Top 100 Bars List for 2023

30BestBarsIndia, India’s most prestigious bar ranking platform, has announced the short list of the Top 100 bars that have made it to the final round of polling for the coveted 30 Best Bars ranking for 2023. The short list is based on a poll of a 75-member jury of experts and bar connoisseurs across the country. A larger nationwide jury of more than 200 members will vote for the final rankings, which will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in Goa on January 15, 2024.

A total of 216 bars from over a dozen cities were nominated this year, of which the Top 100 made the shortlist. Interestingly, as many as 38 of these are new entrants, which is a testament to the improving standards of bars across the country. These bars are located not just in the major metros, but also in the smaller cities.

Bangalore leads the pack with 19 bars in the list, followed by Delhi and Goa at 15 each, Mumbai at 13, Kolkata 8, Pune 7, and Chennai at 4. Among the states, Rajasthan is a big winner this year, with as many as 6 bars in the list spread over four cities – Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner – making it the biggest geographical spread achieved by any state in the country, besides Goa.

Goa is also a big focus for 30BestBarsIndia this year, with the decision to move the awards ceremony there for the 2023 edition. This in many ways is a recognition of the state’s role at the forefront of the growth in the country’s alco-bev manufacturing, as well its thriving bar scene. The award ceremony and the unveiling of the ranking of the first three editions were held in the NCR region.

The Top 100 bars are listed in alphabetical order below. They stand out for their strong beverage programs, innovative bar menus, design aesthetics, general ambience, and quality of service of their bar team. Over the next few weeks, the larger jury will cast their votes across six categories – Best Bar, Best Hotel Bar, Best Restaurant Bar, Best Independent Bar, Best Microbrewery or Taproom, and Best Cocktail Menu. A technical jury will vote on the Best Bartender and Bar Team, and a special jury will vote on the Best Bar Design. Awards in four categories — Timeless Bar, Industry Icon, Best Work in Sustainability, and the new entrant, Best Non-Alcoholic Bar Menu, will be decided by the 30BestBars team.

Speaking on the occasion, Vikram Achanta, Co-Founder of 30BestBarsIndia, said, “With 30BestBarsIndia, we set out to recognize and elevate the standards of Indian bars and bartending talent. Over the past four years, more bars across India are taking notice and are pushing boundaries when it comes to technique, talent, and service. This creativity and innovation are elevating the game in our country’s bar industry, placing India on the global map.”

“The most exciting part of this year’s list is the continuing presence of smaller cities like Agra, Bikaner, Shillong, Jodhpur, otherwise not known for their bar scene, in the Top 100 list. We are also glad to announce a new award category for Best Non-Alcoholic Bar Menu, which recognises the fact that many who don’t drink alcohol, or have cut down on their consumption, are also an integral part of the country’s fast-growing alco-bev market. We are witnessing more bars and mixologists innovate their menus to cater to consumers’ evolving preferences. and our Top 100 list is a testament to the growing sophistication of India’s cocktail culture,” added Radhakrishnan Nair, Co-Founder of 30BestBarsIndia.

The Top 100 bars in India, listed alphabetically, are –

(New entries are marked with an asterisk)

10 Downing Street (Chennai)*
7Rivers Brewing Co (Taj MG Road – Bangalore)
Aasmana (The Ritz-Carlton – Pune)
Americano (Mumbai)
Antares (Goa)*
Aqua (The Park – Chennai)*
Arbor Brewing Company India (Bangalore)
Asvah 24 (Chennai)
Babylonia (Bangalore)*
Bar Palladio (Narain Niwas Palace Hotel – Jaipur)
Bira 91 Limited Release Taproom (Koramangala – Bangalore)
Bob’s Bar (Indiranagar – Bangalore)
Byg Brewski Brewing Company (Hennur – Bangalore)
Byg Brewski Brewing Company (Sarjapur Road – Bangalore)*
Cajy (Goa)*
Cirrus 9 (The Oberoi – New Delhi)
Cobbler & Crew (Pune)*
Cock & Bull (Hyderabad)*
Cocktails & Dreams Speakeasy (Gurgaon)
Comorin (Gurgaon)
Copitas (Four Seasons Hotel – Bangalore)
Ekaa (Mumbai)
Elephant & Co., Kalyani Nagar (Pune)
Elephant & Co. (Goa)*
Feli Tavern (Goa)*
Foo (Bangalore)*
For The Record – Vinyl Bar (Goa)
Gawky Goose (Bangalore)*
Hideaway (Goa)
HOME (New Delhi)
Hoots’ (New Delhi)
Hosa (Goa)*
House of Nomad (Taj Lands End – Mumbai)
Izumi (Goa)
Jamming Goat 1.0 (Goa)
Jamming Goat 3.0 (Bangalore)*
Johri & Sons (Jaipur)*
Joseph’s Bar (Goa)
Klap (New Delhi)*
KOKO (Mumbai)*
KooX – Rooftop Asian Grill (Novotel Chennai – Chamiers Road, Chennai)
Lair (New Delhi)
Loya (Taj Palace – New Delhi)*
Lyrah (Trident – Gurgaon)*
Malaka Spice (Pune)*
Masque (Mumbai)
Mezcalita (Mumbai)*
Miguel’s (Goa)
Monkey Bar (Kolkata)*
Mynah’s: Bar & Bistro (The Greenwood Resort – Guwahati)
Native Cocktail Room (Jaipur)
Noon (Mumbai)
O Pedro (Mumbai)
Old Loco (Daspan House – Jodhpur)
Olterra (Kolkata)
Pablo’s (Goa)*
PCO (New Delhi)
PCO (Mumbai)
PDA (New Delhi)
Perch Wine and Coffee Bar (Mumbai)
Perch Wine and Coffee Bar (New Delhi)*
Ping’s (Kolkata)*
Raahi Neo Kitchen and Bar (Bangalore)
Record Room (Bangalore)*
Rick’s (The Taj Mahal Hotel – New Delhi)
Roxie (Bangalore)*
Sanctuary Bar & Kitchen (Hyderabad)
SAZ American Brasserie (New Delhi)
Seefah (Mumbai)
Sidecar (New Delhi)
Slink & Bardot (Mumbai)
Slow Tide (Goa)*
Sorano (Kolkata)
Soy Como Soy (Pune)*
Terra Maaya (Guwahati)
The Bar (Narendra Bhawan – Bikaner)
The Bar (Oberoi Amar Vilas – Agra)
The Bar (The Oberoi Grand – Kolkata)*
The Blue Bar (Taj Palace – New Delhi)
The Bombay Canteen (Mumbai)
The Edge Bar and Lounge Bar (Alila Diwa – Goa)*
The Evening Club (Shillong)
The Glass Onion (Hyderabad)*
The Grid (Kolkata)
The Junction (Taj Bengal – Kolkata)
The Library Bar (The Leela Palace – New Delhi)
The Library Bar (The Leela Palace, Bangalore)
The Polo Bar (Rambagh Palace – Jaipur)
The Pump House (Bangalore)*
The Writers Bar (Raffles – Udaipur)*
Titlie (Goa)
TOIT (Bangalore)
TOIT (Pune)
Toy Room (New Delhi)*
Tsuki (Pune)*
Upstairs Club (Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels – Chandigarh)
Whisky Samba. (Gurgaon)
Windmills Craftworks (Bangalore)
Yauatcha (Kolkata)*
ZLB 23 (The Leela Palace – Bangalore)*

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