With the evolution of Spirits in India, introduction of Global Brands & new dining trends in the country, Bars across India, are showcasing & curating new “Spirit”ual experiences. From Whisky to Wine to Gin & Mixology, new Spirits & Styles are taking over. We raise a toast to The Best Bar Experiences in India…Slainte!
- Trophy Bar, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
A Royal Retreat
Solitude, Whisky & a Royal setting, ensure an optimized experience. World`s Finest Palace Hotel, boasts of a generous Beverage Selection.
Artifacts, wildlife trophies, Tiger skin cushions, gazelles, bears & tusks, hunting and fishing memorabilia immerse the viewer into the sporting lifestyle of the royal families. An original 6-foot elephant tusk, which was hunted way back in 1927, adds to this ambience of the Trophy Room.
Premium single malts, cognacs and innovative cocktails as ‘Jodhpur Lancers’ and the ‘Mathania Chilli Martini’, are favorite with global guests. ‘Mathania Chilli Martini’, Martini served with a twist of chilli from the famous Mathania region nearby gives the age-old classic an indigenous makeover. Food in the Trophy Bar is in small plates – tapas and canapés. The menu revives classics such as Mezze shots with spiced Khakra, a fusion of the Mediterranean and Gujarati cuisine, a dish which would be best enjoyed with a refreshing Beer on a sunny day.
Another best-selling dish is Char-grilled Chicken, tender, juicy chicken breast served with spicy homemade garlic labneh best enjoyed with a glass of Chardonnay.
Average cost for 2 is INR 5,000
- The Safari Lounge, The Lodhi, New Delhi
A Wild Spirit
A unique Bar which pairs, International Cocktails with rustic Indian dishes, over 130 inventive cocktails and a fine selection of other premium spirits.
‘Semper Libero Natus’ – Latin for ‘Forever Wild and Free’ is the motto on the coat of arms of the Safari Lounge at Perbacco, The Lodhi Hotel. The bar showcases an exclusively curated collection of wildlife photographs, offering an ambience that is perfect for unwinding or a laid back tête-à-tête.
The menu is quite imaginative with an extensive range of rare whiskies, craft cocktails, including the ‘Safari Martini’- made with Roberto Cavalli vodka, dry Vermouth, Gorgonzola stuffed olives and mint and ‘Paloma Italiana’ with Campari, tequila, agave, grapefruit and soda.
The food selection celebrates the robustness of flavours including Neapolitan-style pizzas, tapas, rustic Indian fare as well as Sushi. Pulled Jungli-Mutton Open Sandwich, a Ciabatta open sandwich with Tandoori raan and Grilled Lamb Chops with Aioli-Cayenne-pepper marinated lamb chops with Aioli are recommended.
Average cost for 2 is INR 3,000 plus taxes
- The Brass Room, ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata
North & North East
The wine cellar which houses close to 250 wine labels. The tapas and the beverage menus both fuse rich international flavours with the rustic ethnic tastes, such as the Sous-Vide Panch Phoron Pork, which is slow-cooked pork with paanch phoron besides the Naga Honey Glazed Chicken Wings isThe beverage menu has classics like ‘Finishing Touch’, containing aged rum, pineapple puree, mishti doi and jaggery syrup. ‘Live to Eat’, containing aged rum, banana, coconut wine, watermelon, pomegranate, papaya and tamarind is interesting.
Stone walls and metallic interiors pay tribute to Kolkata’s rich heritage of Western music, be it jazz or blues.
Welcome to The Brass Room !
Average cost for 2 is INR 3,000 plus taxes
- Cirrus 9, The Oberoi, New Delhi
A Bar with a View
One of the finest Bars & One of the finest Views from this Bar. A well appointed Whisky & whiskey collection, designer cocktails & a nice selection of Wines. Cirrus 9 offers sweeping views of the Delhi Golf Course and the Humayun’s Tomb and provides both indoor and outdoor seating options.
A geometrical metal and glass chandelier inside, is a magnificent feature art piece, casting an intimate glow over the venue, while the outdoor terrace has an open grill and fire pit with a lounge sofa setting.
The cocktail repertoire has tropical and oriental influences, with fresh ingredients, fruits & are playful and fun. There are also, imaginative multi-spirit blends with house-made infusions and syrups.
To complement the cocktail selection, there is a global food menu of dishes that are both adventurous and familiar.
