Tonique – Asia’s biggest liquor store at Bengaluru

Tonique – Asia’s biggest liquor store at Bengaluru

Tonique – Touted to be Asia’s biggest liquor store is all set to open in Benglauru City and it’s in the centre of the city at the corner of M.G.Road.

It is located at the beginning of MG Road, near the Cubbon Park side. It is the  ‘Jewels de Paragon’ building!   It isn’t just one floor, but two glorious floors of all kids of spirits. 

Tonique :

Tonique is an independent beverage consultancy with a focus on beverage education and experiences. They are the perfect partner for corporate or home events and cocktail experiences. 

The purpose of Tonique is to provide an unparalleled beverage experience to each of clients by sharing a high level of industry expertise and know-how.

Tonique provides unbiased and independent consultancy and hospitality.  They promises  to exceed and excel in providing the highest caliber of independent and commercially unbiased beverage knowledge, expertise, advice and training for clients. 

Other outlets – Tonique Hyderabad :

The first outlet of Tonique in the country was at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad.  The Bengaluru outlet has a stock over 1,500 brands of alcohol from across the world.  The stock includes fine wines and whiskeys to liqueurs such as Kahlua and Cointreau. 

It is called as a liquor mall.  One can buy brewing supplies to make craft beer, bottle openers and things one needs to set up a bar at home. 

History of Tonique :

In the year 2017, Anith Reddy the dynamic owner of Tonique started the business in an area spread of 15000 sq. ft. in Hyderabad, which also gives the status of being a mall for liquor than just a mere wine store.

It has a wide range of more than 1500 liquor brand in which more than 500 are only of wine category. It has a collection of wines and whiskeys to liqueur from all over the world.

They have a wide range of New World countries wine from South Africa to New Zealand and Australia. They also have included a wine tasting room where sommeliers from all over the world can taste the wine and pair with their food.

Owner of Tonique :

Tonique is owned by young and wine apassionado Anith Reddy whose family has coal mines in Bellary. He says it was his passion to make the biggest retail liquor and wine store first in India, then the world.

He is also planning to import brands directly from the foreign producers. Tonique does not only have products to offer but also the service of the experienced staff, who can guide and educates the customers to match their preferences.

The rates at Tonique :
  1. Chivas Regal Ultis Blended SW : 750 Ml : Rs. 22,980.00 per bottle
  2. The Glenlivet Nadura Single Malt SW : 700 Ml : Rs. 8620 per bottle.
  3. Scapa Skiren Single Malt SW : 700 Ml : Rs. 8990.00 per bottle
  4. Scapa Glanza Single Malt SW : 700 Ml : Rs. 9540 per bottle.
  5. Glenfarclas 12 YO Single Malt SW : 700 Ml : Rs. 5180 per bottle
  6. Chivas Regal 15 YO SW : 750 Ml : Rs. 6690 per bottle.
  7. Ballantine’s 15 YO Single Malt SW : Rs. 6980 per bottle
Vehicle population – choking Bengaluru city

Vehicle population – choking Bengaluru city

Vehicle population is choking Bengaluru city with vehicles crossing approx. 80 lakh mark.  It is a huge leap from 31 lakh vehicles in 2008.

Bengaluru choked

There is no stopping the boom for vehicles in the city as roads are choked with vehicle population.   According to transport department data,  the vehicle population is set to cross 80 lakh out of which 14-16 lakh are cars and 55-60 lakh are two-wheelers.  This has also contributed to reckless driving in the streets.

Experts say the growth in vehicle registration is alarming and is, in turn, is responsible for the vehicle population.  Even footpaths are choked with vehicles thereby causing problems to pedestrians.

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research of U.S of America, Bengaluru is the most congested city in India.

The ever-increasing vehicle population of Bengaluru has contributed to the dropping in the average speed of a vehicle in the city from 35 km/hr in 2005 to 20 km/hr in 2010 and 9.2 in 2014. The city’s roads are bearing the burden of twice their vehicular capacity – enough of an indicator that the city is getting gridlocked.

Initiatives to curb vehicle population:

Various agencies are taking up numerous initiatives to curb vehicle population like ‘Bus Day’, ‘Open Street Day’ and ‘Less Traffic Day’ to promote the use of public transport.  But the impact of all these efforts is highly debatable.

The different zones of Bengaluru city have 1,400 km. of an arterial and sub-arterial road but half of these roads are two-lane with traffic.

Vehicle population history:

When the city’s population was 16.64 lakh in 1971, the vehicle population was just around one lakh.  Nobody – not even the planners saw what was to come. So, while the vehicle boom overtook the city, every other piece of infrastructure was left far behind.

The city’s traffic police wing was formed in 1930 with a staff strength of 40 policemen in the Halasuru Gate police station.

Solutions to curb vehicle population :

Metro rail is progressing at snail’s pace and the suburban rail project is yet to take off as well as road widening plans being hit by land acquisition delays.

