Indians are finally taking to cocktails in a big way at bars and restaurants across the major cities. And bartenders are doing their bit by getting more and more innovative, employing modern trends in mixology for the best results. They are thus reinventing the cocktails for the more serious drinkers and Instagram-friendly audience. Molecular mixology brings surprise to cocktails, while a push for artisanal ingredients has led to bars making their own syrups and mixers. All over the country, bars are upping their game to attract a new generation of drinkers. Here is the list of the best bars across the country who have been nominated for the INCA Best Cocktail Bar category.
Mumbai - Masalabar
Lit by candlelight and overlooking the sea, Masalabar’s cocktails feature in-house syrups and decoctions on a drinks menu that is overseen by Zac Abbott. The food too features inventive blackened pav bhaji and other Indian dishes with a twist, for a meal that complements the drinks.
Kolkata - The Factory Outlet
Whether it is mojitos, martinis or margaritas that tickle your fancy, The Factory Outlet on Camac Street has all of this and more. Offering innovative alcohol popsicles in a colourful ambience, there’s not much more required.
Hyderabad - Glocal Junction
Serving innovatively presented cocktails to those looking for a casual cocktail scene, Glocal Junction is known for its value for money. Negronis with a paan twist, and watermelon infused vodka are just two of the reasons that drinkers never leave disappointed.
Bangalore - Social
With three outlets in the city, Social’s penchant for outrageous drinks at reasonable prices has seen it garner a name for itself all over India. Cocktails with achar, served in plastic bags and some that feature liberal amounts of smoke - Social keeps pushing the envelope on what people are drinking.
NCR - PCO
This passcode-protected speakeasy is known for making drinking to its exacting standards, every single time. With suggested food pairings for some of the drinks, as well as a selection of classic cocktails, there’s always something new to discover here.
Pune - Terttulia
Inventive cocktails, shareable sangria and that all-important vibe have made Terttulia the weekend hangout for Pune folks since its opening. Whether it’s a lazy, boozy brunch or a late night party, Terttulia has established itself as a staple for party animals.
Goa - Thalassa
Drinks, broken plates and ouzo are what people think of when they think of Thalassa, but its cocktails deserve to be part of that list too. With a list of beach-ready cocktails and the signature warmth, it’s a popular pit stop for all visitors.
Chennai - Sudaka
This South American inspired restobar is introducing new cuisines to Chennaites. With a bar that melds spirits and spices, it manages to appeal to the Indian’s love of strong flavours. Bright colours on the wall add to its cheerful vibe.
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