This new stylish homage to risqué, retro 1970s India and the old smuggling dens is opening on Mortimer Street this July, with a late license that'll have ya sipping on classic cocktails 'til the early hours... oh, and you'll find it hidden behind a staircase. You know we love a secret entrance.
Bandra Bhai is a glittering gem of a bar for those in the know. Slip to the back of the newly launched Pali Hill restaurant and descend down the aforementioned secret staircase to find yourself in an opulent, jewel-toned room which kicks back to a gilded and glamorous 1970s India. This 35-seater bar is intimate, sexy and illuminated by soft lighting from fringed, brown glass lampshades. Bask in the flattering glow that'll make you look like you're living in the Oslo Instagram filter and cast your eyes over the black and white posters of stylish moustachioed men in white flared suits that line the walls.
Shaking up the cocktails at the copper-topped bar which glints invitingly under the low lighting is head Barman, Dav Eames who has just rounded off a decade heading up everything drinks-related for Michelin-starred Chef & Masterchef silver fox, Marcus Wareing. He's given his menu of classic cocktails some touch points of India. Our eyes are on the Rajdoot, a twist on the timeless ‘Vesper’ which combines the quintessential Britishness of Bond with a touch of Indian spice; a vodka martini with infused with cassia bark, samphire and sage with a touch of elderflower. Woof.