Category Archives: Bars, Pubs, Lounges

Review: Oktoberfest at Q-Bar, VITS Hotel

Oktoberfest is much awaited every year as beers from around the world are available at the bars in the city and celebrated with much anticipation.

This year, we were excited to try the special Oktoberfest menu at Q-Bar, VITS Hotel. A limited menu with about 6 dishes and 2 desserts was crafted for the festival alongwith domestic and international beers and beer cocktails.

The decor was nice and vibrant with beer quotes and a complete festive feel to it. The music was a bit too loud for our liking, but then again, it’s a matter of perspective.

Without wasting too much time, we ordered for the Chicken Roll – Flattened Chicken Breast stuffed with chicken mince and spinach. Unfortunately, we were extremely disappointed with the dish as the Chicken was undercooked and inedible. The next, we tried the Chicken Schnitzel which was served with garlic lemon caper sauce and potatoes. The potatoes were delicious and the sauce was flavourful but the Chicken, again, was bland and unimpressive. Disappointed with the food, we thought we should move on to the beers.

A special mention to the bartender who was well informed and attended to us happily. He offered us a spicy beer cocktail which was really good! We loved the flavour and the fruity aftertaste was the cherry on the cake. Next, we tried a British Bourbon Flavoured Craft Beer called Brody’s Beer. This was again our server-bartender’s recommendation. With a hint of honey, this one is a must try for all you craft beer lovers!Overall, Q-Bar, needs to definitely work on the food as it failed to impress us but the drinks were fab and we might just give it another chance for that!

Venue: Q-Bar

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VITS Hotel, Marol, Andheri East

Landmark: International Airport Zone

Phone: 022 6151 7555


VITS at @vitsmumbai on Instagram

Chandni at @chandnitolani and Mumbai Candid at @mumbaicandid on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter


Review: The Bombay Canteen

Call it popular, call it innovative or call it just the novelty factor, The Bombay Canteen has been open for a couple of weeks now but to get a reservation here is tougher than getting a rickshaw outside Andheri station.
Precisely why we decided to simply walk in on a Wednesday evening to try our luck, to find it completely empty. We were told that we could get a table only till 9 PM and we agreed to take it.
To start off with, let’s talk about the ambiance, bright, airy and soft music. A complete win. The music tends to get louder and the lights dimmer after 8 PM. The menu is quite limited and though the names sound great the food is simple and a fusion of traditional meets contemporary.
We started our meal with the Aloo Bravas with yoghurt, mustard, red chilli and nylon sev – tasty and definitely a good snack to go with a drink. Next on the table were the Desi Tacos – desi because the tortillas are replaced with theplas. The chicken ones were quite delicious because of the spicy chettinad flavour, the vegetarian ones were average.
Stuffed Grilled Chillies
Stuffed Grilled Chillies
Next, on the server’s recommendation, we ordered the Cheese Stuffed Grilled Chillies, this one was the biggest disappointment. Bland and tasteless, even the cheese couldn’t make it taste better.
The other quick bites we really enjoyed were the Sprouted Lentil Chaat and the Teekha Chicken Wings.
Drinks at The Bombay Canteen are the highlights. Be it the potent Desi Whiskey Sour or the non alcoholic TZ’s Elixir, we really enjoyed the drinks!
Overall, this ones definitely an add on to the numerous bars in Lower Parel with a limited food menu. A few good finger food options and a couple of drinks and it can be your go-to place for after work parties. Although we wouldn’t know how to deal with the week long waiting list for reservations!
PS: By 8.30 PM the place was packed and there were no empty tables.

Venue: The Bombay Canteen

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Kamala Mills, Lower Parel

Landmark: Near Radio Mirchi Office

Phone: 4966 6666


The Bombay Canteen at @Bombay_Canteen

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

Review: Hoppipola

There’s one more new bar in the city and this one is absolutely delightful!

Hoppipola translates to Jumping in Puddles and there’s also a song made after this phrase. A hidden gem, located in the by lanes of Khar, the location is probably its only con. Because other than that we loved everything about this place.

A huge indoor seating and a adequately big alfresco seating, white and blue interiors, chalk board tables, board games, beer games and amazing cocktails. What is not to love about this place?

Hoppipola is sure to bring out the child in you as it did in us! Try their cocktails, the Watermelon and Basil Caprioshka being our favourite! The food however could get better, some hits and some misses. The Margarita Pizza and the Chicken Skewers were good, all the other bar nibbles had a bit too much salt.

Overall, we have already made three trips to this place in two weeks, so goes without saying that it has made it to our list of favourites!

Venue: Hoppipola

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Off SV Road, Khar West

Landmark: Behind Ramee Guestline Hotel

Phone: 26487365


Hoppipolla at @atHoppipolla

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid


Ssshh… Secret Bar In The City – Please Don’t Tell

There’s a new secret bar in the city, PDT – Please Don’t Tell. Why is it a secret bar you ask? Well because you need a code for the doors to let you in.

