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Bengaluru (Bangalore) Nightlife

Bengaluru has a reputation for being one of India’s most modern, cosmopolitan cities for nightlife, but local licensing laws prohibit alcohol from being served after 2300. This means evenings out start and finish early, but locals still fit in plenty of partying.

Bengaluru drinkers are fickle and pubs, bars and lounges come and go, though a few stalwarts have stood the test of time. Besides checking out the latest hotspots, you'll have the chance to experience live music, theatre, classical concerts and dance shows.

Bars in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

Polo Club (The Oberoi Hotel)

Bengaluru's multi award winning restaurant has its own unique flavour and ambience. Guests can enjoy all day dining and romantic dinners or gather family and friends for intimate parties. People often host exclusive business dinners or corporate events in the hotel’s private dining space.

Address: , 37-39 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bengaluru, 560 001
Telephone: +91 80 2558 5858

Skkye Lounge

The name should tell you everything you need to know – the views are stunning from this rooftop bar in the thick of things at UB City. It’s sleek, modern and chic, and a big hit with the A-list partiers in Bengaluru. Grab a sundowner and watch the city light up slowly.

Address: UB City, 24 Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru, 560 001
Telephone: +91 77 6088 8899.

The Biere Club

Bengaluru has a reputation as India’s beer capital, and the Biere Club is a leading light in the craft beer movement. Their tasty house brews are made on site in giant brewers’ vats behind the bar. Decent bar food like pizzas and chips will keep you here longer than intended.

Address: , 20 Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru, 560 001
Telephone: +91 80 4212 4383.

Toit Brewpub

There’s a hint of the Cheers bar about this three-storey gastropub with bare brick walls sporting posters of Hendrix on the walls. The house beers run the whole range, from dark stout to Toit’s tasty Irish red beer and wheat beer. It also runs monthly brewery tours.

Address: Indira Nagar II Stage, 298 100 Feet Road, Bengaluru, 560 038
Telephone: +91 90 1971 3388.

Clubs in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

Humming Tree

Events at this artsy venue range from cutting edge live bands and comedy to story-telling and stand-up discussions on the nature of democracy. It’s an edgy, creative space and a great place to connect with the Bengaluru zeitgeist.

Address: Indira Nagar, 949, 12th Main Road, Bengaluru, 560 008
Telephone: +91 98 8661 8386.

Indigo Live Music

Pop art murals and graffiti set the scene at this youthful hangout, which hosts four to five live bands a week, as well as regular karaoke nights and DJ sets. Music runs the range from jazz and blues to film soundtracks. Built over two levels, the Indigo Live Terrace offers some wonderful city views.

Address: Koramangala, 71/72, Jyoti Nivas College Road, Bengaluru, 560 095
Telephone: +91 81 9757 4042

Purple Haze

Local head bangers love Purple Haze, which has been rocking the party scene for years. It’s an essential stop for visiting rock and metal fans, who come to rock out to screaming solos by the latest Bengaluru guitar heroes. Expect to hear anything from Jimi Hendrix to Ozzy Osbourne.

Address: Koramangala, 65 Jyothi Nivas College Road, Bengaluru, 560 095
Telephone: +91 99 8004 4552

Live music in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

BFlat Bar

Grown-up jazz is the mainstay at this jazz and blues bar in hip and happening Indira Nagar. Under little more than flickering candlelight, acts cover everything from freeform jazz to Indian fusion, blending blues and Carnatic rhythms. Kick back with a Long Island Ice Tea and pretend it’s the Roaring Twenties.

Address: Indira Nagar, 776 100 Feet Road, Bengaluru, 560 008
Telephone: +91 80 2527 8361.

Hard Rock Cafe

Mainstream, but well loved, the local Hard Rock Cafe is a great spot to take in a gig. As usual for the chain, the walls are lined with rock memorabilia and the entertainment line-up runs from karaoke nights to local bands. Sunday is usually reserved for acoustic acts.

Address: , 40 St Marks Road, Bengaluru, 560 001
Telephone: +91 80 4124 2222.

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Vivanta by Taj – Yeshwantpur

Soak in the space that's right in the centre of Bengaluru’s business and entertainment areas. The lobby of this luxurious hotel in Bengaluru is a unique mix of chic and classic. This is where sophisticated business travellers can find intelligent work environments and vibrant leisure options in one hot spot.

Gateway Hotel

Many pick this upscale downtown hotel for its superior restaurant, the delectable Karavalli, but the rooms are just as tasteful. The setting here is calm, and the location is perfect for shoppers with their sights on MG Road. They even offer a jetlag service for international guests.

Hotel Empire International

A budget hotel with an unbeatable location right in the heart of Bengaluru, Hotel Empire International is close to the shops and traveller hangouts of MG Road. All rooms are clean and offer air conditioning, safety deposit lockers, and TVs. There’s also internet access and a respectable in-house restaurant.

Iris Hotel

Small but perfectly formed, the Iris offers a big package on a modest floorplan. Its contemporary rooms are compact yet comfortable and include LCD TVs, free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. There’s even a small pool, in-house spa and business meeting rooms, all in a great location near Mahatma Gandhi Road.

The Taj West End

This stylish, old mansion was built in 1887 and started life as a boarding house, but soon became a lavish retreat for Bengaluru’s wealthiest colonial rulers. Luxuriously refurbished and surrounded by an 18-hectare (45-acre) garden, the hotel drips with character. There are two pools, a gym and beauty parlour, as well as fine dining at the Mynt, Blue Ginger and Masala Klub restaurants.

The Leela Palace Bengaluru

Located 4km (2.5 miles) from the city centre, the opulent Leela Palace is set in lavish grounds beside an azure lagoon. True to its name, the hotel is indeed palatial, with gilded domes, soaring arches and stylish rooms that strike the perfect balance between heritage glamour and modern luxury. The hotel has three restaurants and a well-regarded spa and gym.