Happy hour can't get more chill and scenic than this

Joko Magalong-De Veyra

Posted at Mar 14 2018 04:02 PM | Updated as of Mar 14 2018 04:05 PM

Watch the Manila Bay sunset at Cove Manila. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

MANILA -- Cove Manila at Okada Manila recently launched Sunset Sessions, where guests can watch the famed sunset framed by the dome of the club. 

Cove's Sunset Lounge faces the bay, providing guests spectacular views of the sunset in full no-filter vivid color. 

“We have the privilege to have the one of the most beautiful views of Manila Bay, and the fact that we are close to the glass dome, the reflection of the sun is even greater. And this view can be enjoyed anytime. Despite it being hot or humid, the temperature will be the same,” explained Heathcliff Motorga, senior operations manager for club operations at Cove Manila. 

“In every big city, you’ll find a spot where people are going to celebrate sundown, and where they can have a special night with friends in the office but not more than midnight because they have to go back to work [the next day]. This is what Cove Manila wants to offer during weekdays in Manila,” added Motorga. 

Okada performers Worlds of Wonder put on a show. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

Relaxation is the name of the game, and while there’s music, the view, and performances by Worlds of Wonder, the experience won’t really be complete if you’re not sipping on something delicious. 

That’s where the Happy Hour of the Sunset Lounge comes in. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., cocktails (starting at P400) are temptingly offered as buy one, get one. 

While classic cocktails are available, Cove Manila has a menu of signature Sunset Session cocktails, and we, of course, had to try them all! 

So here’s what you can drink during your sunset session: 

1. Rose of Althea

The beautiful cup makes you feel like toasting. With Bacardi superior rum, the Rose of Althea is a flowery drink with hibiscus syrup and fresh lime, with rose water spritzed on to finish. It’s fizzy, sweet, and slightly bitter like how a gin and tonic is. Refreshing. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

2. Cove G n' T

Cove's gin and tonic (rightmost in photo) is extra crisp, thanks to premium Gin Mare, olive brine, and a splash of fruit bitters. There’s also some pink peppercorns added to finish which gave the barest hint of fruity spice. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

3. Spicy Whisky Sour

Jim Beam, celery bitters, spiced honey water, and a chili salt rimmed glass, equals a sip with a long spicy finish. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

4. Chinese Plum Sour

This is all about the smoke. Using Negrita Bardinet rum, the sweet and the smoke from the rum is tempered with fruity acidity from a Chinese plum syrup, with lemon juice also helping to make it lighter. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

5. Mellow Passion

Priced at P500, this cocktail uses two spirits-- Tanqueray gin, and apricot brandy. Passion stands from the passionfruit puree that brings in its unique tartness and sweetness to the mix. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

6. Balmy Breezy

While when it’s served to you, you might think it’s a Moscow Mule, thanks to the drinking vessel. It’s not. Although it is as refreshing to drink as a Moscow Mule, with blueberry liqueur and Tanquerey gin -- it’s both sweet and sour. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

7. El Saraboso

This Cazadores Reposado tequila-based drink was a table favorite—a marriage of fruit (apple juice), the spiciness of tequila, the acerbic bite of ginger ale, and sweet agave syrup. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

8. Sunset Cocktail by Hennessy

Sweet, citrus and the smoothness of Hennessy VSOP equals a good time, especially if you order by the carafe. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

9. Passion de Amor

Cove Manila’s Sunset Sessions also features carafe drinks for sharing. You can’t go wrong with the Passion de Amor with Bacardi rum, passion fruit syrup and lychee and lemongrass. It’s tropical and lovely. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra