Hotel bars are a special type of watering hole. While they are definitely a draw for the hotel’s guests, the better ones transcend that purpose and become a haunt for the rest of the city. Whether because of superior mixology skills, a one-of-a-kind ambience or prime location - the bar becomes a haunt for locals and travellers alike. In India where stand-alone bars are a relatively new concept, hotel bars were for generations the main watering hole for the well-heeled in major metros. And they continue to be popular, many of them having become landmark destinations in their respective cities. Here are the nominees vying for the Best Bar in a Hotel award at INCA.
Mumbai - Wink
Setting the stage with latticework screens and dim lighting, Wink’s custom drinks and playlist that moves from Bollywood to downtempo are what draw people to it weekend after weekend. That the party continues long after other city bars have shut is a bonus.
Kolkata - Junction
Exuding old-school luxury, this wood panelled is where people come to raise a toast to their success. With a well-stocked selection of single malts, and interiors that pay homage to the railways, this bar at the Taj Bengal is the place to sip and savour.
Hyderabad - The Sky Lounge
High above Hitech City, the Sky Lounge is a broody space that encompasses backlit shelving, exposed concrete walls and a terrace for those looking to enjoy the weather. The setting is ideal for a drink out with friends or co-workers, after a long day at work.
Bengaluru - Bang
A warm yet exclusive rooftop bar, Bang crowns the Ritz Carlton hotel in Bengaluru. With panoramic views, and a 20 metre long bar, the cocktails and wine list has something for everyone.
NCR - The Library Bar
The Leela Palace is home to Megu and Le Cirque, but for a quiet drink made with the best spirits in the world, the Library Bar is where deals are struck. With actual books on the wall and over 540 wines and champagnes, you can try something new on every visit.
Pune - Mix@36
On the roof of the Westin, the glowing pink tables contrast well against the night sky. Serving a mix of Asian and Continental food along with a range of aperitifs, this is where Pune goes to party after everything else has shut down.
Goa - Capiz Bar
Grand Hyatt’s Capiz Bar is a two-level affair, with a grand piano at its entrance and a seashell curtain that cascades down from its second level. It offers a range of drinks to those visiting the hotel. Looking out on the manicured lawns of the expansive property, the view is one that makes you want to linger.
Chennai - 365 AS
This all-purpose space in Chennai has it all. Sports bar. Lounge bar. Cocktails. Food. And more. Stop by for a drink, a meal or just to soak in the ambience at the Hyatt Regency.
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