-By Salmoli Mukerji
This is one bar which brings to the surface extreme emotions - and not only because of the spirits offered. Probably the oldest and one of the first British pubs for the middle class in the city, Shaw Bros. or Chhota Bristol originally started as a liquor shop and drinking place for the not-so-rich Britishers and babus of Bengal. It became a hanging-out place for the American and British soldiers during World War II... and much later the intellectual hub for the babus of Bengal. Why is this place unique? For their 'I-couldn't-care-less-for-who-you-are' attitude! You pay for your drinks in advance and the waiters come with glasses precariously balanced one atop another, along with orders of small eats from outside, since the bar has no kitchen. The waiters are friendly... congenial... to say the least, and refuse to serve if you’ve had a glass too many. And, this is a strictly ‘no-women-allowed’ watering hole! The patrons are regular office-goers who either converse or are left alone to drink in peace before heading home. You will love this place or hate it, but won't be indifferent to it!
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