Experts suggest

  • Expansion of BMTC bus services
  • Levying congestion tax
  • Regulating per family vehicle ownership
  • Additional taxes and cess
  • Parking fee to be hiked
  • Promoting carpooling could help stem the growth of private vehicles.

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Namma Bengaluru is 95% garbage free –  tells BBMP

Namma Bengaluru is 95% garbage free – tells BBMP

Another promise by BBMP not fully fulfilled.  Still garbage is not cleared completely from the city.  The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has now missed the October 31 deadline to make Bengaluru garbage-free.  The High Court has asked the BBMP to clear the garbage in the city by Deepavali.

On 29th October, the High Court set a deadline once again asking the BBMP to ensure that namma Bengaluru streets be garbage free by the end of the month.  Now the deadline has been extended to Deepavali.

The BBMP has promised the High Court that the garbage will not be piled up for more than 24 hours in any wards.  Citizens who litter the streets will be booked under the law.

The BBMP body also said that there were several spots where people continued to dump garbage despite all the necessary measures being taken to collect and dispose of garbage.  However the civic body said  95 per cent of the city is clean and the rest would be cleaned in forty eight hours.

The court asked the state to use CCTV cameras and the beat police to identify those defacing the city by littering. The Court is of the opinion that  the city can have a joyful Deepavali when it is garbage-free, while asking the state to take up the issue of garbage in the coordination committee chaired by the chief secretary.

The system of garbage collection requires far more than a ‘Do it now’ order and a deadline to go with it.  It requires doggedness from the court to follow-up the case and an equal response from the civil bodies to fix the situation on-ground and lay down plans for the future.

As citizens of the city the responsibility also lies with us.  Let us co-operate with BBMP and make namma Bengaluru garbage free city.


Black Pearl Restaurant (Pirate restaurant) at Koramangala.

Black Pearl Restaurant (Pirate restaurant) at Koramangala.

Want to experience the inimitable aura of Pirates and their unique lifestyle on the sea and on land in Bengaluru?  Then head towards Koramangala to visit Black Pearl restaurant. Located in the prime area of 5th Block Koramangala near Vikas Tech Park at Jyoti Nivas College Road, this restaurant has an exclusive ambiance. It is a Novelty bar and grill restaurant named after the infamous pirate ship serving international food. The moment you enter the restaurant you will be mesmerized by its matchless concept of life on a pirate ship extending to the entire dining area. You can enjoy breezy and rejuvenating rooftop ambiance where you can feel as if you are on the front deck of a ship. Strains of popular music played by the live band throughout the evening

This biggest pirate theme restaurant in India offers delectable Caribbean, Mediterranean, North-Indian, Barbeque, and European Cuisine.  The Black Pearl is a perfect dining place for all ages and serves a wide spread of buffet lunch and dinner on all days of the week. The buffet is a fine blend of Indian and Chinese cuisine. The lavish buffet spread covers more than five courses.

Friendly waiters and efficient service help to give the diners a unique and complete dining experience. Live music and an excellent ambiance make The Black Pearl an unparalleled dining restaurant in namma Bengaluru.

To avoid waiting for the book in advance to have leisurely food.
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Guinness Record –  BBMP in line for picking plastic

Guinness Record – BBMP in line for picking plastic

The Garden city in recent times referred as Garbage city hosted its first Plog Run on October 2, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi across namma Bengaluru with as many as 7,000 people taking part  in the event.  BBMP had identified 50 designated spots in the city including Adugodi, C V Raman Nagar, Hoodi, Hebbal, Malleshwaram, Rajajinagar, Uttarahalli, JP Nagar, Padmanabha Nagar and other areas. The programme started at 9 AM and ended by 8.15 PM.  Bengaluru’s new Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjuna flagged off the event.

The concept of Plog Run originated in Sweden where people were encouraged to pick up litter while running.  The first of its kind, plogging combines the traditional marathon with the need to pick up plastic waste thrown in public places.

The civic body Commissioner said as the total collection has crossed the previous record of 28.5 tonnes, this qualifies for the Guinness world Record of plastic waste collection in 12 hours.  AS many as 10 lakh plastic water bottles were collected in less than 12 hours.  The Samarthan Trust for Disabled alone has collected eight tonnes of PET bottles and handed it to the BBMP.

The event was organized by various like-minded organisations including Go Native, Namma Nimma Cycle Foundation, Hasiru Dala and Let’s be the Change in association with Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.  The aim was to educate citizens to responsibly dispose plastic waste.  The participants picked waste from selected localities.

Volunteer joggers as part of the run at 50 locations across namma Bengaluru collected a whopping 33.4 tonnes of plastic litter, breaking the previous record of 28.5 tonnes.

BBMP Commissioner Manjunatha Prasad said that the BBMP would conduct a similar drive on January 1st, 2019 at 100 designated spots.

If you have missed out participating on 2nd October 2018 there is a chance on 1st January 2019.