New Delhi’s Sidecaremerged as India's Best Bar, followed by The Bombay Canteen (Mumbai), Cocktails and Dreams Speakeasy (Gurgaon), Comorin (Gurgaon) and House of Nomad - Taj Land’s End (Mumbai). Aer - Four Seasons (Mumbai), BygBrewski Brewing Company (Bangalore) , O Pedro(Mumbai), PCO (New Delhi), The Hong Kong Club- Andaz Delhi (New Delhi) round up the Top 10 list.
New Delhi NCR dominates thecitywise 30 Best Bar 2019 ranking with 10 bars, followed by Mumbai with 9 bars, 8 from Bangalore and 3 from Kolkata. In the awards category, House of Nomad, TajLands End (Mumbai) won Best Bar Design Award; The Bombay Canteen (Mumbai) and BygBrewski Company (Bangalore) jointly won the Best Bar Team Award; VarunSudhakarofThe Runway Project by PizzaExpress (Mumbai) was declared the Best Bartender;Toit (Bangalore) won the Best Microbrewery / Taproom Award; Aer, Four Seasons (Mumbai) won the BestHotel Bar Award.
Sidecar (New Delhi)won the Best Cocktail Menu Award, Best Independent Bar Award in addition to Best Bar Award. ShatbhiBasu was the winner of the inaugural Industry Legend Award, and Harbour Bar, The TajMahal Palace (Mumbai)won theBest Vintage Bar Award.
Public favorites wereRefinery 091 (Kolkata) and BygBrewski Company (Bangalore)which won thePeople’s Choice Best Bar Award, and People's Choice Best Microbrewery/ Taproom Award respectively. These awards were based on an open online poll for the public.
Leading up to 30 Best Bars India 2019, 13 leading bars in the NCR region also hosted a week long Cocktail Carnival from 14th to 19th October. The bars curated 6 special cocktails each for their patrons for the week and offered at a special pricing. A special bar takeover was organized on 22nd October, where - The Bombay Canteen from Mumbai and Off-the-Record from Chennai alongwith the Bar Masons consultancy from Chennai took over the bar at Together at 12that Le Meridian Gurgaon to celebrate the eve before the announcement night.
The ranking also featured two People Choice Awards for the Best Bar and Best Microbrewery/Taproom, based on an open online polling of bar users from across the country. Additionally, two nominated awards in the category of Best Vintage Bar and an Industry Legend Award were presented during the main ceremony. While the former will honour a bar that is more than 30 years old and still going strong, the latter will be given to a personality of high standing in the bar industry who has served the community with distinction over a long period of time.
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