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A gastro-pub with understated décor and interesting mixes

Bierre Republic, one of the latest to join the gastro-pub gang, is almost lost in the shuffle of Church Street. Sandwiched between the scores of eateries and stores, the interiors are surprisingly large and offer choices of an alfresco space or a Victorian-themed lounge. Comfortable seating adds to the décor. The loud music tends to intrude a bit but, no one seemed to be complaining, so we simply got used to it. Atleast, it was some old school rock music.

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The drinks menu is vast with spirits, beers and rather tempting cocktails. We started with the light and fruity Exotic Garden — made from apples soaked in white rum, muddled with mint and lime, and topped with crushed ice. The Acapulco Gold — a peach and apricot-flavoured margarita is perfect if you like your cocktails strong. Oriental Spice, as its name suggests, is a vodka-based mix of guava juice and paprika around the rim that left behind a sharp, spicy aftertaste.

We nibbled on chicken wings, chicken tenders and a warm artichoke dip, served with focaccia bread and a Bierre Republic salad on the side. For those who like their mocktails sweet, try the apple moon — a sweet mix of apple juice with vanilla ice-cream and chocolate. The liquid sweetness is guaranteed to help douse the summer heat. We ended on a refreshing note with the Pure Cinn — vodka and Goldschlager liqueur fused with mint and lime. They also have the usual suspects like burgers, sizzlers, salads, pastas and sandwiches on the menu. The micro-brewery is coming up soon.

Rs. 1,500++ for two. Details: 41242488

—Avinash Kumai

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