An evening out with friends is no longer just about food and drink. It is about the ambience, the mood, the crowd, the Instagram-worthy pictures, Facebook Lives and more.
Bottles & Chimney, which was Hyderabad’s most popular watering hole bang in the heart of the city at Begumpet, has now updated itself to become Heart Cup Coffee, or HCC for the hashtagging crowd. “We had decided to move to ‘this side of the city’ to cater to the ever-increasing demand for live entertainment and a cost effective menu for people around Begumpet and beyond. This way they don’t really need to travel all the way to Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills or Hitech city,” says Arjun Valluri, Chairman, HCC.
Keeping the emerging ‘live’ culture in the city, the brand has decided to rope in musicians as well as stand-up comedians across the country and abroad to perform in the city throughout the month. “HCC has changed the spectrum of nightlife in Hyderabad,” Valluri adds.
The crowd favourites – pizzas, pastas, nachos, lasagne and steaks are all there. The restaurant also has an extensive Oriental menu that is not just scrumptious but also easy on the pocket (Rs 150 a pint during happy hours 12 noon to 7 pm on weekdays). When the menu, a thick, fat hard-bound matte finished book, arrives at your table, you know they have invested time and energy in curating the fare. Each section is explained with a graphic so that you never have to grill the bartender or the steward to find out about what a dish is all about.
The Prawns 65 that came in a fresh lettuce leaf was grilled and spicy, just the right accompaniment to beer, or even cold coffee if you are on work mode. The Mexican Grilled Chicken Steak, when tried out with a bowl of rice, was filling enough to compensate for the meal of the day. If you are a coffee person, their range of Cappuccino, Mocaccino and cold coffees should beckon your interest.
The bar counter is a simple straight line with wine cutlery and liquor displayed in a no-nonsense manner. Walk in, choose your drink, order and sit back while the bartenders mix it to the hip-hop that plays in the background.
The interiors sport the lively Heart Cup signature vibe in every mural. Music legends from The Beatles to Bob Marley are all there in a stunning piece of art that runs across the entire staircase landing. Valluri points out to the wall-mounted portrait of Che Guevara and remarks, “Just in case you feel inspiration is in short supply this evening.”
If Mondays are reserved for the blues, Wednesdays are for karaoke fans. Recent weeks have seen performances by DJ Youngr, DJ Yogi and the Three of Us. “All shows from Monday through Sunday are produced with the highest quality focus on the sound and lighting, giving the customers a unique experience every time,” he adds.
Price for two: Rs 1,800 (with alcohol) Details: 9949995002
— Nishad Neelambaran