City in a Bottle

From the streets to the halls of power, Bangalore’s liquor industry has shaped the city’s destiny for more than a century

01 July 2012
AMITH NAG FOR THE CARAVAN

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"WELCOME TO THE SKY.”

The elevator doors bing open at the 16th floor and the liftman, a pair of furred ears pinned to a sunken chest, mumbles this as you step out. You’re at the Skyye Bar, standing above a shining colossus of shops and clubs and lifts and executive offices and a luxury car wash and escalators and lots more lifts. You’re at the top of the city of Bangalore.

Raghu Karnad  has been a reporter for Outlook and Tehelka, and was the former editor of Time OutDelhi.

Keywords: cantonment Vijay Mallya Kingfisher Bangalore UB City liquor United Breweries Skyye bar globalisation colonial arrack beer IMFL Khoday’s Prestige Group
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