CHECK IT OUT: Scarlet Wine Lounge at The Fort Strip
A red-hot nightspot beckons with tasty bar chow, cutting-edge cocktails, a happening ’80s night and more tricks up its sexy sleeve.
Scarlet Wine Lounge
The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City
Tel. No. 887-6838
Open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Monday-Thursday);
6 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Friday and Saturday); closed on Sundays
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(SPOT.ph) The primary color at this eponymously named lounge is in-your-face red, from its cozy blush-colored booths and ornately designed bar, to its low velvet-skinned chairs and fabric-padded walls.
Darkly themed, this haute nightspot sets a sexy mood with dramatic lighting, dimly lit chandeliers, and a unique theatrical touch: black tassels hanging low from the ceiling. Let your imagination run wild and you might be reminded of that similarly scarlet-themed lounge named Crazy Horse in Paris, only to find out you’re not entirely off-track-design-wise, this luxe watering hole has been described by its creators as "like a private English gentleman’s club," sans the cabaret dancers, of course.
The kitchen is manned by Chef Benny Liboro, the same executive chef who heads the kitchens of Scarlet’s sisters (Katsu, Craft). One of the best things to eat here is Chef Benny’s bestselling Beef Tournado Rolls (P395)-a rolled mouthful of prime rib-eye meat housing slices of pepper, shiitake and enoki mushrooms. Other standouts include Scarlet’s Sesame Crusted Tuna (P295)-fresh bites of pan-seared tuna loin crusted in black sesame seeds, made more enticing with a sweet ponzu glaze and some wasabi sauce-and the bar’s creamier version of the Salmon Tartare (P295).
Attracting a mix of after-work folk, Scarlet Wine Lounge throws a mean party several nights a week. Wednesdays are all about acid jazz and soul; Thursdays are reserved for New Wave-loving ’80s kids. On weekends, their busiest nights, the lounge becomes a haven for house music as spun by the crème de la crème of the industry. On any given night, you might catch the bar owners playing cult classics The Breakfast Club or Basic Instinct on the flat-screen TVs for you to enjoy while sipping their signature cocktails.
Scarlet’s signature Sangria is a nice way to get buzzed-light, deeply red, and peppered with apple chunks and bits of orange peel. But if you like your booze ballsy, definitely order the Patron Espresso (P265), the bar’s version of spiked coffee: two patron shots (one part X.O., one part Anejo), Frangelico, hazelnut liquer, topped with cream. For the perennially summer-minded, The Beach Colada (P265) is all about creating a tropical party in your mouth with a mix of rum, pineapple juice, and vanilla vodka.
Soon, Scarlet will be known for housing the most extensive single malt whisky collection in town with over 35 premium varieties-and the best part is you can order your favorite by the shot. Plus, something to get excited about: lecture nights and tasting sessions hosted by whisky aficionados are also in the works.
Photos by Pocholo Mendoza