September 13, 2015

Rue Bourbon Salcedo Bar and Restaurant - The Drinks

Rue Bourbon is not an unfamiliar name within the bar scene in Metro Manila. It is a well known place for yuppies and college folks who like to chill and have a few drinks after office hours or on weekends. I'm familiar with the their BGC branch (which I think is their flagship store) but never got to set foot  in it. A few days ago I was invited at their Salcedo Makati branch and though I don't drink anymore I said yes after learning there's more to this place than being just a bar. Oh yes to #LamonPaMore!

Rue Bourbon Bar and Restaurant derived its name from the World Famous Bourbon Street, located in the heart of New Orleans. This street is primarily known as the central hub for the Mardi Gras Parade, an annual festivity that sees different cultures coming together in one Grand Street Party. Bourbon Street usually comes alive in the evenings, where the night reveals packed Streets, curious Tourists, and friendly Locals, all gathering in one place with a common goal: to eat, drink, and be merry!

Their Salcedo branch is a 2-storey nook tucked in the corner of Tordesillas and H.V. dela Costa St. The place is small compared to other bars but the seats are cozy and the place is designed to look like Western pubs decorated with vintage and New Orleans inspired interiors...quite fitting actually because they take from the French-inspired/Cajun/Creole style of drinking and dining. I wasn't very particular with the music though since I was expecting a more relaxed jazzy-old-rhythm-and-blues kinda music but maybe it's just me...yes that part of the aging me. By the way this write up about Rue Bourbon will be divided into 2 parts one for the drinks and one for the food. You will know why later...

I don't drink anymore... I haven't drink in 3 years actually and I was very careful of the could-be aftermath. I hope I am not compromising but for the sake of blogging, I  did try their drinks but made sure not to get tipsy or drunk. (which was a success because I got more full with food). 
Just like Rue Bourbon's food menu, their bar list had such a good amount of choices. Theirs range from beers, drafts, flavored and craft beers, curated cocktails and other unique drinks.
House Blend Ice Tea - kept me hydrated and refreshed the entire time

Flavored Beers -
usually comes in this size of mug or a in a glass. The flavors available were caramel, apple, lychee, cucumber, roasted hazelnut, rose and lychee. The caramel masked the taste of the beer perfectly. My favorite would be the rose and the caramel. We also got to taste their latest craft beer which was fermented using real strawberries from Baguio.

Beer Cocktails: Beergarita - tequila orange liqueur, orange syrup and stout beer and The Philippine Lime - calamansi, cherry syrup with fresh draft beer

Alexander the great
- bourbon whiskey, spiced syrup, fresh lime, honey and ginger ale

Bottled Cocktail
- orange and lychee

Cocktail Balls
-an edible ball that contains 25% alcohol and turns into an instant cocktail when added with any clear soda or simple clear concoctions

Crystal Ball
- Tenessee whiskey, lemon, honey and fresh draft beer

Since I have not drunk alcoholic beverages in years, I was glad the drinks served were mostly flavored and mixed; which lessened the chances of intoxication. I never liked drinking pure beer nor pure alcoholic beverages even then. I had a couple of favorites mostly those that masked the taste of the spirit: Most drinks were very thought of and mixed well, thumbs up to the bartender.

Anyway, I just want to tell you guys to always drink in moderation. Is it not better to leave a place still looking all pretty and dolled up just like the moment you arrived? After all, all that is being done in excess is not a good thing...
Head on over to this link for the food we got to try at Rue BourbonRue Bourbon Bar and Restaurant - The Food

Rue Bourbon Bar and Restaurant
Salcedo Makati branch:
G/F Aguirre Bldg. Tordesillas St., cor H.V. Dela Costa St, 
Salcedo Village Makati City
Landline: (02) 553-4216
BGC branch:
Unit 153 Forbes Woods Heights
Rizal Ave. Cor 29th St.
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Landline: (02) 659-8693
Eastwood branch:
City Walk 2, Eastwood City, 
Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Landline: (02) 570-0984
Tagaytay branch:
Sky Ranch, Tagaytay City, Cavite
Landline: (046) 413 3179
For more information and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile:
Rue Bourbon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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