One of the most hip bars in town is the Velocity Bar & Restaurant. Located near the High Court Junction, just before the turn to Marine Drive, its easily accessible to Cochin’s thirsty dwellers. Perfectly placed for city dwellers, it’s location is apt. It’s the place for Cochin’s hard working executives to hang out after a hard day at work or on a Sunday to have a few drinks with your buddies.
The place is great, the ambiance is great, the lighting is moody & dim. They have the place set up a bit like a race track (which explains the name) with alternating bright & dim lights built to the floor. The wallpapers are brick styled with posters of some movies like Reservoir Dogs & Pulp Fiction, classic drinks like Jack Daniels and some other stuff. They serve their customers with drink specific glasses; like the image above is for vodka, gin and cognac. The beer is served in these really long glasses which I think is appropriate and I didn’t miss the classic beer mugs at all.
They also have a large flat screen tv in there that blasts one of the Hindi music channels all day long, although I think it does not go well with the decoration of the bar. A couple of times that I was there, they had played dvds of artists like Madonna, Michael Jackson & Kylie Minogue.
The food is priced a bit too expensive. Everything is priced way too much than what you can get at smaller restaurants nearby. A half plate of chilly fish is Rs.200! The food is good but not worth the money that they charge. But I must admit, they give free small packets of mixture.
Overall, a place I would go to once in a while, either alone or with friends as it is a great place to hang out. The lounge style sofas are really comfortable so bring your friends and colleagues for a few drinks.