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Behind the scenes: Designing a colonial-era botanical gin bar for the St Regis Mumbai

12 Feb , 2018  

Three-week-old bar The Game is based on the tale of eclectic botanist Alice, from the Kipling era

 

Riddhi Kumar; Photos: Navneet Mishra

 

Our latest project, very luxurious and voyeuristic in quality, reinvents the old colonial Gin Bar into the flavor of the season.
Poised to be the pivot of the inventive cocktail culture in Mumbai, The Game is located at the Kipling Bar at the St. Regis Mumbai. The focus lies on personalised experiences skewed towards gins and malts, which are at the center of the new spirit preferences in the country.

 

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The Game focuses on creating personalized experiences skewed towards gins and malts

The Game focuses on creating personalized experiences skewed towards gins and malts

 

From a design stand point, the bar has a colonial-era charm, reminiscent of the British Raj through strategically thrown props. These are an ode to the yesteryears, while offering a silent nod to the overall scheme of the restaurant, packing in an underlying story.

The green bar is of an intriguing hue with a sorrel stone top and is central to the outlet. The bar is lined with apothecary jars filled with herbs, which prospectively find their way into the cocktails.

 

The bar’s interiors are reminiscent of the British Raj and antique artefacts can be found strategically placed around the space

The bar’s interiors are reminiscent of the British Raj and antique artefacts can be found strategically placed around the space

 

On closer inspection, you notice the toys and hues that tie in the common thread of a story. The design interpretation is based on the tale of eclectic botanist Alice of the Kipling era. The area is her study, where she would spend hours researching and infusing botanics.

Her notes are detailed in her leather-bound books and neatly chronicled on her typewriter, and her cameras would record the recipes discovered at the bar. The flavours and scents are captured in the apothecary jars sealed behind the bar.

 

Alice’s desk

A desk reserved for Rudyard Kipling at the Kipling Bar, a part of which houses The Game

Fast forward to 2018—the story of the botanics is used to merge the drinks and their infusions at the outlet, to serve each glass in a different way. A facetted trapezium with the Tanqueray and tonic, a box for the smoking old fashioned, each is ready to capture the customer’s intrigue.

 

 

The Game aims to strengthen Mumbai’s inventive cocktail culture

The Game aims to strengthen Mumbai’s inventive cocktail culture

 

Riddhi Kumar is the founder of concept design firm Stable, which works with key hospitality chains across the country including the Taj, Hyatt, Marriott and Shangri-La groups.

 

 

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