Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Shake , Rattle and Pour at Fridays

25 years and counting, Fridays continue to amaze with its consistency in food, service and events.

Yesterday , we were privileged to have been invited to Fridays Annual World Bartender Championship.

Amidst all the excitement and amazement at how adept the contestants were in their craft, we were munching on our favorite Fridays fare while multi tasking.

Check out  the following :

Started off with Fridays Chili Ball Park Nachos P495/P695. Crispy tortilla chips, cheese sauce,

chili, pico de gallo and fresh salsa  washed down with a glass of wine in my case and iced tea, vodka,  beer for my foodie friends.

Pretty soon Fridays Trio Platter P945  landed on our table. It was just the right selection to complement our Nachos. A few seconds on and we were loading up on buffalo bites with blue cheese which was yum and  bingeing on  fried mozzarella with marinara sauce while waiting for the event to start.

It was a pretty festive atmosphere and the excitement was palpable in the air.  There were 8 contestants representing each branch of TGIF and each brought their own "pala" aka 'cheering squad'  for  that much needed moral support.

While I was watching the first contender,  Fridays Signature Burger P595 arrived. Visualize  all beef patty, two strips of crispy bacon, American cheese sandwiched by fluffy brioche bun with crispy seasoned fries on the side...yum!

Fridays Chicken Fingers P395  followed next. Hand-battered chicken tenders, crispy seasoned fries, honey mustard dressing. I think we opted for the traditional variant vs the Cajun one.

In the meanwhile, glasses of yellow drinks with vodka are going around while the booming voices of the two energetic and fun hosts can be heard amidst the din of  cheers and party music.

Overall,  it was my first time to attend such an event and  I had a blast! Hats  off to the 8 contestants who vied for the title. Awesome skills!  Must have taken months even years to perfect their routine.

The winner will represent the Philippines in Indonesia for the Asia Pacific Bartender Championship on October.

The regional winner will then face the best of the best  in the World Bartender Championship in Dallas Texas

Read more about it in the press kit below...



It’s flair bartending season again! This means exhilarating action at the TGIFridays bar as best bartenders fight for the plum prize the “SHAKE, RATTLE & POUR 2019 PHILIPPINES BARTENDER CHAMPIONSHIP” happening this Wednesday (August 28) starting at 6 pm at the restaurant’s Alabang Town Center branch.

Expect bottles tossing, shakers bouncing off elbows, glasses flying in the air and other exceptional bar tricks. The rhythm is intense and the energy, geared to the maximum level. These barkeeps consider bartending an art form and a competitive sport!

Who among the contenders will snatch the King of the Bar title? Winners in their own right, they all underwent rigorous competitions in their respective branches before they earned the privilege to represent their store at this year’s TGIFRidays’ nationwide competition.

After all, it’s not just about tricks and bar flairs. There’s a lot of hard work involved such as the technical or compulsory stages that tested their mettle in pour accuracy and mastery of recipes among others.

his year’s winner will represent TGIFridays Phils in the Asia-Pacific Bartender Championship to be held in Indonesia in October.

The regional winner will then be pitted against the best of the best around the world at the 2019 TGIF World Bartender Championship in Dallas, Texas.

Our very own Yohan “The Pilot” Jara of Solenad branch represented the Philippines in the Asia-Pacific Championship held at Fridays Mall of Asia last October.

TGIFridays Philippines has an impressive record of producing world-class bartenders who have won in international competitions.

In 2017, Jholan Peñafiel was named grand champion at TGIFridays World Bartender Championship held in Dallas, Texas, showing that she was at the top of her game when she bested competitors from the USA, Latin America. United Kingdom, and Europe.

Peñafiel is the second Filipina bartender to win the world championship, the first being Rizza Umlas who won the title in 2015 also in Dallas, Texas. Eric “El Terrible” Martinez brought home the World Title in 2006 at the World Bartender Championship held in Las Vegas, USA.
Be at TGIFridays Alabang when the flairtending action starts at 6 pm on August 28 . The lively bar with the elite bartenders’ showmanship will definitely wow you!
To know more about TGI Fridays, check out its social media sites: TGI Fridays Philippines (Facebook) @tgifridaysph (IG) and its website -

TGI Fridays Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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