Yet another pub in town

NOT VERY long ago, Vadapalani had nothing to offer to pub-crawlers. In fact, either side of Arcot Road drew a blank on pubs. No longer than three months ago, High Tide (Hotel Aadithya) came along to improve matters. . And now pub-crawlers are taking in Vadapalani too on their "spirited" tours.

This newest pub in town has especially lifted youngsters (in the area) on a tide of euphoria. At any hour that the pub is open, you can find youngsters bellying up to the bar counter in chromium-plated bar stools.

Students of professional colleges, found on either side of the Arcot Road, are regulars at High Tide. Actors and actresses form the other constituency that keeps the money counter ringing at High Tide. "On any given day you can see quite a number of actors and actresses, of the small and the big screens, sipping a cocktail or a mocktail," says N. Krishnakumar Menon, general manager, Hotel Aadithya.

Yet another pub in town

Not just the name, but also the d�cor of High Tide, bespeaks of the maritime idiom. Blue and white predominate, simulating a scene by the sea. The bartender Padmanabhan looks the quintessential captain. The waiter is also wearing maritime flannels. Even the bar counter resembles a hulking boat. Here are some of the names of the cocktails: Captain's Carnival (whisky-based), Dry Dock (vodka-based), Giant Waves (rum-based), Sea Gull (gin-based), Cadet's Choice (wine-based), Shark Attack (rum-based), Sea Breeze (gin-based) and Panama Lead (brandy-based). This is how some of the mocktails are called - Sailor's Punch, Seamen's Special and Island Cooler. The cocktails are priced at Rs. 125 each, the mocktails Rs. 50.

Though music is played on all days, there would be a personal touch to it on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays when disc jockey Darius would be playing numbers on request. And on these days the pub would be open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. On week days the open hours are from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

"We want to get it home to the public that PUB means Place for Unlimited Beverage. And that it is a cool place where even teetotallers could hang out at, to unwind," says Menon. "Pub is always spelt as L-I-Q-U-O-R. We are going to change that misconception with our ethos."

Alongside High Tide is On The Rocks (OTR), a bar that is four years old. OTR is a study in contrast. A throwback to the Victorian age, it presents a lot of interesting images to drink in. The bar is basted all around with mahogany. About half a dozen of Shirin Dadabhoy's paintings in charcoal (on paper) add to the d�cor. Images of wine-making are frozen in the frames. One displays wine casks, another harvesting of grapes.

Bartender Srinivasan tells you that the crowd at OTR cannot be pegged down to a specific age group. He says that at OTR film producers, directors, script writers discuss films and stories over liquor.

In what is called Happy Hours, there is a concession of 25 per cent on any liquor, on all week days from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.