This is one of the few cities in India which is actually known for its nightlife. In a conservative country where half the population has never set foot inside a disco, this city is full of places where you can have fun at night. The aptly named 'Pub City' has too many places worth visiting to list and it'll be up to you to discover the less obvious ones. If you are in Bangalore for just a few days, make sure you check out the vibrant nightlife.
This place does not have too many college kids, and the older crowd can have a relaxed drink. There is the option of sitting out in the small courtyard as well. The music starts somewhat later in the evening and stirs up the dancing. There can be a DJ or a live band performing for the evening. It has a nice high ceiling with the music drifting through the night air. It used to be called 180 Proof before they remodeled the place and had a grand reopening under the new name.
- Location: At 40 St. Mark’s road right next to Barista Café, about five minutes from MG Road in central Bangalore.
This is a rooftop lounge from where you can enjoy the skyline of Bangalore. There is a swinging cocktail party in progress on most nights. If you are planning to visit try and make it just before sunset, so that you can take advantage of the spectacular view that the height affords.
After a fifteen-minute period you can have a look at the twinkling fairy lights in the buildings as they come on at sunset. The transition is quite beautiful.
- Location: In the Ivory Tower Hotel, on the 13th Floor of Barton Centre at 84 MG Road, in central Bangalore.
Blue Ginger (Blue Bar)
The crowd here is classy and this is in major part due to the high cover change at the entrance. However, you can redeem the coupons for food and drinks inside. While officially open till midnight, on some weekends the party can continue till four in the morning. All the rich and most of the snooty people come here to party. The music is good, the food is amazing and the ambience is one of affluence.
- Location: Situated inside the Hotel Taj West End, at Race Course Road bang opposite the Bangalore Race Course about 20 minutes from central Bangalore.
Very popular with the locals and the expats. Although it has changed ownership a few times it still remains a great lounge bar. They have a nice terrace and some huge sofas on which you can lounge around. The music is good and not too loud. The food is also worth a mention. They experiment with fusion food here. South Indian with North Indian, Indian with Continental, Thai with Chinese. Most of it is yummy.
- Location: 29 Margarth road just off residency road, about 15 minutes from central Bangalore.
Pubs and Discos
Bangalore is not christened the 'Pub City' of India for nothing. There are more pubs and discos in this city than anywhere else in India, including Mumbai and Delhi. Should you decide to go pubbing in Bangalore here are a few that you cannot afford to miss.
There are three main places you can enjoy live performances by musicians, plays, and dance performances.
Chowdaiah Memorial Hall is located at Gayatri Devi Park extension on the 16th Cross Malleswaram. It is a regular host to classical music performances, besides some drama and dance performances.
Rabindra Kalashetra has plays staged on its premises and is also a venue for art exhibitions. It is located on Jayachamarajendra Road.
Ranga Shankara is located at 36/2 8th Cross JP Nagar. Its multi-language performances include some interesting theatre and dance.
Some other places that are worth a mention are the Park Hotel’s I-BAR, Liquor Café, Hypnos, ITC Windsor Sheraton’s Dublin, Insomnia, Pecos and the same management’s new bar Mojos. It is nearly impossible to list all the great pubs in Bangalore here. So when you get there explore and have fun.