Mumbai's pubs are serving drinks in quirky ways
Move over martini glasses and punch bowls. Now, get your alcohol fix in quirky, cool and Instagram-worthy presentations as Mumbai pubs pull out all stops to make it a memorable night
Served in: A drip
Is turning into a vampire your secret fantasy? Feel like one as you enjoy a red concoction of gin, orange liqueur, cranberry and beetroot from a complex apparatus of drip pipes and beakers, a part of the pub’s new cocktail menu.
Also, opt for Bird Cage, that features a rum-based cocktail trapped in a white cage with dry ice smoke or Bath Tub, literally a mini-tub overflowing with alcoholic brews.
At: Hoppipola, Fifth Road, Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar (W).
Bourbon Mint Julep
Served in: A Julep cup
Did you know that the handmade sterling silver julep cup, coveted by the influential since the 1800s, is the iconic symbol for Bourbon?
Enjoy your whiskey in these specially procured silver cups that help keep the drink chilled. Hold the cup either by the bottom or the rim.
At: Woodside Inn, Wodehouse Road, Colaba.
Cost: Rs 525
Wham Bam Boo
Served in: A face glass
Handcrafted by an artisan in Rajasthan, the kitschy ceramic glass is made with vegetable colours and natural dyes, so that it doesn’t impart any odour to the flavoursome dark rum, passion fruit and banana cocktail.
At: Copa, Anna Building, opposite Juhu Gymkhana, Juhu.
Cost: Rs 395
Served in: A bucket
Recall fond memories with friends over pitchers of different flavoured mojitos presented in these quirky metal buckets with multiple straws. These sound better than the cumbersome glass bowls and jugs.
At: Light House Cafe, Third Floor, Khar (W).
Cost: Rs 1,100
Served in: A smoking pipe
Keen to relax with a classic Cosmopolitan? Try a smoking pipe version of the vodka-triple sec-cranberry fusion, where dry ice is used to create a visible smoke effect.
At: Joss, Savoy Chambers, Linking Road, Santacruz (W).
Cost: Rs 450
Chai Chai Chai
Served in: A samovar
Who said the traditional Persian metal containers were only used to serve tea? Pour yourself an Assam tea-infused cocktail from the samovar, sourced from a market in the city.
At: The Bombay Canteen, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.
Cost: Rs 375
Served with: A mirror
This one’s a heady mix for all your senses. Indulge in a black currant vodka-infused drink from a glass attached to a mirror, as you take in the scent of lavender agarbatti (incense stick). Perfect to check yourself out before you take that selfie.
At: All Social outlets.
Cost: Rs 380
Whatcha Ma Call It
Served in: Rubik’s Cube
Try the potent masala rum and chilli oil infused cocktail presented in the vibrant Rubik’s Cube. It might help you solve the puzzle too.
At: Sante, Hill Road, Bandra (W).
Cost: Rs 300
Fresh Fruit Red Sangria
Served in: A muskmelon
Are you a fan of muskmelon? You might enjoy this watermelon and muskmelon flavoured red wine served in a fruit. The ‘vessel’ enhances the flavours, they say.
At: The Bar Stock Exchange, third floor, Kenilworth Building, off linking road, Bandra (W).
Cost: Rs 350
Recycle and reuse
Moon Party Special in a milk bottle
Hit nostalgia lane as you sip this Long Island Iced Tea kind of drink from these old bottles.
At: Lemon Leaf, Andheri (W).
Mangaa in a Nutella jar
Enjoy the vodka-based, aam panna-infused cocktail in a reusable Nutella glass jar that was introduced at the brand’s Bangalore and Delhi outposts in 2012.
At: Monkey Bar, Bandra (W).