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With the heat now attacking like a fast-paced bowler,indoors is where you are most inclined to stay.

Written by Jagmeeta Thind Joy | Published: May 18, 2013 3:13:57 am

With multiple gaming options and a multi-cuisine menu,a new sports bar in the city packs in quite a punch

With the heat now attacking like a fast-paced bowler,indoors is where you are most inclined to stay. Feeling restless ourselves,we arrived at Underdoggs,the newly launched sports bar and grill that’s opened doors in Elante mall. Those who frequent the malls in Delhi will be familiar with the place. Though just under three years old,Underdoggs — contrary to its name — has quite a successful reputation. The venue in Chandigarh is well chosen and gives away little from the outside. Once behind its huge steel doors,you realise there exists a different zone altogether.

For starters,it’s a huge space — 9,000 sq ft we are told — with a capacity to seat 200 guests. It’s all well spread out with a high ceiling,making it far from claustrophobic. True to its theme,large high-definition screens dot the walls at strategic angles playing some sporting event or the other. The sporty look is created with footballs stuck to the walls or through trivia of famous moments in sports with notes on star players that keep one’s attention. It also reminds us of what one of the owners of Underdoggs has been famously quoted as saying: “You can land up solo but can never be lonely. There’s always a game on that you can play or watch”.

Even in the middle of the afternoon,the place is buzzing and we like the fact that there’s a lot to do apart from just viewing a game,munching on your snack and sipping beer. One can choose from a game of pool,try hands at a multiple sport simulator,play air hockey,table tennis or darts,there’s a lot to choose from including a dedicated corner for board and arcade games. Impressed with the indoor action,we were inquisitive about what the menu has on offer. The bar menu is a full house with an array of drinks,with no less than 15 types of beers. Another novelty is beer on tap,which comes to you in multiple sizes to suit your table – from a pint to a sporty beer tube (2.64ltrs),it makes drinking a team act,and is a conversation starter on the table. The food menu,however,treads a familiar American-pub-food-meets-Continental-cuisine path. But to please the Punjabi palate,tandoori dishes feature here as well. The platters looked promising,though a tad pricey.

We settled for a non-vegetarian platter,a Pizza Quattro Stagioni (vegetarian thin-crust) and a side of fish and chips. The platter was generous in portions and packed in everything from kebabs to grilled fare. The highlight of our meal was the pizza that was super thin but super flavoursome. The fish and chips didn’t disappoint either though we would have preferred a bit more salt. If you are in a no-alcohol phase,the peach ice tea we tried was just perfect for a hot summer’s day. While there are no cover charges,some of the games are priced. An outing for two will set you back by Rs 2,000 approximately.

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