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Best Cocktails Serving Places In Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore To Celebrate World Bartender Day

A cocktail connoisseur's guide to the finest tipple destinations

23 Feb, 2023 by Gargi Bisht

A cocktail connoisseur's guide to the finest tipple destinations

Every year on the 24th of February, World Bartender Day is celebrated across the globe to pay homage to the creative genius and talents of those important people who work behind the bar- the bartenders. Since its humble beginnings in the 1400s, wherein the innkeepers originated the art of ale & spirit mixing for guests, the profession of bartending has now come a long way. In fact, in the last few years, the bar scene has really evolved with ace mixologists paving the way for the craft cocktail movement and in the process, breathing life into the concept of "Cocktails Bars'' that we all have grown to love so much. And inspired by this undying adoration for heady concoctions, here's a list of our top picks of some of the best restaurants and bars in Delhi NCR, Mumbai & Bengaluru that are wildly popular for their artisanal cocktails and hence are the most ideal places to visit this World Bartender Day.

Delhi NCR

Whisky Samba, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

Whisky Samba is the apparent champion when it comes to zeroing in on the best tipple destinations to appease cocktail lovers. This swanky place with its trendy bar has been the front runner paving the way for the craft cocktail movement and in Delhi NCR. Whisky Samba brings the fun back to whisky drinking and mixology with its fine selection of signature whisky-based cocktails and a modern progressive menu.

Must-haves: Crazy Gin Lady, Whisky Samba Sour Cocktail, Truffle Hunter, Old Flame, Sin On The Beach, and Copacabana Whisky Smash.

Cost for two: ₹ 2500

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KLAP, Khan Market, Central Delhi

This relatively new & shiny destination in Khan Market is garnering popularity for all the right reasons. Serving elevated cuisine & bespoke pours, this chic urban bistro bar is spread over 2 floors, this elegant destination has a maximalist design with modernist interiors and is themed around world cuisine tapas bar, with fresh and seasonal eating as a core philosophy. Reminiscent of a family home villa with terrazzo, Klap is a sunny spot in Khan Market that serves good food but the show stopper here is its innovative cocktail menu that lures connoisseurs from far and wide, making this place one of the best bars in Delhi NCR for those who love heady bespoke concoctions.

Must-haves: Marco Polo Signature Cocktail, Ibin Batuta Signature Cocktail, Jamun Lady Tamarind Affair, and Xuang Zang.

Cost for two: ₹ 1200

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Juniper Bar, Andaz Delhi

Gin is the reigning champion of summer and when it comes to gin cocktails, the folks at Juniper Bar are the apparent winners simply because of their unfathomable range and mastery of gin-based infusions. Their pineapple and egg white-based Kerala Lady (with light notes of cardamom) is the summer drink you are sure to fall in love with. Indeed a great place to ring in World Bartender Day in Delhi.

Must-haves: Imli Fizz Gin Cocktail, Blushing Spritz, Paradise Valley, and Delhi Snapper.

Cost for two: ₹ 2500

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The Drunken Botanist, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon

Undoubtedly the best bar in Gurgaon to celebrate World Bartender Day, Drunken Botanist has been a sought-after destination for the city's tipplers and party hoppers since its inception. Decked up in green foliage, floral fabricated lightings, and an eclectic collection of knick-knacks, this place has a really whimsical vibe to it. Their food and drinks are prepared using novel gastronomical techniques and are an absolute visual delight along with being pleasing on the palate.

Must-haves:  Bourbon Sidecar, Strawberry & Coconut Margarita, Botanist Martini, Ruby Julep, Mysore Colada, and Red Wine Sangria.

Cost for two: ₹ 1500

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Dandy - The FIO Bar, Epicuria Mall, Nehru Place

The range of infused gins and heady drinks available at this cozy but cool place is sure to steal your heart away. And believe us when we tell you that their house cocktails are the real deal and going to make anyone on the lookout for fabulous, well-mixed cocktails really happy. If you've been for looking for a nice bar with great cocktails to celebrate World Bartender Day then congratulations because you just found it!

Must-haves: Mezcal Swizzle, Hey Juniper, Blueberry-Lavender Kombucha, and Dandy-Lion.

Cost for two: ₹ 1500

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PCO, Lower Parel, South Mumbai

If your World Bartender Day agenda involves hosting a fun soiree for the cocktail connoisseurs in your squad then PCO in Lower Parel is the definite winner. This dimly lit and opulently decorated speakeasy is a delight. You and your buddies will have an amazing time here with the best cocktails and phenomenal finger food. This spot has a distinct aura, with soothing instrumental music in the background under the open sky, you are guaranteed a time you will remember.

Must-haves: Apple Pie Vieux Carre, Yuzu Sour, Signature Mood Cocktail, Pandan Negroni, Twisted Paloma, and Brown Derby Fizz.

Cost for two: ₹ 2000

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South Bombay Bar, Atria Mall, Worli

Along with its tropical-deco design, South Bombay Bar offers delightful Indian-fusion cuisine and Continental food, coupled with creative and offbeat cocktails. The menu is a showcase of modern interpretations of continental cooking married harmoniously with bold Indian flavors and a selection of truly lip-smacking drinks.

Must-haves: Jimmy Chino, Russian Twist, Dragon Berry Cooler, Popcorn Sour, Gimlet, Negroni, and Peach Please LIIT.

