Whisky Magazine Issue 100
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Sandeep Arora discovers and explores some of the best whisky bars in India.
THE PIANO BAR
At the Oberoi, Gurgaon
The Oberoi Gurgaon, recently introduced Japanese whiskies and added these to its charming whisky collection. This was the first bar to do a formal tasting, paired with Japanese food, it was a fitting tribute to some of the great whiskies of the world.
Since the hotel opened, it has been in the news for all the right reasons. Though admittedly, The Piano Bar, located on the third level and overlooking the central reflection pool has maintained a low profile and as such exclusivity.
It opens at 11 in the morning and is great place for an early afternoon drink, before proceeding for an elegant lunch at the Three Sixty One. Evenings are another matter all together, when one can linger over some great whiskies, wines and cigars. Whisky cocktails are well prepared and offered with the finest presentation. The décor is contemporary with enhanced lighting lots of open space combined with service reminiscent of an exclusive club. Light snacks, afternoon teas or evening cocktails, all are enjoyed at leisure.
The main bar is the Island bar counter, which is in pristine Botticino, simple yet elegant. In contrast is the gold leaf work on the wall just behind it, adding to the opulence while the indigo blue Grand Piano provides contrast.
An extensive beverage list includes premium spirits and liqueurs, in addition to a unique selection of classic cocktails and champagnes all served in handcrafted European glassware.
The menu comprises of frozen...