Cock & Bull, Fat Pigeon, RIKA, and The Sanctuary Bar & Kitchen are among the most popular watering holes in Hyderabad. Now, the four have made it to the list of top 50 best bars in the country compiled by Tulleeho, provider of beverage education, training, and consulting services.
The list also includes some of the most popular bars in the country, including Bombay Canteen, Mumbai; The Daily All, Pune; Miguels, Goa; Whiskey Samba, Gurgaon; Terra Maya, Guwahati Sly Granny, Bengaluru, and The Junction, Kolkata.
The list has an interesting mix of cities. New Delhi and Bengaluru top the charts with nine and eight bars each, Mumbai and Goa with seven bars each, Kolkata six, Chennai and Hyderabad with four, while Gurgaon and Pune have three. Jaipur and Guwahati also find a place in the list with one bar each.
As for the jury, it included 200 bar enthusiasts and industry experts spread across 10 cities, according to Vikram Achanta, founder-CEO of Tulleeho. Various parameters were given to the jury. Incidentally, a good or great bar typically has good hospitality, a well-curated cocktail and drink program, a good bar team, and bartenders, not to forget good bar design and ambiance.
Now, those listed in the top 50 will compete for a place in the top 30 best bars in the country. And now the company is working at bringing out a list of best hotel bars, best restaurant bars, best independent bars, best microbreweries or taprooms, best cocktail menus, and best bar designs.
A special technical jury comprising 25 industry professionals voted for two additional categories – best bar team and best bartender.