From power cuts to distractions, the pitfalls of ‘working from home’ are endless. But do not fear – whether you want your office to double up as a watering hole, need to take your pet to work, or prefer to get busy in the small hours of the morning, the city now has co-working options for every freelancer or start-up. Better reason to work in these places? You get to meet like-minded people and grow together!
Check Out The Best Co-Working Spaces In Bangalore
With a presence in cities across the country, Smartworks has seven co-working spaces (in areas like Bellandur, Ashok Nagar, Varthur Road, and even in Richmond Town, opposite Woody's Hotel!). They offer an array of services for members including conference rooms, internet and printing services, sports facilities, crèche, concierge services, locker services, a fitness studio, and partnerships across various verticals. There's even an anger management room where could take a breather and come out calmer. Prices start at INR 8,000 per month (differs as per locations). The price is inclusive of all services and facilities.
Bringing together the creatively inclined, Social provides a work space in the upstairs area above the main bar. Equipped with printers, wifi, stationary, lockers and café-style seating, the aim is to encourage physical interactions. The fact that the monthly fee is redeemable against food and drink makes this a rather good deal, but the only catch in this bar-meets-work situation is that Social asks for applications and you can’t just walk in. The prices start at INR 300 per day and go all the way upto INR 4,500 for 30 days. The best part is that once you purchase the package, you get access to all the Social co-working spaces across the country. Read more about Socials here.
Apart from being the go-to for informal meetings, potential recruitment interviews and a base for several start ups to operate out of, they have organised meet-ups amongst entrepreneurs on Saturdays. High speed internet access and plentiful plug points mean you can work here any time there’s a spare seat. And if your coffee happens to get cold, Starbucks might just make you a fresh cup absolutely free. In other branches as well, most notably the Koramangala one, you can choose to work or even study out of the spaces.
The ‘Makerspace’ concept in the working space of Workbench Projects gives those who are into digital fabrication, product design or green technology access to power tools and specialised machines, including a laser cutter and 3D printer, as well as the usual wifi and desk space. There’s also an outdoor area where practical workshops are held twice per month. However, if you want to spend a substantial amount of time actually working on projects, they have 6-month certification programs where you can learn to plan and build real machines. Otherwise, it’s a great spot to have lunch.
Located right in a mall (yes, you read it right), The Hive is a collaborative workspace spread across three floors. Customisable office spaces, meeting rooms, private cabins for upto 50 people, dedicated desks and access to any part of the common areas in the workspace. There is also a common game room (to unwind with games, books or magazines), concierge services and partner discounts are some of the highlights to look out for here. Already want to move your office there? Read more about it here. They have flexi passes for a day at INR 750, all the way till upto 10 days at INR 4,500, all facilites except the concierge sevices are included in this price.
Whether you’re looking for a private cabin for your team or you’re a freelancer who prefers working late into the night and over weekends, 91 Springboard will have you sorted. Apart from comfortable workstations, they have conference rooms, a cafe and a gaming zone too! A network of mentors, regular events and the chance to connect to a community of likeminded individuals are all additional highlights of the space. Their memberships start at INR 5,200 per month(depending on the location of the workspace) and they have workspaces in as many as seven locations in Bengaluru.
This co-working space will have you looking forward to meetings! The best part of working here is their rooftop lounge area with a bright green lawn - it's perfect to sip coffee and get some work done. They also have gorgeous work desks with green plants peeking through every corner. And if you're feeling overwhelmed with work, you can head to their ping pong room for a quick table tennis break, so if you're looking for a flexible work environment, hit them up. Read more about them here. Their prices start at INR 7,999 per month for an open desk with free wifi, tea/coffee, recreational facilities and lounge access.
For a full-on co-working experience, check out WeWork. With conference rooms, private offices, hot desks, a swimming pool, jacuzzi (Due to COVID Guidelines, the pool and jacuzzi might be off limits) and even a swanky hair and nail bar, you might just not want to leave the office! And if you thought it can't get any better than this, you're in for a surprise. The place is pet-friendly too, so your furry friend can stay with you while you work, for no extra cost. The prices start at INR 2,250 for a 5-day pass.
Formerly known as Cobalt BLR, gets a thumbs up from us for its super central location, you can select an open space if you want to interact with those around you, or a quiet corner if you need pin drop silence to work. They even have an on-site pantry, library, meeting room, comfortable chairs and projector, so you will be able to work more productively. You also get printing, scanning and xerox services apart from access to the startup lounge and cowork resource centre. The prices start at INR 350 per day and go upto INR 7,150 per month.
One of the best working spaces in terms of automation, this workspace has arguably the best in-class amenities with thermal scanning points, no-touch machines, dispensers and facial recognition. If you consider your workspace to be your second home this place surely lives up to the hype as apart form the usual facilities of wifi, pantry, lockers, they have a fitness studio, wellness room, steam iron, shower room and access to events. You can have your dedicated desk, private office or choose to work from a hot desk.
IndiQube Working Spaces
IndiQube Workspaces are amongst the best in the city not just because you get one in every nook and cranny of the city but also because of the top notch facilities they provide, read: pantries at each floor, access to the smart meeting room, executive lounge, gaming zone and a proper visitor management system. The best part is that one of their working space is located inside a five star hotel, Leela Palace so you get super cozy, luxe and spacious interiors. Now that's awesome, isn't it? Prices start at INR 2,000 - 3,000 per month for a seat depending on the location (there are as many as 41 in Bangalore alone!)