A maddening, alcohol-thirsty, music-hungry crowd surely sets the overall pulse on most evenings and weekends in general. A great bar enclosure, an al fresco seating area with astounding views, What’s Up in the heart of South Kolkata, has a lot to offer.
What’s Up has a 120+ seating capacity and the available arrangement can be varied to suit your choice. If you are the sort to down your peg in quiet, with soft music, the indoor area should serve you best. The friendly skilful bartender will throw in a wisecrack every now and then if you happen to occupy the bar. The outdoor seating area has two elevations where you can grove to some club music – the first level has a Jacuzzi; order a glass of Johnnie Walker Red Label and you are golden. The second level is at a higher elevation and you can witness metropolis as it rushes with its traffic, ebbing and flowing between smooth and clumsy turns, encircled by the green cover of Southern Avenue. The cool breeze flowing in from Dhakuria Lake is ready remedy for tired nerves.
There’s a stellar deal for whisky lovers – the third consecutive drink is on the house, as long as you stick to one variant. You are recommended to book a table beforehand as it gets quite crowded at What’s Up. Ladies, do drop in on Tuesdays between 5PM and 8PM for select complimentary cocktails, including a straight-up Cosmopolitan, an icy Sex on the Beach, a fruity Pina Colada or a refreshing Mojito.
The food menu is quite extensive, offering quick salads and sandwiches. You can choose from a wide variety of Bruschetta, crostini and quesadillas to snack on. Their thin crust pizzas, and continental courses, standard oriental dishes and kebab platters are scrumptious to say the least. The Tiramisu and Blueberry Cheesecake are well-executed and won’t leave you disappointed.
Dave Broom, our man from Glasgow, who took up the responsibility of tracing the map of the whisky producing regions of the world with his “The World Atlas of Whisky,” in an effort to guide all whisky enthusiasts, had written another brilliant book on whisky. Published four years after his well-celebrated “The World Atlas of Whisky” in 2014, “Whisky: The Manual” only gained popularity among whisky connoisseurs and scholars. But “Whisky: The Manual,” almost philosophical in talking about the nature of whisky, or popular debates on the qualities of single malts and blends to best practices of drinking whisky is a must-read for all.
Chivas Regal and Johnnie Walker have contributed so immensely towards building a reputation for Scotch worldwide, one begins to wonder if Scotch would be the same without them? There is no dearth of astronomical adjectives that can be used to describe both great houses of blended Scotch whisky, and more often than not, it is hard not to be led astray when talking about the two in one breath, and the heated debates that follow.