Tucked away in a lane off Linking Road, Bandra’s first specialist wine bar has opened up. It stocks old and new world wines from across the world. The Den is owned by Gaurish Rangnekar, who has spent a lot of time in South Africa and been influenced by its wine culture.
He sells wines by the glass and the bottle from France, Australia, India, California, and South Africa… and by the bottle only from New Zealand, Italy and Chile. Glasses of international wine costs Rs 300 to Rs 400 and bottles Rs 1,500 to
“Wine culture is picking up in India because it’s not intoxicating like the usual spirits. Women are drinking it. I hope this bar will help people to get well-versed with wines,” he says.
A first for Bandra, the bar does not stock beer or spirits. The only other specialist wine bar in the city, Ivy Wine Café and Bistro, has branches in Worli, Versova and Malad.
The Den is designed like an English wine pub with wooden interiors. Outside, smokers can enjoy a drink at imitation cask tables. Inside, ornamental barrels are carved in the walls. The interior of the tiny 1,300 sq feet bar is split into two sections, seating 26 in the front on artificial leather chairs, and 40 at the back. There’s no DJ, recorded soft rock or progressive music plays.
“Our prices are cheaper than most bars,” Rangnekar adds. A glass of Californian white wine costs Rs 380, French white wine Rs 300 and Sula Rs 200; a champagne cocktail will set you back by Rs 220.
The bar also serves western food and there are plans to hold wine tasting sessions and seminars.
The Den, Shop No.3, 4
Prabhat Kunj 24th Road, Khar. Next to the Elbo Room.
Call 2648 3136/37/38 The Den is open 12 pm to 1.30 am, seven days a week.