DDA 2022: Here Are The Best Bars In Hotels, Chosen By You!

Any celebrations are made better with a drink in hand. And when paired with the stylish ambience and amazing service at the bars in hotels, these celebrations become merrier. Understanding this, the third edition of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia‘s readers’ choice Delicious Dining Awards (DDA 2022) thanked and awarded the best bars in hotels for their stellar job.

Delicious Dining Awards (DDA) 2022, organised by Travel + Leisure India & South Asia, highlights, celebrates, and awards India’s best restaurants, bars, beverages, and personalities, as chosen by those who know the Indian culinary scene best—You! Over the years, the celebrations have seen the best restaurants and bars from the culinary industry find a spot on the coveted list. This year, things were bigger, better, and fresher!

Delicious Dining Awards 2022 felicitated the best bars in hotels as chosen by readers through an online voting process. The three-months-long cut-throat competition, however, was spearheaded by the diners themselves. Over the course of the voting period, readers and diners were given the opportunity to nominate and vote for their favourite bars in hotels across categories. They raised a toast for the best bars in hotels—such as the ones that offer the best cocktails, ideal for all kinds of parties; best rooftop, perfect to soak in the city’s weather, views, and vibes; or the best sundowner that are great to celebrate events with views of a setting sun melting into the horizon. Noting the rise in breweries in the country, the publication also included favourite breweries in a hotel for this year’s celebrations. The result? A lot of love poured over some of the country’s best bars in hotels!

The fierce battle ended with a celebration and awards ceremony at Pullman New Delhi Aerocity on July 19. But who won and got the most votes? Check it out below!

DDA 2022: These are the best bars in hotels

BEST COCKTAIL BAR - Henri’s Bar, Le Méridien New Delhi

Right in the heart of Lutyens Delhi, Henri’s Bar occupies a famous spot on the 20th floor of Le Méridien New Delhi. Along with mesmerising views of the city, the unassuming rooftop bar serves an interesting range of malts and whiskies. Attached with the hotel’s Chinese restaurant, Le Belvedere, it is the go-to venue for good food and a nightcap.

BEST COCKTAIL BAR - The Library Bar, The Leela Palace Bengaluru

A luxurious Victorian-style lounge, The Library Bar at The Leela Palace Bengaluru is the place to be to unwind with a martini and cigar. The space exudes a vintage vibe with leather and dark-wood interiors, collectors’ books, and antiques. The bar menu ranges from single malts and Armagnacs to innovative cocktails and an elaborate list of wines. No wonder the lobby-level bar garnered the most votes in this category.

BEST ROOFTOP BAR - Asilo, The St. Regis Mumbai

The uber-luxe Asilo (Spanish for ‘haven’) is arguably the best rooftop venue in Maximum City. Perched on the 40th floor of the hotel, it not only offers breathtaking views but also outstanding food and drinks. Signature cocktails here range from refreshing fruit-based concoctions to classic drinks such as the truffle-flavoured Manhattan. Together with the all-white decor and private dining lounges, it ticks all the boxes for a dreamy night.

BEST ROOFTOP BAR - Al Di La, Conrad Pune

At a height of 72 metres, Al Di La is Conrad Pune’s jewel bar. Along with exquisite Italian dishes, it offers unique cocktails and spirits of your choice—be it Japanese whisky, rum, or gin, and more. The bar also boasts a unique walk-in wine cellar. As the sun goes down, Al Di La comes alive with music, an infectious vibe, offers and second-to-none views of the city’s skyline.

BEST SUNDOWNER - The Eau Bar, The Oberoi, Mumbai

A must-visit destination for travellers visiting Mumbai, The Eau Bar offers an exciting combination of art deco-themed interiors, an outdoor deck, expertly crafted cocktails, live music, and endless ocean views. This late-night bar at The Oberoi, Mumbai is a preferred spot for locals to kick back and relax with loved ones. It also offers an exclusive selection of cocktails curated by UK’s leading mixologist, Andrew Pearson.

BEST SUNDOWNER - Tara, Roseate House New Delhi

Extra charming on a clear, starry night, Tara at Roseate House New Delhi is a clear winner when it comes to sundowners. Spread across 133 square metres, the intimate rooftop lounge is set beside the glittering infinity pool of the hotel. Offering a fine selection of drinks and nibbles, the elegant venue sees many a romantic date night too.

BEST BREWERY - The Merak Brewhouse, JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru

Newly launched at the premier lounge of JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru, The Merak Brewhouse has been quick to please crowds. The menu curated by brewmaster Kartik Singh has drinks like Belgian Witbier, American Style West Coast IPA, Kolsch (a low pilsner malt), and more. The brews here range from light and refreshing to hoppy and heady, including season’s specials. The delicious Asian dishes offered by Merak lounge go perfectly with the drinks.


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Hero and Featured Image: Courtesy of QUI NGUYEN/Unsplash

Related: All Your Questions About The Delicious Dining Awards Answered

DDA 2022: Here Are The Best Bars In Hotels, Chosen By You!
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