Monkey Bar
Food & Beverage Business Review|October-November 2019
Indigenous Favourites with a Spin!
Sharmila Chand

It’s fun, it’s quirky, it’s inspired by pubs the world over, yet, unabashedly Indian. Monkey Bar, India’s first and one of the most favourite gastropub - part of the Olive group of restaurants, opened in the heart of South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj in 2013 with its promise to offer an exclusive ‘out of the ordinary’ dining experience. It stood firm on its USP - Indian avatar of the Gastropub with its own unique spin on the internationally popular concept- with the essence of a pub and is backed by excellent food and service, at accessible prices.

Housed in a spectacular 50 feet high glass pyramid built using a mix of steel tubes and reflective glass, Monkey Bar’s interiors evoke the feeling of being in a fun space. It’s a personification of juxtapositions; exposed brick walls, softwood floors, booths, mismatched lights and fixtures are just some of the elements that come together in this space to create a cohesive whole.

The space is welcoming, intimate and quite effortlessly dramatic. Long solid wood bar counter, edgy in-built bar stools, opaque glass, concrete tables, fun posters and wall hangings and loads of greenery give the space a distinctly 'comfy' feel, without ever seeming over-designed. This 3,500 square feet space, spanning two levels, reflects an urban chic vibe. A long bar, with the tree trunk counter top, is the first sight that greets a guest. Raised areas like the bar, the stage and restaurant area with long booth seats on a mezzanine demarcate zones successfully while providing visual interest and connect with varied levels. In a way, the interior design of this gastropub is in absolute consonance with the architecture of its shell creating just the right vibe of an unmistakably ‘laidback’ space.

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