Dramz, owned and designed by Sunil Aggarwal, offers a different interior than any whisky lounge in the capital.
It was over a pint of whisky in Singapore that businessman Sunil Aggarwal decided to open a whisky bar and lounge in New Delhi. However, even before he bought the 8,500 sq ft space in the capital´s Mehrauli area, Aggarwal had Dramz ready in his head. The look, colour, palette, furniture design, flooring - every minute detail of the design was sketched and prepared in his mind´s drawing board. Yet, when he returned home, Aggarwal checked out every bar and lounge in the city, not to borrow inspiration or scrounge for ideas. He wanted Dramz to be ´different from any other whisky bar´.
Different, it certainly is. When the gigantic iron/wood gate opens, Dramz looks like a page out of a Scottish catalogue. The planked wooden entrance has a conical roof. The main door is flanked by a terraced garden that not only adds an unusual sloped dimension to the place but also smartly hides the five levels into which Dramz has been neatly divided.
The ground floor includes the reception area with honey onyx floor and hand-made and painted golden tiles serving as a backdrop to the reception counter. The 22-seater lounge area is replete with wooden plank floors, animal-skin rugs, plain charcoal walls, framed sepia photographs of old distilleries and prints of pre-independence currency notes and leather-upholstered furniture that Sunil and Seema Aggarwal picked in Foshan, China.
The functional bar counter has petrified wood onyx and golden agate onyx embellishment. The large black/white print of Qutab Minar on green German paper just above the fireplace and the 4x9-inch beige bricks that were cut into three smaller pieces to resemble the old-world nanak shahi bricks catch your attention here. The basement cellar is rustic in its simplicity with a large wooden tasting table with tree stump legs and raw cement flooring. The space is almost bare bones in its decor with a few frames on the wall and lemongrass green upholstery lending colour.
The first floor houses the 26-seater fine dining area and a 10-seater private dining room (PDR). The floor is made of Burberry beige Italian stone while Finnish wood is used for the external deck. With a hint of gold on the marble table and cutlery, the PDR acquires a very subtle sophisticated look. The deck that can seat 40 has a charcoal-black-white palette and offers a spectacular view of the Qutab Minar. An iron spiral staircase leads to the topmost deck, which can hold 10 people.
Meet the designer
Firm: P Arora & Associates, 1985
Firm specialisation: Residential and boutique commercial spaces.
Design philosophy: Design which personifies & merges with the location while maintaining a luxurious & sophisticated feel.
Philosophy towards life: Let only your work speak
Favourite architect/Designer: SCDA & Singapore firm, Charles Correa.
Dramz Whisky Bar & Lounge
1580, Kalka Das Marg,
Near Qutab Minar, Mehrauli,
New Delhi -110 030.
Tel: 91 9650 7555 55.