New Delhi, India
The cream of India rising to the top in Asia
It’s been a big few years for the Sidecar team, as the legendary Indian duo of bartending superstar Yangdup Lama and front-of-house supremo Minakshi Singh have been busy establishing their bar as one of the best-known in Asia and, indeed, the wider cocktail world. Sidecar continues to grow in prominence and this year is named the joint Nikka Highest Climber after rising 24 places in the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars since 2020.
Spread over two floors, Sidecar is a classical all-day venue. The first floor houses a restaurant and is a great place to eat and chill. The second floor is where you’ll find the bar, which is complemented by live music for a livelier atmosphere. Lama’s quarter of a century in the bar business means a robust menu of craft cocktails, with a lot of the flavour extractions made in-house, from bitters to syrups. There are six variations of the namesake drink as well as classics with a twist. Order up a G&Tea for a smoky take on a gin and tonic or a Yang’s Old-Fashioned, which has betel nut-infused bourbon. Sidecar also takes the award for The Best Bar in India 2021 for the second year in a row.
In 2021, Caprice Bar in Hong Kong and Sidecar in New Delhi are jointly presented with the Nikka Highest Climber Award, climbing 24 spots to place No.10 and No.16 respectively.