Bar Bar opens its doors in Bengaluru
The watering hole rewards drinking with friends
BENGALURU might still be warming up to the ‘bar stock exchange’ concept but Bar Bar by Mumbai-based Bellona Hospitality attempts to turn local drinking culture on its head with a system by which the more drinks a customer orders, the lesser he or she pays. A venture by the folks behind the recently launched Shizusan Shop House and Bar, Bar Bar aims to reward drinking with friends. The ‘E-Savings Calculator’ allows you to find out exactly how much money you have saved, through a special app. A cocktail that costs Rs.200, for instance, will cost Rs.100 when ordered by four people from the same group. Of course, groups can order different cocktails under the same category and still avail the discounted rates.
The swanky new bar is located at Phoenix Marketcity and boasts dark, grungy interiors with quirky elements like electric blue hurricane lanterns, and waiters in uniforms with tongue-in-cheek slogans such as ‘I’m yummier than Brad Pitt.’ If all of this is not enticing enough, we suggest you take into consideration their Bartender’s Bottles — 750 ml for a cocktail of your choice served with extra garnish, bar snacks and three glasses. We sampled the Fruit Loops and Holy Mojo. While the former (tequila, cranberry juice, apple juice) is presented with candy and fruit chunks, the latter is Bar Bar’s version of Mojito (with basil, olives and cucumber).
The On A Diet Bowl is the perfect antidote to all that heavy drinking. Made with onions, bean sprouts, cucumber and tomato, this salad is tossed with whipped yogurt, date chutney, mint and coriander for a sweet, tangy and refreshing dish. Vegetarians may also ask for the Bruschetta Geniovese — a delicious, well-executed pairing of mushroom with baby arugula and goats cheese.
Also a must-try is the Mangalorean Mutton Sukkha which is boneless mutton chunks in a fiery masala made with green chillies, garlic, curry leaves and Indian spices. We found that our meat was tender and the masala is a fine example of traditional South Indian flavours. Another highlight of the menu is their Mac ‘n’ Cheese burger, which features a patty made from deep fried macaroni and cheese. Equal parts crispy and gooey, it may be artery clogging but it sure is delicious. Meat lovers may opt for the Double tenderloin and cheese burger — juicy tenderloin patties with cheese, sauteed onions and Sriracha mayo. From the dessert section, we recommend the Salted caramel and coffee tart. Seasoned with a touch of sea salt and finished off with chocolate, this one strikes the fine balance between bitter and sweet.
The concept is refreshing and the menu is both unique and familiar to make this one a friendly neighbourhood pub.
Rs.1,450++ for two. At Whitefield. Details: 67266651