Picture yourself walking up to the Happy Valley Turf Club off-track betting shop (located at 518 Main Street) and placing a bet on “King Louie”. You are then invited to pass through a vestibule, which is decorated with authentic postcards from the period. This leads you to the grand Bagheera cocktail lounge, which can accommodate up to sixty people. This space is modelled after a train car and is elegantly adorned with over one thousand coins and bangles from the antique bazaars of Delhi and Jaipur.
The north wall of the bar, leading to the semi-private Drawing Room, is adorned with a 45-foot hand-painted jungle mural. In the softly lit “Cabinet of Curiosities,” one can find period bohemian curios in bronze and brass, as well as some of the bar’s rare whiskeys. Additionally, internationally renowned “hacker” artist Blase has added cheekily overpaints to Gothic canvases, blending modern commercialism with the artwork. Such is the atmosphere at this curious place.
The bar offers an inventive drinks program based upon the works of Kipling, featuring cocktails like Man’s Red Flower made with saffron-infused gin, All One Vine with smoked paprika, and The Anvil with cinnamon tincture. For a more traditional option, the Gin & Tonic section offers Classic, Savoury, Tropical, and Bon Vivant selections. The kitchen is just as inspired, offering an array of tantalizing pakora offerings, from classic meat and seafood varieties to vegetarian and vegan options. Share plates like Carrot Daal, Saag Aloo Pave, Goan Tamarind Fish Curry, and Coconut Lamb Koftas offer the promise of an unforgettable culinary experience.
Located behind Happy Valley Turf Club, Bagheera is open 6 days a week,
Tuesday to Sunday, with service beginning at 5pm.
Bagheera does not take reservations.
Patrons are welcomed on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Place your bet on “King Louie.”