Anisha Bhandary and Susan George guide you through the best haunts in the heart of the city
With commuting woes and neigbourhood watering holes on the increase, Bangaloreans are staying put in their own backyards. From pubs and night clubs to restaurants, we break-up the town into zones and bring in some party peeps to guide you after hours.
This week, niche events organiser, Anisha Bhandary, and art gallerist, Susan George, share their favourites in Bangalore Central.
This zen-inspired luxury restobar allows you to fully enjoy the super Bangalore weather. Must try: The Cosmopolitan and spicy avocado sushi. Rs. 2,500++ for two. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 41738862
The food and cocktails here are authentic Tex-Mex with a lovely casual vibe at night. They serve up a mean Margarita and super nachos that will keep you nibbling away happily. Must try: Lamb quesadillas and chocolate mole (meat cooked in bitter chocolate).
Rs. 2,000++ for two. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 41755266
Stop at this Italian restaurant for a nice glass of wine, soul food and impeccable service. Must try: White wine Sangria. Rs. 2,000++ for two. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 41738800.
Legendary for its consistently great quality, catch an early bite and an aperitif before hitting the bars. Must try: Red wine sangria and steak cooked in gorgonzola cheese. Rs. 1,800++ for two. At Lavelle Road. Details: 61344870
Classy and classic, the lounge offers good music, great cocktails and five-star service. Must try: The Old Fashioned. Rs. 3,500++ for two. At The Taj West End, Race Course Road. Details: 66605660
Church Street Social
The new concept restobar is eclectic and hip – perfect for those looking for something fun and different. The food and drinks are great conversation starters. Must try: The Elvis French toast and the Candy Floss Margarita. Rs. 800++ for two. At Church Street. Details: 41622755
Mellow and elegant, this is the ideal place for some friendly downtime. The extensive menu ranges from bistro sandwiches to formal French cuisine and comes with a formidable wine list. Must try: The cold-cut platter and green apple martini.
Rs. 2,000++ for two. At Lavelle Road. Details: 61344868
It has a happy neighbourhood pub feel and you always end up bumping into old friends here. Must try: Their extensive selection of Belgian beer like De Dolle Brouwers. Rs. 1,200++ for two. At Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 61344866
The Biere Club
The vibe here is always buzzing with an eclectic crowd. And it’s a microbrewery, which means you can spend a good amount of time just trying all that is on tap, especially the seasonal craft beers. Must try: The Biere Cocktails. Rs. 1,800++ for two. At Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 42124384
Tavern at the Inn
One of the first English-style pubs around here and it really brings back old memories. That’s also why it’s a great place for a school (or college) reunion. Must try: American corn and the beer pitchers, which are really cheap. Rs. 1,500++ for two. At Museum Inn, Museum Road. Details: 41113333
Great on a Saturday night. The music moves between old-school rock and commercial house and the crowd is always up for a good time. If you want to see dancing on tables, this is the place to be. Must try: The Mangaa. Rs. 1,500++ for two. At Wood Street. Details: 41116879