Unless you’re afraid of heights, the view from the top is always the finest. Capitalizing on their vertical advantages, these chic rooftops restaurants are the perfect venues to soak up the view along with sumptuous starters and a few signature cocktails this Valentines Day.
Dome, Intercontinental, Mumbai
Walk to the edge and take in the stunning view of the Queen's necklace and the Arabian Sea before you sink into the plush white sofas and breathe in the salty sea breeze. The Dome on the 8th floor of Intercontinental Hotel is an exceptionally romantic spot for Valentine’s Day. Tuesdays and Thursdays see live saxophone performances. Kickoff your evening with a round of lip-smacking cocktails paired with baked phyllo cigars, salmon sashimi or the immaculately wrapped tiger prawns.
Where: 135 Marine Drive, Mumbai. Tel: 022 3987 9999. Meal for two: Rs 4000
Rikē-Terrace Bar & Grill, Mumbai
This latest addition to the constellation of lounges and bars in Mumbai is set in the suburbs of Andheri. At this alfresco, dim-lit lounge you can drink cocktails straight out of a fruit (Pina Colada and Melon Cooler are served in actual pineapple and watermelon shells) and drag on a fine selection of hookah. The menu is built to please various tastes with Lebanese, Mediterranean, European, Italian, and Pan Asian dishes. But the best part is their selection of kebabs and veggies that they grill right at your table.
Where: Dream Works, C18, Dalia Estate, Off Andheri Link Road, Veera Desai Road, Above Doolally taproom, Andheri West. Tel: 91 9167469032| Meal for two: Rs 3000
Bang, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore
Bangalore is packed with amazing rooftop bars, but to truly appreciate the city’s skyline, you’ll need to travel to Residency Road and head up to the 15th floor of the The Ritz-Carlton. Here at Bang, the near-unobstructed vistas of Bangalore are as awesome as the classic cocktails. Grab a table close to the central fire pit and enjoy the petite sliders and mezze platters. Celebrity DJs provide a unique soundtrack to the romantic evening. Don’t miss the Mango macadamia mascarpone cheesecake for a sweet ending.
Where: No 99 Residency Road, Bangalore. Tel: : +91 80.4914.8000. Price for two: Rs 4000
Hype - Shangri-La, Bangalore
This glitzy and glamorous lounge with its 360 degree view of the glittering city skyline is the perfect venue for a date night. Kick back with one of their old school cocktails or a smoky whiskey sour. The Salmon Rolls, sushi and sashimi are the freshest in town as also the tapas-style snacks.
Where: Level 19, Shangri-La Hotel, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru. Tel: 080 45126100. Price For Two: Rs 3000
Kylin Sky Bar, Vasant Kunj, Delhi
Candles, white lilies, plush sofas and the best oriental food make this rooftop bar a great outdoor option this Valentine’s Day. The live Teppanyaki and sushi counter also help. Start with the Sly Thai martini a concoction of vodka, lychees, limoncello and lime leaf before you head to the Vietnamese carmelised prawns and the teppanyaki fish in Thai herbs. The best seats in the house are inside the artfully decorated cabanas.
Where: T 302, 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. Tel: Contact: 011 33105980/ 098717 57744| Price for two: Rs 3000
Aqua Java Air, Lake Town, Kolkata
This outdoor terrace bar affords sweeping views of the clock tower and is an ideal vantage point for watching glorious sunsets while lingering over expertly crafted specialty cocktails. It’s also ideal for those who want great food options to go with their libations and don't want to break the bank for a drink. The chill atmosphere is made even better by the bartenders and servers. Come early to grab your place under the cabana and gorge on the Greek-inspired vegetable salad, Mexican jalapeno burger and baklava.
Where: Block B, 188 Lake Town, Kolkata. Tel: 033 3099 0195 | Price for two: Rs 2500
Splash, Swissotel, Kolkata
There is no better way to enjoy Kolkata than from above, cocktail in hand, gazing across the lights and landmarks that define the city. Splash, nestled amid a natural garden setting is one such spot. The breezy cabanas, candlelight and al fresco setting work like a charm. Adding to the romantic experience here is a stellar menu that includes favourites such as Stir Fried Prawns, Jerk Spiced Chicken Breast and Harissa Spiced Mushrooms.
Where: City Centre New Town, Action Area 2 D, Plot No.11/5 ▪ New Town Rajarhat, Kolkata. Tel: 033 66266666, 033 66266379| Price for two: Rs 2500
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