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Bootleggers eyes Bandra

The new Bootleggers will be a replica of the English-style pub in Colaba, with a pool table, a jukebox and dart boards and will serve American and Indian snacks.

entertainment Updated: Sep 30, 2009 20:00 IST
Naomi Canton

Bootleggers, is negotiating for two properties — one on Hill Road and the other on SV Road. “South Mumbai’s youth has moved to Bandra. South Mumbai has completely dried up and it’s only places like Leopold and mine that work now because they are cheap but Bandra bars are always packed. We want to tap this middle market,” explains owner Sushant Kamat.

The new Bootleggers will be a replica of the English-style pub in Colaba, with a pool table, a jukebox and dart boards and will serve American and Indian snacks.

Tequila bar to open up at Bonobo
Following international trends, Bonobo will install a dedicated tequila bar inside the restaurant from October 19. Partner Nevil Timbadia says they will offer 30 tequila flavours, marinated themselves at Bonobo including chocolate, red chilli and jalapeno. Bonobo has tied up with a tequila brand and will serve the drinks neat over ice and without mixers.

The tequila bar will be next to the interactive cocktail bar in the air-conditioned section.
Timbadia admits that he got the idea when he visited a tequila bar in Liverpool that served three to 400 flavours of tequila. He also dropped into a London restaurant that dished out tequila cocktails.

Single’s bar for women
Bandra’s new watering hole, Elbo Room, is located off the Linking road. The brainchild of Nicolo Morea, and Rahul Kapoor, the venue claims to be the only real pub-meets-bar in the city.

Is that claim true for a place like Bandra where you could throw a stone and hit five resto-pubs? “You may have a Mumbai Times Café or a Bonobo, but I’ve opened an English bar-cum-pub. Customers have said that the place looks like a Soho joint in London or New York.”

Elbo Room is being pitched as a bar for single women. “We afford security for women. So, a group of women may just come there on their own. But I don’t want to categorise it because our customers are a mix of singles and couples,” Morea explains.

The large bar area is well lit, which Morea believes helps women feel comfortable. “My female model and actor friends have a ball when they come here.”

The bar has already decided on a list of theme nights with Karaoke Wednesdays, Barbeque and Bar night on Thursdays and Formula One Sundays. It also plans to cater to Mumbai’s football fans by showing all major tournaments, and may even serve fish and chips to capture that authentic feel.