Bengaluru, the pub capital of India often surprises me with its new watering holes. Every month there will be a new restaurant or pub opening its doors for the tipplers. But there are places which don't lose its charm even after many years of existence. Big Pitcher in Old Airport is one such party place as well as a favorite beer joint. Whether it’s for attending stand-up comedies, parties or just for a mug for beer, this place is always on my list.
I have been to this pub a couple of times and this time's visit was in the peak summer season. Spread across six floors, The Big Pitcher has five different pubtainment options – Club Kahuna, Sizzling Street, Studio 4121, Splitwood and Star Lounge. The rooftop area, ‘Star Lounge’ is the perfect place to click your dp. On a hot summer afternoon, a couple of us decided to have lunch at Splitwood. The lunch was organized by a dear friend of mine – Deepa Shri Rajan <3
The Big Pitcher offers craft beers and always stocks 5 different beers and 1 seasonal special. I prefer Kingslayer (a medium to full body dark wheat ale with interesting flavors of coffee, vanilla, and fruits like plum, prunes, and grapes) or sometimes the light beer from the menu- Sarava. This time I couldn’t try the seasonal special beer. The alcohol content in Kingslayer is 6.8 % and the lightest beer, Sarava has 4.7 %. If you are not sure about the flavors, they will help you with beer samples and details of each beer they serve.
We went by Manager’s suggestion and ordered few cocktails as well; out of which my favorite was ‘Kiss on the lips’; a refreshing Vodka based cocktail made of Baileys, Kahlua, Hazelnut and topped with Kitkat.
What we had -
Summer and no salads? No way! Our lunch started with a tasty Kachumber salad. The fresh juliennes of apple, cucumber, tomato and other veggies surely made it a cooling salad.
Tikkas, Seekh Kebabs, Fries, Roast Chicken and other Indian and oriental dishes they have added in their menu to go with drinks. I was blown away with the appetizer options. Dorei Wali Gosht Seekh, Murgh Dum Tikka Splitwood, Vegetable drumsticks, and Veg Seekh surely impressed my palate. My friends also had the same opinion.
I am very picky about the main course in a Pub/Brewery and a flavorful Dum Biryani would be the last thing I expect in a Brewery. The Chef surely needs a pat on his shoulder. The Chicken Dum Ki Biryani and Zaffrani Tarkari Biryani made it a lovely hearty meal.
Die-hard drinkers say never take sweets or desserts after drinking alcohol. This may make you feel high AF. But who cares when sugar cravings overpower the body? A ‘walnut praline mousse with honey drizzle’ and ‘Badam aur khubani ka halwa’ came to the rescue. The desserts were just okay and the latter one was rich in flavors.
Overall I loved my experience at the Big Pitcher and would love to visit again if not for trying out more options, just to chillax with a mug of beer and some grub. They also have an offer going– ‘Get a free glass of beer and free Wi-fi’ and I’m sure with this kind of deal, it’s an ideal place to spend a quality time. A meal for two would be ₹2000/- (approximately). The restaurant has valet parking.
#4121, LR Arcade
HAL 2nd Stage, Old Airport Road
Bengaluru - 560008
For reservations, contact - 080 45530000
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