Expand Your Social Circle With These 17 Places To Meet New People In Bangalore

Diya posted on 24 December

In a fast-paced city like Bangalore, it’s not always easy to make friends, especially if you’ve just moved here. Or you want to just make new friends (it’s OK, we won’t tell your old crew). But Bangalore is also a rather friendly city. So be it over a pint of beer, a dramatic play or just good old Cubbon Park, here are some of our suggestions on where you can meet new people in Bangalore.

Koshy’s

Koshy’s is an iconic hangout spot in Bangalore where you’re bound to meet new people. Its old world charm means that you can stay as long as you like sipping just a cup of coffee. But this also luckily means sharing tables with people you’ve never met before. The place is known to be an artsy, intellectual, lawyer, politico, writer, hangout, so expect to hear all kinds of opinions on current times and get an update on life. Tables are close enough to each other to hear the others talk, and if it’s interesting banter, feel free to join in. Also, the smoking area {the space outside the restaurant on the street!}, is another fine place to get chatty.

Read more about what to order when at Koshy’s here.

Casual Dining

39, St. Marks Road, Bengaluru

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Alliance Française de Bangalore

Alliance Française de Bangalore is the perfect place for those who love everything French culture. Sign up for their French classes, where you can expand your French vocab if the only French you know is an Omelette du Fromage. You can even meet film fanatics at their many French film screenings. After a day full of activity you could head on over to the cafe where you can continue your heated discussion on whether Monet was a better artist than Renoir.

Read about it here.

Schools & Colleges

108, Thimmaiah Road, Opp. UNI Building, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru

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Arbor Brewing Company

Arbor Brewing Company is the ultimate destination for beer lovers. They serve up amazing craft beers at their massive bar space, which is also a lovely place to just say hello to a brand new face. Hey, what better way to strike up conversation than beer? Bond over stouts, ales and lagers, at their large sharing tables, or wander to the foosball table for a friendly game. Sports games are screened regularly here {they are also the official brewpub of the Bengaluru Football Club, you see}, and there’s no better meeting ground than that. You can even join their Mug Club which gets you free admission into their monthly beer release parties.

Check it out here.

Breweries

Allied Grande Plaza, 8, 3rd Floor, Magrath Road, Bengaluru

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Uber Pool

While this technically doesn’t count as a ‘place’ we’re going to put it on the list. UberPool is possibly one of the more unconventional ways to meet people, but it makes for a great “oh, how do you know each other?” story. On an UberPool ride, you not only save money, but you also meet people from all walks of life. So the next time you’re going for that new Star Wars movie, take an UberPool and discuss movie trivia on your way.

Byg Brewski

Byg Brewski’s poolside atmosphere is the perfect setting to share a cocktail or craft beer with new people. If you are going in the evening, you’ll find that this spacious place is lit with huge glowing torches that add a very rustic feel, and add to the warm ambience as well. Despite it being a large space though, it gets really crowded so you’re bound to be standing next to someone new, enjoying your beer. How’s that for an evening out? Oh, plus, Sarjapur folks don’t have too many options as yet, so you’ll find a lot of your co-workers and neighbours here, and they have friends, who have friends, you get the drift right? Go on, drink beer, make new friends.

Read more about Big Brewsky here.

Breweries

Behind MK Retail, Before WIPRO Corporate Office, Sarjapur Road, Bengaluru

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Human Library

The Human Library is essentially a library where the books are people. Bangalore’s Human Library chooses people who will narrate their stories out to you, mainly personal experiences, and it is a two-way experience where you can have conversations with your ‘books’ about their story, helping you understand them better.  Look out for their events, you never know whose story might be similar to yours.

Read about this here.

Poetry Social

If you have a penchant for poetry, Poetry Social is a community that organises open mics around Bangalore. They go on something they call “Poets On The Move”, where they take you on a short trek to a scenic location, not far from town, to perform your poetry at. Don’t worry, even if you don’t write poetry you can still attend their events.

Check it out here.

Bengaluru Biryani Club

If your biryani is bae, you know nothing compares to a good tuck in of this divine rice dish. Now imagine a Facebook group of people dedicated to discussing their love for biryani. It’s called the Bengaluru Biryani Club and their Facebook group is already 8,000 people strong. They organise Biryani walks where they delve deep into what makes a good biryani. Trust us, the pictures on that group are enough to make you salivate. They even eat biryani for breakfast sometimes! Yes, please, go sign up NOW because biryani friends are best friends.

Check out the details here.