Cost for two: ₹ 1800

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Ekaa, Fort, Mumbai

A perfect spot to experience fine dining with the charm of the neo-classical era, this one-of-a-kind restaurant in a 131-year-old building, is a game-changer. With an extensive Tapas, Bar, Tasting and an A la Carte menu, Ekaa is the place to be for a wholesome dining experience. Just like their food, Ekaa takes its alcohol very seriously too. If you are not down for their tasting menu, you can walk up to their bar and be totally surprised by what you’ve been served. Ekaa’s cocktails use ingredients foraged from India’s diverse ecosystems. If craft innovative craft cocktails are your jam, then this is indeed the best bar in Mumbai for you!

Must-haves: Abscission, Tongba, The Brine, Oggarane, Solace.

Cost for two: ₹ 1500

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Taki Taki, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Taki Taki, a restaurant & bar located in Lower Parel serving authentic Japanese and Pan Asian cuisine features delectable food made from the finest, premium-quality ingredients. Their gastro bar features cozy red velvet chairs, marble flooring, a majestic bar and stylish, sleek design elements inspired by the Far East. Bathed in deep, yet elegant red lighting, this Taki Taki's resto-bar doles out classic cocktails with a piquant Japanese twist.

Must Haves: Dawn of Spices, Truffle Negroni, Taki & Tonic, Japanese Smash, and Fire & Ice

Cost for two: ₹ 2500

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The Little Easy, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai

The Little Easy is Bandra's favorite neighborhood bar with a wide range of cocktails, craft beers & world cuisine. Perfect for any kind of celebration; a date night, an awesome dinner, or a Friday night filled with epic music and lots of dancing, The Little Easy is a go-to cocktail bar if you are looking for all-night enjoyment. 

Must-haves: Ginger Lavender Bellini, Blushing Mimosa, Mr. Jager Explosion, Aperol Spritz, and Neon Liit.

Cost for two: ₹ 2080

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Raahi Neo Kitchen & Bar, St. Marks Road, Central Bengaluru

A place that focuses on modern Indian interpretations of food, their cocktails are no different. They have a signature cocktail range based on ‘Navarasa’ or the 9 key human emotions, such as 'Hasyam' (‘Giggle’- a betel leaf distilled vodka cocktail) and 'Raudram' (‘Rage’- a cocktail with curry leaves liqueur). They also have the largest collection of gins in the city with a whopping 37 gin brands and counting, making it the best bar in Bengaluru for gin lovers.

Must-haves: Earl Grey Martini, Gin Gin Mule, Cocktail Inspector, Bonomi Gin Tonic, RIIT, and Bramble.

Cost for two: ₹1800

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Inanna Taproom, Bannerghatta Road, South Bengaluru

Known for its delectable food, craft cocktails, and experimentative gin creations, this one is a definite doozy of a spot that deserves to be on every gourmand's must-visit list this World Bartender Day! Their signature cocktail ''Pretty Ugly'' is a gourmet version of a classic Gin & Tonic featuring innovative inclusions like blue pea gin with lavender tonic. This beautiful and rather tasty drink is the best-selling concoction here and a testament to Inanna's ace mixologists' prowess.

Must-haves: Merry Pin Cocktail, Tom Collins, Negroni, Gimlet, Damn Strange, and Doxy Gaze.

Cost for two: ₹ 1700

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The Pump House, JP Nagar, South Bengaluru

A massive brewery with glass walls and a plant-filled décor, this place also does some excellent cocktails and various theme-based cocktails, such as the ongoing ‘Prohibition Era’ cocktails such as ‘Melted Women’ & ‘Aurora’.

Must-haves: TPH Barman's Mix, Cheerfully Cynical, Lightly Dangerous, Basically Badass Blonde (beer cocktail), and Thunderbolt.

Cost for two: ₹1500

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Gatsby Cocktails & Cuisines, Bannerghatta Road, South Bengaluru

A blend of modern luxury, expansive yet intimate interiors, and impeccable service, Gatsby is a relatively new chic restaurant in Bengaluru that is gaining popularity for its exemplary global spread and artisanal cocktails that bring to mind the iconic jazz age, flapper dresses, and prohibition pours that were all the rage during the long gone Roaring Twenties. Their bar menu curates a host of artisanal variations of classic cocktails in varied fun flavors like Lavender, Rose Petal, Hibiscus, and Butterfly Blue Pea.

Must-haves: Signature Lazulitini Cocktail, Gin Hacker Cocktail, Long Way To Go, Musky Mule, and Peach Bellini.

Cost for two: ₹ 1500

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Record Room, Magrath Road, Bengaluru

Record Room definitely tops our list of best bars in Bengaluru, and rightly so! A haven for music lovers, though Record Room is popular for its vinyl records and fine craft beers on tap, its menu makes it quite evident that this all-rounder of a place also excels when it comes to gin cocktails. Their exemplary menu curates an exceptional lineup of numerous artisanal cocktails and delectable small plates. Their Popcorn Gin & Tonic with cold brew is a revelation we guarantee will knock your socks

Must-haves: Geist Witty Wit Craft Beer, Blueberry Gibson, and Twisted Negroni.

Cost for two: ₹ 1800

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Written By

Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.

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