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MONOPOLE (LUXURY WINE BAR)

New in town: a champagne and vino space in Makati.
MONOPOLE (LUXURY WINE BAR) New in town: a champagne and vino space in Makati.

Monopole, C. Palanca Street, Legaspi Village, Makati

When first cheersing at Monopole, a luxury wine bar in Makati, you might hear a brassy, gong-like sound in place of a clink. Zalto, the Austrian company that hand-blows all their glasses, cools them over a period of 24 hours, making them sturdier than most. This quality reflects in the rest of the 47-square meter space, seemingly monolithic with its marble surfaces, copper light fixtures, and a floor-to-ceiling wine storage kept at a consistently cold temperature, as is the whole room. Bring a jacket.

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A changing art exhibit from the partners' personal collections.

"Blue Eyes" by Patricia Eustaquio

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Flow armchairs from MDF Italia

Granite and carrara, Monopole's version of black and white.

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Seats 15.

The wine selection.

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Everything from grower champagnes to vintage Bordeaux first growths... 

... to Burgundy grand crus and classic Napa bottlings.

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Spirits will not be served at Monopole.

Tom Dixon copper pendant lights cast a warm glow.

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So far, the wine staff has counted 8 broken glasses, at least one of them from overenthusiastic clinking.

Zalto glasses have flatter bottoms and more flexible stems than most.

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Vessels of clarity

Come at 5 p.m. when they open, for a spot at the carrara marble bar.

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Bar stools by Fredericia (low stools by Mater)

Monopole roughly means "monopoly." In the region of Burgundy, the term denotes a single vineyard, from which comes a single label from a specific producer.

Photographs by Yayay de Castro

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