The second edition of INCA, India’s most prestigious nightlife and bar industry convention and awards, in association with Johnnie Walker The Journey, which was held over two days at Mumbai’s Four Seasons Hotel, culminated in a glittering awards ceremony honouring the best and the brightest in the fraternity.
With 13 winners among them, bars in Mumbai dominated the long list of awards that were given out. Social, Mumbai, won the coveted Bar of the Year trophy, while the recently set up Playboy Club was declared the Best Nightclub. Slink & Bardot beat stiff competition to win the Best Bar for Cocktails award; Bombay Canteen was awarded in the Best Resto-Bar category, while Toast & Tonic, Mumbai won the Best Concept Bar award.
Goa had two big winners - Marbela Beach Resort in the Best Lounge category, and Rockpool, the restaurant and bar at W Hotel in the Best Bar in a Hotel category.
Xtreme Sports Bar & Grill, Hyderabad, was the only winner from South India, with Chennai and Bengaluru bars returning home empty handed.
Pune squeezed in one award in the form of High Spirits which was declared the Best Dive Bar.
Here’s the full list.
Best Night Club - Playboy Club, Mumbai
Best Lounge Bar - Marbela Beach resort, Goa
Best Bar in a Hotel – Rockpool at W Hotel, Goa
Best Bar Chain – Social, NCR
Best Bar for Cocktail - Slink & Bardot, Mumbai
Best Bar of the Year – Social, Mumbai
Beer Bar of the Year - The Beer Café, NCR
Best Sports Bar - Xtreme Sports Bar and Grill, Hyderabad
Best Pop Up – Rumor, Mumbai
Best Dive Bar - High Spirits, Pune
Best Resto Bar - The Bombay Canteen, Mumbai
Best Open-Air Bar - Aer, Four Seasons, Mumbai
Best Venue for Live Performance – Antisocial, Mumbai
Best Bar for Wines - The Wine Company, NCR
Best Concept Bar - Toast & Tonic, Mumbai
Best Debut Bar - Whisky Samba, NCR
Best Bar Interior - Cyber Hub Social, NCR
Best Bar Food - Farzi Café, NCR
Best Band – Parekh & Singh, Kolkata
Best Artist Manager – Submerge, Goa
Best Stand-up Act in a Bar - Varun Thakur, Mumbai
Best Mixologist - Yangdup Lama, Cocktails & Dreams, NCR
Best Promoter - Rage, Mumbai
Best Bartender - Vicky Thakur, PCO, NCR
Best Restaurant & Bar Manager - Rahul Raghav, The Bombay Canteen, Mumbai
Best F&B Director - Kelvin Cheung, Bastian, Mumbai
Best Music Event Festival - NH7 Weekender, Pune
Best DJ of the Year – Ankit Kochar, Mumbai