Having lived in Gurgaon for 18 years now, I have witnessed the city turn the ‘rags to riches’ story into reality. Gurgaon is a surprise every single day. the moment you comply to the fact that the city has reached its saturation, there comes another googly! The hospitality business owes a lot of its success to the creative brains behind the bars, pubs and lounges. The unique menus, names and presentation maybe to attract attention, but they are working! Quirk doesn’t even begin here…. so, to share some first hand experiences, I present to you some of the most quirky cocktails in Gurgaon.
Modi vs Mamta @Ardor 29
If you’re from the quirky yet nerdy school of thought, this is your rendezvous! The menu design sets the tone of what entails within it…. This is probably the only time when I saw myself avidly, scouring through the witty drink and food menu! One that stood out was Modi vs Mamta, their dual cocktail combo, served as Modi, a heady but sweet, smooth mix of JD and honey… and Mamta, smoky whisky based, infused with exotic juices…. sour overpowering the sweet.
Where: SCO 25, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Dirty Scotsman At Indian Harem @AM PM
AM PM has a menu full of quirky tipples. Called ‘AMPM Craft Cocktails’, you can try a range of drinks with super funky names. Dirty Scotsman At Indian Harem is a whiskey-based cocktail that muddles the insatiable thirst of the Scotsman with Whisky rocks in the arms of Indian spices as mint, ginger, cinnamon and sun kissed lemons! Unique much?
Where: R-003, 2nd Floor, DLF Galleria, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon
Sangria Popsicle @Prankster
Prankster proves Shakespeare’s statement “What’s in a name?”wrong every step of the way. From the menu to the drinks, Prankster doesn’t waver in pranking. The place takes the sangria a step further with the frozen Red Wine sangria popsicle. Nothing better for the summer!
Where: Site 8-10, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Choco Martini @Manhattan
Experience the Bar Exchange looking for insane deals by the minute… Manhattan is the place to be. Some of the best cocktails in the city are served here, one that caught our fancy is the Choco Martini is a twisted version of the classic one, a ver quirky mix of Absolute, Choco syrup and Vanilla ice cream!
Where: 1st Floor Global Foyer Mall Unit 001, Golf Course Road, Sector 43, Gurgaon
Mysore Colada @The Drunken Botanist
One tryst with The Drunken Botanist is a culinary tour around the world, bringing world street food to you, under one roof…..but with a twist! Mysore Colada….yes, it is Pina Colada meeting Coffee. An eye brow raiser, this one blended in the coconut and coffee flavours…smooth.
Where: Unit 1B & 1C, Upper Ground Floor-C, Building 10C, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon
NCR @Together At 12th
The warm and breezy cheerfulness about Together at 12th is exuded on the walls, as part of the decor and choice of music, and of course, in the carefully-crafted food and drinks menu. The cocktails take inspiration from significant moments like your first date, the times of train journeys, reunions or coffee breaks in between work. Our favourite is NCR, made using ingredients from all around the country, in much the same way that the National Capital Region has people and cultures from all over the country. NCR has kahwa tea from Kashmir, kokum from Konkan and Karnataka and is served in a beautiful bamboo-wood glass from the Northeast of India. You could even call this drink India!