In the last few years, we have seen a lot of new age pubs in the city, creating good hangout places. Featuring interesting ambience and affordable as well. And no longer are the pubs only known for being watering holes; they have broadened their horizons to include gastronomy, live and DJ music and often stand up comedy, making them more than ‘just a pub.’ My pick:
My Bar (Quarterdeck)
Located in Koramangala, this is aimed at the fun loving, young crowd of the city. There’s an indoor level with good music, and a small roof top area the upper deck, which has music at slightly lower decibels, definitely a great place to chill with friends. They have happy hours until seven, and have a pretty exhaustive food menu offering quick bites and finger food as well as curries and mains at good prices.
Must haves: Chicken Pepper Fry, Shake Shake Fries, Cuban Dog, Chilli Dog, Chilli Potatoes.
Initially this was in Richmond Road but later also opened in Indiranagar. It is a really dynamic and fun place to be at. They have bar games and great beers. A quirky menu, cosy interiors and fun staff to keep the spirits high. They also serve good breakfasts. The Richmond Road outlet is a little small, so some waiting may be in the cards if you decide to drop in during the weekend, but well nothing you can’t do with some beer while playing foosball.
Must haves: Spiked Nachos, Butterfly Chicken, Caramelized Ribs, Tiger Beef.
Dark interiors with cheeky posters, mighty sized board menus; this makes the perfect after work drinking place. An amazing long list of juicy burgers and hot wings with different degrees of hot sauces, very friendly service and brilliant music. The owners of Plan B followed their first act with this great place.
Must haves: Fiery Clucker, BBQ Pork Burger, Angry Clucker, Jalapeno Poppers.
Church Street Social
An eclectic place with a unique style and tabloid menu, minimal frills décor, old typewriters and deconstructed drinks makes this place an experience every time. It is known for serving small and sharing platters and great desserts. Despite its prime location, Social has kept its pricing at an optimal low, making this not just a hip place but also one where you can spend hours chilling out. They are always full, so a reservation is a must, or a really long wait. They host open mics and stand up events, keeping things bustling and interesting @socialoffline.
Must haves: Cocktails, barbeque platter, Awesomosas, Chicken Wing, Wow Baos
Debolina Ray likes to explore food and culture everywhere she goes, and blogs at raydeb.wordpress.com. Her work in the software industry requires her to travel a lot, which helps to fuel her hobby: food.