Nothing beats a good ol’ whiskey on the rocks in the City of Gardens. By Shweta Gandhi
Blue Bar, The Taj West End
Touted as Bangalore’s quintessential bar, the Blue Bar sits in an outdoor setting surrounded by peaceful water bodies and lush gardens. With retro music playing in the background, the bar is perfect for a balmy night out. The menu features a huge collection of spirits, liqueurs, wines and champagnes. We recommend you try the Taj signature cocktail, Bombay Blazer—a perfect concoction of Tanqueray no. 10, fresh guava, lime and a touch of homemade rose syrup. Or if you’re up for some experimentation, the friendly bartender will be more than happy to prepare a drink of your preference. Choose wisely!
i-Bar, The Park
The lounge bar at The Park offers a luxurious ambiance with plush interiors. Its uniqueness lies in its extensive list of liquors, wines, champagnes, cognacs, American whiskeys, finest malts and the best spirits from around the world. Spice up your party scene and rub shoulders with the city’s elite at i-Bar’s Bollywood Nights featuring DJ Hussain and DJ Vicky, that are held every Friday. Finally, don’t leave without trying the chef’s recommended cocktail, Golden Glow—shafts of gold with pure saffron strands suspended in vodka and cranberry juice.
Library Bar, The Leela Palace
Searching for a watering hole to visit with a friend? Look no further than the Library Bar, at The Leela. With ultra chic interiors enveloped in leather and dark wood, the place exudes Victorian grace with an equally appealing Indian elegance. The bar is actually quite like a library, with interesting novels and coffee table books placed around, and unique artefacts that won’t fail to intrigue you. Opt for the choicest of rare malts and Armagnacs, or let the bar stir up an innovative cocktail for you.
Polo Club Bar, The Oberoi
Want to catch the big match in a sports bar? Polo Club Bar is your answer. It set on a terrace, surrounded by lush lawns and trees, reflecting an English country garden vibe. Meanwhile, the open-air portico lets you bask in the sunlight as you relish your single malt and Cuban cigar. The bar’s interiors resemble a colonial club room, with a leather seating area, etched glass and brass fittings. Choose between classic cocktails like Sangria and Dry Martini, or go for the Polo Club specials—French Mojito (sparkling wine, fresh mint, lemon, sugar) and Green Melon Caipiroska (vodka, lemon, sugar and green melon with ice).
Dublin, ITC Windsor
Take a whiff of Ireland right in the heart of Bangalore. Dublin is ITC Windsor’s take on Irish pubs, and is rated among the world’s finest bars. The Irish ambience hits you even before you walk through the pub-like entrance and the interiors are an extension of that. Choose from their well-stocked bar that has a selection of single malts, blends, wines, mixes and cocktails. The sumptuous spread of gourmet snacks will make it worth your while.