Ranga Shankara

Nestled in JP Nagar, Ranga Shankara is the perfect place for theatre geeks. With plays nearly every day there’s always something to watch. They have plays in both English and Kannada. Shakespeare lovers, look out for their shows of classics like As You Like It. Even their cafe and bookstore on the ground floor are perfect places to interact with theatre lovers while you nibble on some delicious cafe eats before or after catching a play.

Auditoriums

36/2, 8th Cross Road, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

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Opus

Our favourite destination for karaoke nights is back and how! Located in Harlur, on the Varthur Hubli Road, Opus has become the perfect place to sing and dance the nights away. Down some drinks, gobble their delicacies and sing along to songs from the 60s to current chart toppers. Who knows, you might find your next duet partner, or even your new girl/boy band right here!

Read more about it here.

Pubs

26, Varthur Hobli, Near HP Petrol Bunk, Sarjapur Road, Bengaluru

TherPup - The Dog Cafe

Imagine ending your stressed day with unlimited access to cuddles and cuteness, over a steaming cup of coffee in perfect Bangalore weather. If you’re a dog lover, there’s no other place you’d rather be! TherPup in Mahadevpura becomes an ideal destination to bond with other pet parents and gush over how adorable your babies are. And hey, if you don’t have a pet, worry not, you can always play with the cute little doggos at the cafe. Nothing like meeting fellow pet lovers. It’s the best!

Read more about it here.

Cafes

13, White Rose Layout, Abhayadhama Road, Mahadevpura, Whitefield, Bengaluru

Cubbon Park

How about a Sunday picnic with your doggie? The lush gardens of Bangalore, between 8am to 11 am, offer a sight to behold. The park transforms into a dog haven on Sunday and takes you straight back to scenes from 101 Dalmations, with dogs running all over the Dog Park. You can show off your babies and their training skills at the pet show hosted there. If you aren’t a dog lover {you’re in the minority here}, you can bond with your human buddies over a jog or a yoga session too. A lot of people also play frisbee and there’s almost always a slackline group set up so, there’s many little groups you can call your own.

Read more about it here.

Parks

Kasturba Road, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru

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    Decathalon

    Sports enthusiasts, listen up! Imagine getting the chance to make pals over a cool game of sport? Head to Decathalon right away. From organising matches, training sessions and sports meets, this place is every fitness freak’s dream. Since they have smaller versions of footy pitches, basketball courts and skateboard parks, go an learn a skill from a pro or perhaps teach someone who looks interested. They also have great deals on their sports merchandise which you just shouldn’t be missing out on.

    Check it out here.

    Sporting Goods Stores

    2/E-1, Near Phoenix Market City, ITPL Main Road, Devasandra Industrial Estate, Whitefield, Bengaluru

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    Atta Galata

    Art and literature buffs, there’s always a plethora of events lined up for you at Atta Galata. You’ll find writers, poets, artists and performers presenting their best works over here and it’s a sight to behold!  They also have over 10,000 books to read from when you feel like indulging in some good literature. This cultural space in Kormanagala gives you quaint vibes and is one of the best places to bump into like-minded people.

    Check out our love for the space here.

    Cafes

    134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru

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    Social

    Social totally defines the new cool in the city! From eating, drinking, chilling to providing the perfect co-working space, they’ve got it all. Their food and drinks menu along with their warehouse like ambience is the apt place for some after-work relaxation or party. Look out for their events, as they host anything from open mic nights to gigs by your favourite band.

    Wondering what to order? Find out here.

    Bars

    118, Koramangala Industrial Area, 7th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru

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    Airlines Hotel

    This old world charm never dies down in a city like Bangalore. The Airlines hotel is known for its iconic coffee, piping hot dosas, idlis and other South-Indian delicacies, that transport us back in time. Set up with wooden tables in an open lush green garden, it makes for the perfect breakfast spot for bikers and travellers. Don’t forget to check out Corner House – the adjacent ice cream parlour that serves the best DBC in town!

    Read more about Airlines here, and Corner House here.

    Fast Food Restaurants

    4, Madras Bank Road, Lavelle Road, Bengaluru

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    Rangoli Metro Art Centre

    Sunday afternoon and you don’t know where to head to?  Make a stop at the MG Road station for a totally different experience. Rangoli Metro Art Centre hosts the talents of amateurs from across the state along with art displays, outdoor performances, exhibitions and stalls. It’s always bustling with enthusiastic people who are constantly encouraging artists and performers. Isn’t this a perfect mix of boho and culture that you find right in the middle of the city?


    Cultural Centres

    Beside MG Road Metro Station, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru

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