The 30 best bars in the country

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The 30 Best Bars India is the country’s first and only annual independent national bar ranking, and a platform to celebrate India’s top bar talent. This year’s rankings and awards ceremony recognized the top 30 bars in the country, as well as top bartenders and bar crews whose exceptional service set new industry standards.

The rankings and awards were determined by a nationwide poll of more than 200 judging panel members that included bar enthusiasts, beverage industry professionals and liquor connoisseurs. The three-month survey process began with a long list of over 500 bars across 15 cities. The Best Bar Team and Best Bartenders rankings were determined by a technical panel of 20 industry veterans.

While Goa’s Bar Tesouro was named India’s best bar, Sidecar (New Delhi), Copitas – Four Seasons Hotel (Bangalore), The Bombay Canteen (Mumbai), Lair (New Delhi), Hoots’ – Vasant Vihar (New Delhi), Comorin (Gurgaon), PCO (New Delhi), AER – Four Seasons Hotel (Mumbai), Raahi – Neo Kitchen & This year, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore topped the list with six bars each, followed by Goa with five bars, Kolkata with four bars, Gurgaon with three bars, and Pune and Hyderabad with one bar each.

Copitas at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangalore won Best Hotel Bar, Byg Brewski Brewing Company (Hennur, Bangalore) won Best Microbrewery or Tasting Room and Tesouro Bar (Goa) won award for best bar design. Navjot Singh of Lair in New Delhi was named best bartender and Bar Tesouro in Goa was named best bar team. In addition, Bar Tesouro (Goa) received the award for the best cocktail menu. In addition to this, Comorin has won a new award category, the Best Restaurant Bar Award (Gurgaon).

Meanwhile, Elephant and Co (Pune) and Bira 91 Limited Release Taproom (Bangalore) have become crowd favourites, winning the People’s Choice Best Bar Award and Best Microbrewery/Taproom Award respectively. Additionally, The Writer’s Bar, Welcomhotel By ITC Hotels and The Savoy (Mussoorie) were named Best Vintage Bar, and Yangdup Lama was named Industry Legend. Olive Group received the top prize for Best Pandemic Response, which was introduced this year.

After a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020, 30 Best Bars India returns to provide a well-deserved national and global recognition platform for Indian bars and bartenders. It also aims to promote bartending as a serious and respected profession in India, as well as celebrating its promising future among titans of the industry worldwide. Organizers have also recognized and honored the resilience of bar operators and staff during pandemic-induced closures by creating a unique award called the “Best Pandemic Response” award.

Vikram Achanta – Founder and CEO – Tulleeho and co-curator of 30 Best Bars in India, said: “Our master list of 500 bars that we started our shortlisting process with and how many bar businesses have navigated over the last two tough years, together is a testament to the growing bar scene in India. In fact, several winners of tonight’s Top 30 Bars ranking even have the potential to rival the best in the world, and I congratulate all of the winners.

Radhakrishnan Nair, Editor and Publisher of Man’s World magazine adds: “This year has been difficult for all of us. We started working immediately after the second wave stopped when bars started to reopen. But had to take a break again for the third wave. This year’s Top 30 list represents the best bars that have withstood the grueling effects of the pandemic and succeeded. We are also happy to welcome several new cities to the list. Congratulations to everyone who made the list.

Tulleeho and Man’s World Magazine have revealed the highly anticipated ranking of India’s Best Bars for 2021 at a well-attended awards ceremony on March 23, 2022 at Le Meridien in Gurgaon.

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