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Bangaloreans are spoiled for choice when it comes to celebrating over a couple of drinks, and why not? There’s no dearth of microbreweries in Bengaluru and when you want other crafts, you can always switch to imported drinks. When in doubt, grab a drink in Bengaluru. Here’s our curated list of the best cocktail bars in Bengaluru, so the next time you’re about to raise a toast, you know where to head. 

1
Toast & Tonic 

One of the first bars in the country to champion the movement of making in-house shrubs and tonics, Toast & Tonic wins when it comes to natural flavours. Find both, simple and innovative cocktails here, all devoid of artificial additives and syrups. What you’ll sip here are fresh fruits and flowers in your glass, with a focused section for gin-based cocktails. 

Must-order: Herbalist 

2
The Permit Room

Celebrating the best of South India, from pop culture to local slang, The Permit Room is full of quirk, both in character and cocktails. Find tipples such as Chill Pill Maadi, Guntur Liquid Chutney, and Paati’s Magic Rasam here. The drinks come with ingredients such as mango, chilli, banana, and rasam powder, to create a menu high on Indian flavours.
Must-order: Mallu Delight

3
Sotally Tober

A cool hip vibe and fun cocktails is what makes Sotally Tober one of the must-visit bars in Bengaluru. Peculiar names like Frothy Marge, Spice Poof, and Sulaimani make up their drinks menu, and popular, comfort food flavour combinations in the glass is what you’ll find at the three outposts of this bar in the city.
Must-order: The Green Thumb

4
Drava

Less than six months old, Drava has Bengaluru swooning over its cocktails already. The bar is popular with 20-somethings, and has in-your-face fun names for its cocktails. Their Long Island Iced Teas are famous for their potency and flavouring – think hibiscus tea and passion fruit.
Must-order: Drink & Fly

5
Laughing Llama Gastropub

Along with acing classic cocktails, the Laughing Llama Gastropub does innovative drinks that are great whether you want to wind down after a long day at work or come specially to savour a well-crafted cocktail. You’ll find here drinks inspired by one’s college memories, the street side gola, coffee, and more.
Must-order: Drunk’s The Gola

Megha Uppal
Associate Editor
An innate love for travel and food has translated into many a trips since childhood for Megha; it also fed her curiosity to know about local cultures. When not writing, she is on the lookout for three things: A great dark chocolate dessert, a beautiful pool where she can practice her backstroke, and art that she can save up for.