June 29, 2019

The Meeting Point: Home of Jameson Whiskey in the Philippines

I'm such a lightweight when it comes to drinking these days. But I have always been fonder of hard liquors than beers. Only just a few years back that I started a liking for whiskey. Sure, I drink hard alcohol, gin, vodka, tequila, rum, brandy. But whiskey just became my favorite of all of them because of its bitter-sweet-smoky notes.

My go-to whiskey is VAT69 due to Captain Lewis Nixon. And then I was introduced to Jameson Whiskey by an American friend of mine. He's an all-American from Texas with Irish roots and you know how they are in the South. They like drinking and liquor haha! I immediately took a liking for Jameson especially when it's mixed with ginger ale or peach juice.

I like Jameson because of its smoothness. Jameson has been around since 1780 and has been producing blended Irish whiskeys that has been enjoyed for over two centuries. Jameson Irish Whiskey is made by blending rich pot still whiskey made from both malted and unmalted barley, with the finest grain whiskey, both distilled 3 times for smoothness. Their whiskeys are oak-barrel aged which gives toasted wood, vanilla and sweet sherry personality along to their whiskey.

Jameson hails from Ireland and there are a lot of establishments that serve Jameson on their bar list. But only a few in the world serves a beverage list with entirely Jameson Whiskey as the base. You can find one in the current it and hip place of Poblacion that goes by the name of The Meeting Point.

Before the advent of technology, people would meet in places easy to locate like say, at the corner of X street and Y street. The Meeting Point probably had that in mind when they named the bar as it is at the corner of Don Pedro Street and Alfonso streets. Also, probably because it's a place where friends can meet and have fun all night long until the wee hours of the morning.

We got us 2 variants of their Jameson whiskey based-cocktails: I Might and O’Jito.

I Might – contains Jameson Whiskey, triple sec, Orgeat syrup, Lime Juice and Angostura Bitters. Meeting Point bartender said this is one of their best-sellers and a Jameson Mai Tai twist. They say that a Mai Tai was created as a way to showcase the flavors of good-quality rum. It should never be neon-colored or overly sweet. I’m not really a fan of Mai Tai as this usually gets me drunk haha! This was ok, not too strong as the other things in this drink somewhat toned down the whiskey.

O’Jito – has Jameson Whiskey, lime juice, sugar syrup, mint leaves, and ginger ale. Traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint. Its combination of sweetness, citrus, and herbaceous mint flavors is intended to complement the alcohol, and has made the mojito a popular summer drink. Mojito is one of my fave cocktails of all time and I love that The Meeting Point made a whiskey version of this and it had my fave base: Jameson and ginger ale.

The place is small, have only a few tables and can fit say 20-30 persons. They usually play music here, a bit loud but hey it's Poblacion, so yeah.. The place is a bit dim and follows a saloon like design with barrels and dark woods. We enjoyed the music as the DJ played remix of 90’s greatest hits. Each of us had one of each and we called it a night, after all it was already a long day for us. Nonetheless, our time there was worthwhile.

by Jameson Whiskey
5663 Don Pedro Street,
Poblacion, Makati City
Contact Nos: +63 9364781980

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
The Meeting Point Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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