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Best new bar/club

india Updated: Sep 25, 2010 00:28 IST

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Which is the city’s hottest new bar or nightclub? As part of our quest, we will feature six new entrants to Delhi’s nightlife. The Teacher’s Origin Best New Bar/Club of the Year winner will be announced on the night of the HT City Crystals People’s Choice Awards 2010.

The nominees:
* Poison Ivy
* The Blue Bar
* Rubicon Bar
* Quantum
* Key Club
Today, we take you inside Lap and Poison Ivy


If you want a whiff of exclusivity, you do not need to look beyond LAP. This lounge bar-cum-club — the baby of actor Arjun Rampal and restaurateur AD Singh — is open only to members. Spread over 17,000 square feet in Hotel Samrat, it features luxurious, plush interiors. Molecular mixology features prominently here. As for service, each table has its own butler! AD Singh says, “LAP... offers a superlative dining and sensory experience. We offer the best of global cuisine coupled with superb entertainment to the capital.”

Poison Ivy
The clubbing scene in the city definitely got better with the launch of Poison Ivy, which has come up in place of Ivy. A 48-feet long bar is the crowd puller here. Other attractions include the laser lights, ornate interiors, pulsating music by in-house DJs Amit and Puru and one of the biggest dance arenas in the city. The upper deck, called Big Boss, is meant for private parties. The drinks menu is quite extensive, with Dollar Hooker, Ivy Lady and Ivy Knockout being must-trys. Calling it a “complete party place”, owner Saurabh Khanijo says, “We’ve invested the maximum amount of money in the music. Also, the place is divided into 3-4 zones to suit everyone’s needs.”

Mixologist of the year
Who’s the city’s top mixologist? As part of our quest, we’ll feature eight bartenders who are doing exciting things in Delhi’s bars. The Maker’s Mark Mixologist of the Year winner will be announced on the night of the HT City Crystals People’s Choice Awards 2010.

The winner will get a chance to visit the Maker’s Mark distillery in Kentucky, USA for the International Leave Your Mark Bartending Competition in November.

The nominees:
* Sherin John, (Smoke House Grill)
* Varun Sharma (Rick’s)
* Souvik Mukherjee (Set’z Restaurant & Bar)
* Konal Khatri, Rubicon Bar
* Tojomon Joseph (Aura - The Vodka Bar)
* Sunny Chopra (G Bar, The Grand)
* Joao Paulo Rodrigues, The Blue Bar
* Nitin Bhushan Prasad, Agni
* Raj Kumar, Polo Lounge

Today, we feature one-on-ones with Konal Khatri and Joao Paulo Rodrigues

Konal Khatri, Senior Bartender, Rubicon Bar

When did you realise you wanted to be a mixologist?
Since I was a child. My whole family drinks, so I used to serve them a lot.

Best cocktail you’ve ever made
I’m very good at margaritas. But the best drink is True Romantic, a simple drink with gin, vodka and lavender.

Worst cocktail you’ve made to date
Maybe the one with whisky and mint syrup, which a guest didn’t like.

Whackiest cocktail you have made
Apple Pucker — vodka with a supari, served in a martini glass and topped with apple foam.

Favourite bar in the world
Ibiza in Spain, Threesixty bar at The Oberoi, and Rick’s.

Best thing about being a mixologist
You get to interact with people. It’s a very creative profession — I can call myself a liquid chef.

Worst thing about being a mixologist

Most memorable moment
On Valentine’s Day this year, there was a lady crying in my bar as her boyfriend had ditched her. I presented her with a cocktail... she was very happy with it. She’s my friend now and visits the bar regularly.

The next big thing
Foam cocktails.

Joao Paulo Rodrigues, Head Bartender, The Blue Bar

When did you realise you wanted to be a mixologist?
When I started to understand what the profession involves and discovered the world of flavours, spirits and flair.

What influenced your decision?
The fact that I can easily travel around the world with this job.

Best cocktail you’ve ever made
Blazing Saddle.

Worst cocktail you’ve made to date
Caipirinha with salt instead of sugar.

The secret to making a great cocktail
Know your booze, the flavours, use fresh ingredients, and understand the DNA of the cocktail.

Favourite bar in the world
Lab in London, for the number of great mixologists that work there.

Best thing about being a mixologist
Traveling the world, meeting new people, and developing new cocktails.

Worst thing about being a mixologist
A lot of people don’t recognise our job as a real career.

Most memorable moment
When I mixed a cocktail for Natalie Imbrulia Wendy, an Australian singer.

The next big thing
Cocktail ice creams.