May 11, 2018
In recent years, Bangalore has become India’s answer to Silicon Valley. And, almost inevitably, along with the IT boom, came bars in which to spend the extra cash that accompanies success. One of the smartest of these is the I-Bar, the night spot at the Terence Conran-designed Park Hotel, located at the centre of the city’s thriving business and financial district. Inspired by the architect’s trip to Northern India, it’s a striking, extravagant and somewhat exotic space. Sliding timber doors lead into a softly hued, box-shaped bar textured with traditional pink sandstone. The walls are tiled and the furniture is covered in red leather, silk and cotton, with plump cushions everywhere. Lanterns dangle from high ceilings and jewel colours dominate: reds, golds and purples. There’s an illuminated central bar and an inviting mosaic swimming pool just beyond the lounge’s doors. Clusters of bean bags encourage intimate groupings of friends. Party-loving city-workers and a moneyed, largely ex-pat crowd drink from an extensive menu of perfectly presented cocktails, wines, champagnes, cognacs and American whiskeys. If you can afford it, this is a great place to leave the bustle of the street behind. Matching I-Bar’s designer interior, the music is always on trend, with the latest club and chilled house beats tempting patrons up from their chairs and on to the dance floor. If Bangalore is a city now founded on circuit boards, this is the perfect place in which to make a connection. Who knows? You might even find a spark with someone.