The Lalu at Yauatcha (reserve now)
The Michelin-starred Chinese dim sum teahouse in London, well-known for its exciting spread of cocktails and dim sums, does not disappoint in Bangalore city. The Lalu is a signature cocktail available at the Yauatcha Bar and Terrace. Served in a tall glass with a long thick straw, this deceptively subtle cocktail, combines the sweetness of lychee juice, with lightly brewed Oolong tea, a generous shot of vodka, sweetened with splashes of lychee liqueur and a hint of lemongrass.
Verdict: A well-made tea-based cocktail in hand, essential for long thirsty summer nights.
The Thea Martini at Yauatcha
This cocktail combines vanilla and vodka with the sharp snap of ginger and chilly with soothing traces of apple juice, lime, sugar. The seductive heat from this concoction will leave your throat tingling. Not for the faint-hearted, it is the perfect drink for a date night, best accompanied with the truffle edamame dumplings.
Verdict: My favourite pick from the list. Do not miss out! The bar service is exceptional as they keep our glasses full, and the talk light. Also, stop by the bar and ask for the bartender, Sam’s creations – they are off the menu.
Cosmo Explosion at Church Street Social
Notorious for being the noisiest night-outs, the bar serves up some truly unique drinks in equally quirky presentations. The Cosmo Explosion, a DIY cocktail made up of vodka and Cointreau infused with cranberry juice, and citrusy notes of orange zest and lime served on top of fluffy pink cotton candy. “The drink is a hit with the ladies, its flirty, girly and a great twist on the classic Cosmopolitan Cocktail” says Jones Elish, the Bar Manager at Social. Get them to show you how to flame the drink and you are good to light up the subsequent rounds.
Verdict: A classic cocktail with a DIY twist for the ladies. The twist is cotton candy in your glass. In case you don’t get a table, don’t try waiting.
Geisha at Windmills Craftworks
This Whitefield spot has a microbrewery with a selection of lagers and ales, a jazz theatre with performing artists and bookshelves, to keep you absorbed on your seat for hours. The Geisha, quite like the name, is a delicate green cocktail that brings together unusual flavours and aromas of roses from the palmarosa (essential oil), green tea infused with vodka and the colour and sweetness of the Midori (sweet, melon flavoured) liqueur.
Verdict: “If you don’t like your cocktails sweet, The Geisha, is a straight up cocktail for you!”, Neil, Bar Manager, Windmills Craftworks. We’re in complete agreement here!
The Rum Keg at The Big Kahuna
This Indiranagar rooftop restaurant is big on celebrating island culture and has a decent setup for a loud, boozy night. In spirit of the theme at TBK, we picked The Rum Keg, a communal drink, serving 4 at a time, perfect for a group of rum drinkers. The menu also offers a selection of simple cocktails with tropical flavours of rum, pineapple and coconut.
Verdict: If communal drinks are not your thing, we recommend an early drink, and a nibble at the tiki bar anyway.
Golden Sangria at Biere Club
In a city known for its beer drinkers, where pubs and breweries are lined up by the dozen, we have come to know and love this pub at the corner of Lavelle road, that allows conversation to float over the music and the ever-flowing beers on tap. The Golden Sangria, a tell-tale name for a beer cocktail, mixes a delicate fruit punch of fresh, crunchy apple, watermelon, and citrusy notes of orange and lemon with a fizzy base of their signature in-house lager – Tilf Lite – served in a wine glass.
Verdict: Beer cocktails are trending, which is perfect for those of us who do not chug, but sip. The Golden Sangria may just be a refreshing upgrade to the shandy.
East Indian Company at Toast and Tonic
The city’s favourite chef, Manu Chandra, has a new restaurant, Toast and Tonic is a barn-styled restaurant, inspired by the East Village in New York City. Once here, head to the bar; a supreme cocktail list for gin-lovers awaits. The East Indian Company combines gin with a strawberry and clove tonic water, served with spiced strawberry ice, infused with flavour and melts slowly into your drink, keeping it cold, delicious and very sweet.
Verdict: Pick and choose from a wide selection of gin and tonics. In case, you are not a gin drinker, ask them to replace it with the alcohol of your choice.
Copper Monkey at Monkey Bar
The cocktails at Monkey Bar are simple, ingredients are local, and served in the signature funky containers. The Copper Monkey, is a meet-cute of Whiskey and passion fruit, with hints of bitters, fresh orange juice, and mint – served in a copper tumbler, that keeps it icy cold and irresistible. A Kunal Chandra favourite, this refreshing mix is light and an all-day kind of drink.
Verdict: This one’s a way to beat the heat, when at Monkey Bar!
Devote yourself to this list, get to know these unusual drinks, here in your city and remember to drink responsibly.