The City’s First Brew Pub

Amidst the wood and brick interiors at The Barking Deer, the only thing that reminds me of where I am is the sunlight streaming in through old-school windows and the odd glimpse of Todi Mills that houses Blue Frog. Otherwise, I might well have been in England or Ireland as the pub has been designed to resemble an English pub. It was even named The Barking Deer after an old English pub. Its founder, one-time banker, Greg Kroitzsh says he wanted the name to sound “cool”. “Besides sounding like an English pub, the name gave me a great mascot–a barking deer is quirky and prompts you to expect the unexpected. Just like a deer that barks like a dog is unexpected! Also, as it is found in hills and woodlands across India, it gave us that sense of location.”

The Barking Deer

The Barking Deer

He then showed us the brewing area. The pub will offer wheat and blonde beers as soon as they receive a license to serve the in-house brewed beer. Like every first-of-its-kind in Mumbai, the concept demands that Kroitzsh do a lot of explaining (he seems to enjoy it so I guess our babus are in for a treat). My disappointment doesn’t last long as he waves a list of 35 beers available, of which 30 are international from places like Belgium, Austria, Germany and England. Given the heat, I was in the mood for something refreshing and hence, chose the Leffe Blonde, while my companion grabbed an Amstel. Both tasted great with the Classic Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip and the Charamula Prawns. A Murphy’s Irish Stout went just perfect with the bread butter pudding. In case your lost with the variety then the staff can help you pair your beers right.

The Barking Deer

The Barking Deer

Two-and-a-half hours later, I left feeling like I’d been on a short holiday. I enjoyed the serenity of the place on a hot Monday afternoon. As we were stepping out, a slender stream of Lower Parel’s creative bunch stepped in for a quick work lunch. I’m told that this place is a riot in the evenings. Also, the happy hours between 5pm and 8pm is an open invitation for some after-work chugging. Besides offering Taboo and a host of other games and playing sports channels, the Barking Deer will soon host open mic nights and other gigs. A soon-to-open upstairs section is arty and will be reserved for these events and even movie buff gatherings, Kroitzsh tells us.

By: Raynah Coutinho

About Fashionmostwanted.com

Fashionmostwanted.com is India’s premier online fashion & lifestyle webazine, which vividly scouts, explores and zooms in on all essential aspects of Indian fashion. Fashion Most Wanted (FMW) captures the changing nature of fashion and lifestyle segments be it local and international fashion drifts, culinary aspects, travel options and trends in the beauty industry.

India has matured into a grooming ground for the latest and most daring fashion trends making giant and determined strides to catch up with the contemporary fashion which, not many years ago, was dictated by the fashion capitals of the West such as London, New York, Paris and Milan.

Keeping all this in mind, FMW is keen to catch up with the contemporary fashion and lifestyle trends that define us as individuals. Whether you nurture a casual interest or want a career in fashion and lifestyle, FMW envisages this mysterious world by being your definitive friend, philosopher and guide on your exciting journey.