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Fluctuating prices, drinking hats and bike blenders make The Lal Street – Bar Exchange worth a visit

FOR the first time, the term ‘market crash’ means good news. Similar to Bar Stock Exchange, which is popular in Mumbai and Chennai, The Lal Street – Bar Exchange in Hyderabad is the city’s first watering hole where the prices of drinks constantly change based on the demand. Located at SLN Terminus in Kondapur, Bar Exchange has a vibrant feel to it, decked with digital monitors to view the prices. “At first, the price of a beer or a cocktail is set at a standard amount. As more people keep ordering the drink, the price keeps increasing. You can see the price fluctuations on the digital monitor as well as the LED screens placed across the bar,” explains John Anjanappa, general manager of Think Tanc, which oversees the operations for the restaurant.

’Appy hour
While there, do download their unique mobile app, where you can place your drink order, rather than waiting for an attendant to come to your table. “The key is to order the drinks as soon as the price drops. By the time the waiter comes to take your order, the price might shoot up again,” Anjanappa points out. Remember to rush to the bar or open your app as soon as you see the message ‘market crashing’, as it means that there will be a 40 per cent discount on all drinks. Among the cocktails – the Elderflower Martini is a sure winner. A delightful combination of gin and sparkling wine, it is laced with fresh lime, elderflower and basil leaves.

Selling shot
Keeping pace with the theme, expect references to stock exchange in the menu too. For example, there’s a drink called Trade Secret, which is a mix of
vodka, white rum, gin, musk melon, peach syrup and fresh mint. For those who cannot find a table to sit, the bar drinking hat, which looks like a
helmet with a straw attached to it, will enable you to sip your cocktail while standing. The drinking hat also works as a dual drink holder, as
it can store up to two cocktails/beers. There’s also single backpack  dispensers which you can wear as jackets and continue sipping on your drink.

Do it yourself
Another quirky feature is their Bike Blender, where you can make your own drinks and cycle at the same time. There are two bicycles which have a holder to place your drink. The waiter will place the glass and the ingredients for your cocktail and you can make your own drink as you pedal. There’s also a table cricket game, quite similar to foosball, which could find favour with the younger patrons.

Bite points
When it comes to food, vegetarians can opt for onion rings or chilli momos, which are perfect bar snacks to complement the drink. The non-vegetarians can opt for the chicken wings dipped in barbeque sauce. Food, however, has a fixed price and the stock exchange concept is applicable only for the drinks. Cocktails from Rs 500 ++ onwards (not fixed), meal for two at Rs 750 onwards. Details: 33165248

— Suhas Yellapantula

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