TGIF... absolutely

Kathmandu :

Every cocktail under the sun is available here. You name it, we serve it to you.”

That’s how owner Sabin Shrestha describes his Absolute Bar.

Located within the Hotel Narayani Complex, Lalitpur, it is definitely an absolute bar. In terms of drinks, ambience and service, you absolutely cannot go wrong here.

The warmth of the bar enfolds you the moment you enter. Done up in warm wood tones, it is more cosy than you’d expect a bar to be. Gorgeous designer sofas that are comfortable to lounge back in (feel free to tuck in your feet) are placed strategically making a quiet relaxing evening in a bar with friends seem so... easy.

And after you sink into those soft-soft sofas, you’ve got a choice from a list of drinks that goes on and on. Shrestha says they have an their extensive collection of over 500 straight drinks and innumerable mixed drinks ensuring that everyone finds something they enjoy. The bar boasts of a wide collection of single malt whiskey, wine and hundreds of mocktails and cocktails arranged separately according to their base — gin, beer, rum, vodka, or whiskey. Besides this, they have a separate list with some of the ladies’ favourite drinks.

For a cool summer, Shrestha recommends Martini, Manhattan, Oasis, Blue Lagoon, and Gin Fizz. And they have an entirely different list for winter — special stimulated Jaguar Tae, Irish coffee, Fire Cracker, Mulled wine served flaming hot.

And for those of you unfamiliar with drinks but want to try one, or those adventurous enough to try out new drinks, the menu is all you need. It is a comprehensive one with the photographs and details of the drink you are about to order. So have no fear of what you’re going to taste cause you already know.

The bar also offers a versatile food menu serving Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine with seafood, cold meat platter, snacks, light meal, or just have and Absolute Delighted Dinner.

A bar without music? That just can’t be. Well, Fridays are special here as every alternate Friday Anil Shahi plays classical and fusion, while Rashmi Singh and her band Neebha Rocks with Rasmi rocks the place with rock, alternative, pop and classic Nepali songs ranging from the Sixties to the present. The band is made up of contemporary musicians with three vocalists who have specialised in their own respective genre of music. They are planning to add Hindi numbers to their performance.

So if you haven’t made any plans for this Friday, here’s one.