Restaurants, watering holes and dance pubs are a dime a dozen in Bengaluru. What sets that special one apart is the experience you have there, and that is beyond the food, drinks and ambience at the place. Baar Union happens to be one such venue: Dance the night away to Bollywood music; let your hair down; sink to the depths of the experience and emerge a rejuvenated individual! That is what sets Baar Union apart from the crowd.
As I have mentioned before, an easy way to identify whether a watering hole is up to the mark is to order the most staple of drinks. That’s what I did and ended up with a Long Island Iced Tea that was slightly on the stiffer side. But I was not the one complaining!
After some food and a few rounds of shaking a leg, we ended up ordering some Whiskey Shots, and boy were they lit! Literally! Don’t believe me? See for yourself!
Baar Union offers a great variety of starters — numerous enough for you to not even move on to the main course!
We started with some Egg Pakoda. Pretty standard fare.
Next up, some Cottage Cheese Balls. And this is where things started getting interesting.
If you like normal vegetarian fare, and are not into experimenting, try the Mixed Vegetable Pakodas. They are a good accompaniment if you are ordering beer.
Baar Union also offers a good selection of Crispy Prawns. The prawns are firm and well-cooked, complemented well by the crispy exterior that holds the succulent, juicy meat within.
Another nice way to evaluate the cooking at an eatery is to look at starters like momos or dumplings. Baar Union’s offering were above satisfactory — both on the vegetarian [left] and the chicken front.
Up next, some Taipei Chicken. A good accompaniment if you are looking to eat, drink and make merry over some time. The flavour palette on this one covers all the bases.
Then, some Devil’s Chicken. Fresh, red and succulent, these make for some good munching after a round or two of shaking a leg to the great Bollywood music the DJ has been belting out!
We decided to go the traditional way again with some Assorted Bhajji. Little can go wrong here. Chomp while you champion your moves on the dance floor!
Yes, that is something you MUST do at Baar Union. This is one of the few places I have been to where you can down a few drinks, plough through copious amounts of food, dance to your heart’s content, make friends, play wingman and even get a friend a kiss from someone they have been eyeing, and finally leave with a smile on your face, all on one night!
And all the while there’s no one misbehaving, which is a huge plus-point for the ladies there.
Here’s some of the other food items we tried, all the while dancing to some sick tunes! First up, Butter Garlic Fish. Soft, succulent and subtle in flavour, this complements shots or cocktails.
Next, some Malai Murg Tikka. Perfect if you are ok with a rather heavy amount of cream atop your chicken, with some aromatic spices thrown into the mix.
And finally, the piece de resistance: Veg Stuffed Nachos! I managed to return to the table between small stints under the dance lights and polish this off with the aforementioned shots and some swigs of water to keep dehydration at bay.
A lot of dancing can lead to some cravings. Try the Gulab Jamun and Ice Cream at the end. Your tongue and stomach will welcome this hot-and-cold combo.
Final thoughts about Baar Union
If you have read thus far, you will know that Baar Union offers some good fare. So, what makes it merit the near-five-star review that I am giving it? Let me repeat what I have said already before:
This is one of the few places I have been to where you can down a few drinks, plough through copious amounts of food, dance to your heart’s content, make friends, play wingman and even get a friend a kiss from someone they have been eyeing, and finally leave with a smile on your face, all on one night!
If you are having had a downer of a week, your boss is the monkey on your back, your parents are hassling you, your friends are turning on you and life generally is being a b*tch, go to Baar Union with a little cash, and you will come back reinvigorated enough to tackle most problems headlong! I know I did.
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