“How good are you at singing?” A friend from Bangalore asked me recently. “Oh I can hold a note for very long! Give me a 500 rupee note and just see how long I hold it for!” I said and giggled, delighted at my own sense of humour, while he audibly rolled his eyes at the other end. That very night, it was declared that the 500 and 1000 rupee notes would be invalid starting midnight. My friend called me back, very smug, and said “How long would you like to hold the 500 rupee note for now?” Well, when the currency’s a beach, you don’t start slummin’ it, you start rummin’ it – his words, not mine. So I’m drowning myself in some delicious Tiki drinks here while he’s doing the same out there. For those of you who want to follow in his footsteps, try these –
Three Dots & A Dash
Interestingly, the Tiki culture is a world of escapism, where you feel the ocean breeze through your Hawaiian shirt (or your beach cover-up) and the white sands getting in your flip flops. Tiki Bars started springing up all over America just in time for the return of the soldiers from World War II and they were the perfect place to wipe out the bloodshed memories. Well, these are the drinks you have here to forget the currency troubles.
Pineapple Paradise: Tiki culture combines elements of Hawaii, the Caribbean islands, Tahiti, the Philippines and other Pacific cultures. So this blend of white rum, Caribbean rum and pineapple juice served in a fresh whole pineapple will get you acquainted thoroughly with those tropical flavours.
Zombie Punch: 19-year-old Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, a Texan born, passed up his oil baron father’s offer to attend university and went to Jamiaca instead. An island-hopping adventure in the Caribbean and the South Pacific led him to come back and open up ‘Don The Beachcomber’, the first Tiki bar in the world, inspired from the rum shacks he’d visited. This punch was one of the original Tiki drinks he’d created at his bar. Let’s just say that this man, who eventually came to be known as Donn Beach, would have been proud of this heady concoction of white rum, gold rum, brandy, pineapple juice, orange juice and bitters.
Kane: The restaurant has kept in touch with the original meaning of Tiki – a totem in Hawaii and named their drinks after Tiki Gods. I would definitely go Kane, god of light and life, because he’s got white rum, Carribean rum, blue curacao, passion fruit syrup, pineapple juice and ginger ale – the formula to make me light-headed and full of life.
Treasure Chest: This cocktail, true to its name, is served in a pirates’ chest and is full of treasures such as vodka, white rum, gin, brandy, sparkling wine. I’d save this for something as big as a divorce but since the 500 & 1000 notes qualify for an ex, now…
The Big Kahuna
Donn Beach was closely followed by another restauranteur, Victor Jules Bergeron Jr., who opened up his own Tiki bar and called it Hinky Dinks. Later, he became known as Trader Vic and named the restaurant after himself. And that’s because a place can’t survive on one Tiki Bar alone. This is what you try at the other one in Bangalore.
Suffering Bastard: This one was actually named ‘Suffering Bar Steward’ by the Head bartender at the Shepheard Hotel in Cairo, who created it. The world seemed to think better of it and changed the name at some point. This forthright blend of rums, lime and liquers with an affinity for cucumber claims to be the original one from Shepheard Hotel.
Hawaiian Sea Breeze: It’s an in house specialty of rums, squeezed lime and a hint of orange. Moreover, it’s definitely the Hawaiian sea breeze captured in every full-bodied sip.
Peach Paradise Sling: In this drink you will be greeted by light rum, flavours of peaches, oranges and coconut, all in a fish bowl. That’s as Hawaii as 50 First Dates!
Scorpion Bowl: Now here’s something to get you the feeling of fireworks at night on a beach. This festive philtre of rums, fruit juices and brandy with flavours of almond, comes bedecked with a flower and long straws. This is the Tiki punch bowl for a night you can’t remember with people you can’t forget.
Go out, Bangalore folks, and get yourselves a bit of island vibe this weekend because when life gives you lemons, you gather other tropical fruits, add some spices, throw in some rum and make yourself Tiki drinks!
How to Get There:
Three Dots & A Dash
Where: 840/1,100 Feet Road, Metro Pillar 56-57, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Contact: 080 41630303 | 080 41620303
Timings: All Days 12 Noon to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,300 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)
The Big Kahuna
Where: 775, 1st Floor(Above Ginger Tiger) 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Contact: 080 69990180
Timings: Mon – Thu 7 PM to 11 PM | Fri – Sun 12 Noon to 11 PM
Cost: ₹1,400 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)