Touted to be Asia’s biggest liquor store, Tonique is in the centre of the city. No, really. It’s literally postcode 560001, at the beginning of MG Road, on Kasturba Road, near the Cubbon Parkside. That’s right, you’re mapping it in your head, and by now you’ve realised we’re talking about what is still known as the ‘Jewels de Paragon’ building! And we snooped and we realised that it isn't just one floor, but two glorious floors of all kinds of spirits.
If the first outlet in the country, at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad, is anything to go by, Bangalore, you are in for a real treat! Apparently, they stock over 1,500 brands of alcohol from across the globe. From fine wines and whiskeys to liqueurs such as Kahlua and Cointreau, they’ve got it all. In fact, they call themselves a liquor mall as they go well beyond just the spirits too. You can get home brewing supplies to make craft beer, bottle openers and anything else one can possibly need to set up a swanky bar at home. Except for the mixologist. They don’t have those on sale!
When we checked out the store, we were floored by the collection of wines — from exclusive vintage ones from Europe to good old Sula and Krsma. Hopefully, the Johnnie Walker private collection of whiskey will all arrive here. Feel free to get it for just INR 5 lakh.