Cost for 2 will be INR 4000 + Taxes
- Bar at the Rika, The Park Hyatt, Hyderabad
Ice & Spice
Paprika, Spice & Chilli ! Rika–Asian, is one of the most sought-after Asian Bars from Hyderabad. Derived from the name Paprika, Rika provides quite a unique experience, a combination of fine culinary & cocktails theatrics. New additions Include some Japanese-inspired cocktails, specially paired with the finest Sushi and Lobster Teppenyaki. Rika’s chilli-infused cocktails, ‘Devil in Disguise’ and the ‘Secret Garden’ are are the attraction for after-party Rika is currently redefining the art of mixology in this bar and is particularly known for his innovative blends.
Average cost for 2 is INR 2,000
- Atrium Bar and Lounge, Taj Lands End, Mumbai
A “Spirit”ual Experience
India`s busiest Hotel, showcases The Atrium Bar and Lounge, a retreat for Business, Pleasure & Spirits. With a view of the seascape, the décor is elegant & one can begin one’s evening with a classic cocktails.
Atrium offers a wide-ranging selection of Whiskies & Spirits, iconic Brands. These are finely complemented with a menu that seeks to bring out Mumbai’s dynamic culture, with appetizing street-food as well as world-cuisine, a distinct mélange of local and international flavours. The Whisky Trails are well planned & offer an opportunity to taste different styles.
Our recommendation of drinks would be the ‘White Lady’, a blend of gin, fresh lemon, sugar and egg white in a refreshing format; and the very interesting ‘Scofflaw’. Pair these with the Bifana Pork Sliders, aromatic pork sandwiched with fresh green apple slaw and gruyere cheese or the Great Indian Chaat Plate, with a plethora of spice notes.
If you are at Atrium, at 8.00 pm, watch “The Atrium Ritual”…
Average cost for 2 is INR 5,000
- Luna Nudo Gusta, The St. Regis, Mumbai
Luxury & Leisure
The Best Address in Town – St. Regis, showcases Luna, the all-new culinary and bar offering on Level 37. Luna Gusta is the European-themed restaurant and the bar is Luna Nudo. The name Luna has a very interesting story behind it – it was named to represent the alluring energy of the moon which controls the movement of the tides. The bar pulsates with energy, while the elegant restaurant is quiet & elegant.
With a view of the Arabian sea & the city Skyline, one can appreciate delicious infusion-themed cocktails and an extensive wine list with both Indian and international wines. Favourites were the ‘Luna 37’, with elder flower syrup, sparkling wine and Campari; and the ‘Selene’, a blue pea infused gin with egg white and rose water. The Nudo appetizer menu is specially crafted to allow guests a flavour of all the signature restaurants of the hotel. Avocado toast, the Cream Cheese & Shaved Truffles and the Chicken Parmigiana, are well paired with Highland whiskies.
Music takes centre-stage at the Luna, with specially curated nights with live music bands and a line-up of some of the most well-known Indian and International DJs.
Average cost for 2 guests is INR 3,000 with alcohol
- The Cheroot, ITC Grand Chola, Chennai
Of Malts & Cigars
Fine Rare Malts, a good Cocktail selection & a well appointed Cigar lounge define Cheroot Bar & lounge. Sipping a fine malt, one can enjoy the luxurious setting and impeccable service, elevating Cheroot to the finest Experience in Chennai.
The collection showcases some of the finest brands of cigars from across the world and the beverage menu has been very creatively constructed around palate preferences. ‘Mylapore Winter’, a refreshing combination of tequila, pineapple and coriander, and the ‘Old Madras Heat’, a mix of brandy and honey, embellished with spices including ginger, giving it a tangy flavor are innovative cocktails. These can be paired these with the ‘Madras Fried Chicken’ and the ‘Mini Stack Burger’ and you are sorted for the evening.
Average cost for 2 guests is INR 3,000-3,500
- Anjum, Fairmont, Jaipur
The Mountain Top Dram
A majestic location, close to Delhi and a great hotel for a “Stayaction”. The Hotel builds the moods & moment for a Spirits Experience with its fine location, a well planned bar & good service.
Anjum, the lobby bar, offers a good selection of new-age cocktails, including with an exotic mountain herb called amchu, & white. New cocktails based on guest request are constantly being created, in a festive environment. The whisky selection is interesting but could be supplemented. Guest can enjoy a local snack menu ‘Methiwale Tacos’ – Mashed corn, potato onion fritters, avocado tomato jam, sweet yoghurt” & ‘Karara Jhinga’ – cornmeal crusted prawns, kokum chili dim, and horseradish mayo.
Carry a glass of wine to the front of the bar and watch the Sunset..
Cost for 2 guests – INR 3000
Enjoy Responsibly !