Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, a booklover, someone who loves sporting a well-groomed beard or a fan of anime, you’re sure to find your tribe in Bangalore, going by the number of clubs and communities here. While you’ll find a bunch of regular options, don’t be surprised if you come across a few fun and quirky clubs too. Here, in no particular order, are some of our favourite clubs in Bangalore.

LBB’s Loving 

Bangalore Brew Crew

Readers’ Vote

Bangalore Mountaineering Club


BumsOnTheSaddle are loved as much for their name as for the community of cyclists they’ve built in the city. This cycling group aims for nothing less than to redefine the way bicycling is done in India. Besides regular bicycling trips in and around Bangalore, they also operate a state-of-the-art store for bicycles and related gear.

Contact: 080 41143064

Check out their website here.

Check them out on Facebook here.

Bangalore Board and Card Gamers Meetup

These folk meet every Tuesday at a board game-themed restaurant in Koramangala. They assure newcomers that you don’t have to be an all-out board game nerd to participate: if you don’t know the rules of, say, Settlers of Catan, a popular choice, someone will be around to show you. They’ve also held board game trips, such as a recent visit to Shivanasamudra near the city.

Read more and join the group on their Meetup page here.

Bangalore Mountaineering Club

Still going strong, 11 years on: this club has diversified its offerings from simple day hikes to spots near Bangalore to more ambitious ones such as Himalayan treks. They’re beginner-friendly: they rate their trips by difficulty, and also conduct coaching and workshops. If you’re looking for a quick getaway this weekend, they’re your best bet.

Contact: +91 9611102222

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

The Ugly Indian

A sort of localised version of the Anonymous hacker collective – but with more accountability and civic sense. The Ugly Indian proceeds from the premise that we are all “Ugly Indians” – and that’s why the streets are in the mess they’re in today. They organise regular spot-cleans and beautification campaigns, which have now inspired residents of other cities to follow suit.

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Bangalore Hash House Harriers 

They call themselves a drinking club with a running problem, and we are on board. On alternate Sunday afternoons, members of the local edition of the international club meet somewhere on the outskirts of the city and run for a good few kilometres – and chase that down with plenty of cold beer. The Bangalore Hash House Harriers have been at it since 1990, and we’re glad they’ve stuck around.

Email bangalore.hash@gmail.com.

Check out their website here.

Karnataka Quiz Association

Older than many of the city’s bars and pubs, the KQA was founded in 1983, and attracts quizzers of all stripes, from the veteran to the amateur. Their quizzing calendar is filled with a roster of themed and general quizzes, and usually culminates in their annual festival in June, ASKQANCE.

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Atta Galatta Book Club

It seems Atta Galatta is always full of  literary programming, but there’s more in store for book nerds. The Atta Galatta book club meets monthly, and aims to be a forum to explore and discuss the best books possible. They also occasionally host authors and workshops.

Where: 134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala

Contact: 080 41600677

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Floh Singles’ Club


Source: Floh

“Find Life Over Here,” they exhort you: Floh is an offline singles’ network for when you’re sick of online dating and wish to meet people in real life. Their activities include sangria showdowns, picnics, and workshops of various kinds. Members are carefully selected, and advised to treat it less as a dating club, more as a social activities club.

Contact: +91 9986551212

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Runners’ High

They’re not just a regular running club: Runner’s High is a full-fledged community organisation, bent on bringing the runner’s high to everyone, irrespective of background. Members can access coaches and specialised training, as well as participate in their many runs.

Contact: +91 9986734590

Check out their website here.

Find them on Facebook here.

Bangalore Beard Club

beard club

Started just over a month ago by city-based wedding planner and event manager, Vishal Singh, the Bangalore Beard Club is for anyone who sports a beard {no points for guessing that}. Bringing together “bearded men of all religion, race and creed”, the group has monthly activities for the mensfolk to engage and interact with each other. Think cookouts, bike rides and photo shoots. Tempting enough to make you grow a beard?

Find them on Facebook here.

Bangalore Anime Club

Dedicated to all things anime, manga and cosplay, the group has monthly or tri-weekly meetups on Sundays for members to get together and discuss to their heart’s content about their favourite works from the popular Japanese art forms. Done some manga art yourself and want feedback? They have a separate group for manga art, too.

Join Bangalore Anime Club here.

Bangalore Brew Crew


The Betel Juice beer, a brew the group partnered on with Arbor Brewing Company

Reviews of beers, home-brewed creations, interesting recipes for new brews – this group really is all about beer. Probably a dream come true for craft beer enthusiasts, expect experiments and ideas for exciting new brews. While you might just get to guzzle down latest beers from breweries in town, there’s also the possibility of getting to try out some of the drinks brewed by the folks in the group. Read more about the group here.

Join the Bangalore Brew Crew here.

Drop The Needle

While it may not really qualify as a club, Drop The Needle is a monthly meetup series for vinyl enthusiasts and collectors in the city. Apart from listening to your favourite records and connecting with fellow vinyl lovers, you also get to buy, sell or trade records. Read more about their recent meetup here.

Lookout for their upcoming meetups here.

Arsenal Bangalore {Bangalore Gunners}

Bangalore fans of Arsenal, the popular English football club, probably need no introduction to this group. A city-based fan club which has been recognised as the Official Supporters Club of the Arsenal FC,  the group was previously known as Bangalore Gunners. Apart from regular meetings of the members, they also have match screenings and even sell some cool merchandise like t-shirts, mugs and key chains.

Find them on Facebook here.

With inputs from Roshni Jacob.


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