Fare In Bangalore
V gets hypnotised by a brand new cocktail lounge
visiting the Silicon Valley of India a decade ago inevitably
felt a pang of regret at the limited number of up-market cocktail
lounges and night clubs. A visitor had to be content with
non-descript bars or lounges spread out here and there. Not
any more. These days few tourists leave Bangalore without
expressing some admiration at the sheer number and type of
bars, night lounges and pubs across the city.
The latest to enter the bandwagon is Hypnos, the Mediterranean
cocktail lounge, launched by the Museum Inn Group. Named after
the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos brings to life the experience
of the Mediterranean belt through its exclusive ambience and
Intent on becoming the preferred base for the creme-de-la-creme
and upper echelon business visitors to the city, the lounge
features snow-white walls with a rough finish, uneven stone
flooring and water ponds with coloured light that gives it
a typical Mediterranean look and feel. Blue drapes, bell shaped
shades and rustic hay blinds add to the very essence of the
One of the striking features of the lounge is its ethnicity
and originality. It has over 2000 square feet of uniquely
lit up seating arena at three different levels done up with
exquisite acoustic standards.
Exquisitely designed by renowned architects Sandeep Khosla
and Tanya, the inner section of the lounge is furnished with
cushion settee and wooden tables, high-backed chairs, bar
stools and the white walls. It encompasses a special section
referred to as the 'Moroccan Square', specially designed to
serve Shishas (hookahs) with a wide variety of flavoured tobaccos
(apple, strawberry and grape). Nowhere is the lounge's Mediterranean
essence better experienced than the Moroccan Square.
On the platter are an exotic variety of Lebanese and Mediterranean
fusion cuisines, designed to gratify ones taste buds
to the core. Dukah, caramelised Arabic nuts of different varieties
drizzled with chilly flakes are some of the starters on offer.
Falafel (fried chickpea patties), a Lebanese delight, Mozzarella
in Corozza, an Italian delicacy and a host of other Mediterranean
delights will take you on a culinary high.
Prakash Nichani, managing director, Museum Inn Group, says,
"Hypnos is different and unique in every aspect. It encapsulates
the very energy and dynamism of the city. No other pub or
night club in Bangalore offers the kind of cuisines we offer
which ranges from Spanish, Greek, Lebanese, Italian and Moroccan.
The cuisines have been introduced after thorough research
and are designed to suit the culinary needs of our discerning
customers. Our basic target clientele is the upmarket business
traveller and the above 35 group."