At this one of few Indian bars in Milan, Bhangra beats are about the only Indian-themed feature that doesn’t come as standard at Bhangrabar.
With a Shiva room, a shoes-off people pile-up on embroidered sari scatter cushions, and a Ganesh room, an orange muslin draped space with a totemic Ganesh statue, every corner of this bar is covered with traditional Indian effects.
The aperitivo spread is half-Indian with rice and (mild) curries. Barmen mix Indian rose, cardamom and paan liqueurs into fragrant cocktails (they also specialize in vitamin- and mineral-rich fruit and vegetable antidotes), while Kingfisher and Cobra are always available for the cautious.
The bar is intoxicating with the sweet smell of Indian teak furniture, all intricately carved, some antique; the entrance door (from a grand Indian villa) and bar, previously in an Indian clothes workshop, are both over 100 years old. The DJ’s pulpit, elevated to altar-like status in the main room, is beautifully ornate, making the garish euro-house all the more noticeable.