INCA 2016: Here's Why The Library Bar Was Crowned India's Best Bar In Hotel


INCA, in association with Johnnie Walker The Journey​, the awards show and convention which celebrates and honours the finest of India’s nightlife and bar industry, is back with its second edition later this month.

The second edition of the Indian Nightlife Convention and Awards  (INCA), in association with Johnnie Walker The Journey, that showcases and honours the best of the country’s bars 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 such as  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, etc. and will culminate in a glittering award show that will honour the best of India’s nightlife and bar industry.  Last year, as many as 27 awards were given, including those  for the 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 anticipation of the INCA awards this year, here’s a look back at the category of the Best Bar in Hotel. 

Hotel bars are a special type of watering hole. Whether it is their superior mixology skills, their one-of-a-kind ambience, or the prime location they’re situation in - the bar becomes a haunt for locals and travellers alike. In India, where stand-alone bars are a relatively new concept, hotel bars have existed since generations for the well-heeled in major metros. And with their popularity continuing to soar, many of them have become landmark destinations in their respective cities.

Last year, there were many bars vying for the Best Bar in a Hotel award at the INCA. Among the nominees were Wink (Mumbai), Junction (Kolkata), The Sky Lounge (Hyderabad), Bang (Bengaluru), The Library Bar (NCR), Mix@36 (Pune), Capiz Bar (Goa), and 365 AS (Chennai). The keenly-fought competition was won by The Library Bar, NCR. 

Inca Awards - Best bar in a hotel - Leela Palace - The Library Bar


Described as the “quintessential gentlemen’s club for guests of refined and sophisticated taste”, The Library Bar is situated inside The Leela Palace, which is also home to Megu and Le Cirque. Its interiors have been inspired by an era where Chesterfield chairs, cigars and brandy were the usual norm and if you’re looking for a quiet drink created out of the best spirits in the world, then the Library Bar is where deals are struck. 

You can quietly sink into their couches, amid the striking decor which includes actual books on the walls, and place your order from an impressive selection of over 540 wines and champagnes. Their signature drinks include Malbec and Tuscany wine while the food menu is an amalgamation of Italian and Continental. Library Bar is one of a kind and has made a special place in the hearts and minds of the residents of the NCR as well as travellers from across the globe. 


Riyaaz Amlani, President, NRAI recently 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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