Best Bars in India

Man: Oh! Spirit, Spirit, Spirit…everywhere art thou!!! Which one do I choose now?
Spirit: Anything darling! as long as you don't drink and drown….!

Perhaps, this is how one feels while stepping into some of the famous bars in the country which are indeed well stocked with the finest of brands acclaimed globally for their age, taste, punch, class, superiority, etc. Perhaps the only thing in the world that gets merrier as age catches on. In short, the riper you are, more would be the demand.

A Dom Perignon 55 can certainly lend a grand feel to any occasion, or perhaps a large peg of Royal Salute 100 cask would leave an everlasting feel on your taste buds, never to be replicated till your last breath. Whatever, whichever, or wherever you try them, they will certainly leave behind a story to be shared and cherished for a lifetime.

India is a country well-endowed and blessed with connoisseurs in every field, including sommeliers who run a great show within the hospitality trade. When it comes to good bars, the list is endless. However, some are exceptionally good owing to the aspects which perhaps can only be felt once you visit them.

Let's do a brief sortie through some of these selected few bars in India:

The Golf Bar, ITC Maurya, New Delhi
At Golf Bar a warm ambience awaits you which encourage camaraderie and relaxation. Big leather couches, arm chairs and casual seating make it the perfect place to unwind and enjoy. The finest selection of wines, whiskies, and other spirits alongside premium brands of cigars from across the world are a definite delight to experience here. Be it a school batch reunion party or simply an informal gathering, the Golf Bar offers the perfect venue for a laidback tête-à-tête, in the refined environs of a cosy bar styled on an English Country Club drenched with the spirit of golfing legends.

The Cavalry Bar, Oberoi Maidens, New Delhi
The Maidens Hotel, Delhi, also Oberoi Maidens Hotel, and originally, Maiden's Metropolitan Hotel is a heritage hotel in the Civil Lines section of Delhi, India. Opened in 1903, it was one of the earliest modern hotels in Delhi, and situated in the Civil Lines, where all European style hotels were situated and the officers of British Raj stayed. This truly defines the character of the Hotel. The iconic Cavalry Bar here is definitely vintage and offers a great feel of the colonial era. The Cavalry Bar serves cocktails, beverages and a variety of snacks in an intimate setting and lounge music.

Aer, Four Seasons, Mumbai
Aer, the terrace bar at Mumbai's Four Seasons has the most spectacular location imaginable, overlooking the entire Bollywood city. Combine that with the skills of award-winning bartender VarunSudhakar and his team, and it's hard to beat. A favoritewith Mumbai's party crowd, Aer has quickly spawned many imitators. Hopefully, they too will take advantage of Mumbai's skyline. Though, we can undoubtedly guess thatAer will still rule the roost.

Someplace Else, The Park Hotel, Kolkata
Kolkata also known as the city of joy offers a lot in abundance which includes character, finesse, history, art and modern stories. Just imagine the delight experienced if after visiting a place something free is offered, not once but every time. Yeah you got it right! We are talking about Someplace Else (SPE) merchandise which is lined up behind the bar. SPE has gained iconic appeal primarily due to its focus on live rock music and its championing of local acts. As long as they survive, Hip Pocket, one of India's best session bands will be associated with SPE. Of course, they're only one of the bands that play at SPE through the week. Beer is the best bet here.

The Library Bar, Bangalore
It is for the elite few who look forward to the most exclusive things in life. Because the Library Bar is all for one with a keen eye the good things in life. There aren't too many restaurants in Bangalore that can boast the array of rare malts and ancient Armagnac. And with the settings that combine the Victorian grace of leather and dark-wood furniture with the larger-than-life Indian opulence, one can be certain to get a taste of class that is largely unseen across any other restaurant in Bangalore. There is no better place than the Library Bar to raise a toast and celebrate life.

The Flying Elephant, Park Hyatt, Chennai
More a restaurant than a bar, it still belongs in this list for the sheer beauty of its design. Five interactive live kitchens across five levels, with an old fashioned elevator connecting them all. Designed by acclaimed hotel designer George Wong, The Flying Elephant is one of the best places to eat in the city and the only one from Chennai to have made it to this list. That in itself is a testament to how good the cocktails are.

Distil, Vivanta by Taj Connemara, Chennai
A night to warm up or chill the senses can surely be dedicated to Distil, the high-energy nightspot at Vivanta by Taj – Connemara. Here the drinks flow easy at one of the top lounges in Chennai. See fresh fruit and herbs happily muddled to make refreshing cocktails. Its sheer delight as the bar tender creates amazing cocktails, with infused spirits. One must try their Margarita, made from tequila infused with Kaffir leaves. Distil boasts of a fine selection of rare whiskies, vodkas, a variety of domestic and imported beer and the best selection of cognac and wine. Groove to superbly selected music that will have you on your feet. It's definitely happening here.

Durant's Bar, Sheraton Chola Hotel ,Chennai
Durant's Bar at The Sheraton Chola Hotel, Chennai recreates the grandeur of a golden era in the Southern India with its exquisite hospitality & luxurious comfort with the introduction of Club Exclusive, especially designed for the sophisticated yuppie travelers. It offers exquisite comfort of an Executive lounge & bar which is well-stocked and located at a strategic and an uncommon location - the poolside, thus making it a center of attraction for all.

Marco Polo bar, ITC Kakatiya, Hyderabad
A major center for the technology industry, Hyderabad is home to many upscale restaurants and bars. The ITC kakatiya offers Marco Polo bar which is indeed a befitting tribute to the world's greatest adventurers who also visited India. Here the connoisseurs can try Fresh Beer brewed in house. Apart from Beer one can also taste some fine liquor from theirvast collection of spirits which include some of the most expensive brands of wines, cognacs, and malts. One can surely relish a memorable evening in the atmospheric ambience of Marco Polo, the delightfully characterful bar at ITC Kakatiya.

The Trophy Bar, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Jodhpur has a regal charm truly bestowed by the long reign of Rajputs. Incidentally The Umaid Bhawan Palace is also the official residence of H.H Maharaj Gaj Singh II, the erstwhile king of Jodhpur. The Trophy bar defines a great era where one can experience soothing music and a unique sports-themed environment. One can immerse oneself in artifacts and wildlife trophies collected by the Maharajas of the Mewar clan. Something that cannot go unnoticed is a pair of original six-foot elephant tusks. The Trophy bar is indeed a legendary bar with memorabilia, warm & welcoming interiors. In this regal ambience, one can relish an extensive selection of finger food, fine spirits and legendary Cuban cigars. Well…the sortie ends here for the moment but the overwhelming feel continues ………………!! Cheers!!