Smaaash has a new neighbour, PDT, located at Kamala Mills. The place is a vibrant yet rustic, with a high ceiling, molecular cocktails, some innovative quick bites and great music. The overall vibe of the place will get your feet tapping.


International Beer Day: Happy Hours in the city!

2nd August is International Beer Day and guess what, it’s a Friday! So here’s where you can go, get drunk today!

Where: The Irish House, Lower Parel |Kala Ghoda | Kurla
When: 5.30 PM – 8.30 PM, All days
What’s the deal: 1+1 on domestic and imported liquor

Where: Drunken Munkey, Andheri
When: 11 AM to 12 AM Sun-Thurs and 11 AM to 9 PM Fri-Sat
What’s the deal: 1+1 on domestic and imported liquor

Where: Astrix, Chembur
When: 6 PM to 9 PM, Mon-Fri
What’s the deal: 1+1 on domestic liquor

Where: Amigos, Andheri
When: 6 PM to 9 PM, Everyday
What’s the deal: 1+1 on domestic liquor
Where: The Little Door, Andheri
When: 6 PM – 9 PM
What’s the deal: Unlimited Kingfisher Beer at Rs.397

Where: Loca Loca, Khar
When: Upto 9 PM, All days
What’s the deal: 1+1 on domestic liquor

Belvedere Cocktail Masterclass at Wink

We were recently invited to a cocktail masterclass hosted by Belvedere Vodka alongwith their Global Brand Ambassador and bartender Allison Dedianko at Wink, Taj Vivanta.

The masterclass was a great experience where Allison alongwith the inhouse bartender at Wink taught us how to make 6 exotic cocktails, inspired by Indian ingredients. After the interactive session, participants were allowed to step into the bar and prepare their favourite cocktail out of the six concoctions. Our favourite was the Saffron and Cinnamon Daisy and we prepared the same!

Shaking up a cocktail alongwith Richa of Knead With Love

Here are the recipes of the cocktails: 

Pineapple and Cardamom Martini
50ml Belvedere Vodka
20ml Pineapple Juice
10ml Cardamom Infused Simple Syrup
2 Cardamom pods
2 Chunks of Fresh Pineapple

Muddle cardamom with simple syrup and fresh pineapple. Add rest of ingredients and shake with cubed ice. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with pineapple leaf. 

Saffron and Cinnamon Daisy
50ml Belvedere Vodka
25ml Saffron and Cinnamon Syrup
25ml Lemon Juice
Dash Premium Triple Sec
Dash Egg White

Dry shake all ingredients to emulsify the egg white and create a foam. Add ice and shake until very cold. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon.

Clove Sour
50ml Belvedere Vodka
25ml Clove Infused Simple Syrup
25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Dashes Bitters

Shake with ice and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon. 

The Zephyr (Global Signature)
45ml Belvedere Vodka
25ml Pink Grapefruit Juice

15ml Orgeat (Almond Syrup)
15ml Fresh Lemon Juice

Top with Tonic Water

Shake first four ingredients with ice and fine strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.  Top with Tonic Water and garnish with a wedge of pink grapefruit.

Lemongrass Silver Fizz 
50ml Belvedere Vodka
10ml Fresh Lemon Juice
10ml Simple Syrup
2 Inch slice of Lemongrass
15ml Egg White
Topped with Cream Soda

In a cocktail shaker muddle lemongrass. Add BV, lemon, egg white and sugar. Dry shake then shake with ice and fine strain into champagne flute. Top with cream soda.

Belvedere Vodka Tasting Notes

Nose: Faint hint of vanilla along with gentle characteristics of soft cream

Palate: Full and round with medium body and a naturally smooth, rich and velvety

Texture. Some light vanilla notes swaying between sweet and savoury, with a hint of white pepper and spice

Finish: Good length with notes of almond, clotted cream and some faint Brazil nut characteristics

Venue: Wink, Vivanta by Taj
Cuffe Parade

Follow: Allison at @belvedere_ali 
Richa at @kneadwithlove
Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT and @MumbaiCandid


Mini Review: Guilt Trip

For those who don’t know, Guilt Trip has been started by one of the ex partners of LSD – Love Sugar Dough, hence our expectations were high. Located right next to Baskin Robbins at Carter Road, Guilt Trip is primarily a cupcake shop but also stocks brownies, macaroons and few other desserts.

We tried the Chocolate Truffle Cupcake and it was quite a disappointment. Sugary, dry and not gooey at all. Priced at Rs.70 we expected much more from it. Let’s hope we have a good enough reason to go back there!  

Venue: Guilt Trip
Address: Off Carter Road, Bandra West
Landmark: Next to Baskin Robbins

Phone: 69996096