Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bangalore: India's Pub City

Bangalore, India's "pub city" earned it's nickname as the first city in India to serve draft beer.  Bangloreans love to escape the summer heat with a cold beer in one of the many bars and clubs.  In recent years the Karnataka state government has sought to curb excessive partying by introducing an 11 pm closing time for all  bars and clubs.  In reality, young Bangloreans start the night early (6pm bars begin to get busy) and many move onto to after parties at private residences when the bars shut their doors.  To best explore Bangalore's famous pub-culture try pub-hopping around the Brigade Road. area.  Two of Brigade's side streets, Rest House Road and Church Street are the epicentre of the pub scene with the occasional bar spilling out on to MG and Museum Road.

Guzzlers Inn:
No. 48, Rest House Road, Brigade Road Cross
A dimly lit  but stylish pub on the ground floor has LCD T.V.s for catching the cricket match or bollywood movie in the comfort of an air conditioned environment.  Cover charges apply on weekends.

Le Rock:
No. 3, Rest House Road, Brigade Road Cross
Situated right next to guzzlers is a newer addition to the Bangalore pub scene.  Vintage motorcycles and guitars hang from the ceiling and walls cementing the bar's classic rock image.  A great place to grab a cold beer.

Brigade Fuel
No. 33, Rest House Road, Brigade Road CrossOpposite Le Rock is a classic Bangalore institution.  Regulars abound in this 3 story bar that also serves up great cheap food.

Another local's joint on Rest House Road.  Has an unfortunate reputation for serving watered-down beer.

Temptation Wines
Intersection of Museum Rd. and Church St., Opp. Empire Hotel
A favourite with local youths this 'wine shop' is a great place to meet young educated Bangloreans and have a casual drink.

Couch Lounge Bar And Restaurant
114/1 Sai Complex, MG Rd
A casual lounge with great music and  cozy ambiance; Couch is split into two spacious floors and offers an inviting decor with plush colourful sofas, single seaters and ottomans. Wooden floors, snazzily-done-up interiors and good music add that special touch to the evening. Signs insisting that dancing is banned go easily ignored by the patrons and staff alike.

Hard Rock Cafe
40 St. Marks Road
Yes, the American institution that is Hard Rock Cafe has made it's way to India.  All the familiarities of every other Hard Rock Cafe are present and it gets very busy on Saturday nights especially on the spacious back patio. A popular place for young Bangalorean professionals.

Tavern at the Inn
Museum Inn, 1, Museum Road, off M G Road
Tavern at the Inn is an English Pub with a spacious and gracious ambience that will transport you back to the Victorian Era. It has become an extremely popular watering hole for Bangalore’s hip and happening party crowd.

No. 45 KSHDC Complex, MG Rd.
The place to go for Metal Heads, this dark upstairs bar plays the hardest rock in Bangalore. If you're in the mood for Metal forget le Rock and head straight to Styx.

City Bar
UB City, Vittal Malaya Rd.
Inside the luxurious UB city mall is an upscale option for anyone looking to enjoy a great view of the city over a somewhat overpriced drink.

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