Happy (hic) hours all the way
Looking for a good place for a tipple in town? Bottle Bar near the Bombay Stock Exchange might be a groovy haunt for its happy hours and potent cocktails
The opening of TLD (The Lazy Dog) near Horniman Circle brought much cheer(s) to those looking for a good, value-for-money watering hole in the business district in Fort. Going by our first visit to Bottle Bar, the newest addition to the neighbourhood, (it’s almost a stone’s throw from TLD), it looks set to woo tipplers who love their tall, chilled glass of poison, with sports channels aired in full blast on a big screen.
The bar shares its food menu with Spices and Flavours above which it is located. We visited the bar on a Sunday night and were dejected to find the neon-lit bar empty, in spite of ICC Champions Trophy final being on that day (the TV screen was malfunctioning too, with a black-and-white display). The interiors have a mix of different seating: sofas in the dark with neon lights above them, tables with bar stool-style chairs and a line of regular restaurant style tables and couches. The bar was one of the trippy-est we’ve seen in the city, with empty glass bottles lined in the front that keep on changing the colour with the help of lighting. Slowly, the bar started filling though and after a sip of our cocktails we realised why Bottle Bar seemed popular.
The menu, like the seating arrangement, has something for every kind of alcohol-lover — from kahlua to flaming shots, sangrias and chardonnay (only Indian branded wines). We plumbed for the rather interesting sounding Blood On The Rooftop (`500) and the day’s special, Zombie (`450) from the cocktails section.
The first option was a mix of tequila, rum, vodka, gin, triple sec and lemonade, topped with red wine (for the blood effect). The cocktail was extremely potent; though it could have done with a dash of more lemonade. For those looking for a stiff drink, this could be your calling. The Zombie looked more like a zombie on holiday — it was a very fresh-looking drink decorated with a piece of pineapple on top. A mixture of white and gold rum with a fruity flavour; it reinstated our assumption that Bottle Bar might want their patrons to get drunk.
What works for the Bottle Bar is their happy hours: there’s a one-on-one free offer on any drink from 4 pm to 10 pm! For our free drink round we asked the attendant to substitute Zombie with a Mojito (`400) as we weren’t happy with it, and they obliged. The Kiwi Mojito was our tipple winner — we loved the zesty bits of kiwi that blended well with the soda and rum. The food section was a downer all the way. The Morrocan Paneer (`225) and Sizzling Pasta (`350) didn’t score any points. The Sizzling Pasta (`350) was dry and again, barely passed the muster. We’ll do an encore at Bottle Bar for sure, but only for their happy hours. Hopefully, their weekly karaoke nights might lift the mood too.
At Rajabahadur Mansion, 6/8, Ambalal Doshi Marg, next to Bombay Stock Exchange, Fort.
Bottle Bar didn’t know we were there. The GUIDE reviews anonymously and pays for meals.