This is the El Matador, served in one of the finest cocktail bars in Metro Manila, Raging Bull Chophouse Bar. This house drink (not to be confused with the tequila-based, classic matador) is made with Rittenhouse rye whiskey, Cherry Heering liqueur, pink grapefruit, mandarin juice, and vanilla syrup. The smokiness trails nicely with its sweet and sour cherry notes, all ending with a hint of vanilla. Raging Bull, situated in Shangri-La at The Fort, is best known for their fancy premium steak cuts, but don’t miss out on their extensive cocktails and spirits menu—they serve almost everything you can think of, from mezcal to craft beer. If you appreciate a learning experience, every spirit in their menu has an origin story that you can read through before ordering. It’s an attractive menu too, made with a classy full grain leather cover with their logo subtly engraved on the top. They pay attention to detail, from classic leather chairs to a wall dedicated to antique carving tools; everything is just right.
Stepping inside Raging Bull will instantly give you a nostalgic feel of the 1960s era. A very intimate and cozy atmosphere hidden inside one of Manila’s finest hotels. Not all cocktail bars are great for food, but here’s where Raging Bull definitely stands out. It’s a good idea to bring a date and enjoy a well-prepared steak with their classic cocktails.
Find Raging Bull in Shangri-La Hotel, Bonifacio Global City