If you’re bored of weekend escapes to Lonavla and Khandala, and have had enough of the usual beer at the city’s pubs, Smokies Bar and Diner is the place for you. Because it’s here that they serve beer from Pune’s first microbrewery — Doolally.
Smokies was earlier called The First Brew Bar, and it is situated in the Corrinthians Club, 20 minutes from downtown Pune. The bar’s wooden, old-school design draws your attention instantly.
Dim yellow bulbs light up the interiors, keg-stools lie scattered around low tables, and a thick brasslike pipe pours fresh beer into your mugs.
Varieties of Doolally beer include Belgium and German wheat beer, smoked ale, apple cider beer and premium lager. The price of a pint is in the range of Rs 120 to Rs 140, while a pitcher costs anywhere between Rs 420 and Rs 450.
Their Sunday brunches are for Rs 650, wherein until 4 pm, you can have all the beer and food you want. Started by a bunch of IIM graduates, Doolally was a beer baby concept.
On one inebriated night, Suketu Talekar and Prateek Chaturvedi, who used to work in Singapore, thought to themselves: “Why should we be here, when we could choose brewing beer as a profession?” It was then that the duo, along with their German partner and professional brewer Oliver Schauf, decided to come to Pune and set up Doolally.
The nature of their work is reflected in the way they describe themselves: “Saying that we are a beer company is like saying Steve Jobs makes computers. There’s so much more!” And indeed, there is.