Dipti Datta

Bengaluru’s Drinking Scene is Complete with these Cocktails Superstars!!!

January 9, 2020

Imagine waking up to freshly tapped toddy in God’s Own Country or chewing chilled cucumber with green chutney on a hot summer day!!! Are we giving you travel goals??!!! Guess what, you are mistaken!!! We are curating the menu of innovative Cocktails in the garden city!!! Bengaluru has been home to bars, pubs, breweries and taprooms drawing enthusiastic hop heads of all kinds. And what kind of drinking scene would it be if it didn’t include the sorts of fancy cocktail bars employing bartenders that can concoct the very best Manhattan in town? So here we are, with a lowdown on the gorgeous cocktails aspiring to make your evenings:- The best Cocktail Places in Bengaluru, Ladies & Gentlemen.

Toast and Tonic

One of the first bars in the country to champion the movement of making in-house shrubs and tonics, Toast & Tonic wins when it comes to natural-flavored Cocktails. Find both, simple and innovative cocktails here, all devoid of artificial additives and syrups. What you’ll sip here are fresh fruits and flowers in your glass, with a focused section for gin-based cocktails. If you are wine lover, sample The Red Indian, a burst of spice in one sip with subtle flavor of Cranberry Bitters, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup enhanced with Sparkling Wine. The Gin drinkers get to woo The Blushing Lady, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Smoked Honey, Prosseco Rosso and Fresh Lime shaken with Gin. And the Vodka crowd can go for the Clouds Above The Silk Road, fresh Kiwi Berries with a dash of Martini Rosso, slices of Green Apple, Lime Juice and Simple Syrup.

Where: 14/1, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru

Call: 08041116879

Cost for two: INR 2000

Alfresco by Bene@ Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel

If Bene is the classy Italian fine-dine then AbB is the swanky one where contemporary (and retro) music meets a casual ambience, perfect for those catch up over drinks and of course, date nights. Date nights call for cocktails, right? You could try the less potent Alfresco Signature, which is a gin-based cocktail with elderflower extract, lemon juice, and cranberry juice. For those who prefer, whisky in their cocktail, try The Brown Derby. It is whisky and grapefruit puree meets honey that’s perfect as a sundowner. If not date night, bunch of buddies get to guzzle down Colossal Cocktails like Apple Champagne Punch, Watermelon Mojito or even the Hurricane Pitcher.

Where: 4th Floor, Brigade Gateway, A Block, Dr Rajkumar Roadd, Bengaluru

Call: 08042520166

Cost for two: INR 2300

The Permit Room

Celebrating the best of South India, from pop culture to local slang, The Permit Room is full of quirk, both in character and cocktails. Find tipples such as Chill Pill Maadi, Guntur Liquid Chutney, and Paati’s Magic Rasam here. The drinks come with ingredients such as mango, chilli, banana, and rasam powder, to create a Cocktail menu with that Indian twist. Get high with a strong concoction of Palm Jaggery, Dry Ginger and Cardamom spiked with Vodka or even the mix of Dark Rum, South Indian Filter Coffee Decoction, Coconut Syrup and Cinnamon Powder. The Permit Room has one way hearty ticket to your liver (and your heart too!!!)

Where: 16/3, Ram Kunj, Magrath Road, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru

Call: 9019113388

Cost for two: INR 2000


A tribute to human nostalgia, you’ll want to constantly come back to Shiro, if only to remember all the fun times you’ve had here (while making new memories, of course). Once inside, revel in the foot-tapping music, plush décor, stunning cocktails and delectable bar food. The must-try Cocktails feature The Secret Gardenan apple soaked mojito, Yamaguchi Sunset, a gin-based drink with peach and burnt orange chunks, and off course their seasonal range of cocktails.

Where: 2nd Floor, UB City Mall, Vittal Mallya Road, Lavelle Road, Bengaluru

Call: 9066025211

Cost for two: INR 1800

Fenny’s Lounge & Kitchen

Along with acing classic cocktails, Fenny’s Lounge & Kitchen does innovative drinks that are great whether you want to wind down after a long day at work or come specially to savor a well-crafted cocktail. Fenny’s Speciality range of Cocktails is absolute bliss, you can order pitcher or regular. The Midnight Passion which is a refreshing cocktail comprising of Vodka, Rum, Gin, Tequila flavored with Orange juice and topped with Raspberry and Craneberry.  

Where: 115, 3rd Floor, Opposite Raheja Arcade, 7th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru

Call: 9036082911

Cost for two: INR 1600

Sotally Tober

A cool hip vibe and fun cocktails is what makes Sotally Tober one of the must-visit bars in Bengaluru. Peculiar names like Frothy Marge, Spice Poof, and Sulaimani make up their drinks menu, and popular, comfort food flavour combinations in the glass are what you’ll find at the three outposts of this bar in the city. The Soto Signature Cocktails get to host that happy and high evening with stunners like Hibiscus Candy, frothy mixture of Tequila, Hibiscus, Pineapple and Egg white or even Coco Velvet, Coconut Rum on Red Velvet with Sprinkles of spice and herb. Whiskey fans, order for The Green Thumb, sweet and sour fresh concoction of reserve whiskey, basil and citrus fruits.

Where: 769, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala 4th Block, Bengaluru

Call: 08040965500

Cost for two: INR 1200


A desi Indian style lunch with 99 varieties of cocktails & shots, sounds like a rejoice right? Well, then it indeed is a rejoice at Daruwala!!! The ambience is a very high and cocktail-ish manner, linking the passion of drinking with iconic Bollywood characters and dialogues here. As it is situated on the top floor with open-air ambience, it sure is a treat to be here with a glass of your favorite drink in your hand. Speaking of gorgeous cocktails, a pile of 99 varieties adorn the menu with the likes of Rajnikanth Rasam, Spicy Bourbon, Blood Moon, and Cool Colada. Apart from these, we have got cocktails as Paanwala, Long Island Ice Chai, Bhelpuri Wala, Bloody Mary. With the names here, we presume that they do not need any brief on their flavors and ingredients!!!

Where: 7 & 8, Eden Park, Near Kalyani Magnum, Panduranga Nagar, Doresanipalya, 5th Phase, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

Call: 8722173555

Cost for two: INR 1500

Contributed by Sinjini Saha


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