INCA 2016: Here’s Why Mumbai's Asilo was Crowned India’s Best Lounge Bar
INCA in association with Johnnie Walker, which celebrates and honours the finest of India’s nightlife and bars, is back for its second edition later this month.
The second edition of the Indian Nightlife Convention and Awards (INCA), in association with Johnnie Walker, that showcases and honours the best of the country’s bar and nightlife industry, will be held at Hotel Four Seasons in Worli, Mumbai on 30th September and 1st October. Besides local industry professionals and entrepreneurs, the list of speakers this year includes many international heavyweights, including Mirik Milan, Night Mayor of Amsterdam; Amy Lame, Night Czar of London; Lutz Leichsenring, Club Commission of Berlin; Jorge Saza, Night Mayor of Madrid, and Frederic Hocquard, Deputy Mayor, Nighttime Policies, Paris.
The two-day show will feature discussions, seminars, workshops, among other things and will culminate in a glittering award show that will honour the best of India’s nightlife and bars. Last year as many as 27 awards was given including those for Best Dive Bar, Best Open Air Bar, Best Bar Food, Best Café Bar, Best Debut Bar, Best Bar Chain, Best Beer Bar, Best Cocktail Bar etc..
So, in the first of a series of articles on last year’s winners, we look back at the winner of the Best Lounge Bar. Among the nominees in this category were Asilo from Mumbai, Roxy (Kolkata), Air Café Lounge (Hyderabad), Shiro (Bengaluru), S Bar and Restaurant (NCR Delhi), Paasha (Pune), After Seven (Goa) and Chipstead Taj Coromandel (Chennai). The hard-fought competition was won by Asilo, rooftop bar at the St Regis in Mumbai.
Asilo has made a special place in the hearts and minds of the not-so-average Mumbaikar with its Cabana-styled seating and its stunning panoramic view. Perched on the 40th floor of the mid-town hotel, it has sprawling views of the Arabian Sea, the city’s race course and the ever-changing skyline. With a distinctly summery vibe, the setting is a great spot to catch the sunset or dance the night away while you gorge on their impressive grills selection and their delectable poison. The white décor, wooden flooring, and chic outdoor seating are embellished with a Mediterranean feel.
Asilo’s extensive 17-page bar menu boasts of an array of cocktails, wines, and liquor, so whatever is your preferred drink, you’re most likely to find it here. Their signature drinks include Asian Spice (a combination of Vodka, red chillies, fresh ginger, mint leaves and chopped cucumber) and El Presidente (a mix of vodka, gin, sambuca, cranberry and dry vermouth). The food menu is an amalgamation of Oriental and Mediterranean, and most of it cooked in front of the patrons off the Robata Grill. This fantastic bar is a must visit to seep in the bird’s eye view of the city amid your gruelling work schedule.
In anticipation of this year’s awards, Riyaaz Amlani, President, NRAI stated how, “Nightlife is an integral part of the cultural landscape of our country, and the NRAI is absolutely thrilled to support INCA in their endeavour to recognize and celebrate thought leadership in this space.” So get set for this year’s INCA show which is being touted as “bigger and better” than ever before. Watch this space for more updates about the event.
When: 30th of September & 1st of October
Where: The Ballroom in Hotel Four Seasons in Worli, Mumbai
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