The novelty of breweries in Bangalore is fast vanishing thanks to the lack of promised quality in the brew, even though it is fresh from the tanks. Most of us are used to the taste of our favourite brands and it takes a really good brew which can make a memory of the drink long after its consumed and a real inroad to the highly restrictive beery taste buds in our mouths.
This is where Murphy’s becomes different. When we planned to visit Murphy’s and see what all the brouhaha about the place is, our prime consolation was even if we didn’t like the place, we can hop to Vembanad which is an excellent choice for a meal in Bangalore as both these brands are part of The Paul Bangalore. Luckily, we didn’t have to.
Murphy’s is designed with great care and emphasis on comfort. The pub tries a bit too hard to be Irish, the place where all the drunkards come from. Even though loud, they succeed in the attempt since it’s hard to miss the ever-staring-framed-cartoons and smart Irish quotes all over the walls with the decor completing the neo Irish look. They have converted beer barrels for seats which add to the ambience, but are a bit uncomfortable to sit on. We chose the roomy benches!
Since they are advertising the place as an Irish Pub, we could not help but wonder and wonder how they are going to compete with the dark classic from Dublin- the ever famous Guinness. They have a tough act to follow.
The best thing about The Paul is their service. It’s equally attentive and charming, as it is equally non imposing. The staff are always pleasant and willing to help and maybe break some in-house rules in the process.
Their dark variety called Blackbeard resembled Guinness except for the signature frothy head which was lacking. Caramel Malt, chocolate sprinkle and the usual suspects of the brew and the end result is a smoky, slightly bitter, yet delightful ale.
The barman suggested Paddy’s Poison next, which was golden in colour with a crispy fruity aroma and the slight bitterness of hop, coupled with a tinge of honey. That’s quite a bit of flavours exploding in the mouth, but the mélange is quite likeable.
Coriander and orange peels. What are they doing in a beer glass? The answer would be Holly Sally a specially brewed wheat malt with the distinct flavours of the three aliens above. The taste was lingering and undoubtedly, Holy Sally could be one of the best wheat brews in town.
Did Black Beard beat Guinness? The answer would be NO. Any comparison to Guinness would be unfair, but Murphy’s lived up to his reputation at least in offering some new flavours and tastes (not to forget- delightful, lingering and experimental) and a lazy laid back time with a decent crowd of corporates and expats around, who were not shouting at the top of their voice as if they owned the bar. Great relief!
Shooters, Martini, Long drinks and other usual favourites- but tonight was about fresh brews and so we gave a skip to them. In the grub department, we would recommend Beer battered prawns, Buffalo chicken wings and All Irish varieties. Truly in Irish tradition they serve a fish and chips too. I wanted to try Irish Stew and see if it was as equally as good as the one we get from Dublin restaurants, but I had to do it the next time.
The brew house has three distinct seating areas with an open air seating in the front and a dining area in the back and a lounge on the rooftop level. There is ample space to move around and the music is at a comfortable level that allows conversation.