Salon de Ning, of the Peninsula Hotel Manila in my opinion is the by far most outlandish bar or lounge in Metro Manila. I heard it cost 100 million pesos to renovate. It is a sister Ning bar of Peninsula Hotels such as those found in the Peninsula New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Shanghai. Named after Madam Ning a fictional 1930s Shanghai socialite it boasts of swanky entertainment and of course great cocktails to boot.
There are four themed rooms there, the boxing room, shoe room (after our famous former first lady), zepellin room (my favourite) and the Shanghai room. There used to be a P25,000 minimum to occupy a room before, that alone was strong deterrent for me to not hang out there in the past. However when I went last Saturday we were led to a table in the “boxing room” so I didn’t expect the table fee (there is an entertainment premium though). The place is glamorous and interesting, the décor is beautiful, the finishing is perfect and what not.
The live entertainment is of course top notch, they even played Gangnam Style with very convincing Korean pronunciation. Some people dance in the area in front of the performers, mostly the foreign guests, the locals usually dance shyly near their tables.
The Salon de Ning signature drink, the Ning Sling, or their version of the Singapore sling is smooth, fruity and somewhat potent. My girl recommended the “Old Man from the Sea” for me from the bar next door, you can do that. Order from their and they will bring it for you. But I recommend sticking to the Salon de Ning menu as there is far more than enough to keep you entertained. The gummy bear and chocolate mashmallow shots looks insane but I decided it might have been too much to try.
The Ning Slings were P270 a pop, I’m not sure how much the other drinks we ordered were but our bill for four people – no food and seven cocktails and four shots went to P5k. A bargain considering we got to sit in the themed boxing room. The extra amounts go to taxes and the entertainment surcharge.
Not a bad night out, but not something I would do too often.
Salon de Ning Website