Get your drink on at the most popular hotel bars in the City of Dreams. By Shweta Gandhi
Going out for a drink? Want to experience a night to remember? We round up the best, the oldest, the most luxurious and most internationally-acclaimed bars in B-town.
#1 Harbour Bar, Taj Mahal Palace
Harbour Bar is the oldest licensed bar in the city, established in 1933. Looking out at the Gateway of India, it perfectly captures the spirit of the city, reflecting its mood and heritage. Relish delectable global cuisine with the finest malts, signature wines and crafty cocktails. Once you’re there, try the signature cocktail From the Harbour Since 1933 straight from the Prohibition Era. The bar also does a mean Old Fashioned.
#2 AER, Four Seasons Hotel
Located on the 34th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, AER is an open rooftop bar that offers panoramic views of the entire city and the Arabian Sea. Sip on champagne with your better half as you watch the sun set over the skyline while devouring some lip-smacking mezzes and tapas. As darkness falls, the DJ takes over with his sets of upbeat jazz, funk, house, club and a new take on ’80s and ’90s hits.
#3 Dome, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
Dome is yet another rooftop bar with views of the sparkling lights of the city and the never-ending sea. Located on the eighth floor of the hotel, the bar has a wide selection of premium wines, cocktails, and even cigars at your service. Sit back and enjoy the cosy setting, while the well-groomed waiters take good care of you.
#4 Six Degrees, The Leela
Six Degrees is named after the best temperature at which bubbly is served—and not only do they prioritise champagne, but they equally care about their wines, beers and whiskeys. The menu also offers finger food from around the world. Unwind at the bar with its floor-to-ceiling wall display of vodka and champagne bottles. Or head out to the poolside terrace and enjoy the cool wind as you savour your drink.
#5 Wink, Vivanta by Taj President
Visit this lounge simply for its excellent Japanese-inspired interior. It has been designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu, whose work can be seen at various bars and restaurants in Japan, London and San Francisco. The drinks, too, live up to the mark—the bar is stocked with over 25 different vodkas, 40 brands of whiskey, and a mammoth range of wines. Looking for a healthy drink? Try the Herb Detox cocktail. Or opt for the signature Winktini, a martini with a twist, best enjoyed alongside some finger food.