May 11, 2018
Chanakyapuri is a neighborhood filled with diplomats and politicians (along with the National Rose Garden), so it makes sense to have an internationally themed luxury bar in its midst. Turn left off the lobby of the ITC Maurya and find yourself in… Scotland? The host and staff wear Tam O’Shanter caps, golf imagery adorns the dark wood-paneled walls, and of course fine and rare Scotch whisky is king here. Large comfortable club chairs and sofas give the feel of an Old English country club, a solid wine list and well-made popular cocktails, from Mojitos and Bloody Marys to Long Island Iced Teas are served with style and grace. The complimentary three-dish munchies plate (featuring potato chips, peanuts and soy bites) round out the feeling of spending a leisurely afternoon at the 19th hole following a grueling round on the links. Despite the descriptions, the bar is not stodgy: A young professional crowd is as common as older businesspeople, and classic and contemporary rock dominates the soundtrack.