The Long Drink Festival at Social

The latest season of Game of Thrones came and went by in almost an instant. By the time we got to the end of GoT, 10 weeks of our lives had passed and now there is this awkward void which will be filled with reruns of the season gone by or in my case, numerous failed starts to read the books. To keep you company while you find the next best TV series to fill up your days, the good folks at Social have taken the GoT theme and slapped onto their on-going ‘Long Drink Festival’ which heroes various flavours of everyone’s favourite , the  Long Island Iced Tea (LIIT).


A few weekends ago, some of my fellow food and drink enthusiasts were invited on a Saturday afternoon to sample all the nine concoctions and partake in some drinking games.  The nine versions of LIIT, with names like Winter is Coming, Blood of the Dragon, White Walker hero various flavours like cherries, Jim Beam, elder flower, absinthe and even jalapenos. What was evident from everyone’s choices that evening was that the cocktails have been designed to cater to a very wide variety of palates. For example, the relatively mild Sunspear includes whiskey, orange and apple juice, something too mild for my taste. At the other end of the spectrum is Ice & Fire, a drink that packs a sucker punch with Jim Beam, vodka, tequila, lavender tonic and jalapenos, a very strong drink and my favourite from the pack. A crowd favourite was the White Walker, a sweet tasting mix of Kahlua, vodka and fresh cream. 




The festival is on till the 10th of August which gives everyone ample time to head over and discover what’s your pick. And for those of you who don’t watch GoT, just think of this as a LIIT cocktail festival, you won’t be quizzed on your knowledge of GoT to get a cocktail. In Bangalore, you can try these out at both the Church Street Social as well as the Whitefield Social. Aptly priced at INR 550 for 500 ml and INR 999 for 1000 ml (not inclusive of taxes), there’s no real excuse not to head over right after you read this post.

Guest Column - LBB - Music and Menus


In this article (read here) , I talk about some of the venues in Bangalore that are great for live music (other than the usual suspects) and offer some good food and ale to make your gig experience even better.


Here's a transcript of the article - 


When one thinks of the live music scene in Bangalore, there are certain popular names that come to almost everyone’s mind. The great thing about music is that you don’t need a great big stage with equipment to make it and share it. Get an ordinary acoustic guitar and a harmonica and you’re good to go. And that’s what we’re trying to get in sync with. We’re looking at a few places that probably won’t be among the first names that come to mind when you want to have some good food, ale and check out some great bands.

Church Street Social

Besides being one of the busiest places almost every day of the week, Church Street Social is quite the hub of fun and serious activities such as karaoke night, social offline, vinyl trading and much more. Naturally, music isn’t too far behind with the venue promoting numerous popular international and local electronic and hip hop acts such as Sarah Farina, MADBOY/MINK, Dualist Inquiry and others. With a slightly tight venue and music bouncing off the brick walls, you can’t help but get into the party mood. My favourite poison has been the Bira beer {which will be back in stock soon…fingers crossed} or the Two Lost Souls Swimming in a Fish Bowl cocktail with a plate of the Pork Belly Pops.

Cafe Mezzuna

While the restaurant is known for relatively inexpensive yet scrumptious Continental food such as their Grilled Prawns with Lemon and Basil Sauce, Chilled Watermelon Salad and my favourite, the Grilled Morrocan Lamb chops, the al fresco area sometimes features simple stripped down acoustic bands. The most recent band to have played there was the By2Blues. Throw in some nice cold beer, and you’re all set for the evening.

Toit

While Toit would definitely make to your list of microbreweries, it probably wouldn’t feature in the list of venues for live music. While it’s not exactly built for live acts, Toit has hosted a fair number of bands including namma Bengaluru’s Thermal And A Quarter, Suraj Mani and the Tattva Trip, Peter Cat Recording Company, One Girl Shy and many other bands from the indie scene. Make sure you get there early to grab a good seat, a tall glass of the Toit Tintin with either their chicken wings or any of their pizzas. I’m also a big fan of their Meatball Spaghetti.

Big Pitcher

This is another venue that probably won’t be among the top few when you think of live music, but the venue does offer patrons a healthy mix of DJs and live music from big bands such as the Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate and White Mug. Tuesday nights, known as the Big Jam, has bands fresh to the music scene play here. These include bands like Motorwide, Inception and Mother Root. The venue has also hosted pre-gigs for the hallowed Bangalore Open Air metal gig too. Irrespective of what you eat or drink, do try the Trio Chocolate Mousse for dessert.

The Beer Cafe

Bangalore now has not one, but two Beer Cafes. Newbies on the scene, both venues have not been very aggressive in promoting live acts, and have focussed most of their messaging and branding on beer. That being said, musical acts such as Tea for 2, Anish and Anisha, Mahesh and the Mix and Dirty Work have been some of the more prominent acts to have played at these venues. Beer Café offers you an array of familiar pub food that should please all palates.

Murphy’s Brewhouse

One of the more recent additions to the Bengaluru scene, besides having regular EDM nights over the weekend, Murphy’s has also played host to live music acts like White Mug, Thakara, Thermal Projekt and others. While EDM does seem to be the strongest musical brew in this venue, it’s still got what it takes to bring in live acts to accompany the beer. The Beer Battered Prawns with Carolina Sauce and the Chilli Cheese Finger Toast were my choices the last time I went here, to be paired with the Blackbeard from their beer menu.