Want To Visit The Best Dive Bar? Pune's High Spirits Is Where You Should Head To
There’s something about Dive Bars which other expensive places would never be able to match or emulate. Keeping the affordability factor aside, a dive bar is usually not the kind of place that makes for great Instagrams and Snapchats, but then, by your third drink, you’re already friends with the bartender. And by the end of it all, you surely know you’ll be coming back soon.
This year, Pune’s High Spirits won the title of India’s Best Dive Bar, second time in a row, at the prestigious annual nightlife and bar industry convention held in Mumbai on the 30th of September and 1st of October in association with Johnnie Walker the Journey. It saw off competition from heavyweight competitors including Wtf! and The Elbo Room (Mumbai), Olypub (Kolkata), Free Flow Traffic Bar (Hyderabad), Bootlegger (Bangalore), TC Bar and Restaurant (NCR), High Spirits (Pune), Taverna (Goa), and Sera – The Tapas Bar and Restaurant.
A dive bar that is renowned for being ‘student friendly’, as the natives call it, Pune’s High Spirits is both, a live music venue and a living room you wish you had, with the most awesome sound system, and an array of the most delectable poison, at your disposal.
The perfect place to be at if you’re into live gigs and theme events, this resto-bar is always buzzing with some activity or the other throughout the week. High Sprits has also hosted a number of high profile names in music including Pentagram, Indian Ocean, Raghu Dixit among others. And when it comes to music, whatever genre you prefer (Rock, R&B, pop, etc.), they have a separate night dedicated to it.
A bar that has a very sixties feel to it, its interiors are filled with photographs of veterans such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and Bob Marley and there’s always something new in their happy hours menu. Their cocktail menu boasts of some eclectic poison including Pornstar Martini (Vodka, Vanilla Syrup, passion fruit accompanied with sparkling champagne), and Clint Eastwood (Irish Whisky, Bitters, Espresso Syrup infused with Cigar Smoke). From the food menu, the delectable Peri Peri Sizzler and the Philly Cheese Steak Burger and their famous desserts such as Honey Crispies with chocolate ice-cream topped and roasted sesame seeds or the Fudge Brownie with vanilla ice cream and almond shavings will surely make you want to come back for more.
Recommended for: Philly Cheese Steak Burger and their tantalizing sizzlers
Where: 35A/1, S Main Rd, Parvati Gaon, Koregaon Park, Pune