic cocktails associated with these historic icons for you to enjoy and while you may not change the world, why not enjoy a tipple at Long Bar and just go with the moment...

Long Bar's master mixologists led by Orman Bag-ao (center) take a look back at icons of history with cocktails inspired by Sir Winston Churchill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso, and George Gershwin (more on Orman Bag-ao in my previous posts on Long Bar's Cool Cocktail Collab and the Diageo World Class Reserve 2015 Competition). Old school still rules with Long Bar's classic cocktails...

Go for a Gin Rickey (L), said to be a favorite of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald during the wild Prohibition era; and the Orange Blossom (R), an homage to Winston Churchill's penchant for a tipple. After all, he did describe a good drink as a necessity in the roller coaster ride of life, "in success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it."

The classic Screwdriver (L), renamed as True Man's Capote, in honor of the non-conforming author and novelist who enjoyed one too many drinks too often; and the Kahlua Martini (R), an elegant cocktail with the soothing notes of coffee perfectly executed just the way Coco Chanel would have it, are just some of the many options.

And there's no better bar to enjoy these classic cocktails than Long Bar, with its long storied history and known for its own signature cocktail, the Singapore Sling, created back in 1915 (more on Long Bar on my previous posts of my First Visit to Long Bar, another round with Long Bar's Signature Cocktails and Bar Chow, and my Afternoon Tipple at Long Bar with my favorite Panutsa Old-Fashioned and Jenny's new cocktail). And just like the original Long Bar in Singapore, grab some peanuts and simply throw the empty shells on the elegant tiled floor. Long Bar's classic cocktails start at P 395.

Enjoy a tipple with classic cocktails associated with history's icons created by Long Bar's team of mixologists  and relive the golden era of cocktails. Or go for endless rounds with Long Bar's Happy Hour. For only P 695 per person, indulge in round after round of free-flowing local and imported beer, red and white house wine, and house-pour liquors from 5pm to 8pm daily, inclusive of the Chef's Platter featuring a sampler of Long Bar's signature bar chow. And just in case you want to enjoy just a little longer, those availing of the Happy Hour can enjoy a special extension where concoctions are available until 10pm for that all-important last round for the road (you may also want to check out the Spanish-themed Ostras Y Cava at The Fairmont Lounge and Happy Hour at The Fairmont Pool Deck).

Stay for an hour and more at Long Bar, and who knows, this could be one of those nights described by Winston Churchill as  "...men will say, this was their finest hour."

Long Bar is located at the lobby level of Raffles Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati or call 555-9777 for inquiries and reservations.

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